SPOILER ALERT! As much as we try and avoid revealing any spoilers here at RT because of the nature of Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series, I suggest that you do not read any further without having series starter The Siren.
Books don’t make me cry, movies don’t make me cry. Next to nothing makes this girl shed a tear. But when I got to the last page of Tiffany Reisz’s The Angel, I laid in bed, hastily wiping my tears. This book may have broken me, but maybe I could keep it from compromising my tough girl image. However, when I came into the office the next morning I couldn’t help but gush to the other RT staffers and I may have let it slip that that the end of The Angel turned me into a blubbering pile of mush. They looked at me as if I had sprouted devil horns (and after finishing that book, it was entirely possible).
Ms. Reisz, what the hell have you done to me?
First, I want to bring everyone up to speed on Reisz’s outstanding Original Sinners series: The Siren introduces readers to erotica author and professional dominatrix Nora Sutherlin as she works with a ruthless new editor, Zachary Easton, to whip her book into shape (pun 100% intended). We also meet Nora’s dark and dangerous ex-lover, Søren, a Dom who left both Zach and many readers with an ill taste in their mouths. Now, I wasn’t exactly sold on Søren by the end of book one, but by The Angel, I was about to scour every rectory for a sexy Scandinavian Dom of my own.
The second book, which releases at the end of September, gives readers a closer look at Søren and his twisted past and reveals why Nora just can’t stay away. But when Søren sends Nora away for the summer after a nosy journalist begins hunting for dirt on the naughty priest, Nora must train newly-desecrated teen Michael to be the perfect sub, along with her fellow Dom friend Griffin at his lavish estate. The Angel propels readers deeper into the lives of Nora, Søren and the rest of their NYC Underground crew and as the book built me up to accept Søren as a likable hero, I was left with my heart freshly torn out of my chest by the final page.
So what are my predictions for the third Original Sinners book, The Prince which will be out in late November? Based on the cover, which depicts a red riding crop across a set of piano keys, it looks like there’s still more to be revealed about Nora and Søren's relationship. Readers are expecting The Prince to be Wesley’s story, but the red riding crop (Nora’s nickname and weapon of choice as a Dominatrix) and piano (Søren is a gifted pianist) are distinctly Nora and Søren. Here is the official back cover blurb for The Prince:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer ... preferably in bed.
That's always been Kingsley Edge's strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it's Kingsley's chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he's ever wanted — Søren, Nora's on-again, off-again lover-until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.
Wes Railey is still the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and she's in his world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren's relentlessly seductive pull.
Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make ... unless someone makes it for her ...
So it looks like Nora will go after Wesley and may have to make a tough decision between the man who taught her everything and the boy who’s stolen her heart. But Kingsley and Søren? Clearly this story isn’t quite headed in the direction I had thought. I am anxious to learn more about Kingsley — Nora and Søren’s longtime friend and owner of the city’s most exclusive BDSM club — and it looks like The Prince will expose this mysterious Frenchman’s secret fantasies. Like with The Siren and The Angel, I’m guessing The Prince will end the same way the previous two novels did: With a startling change in Nora and Søren’s relationship.
Are you a fan of Reisz’s Original Sinners series? Are you anxiously awaiting The Angel? And what do you think will happen in The Prince? Let me know in the comments! For more steamy reads, visit our Everything Erotica Page.