Series: Original Sinners #2
Published: 2012 by Harlequin Mira
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Note: This review contains spoilers from The Siren.
Famed erotica writer Nora Sutherlin has returned to Soren, the Dom that she spent the past book pining over. There’s only one problem: he’s actually a priest, so there’s no way the two of them could ever have a “normal” relationship. And because Soren is extremely good at his job, he’s in line for a promotion. Not wanting to cause a scandal, he sends Nora away for the summer, where she’s staying with her hot friend Griffin. Meanwhile, there’s Michael, an older teen who recently tried to kill himself because of feelings of guilt over his sexuality. After a falling out with his parents, Michael joins Nora and Griffin, where the two of them help him learn to accept himself for who he is.
I didn’t like The Angel quite as much as The Siren (mostly because I missed the sexually charged literary banter between Nora and her editor), but it was still an extremely fun read. I love that Reisz can write erotica that feels intelligent. Her novels provide an exploration into what is and is not a healthy relationship, and each of her characters has the chance of finding redemption, even if it comes in somewhat unconventional forms. I also enjoyed the fact that we got to explore a bit more of Soren’s own backstory; he has intrigued me as a character throughout both novels, and I look forward to seeing more of him. I love the way that he’s subtly pulling the strings throughout the entire book, and that even when it seems like his world is falling apart, it’s all a part of his devious master plan.
This series is a significant departure from my usual reading, and I’m surprised by how much I like it. Generally I shy away from contemporary novels and prefer to stay strictly in the realm of speculative fiction, but Reisz creates such charming characters that I can’t help but love them. I’m looking forward to continuing the Original Sinners and seeing what future books will hold.