The Angel by Tiffany Reisz Book Review

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

The Angel

by Tiffany Reisz

Published by Harlequin MIRA

Book #2 in the Original Sinners Series: The Red Years

No safe word can protect the heart

Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.


Steamy Erotica Exciting

BDSM Bittersweet

The Angel by Tiffany Reisz is the second book in the Original Sinner Series: The Red Years, and centers around Nora Sutherland, famous erotica author and dominatrix, Michael, the masochist teenager who Søren saved after a suicide attempt, Suzanne, a war zone journalist, who has an axe to grind with the Catholic church, and Wesley, the young man that she fell in love with, but sent away because of their different lifestyles, and her obsession with Søren.

One thing I cannot deny, is this series is unique. From the erotica/BDSM books I have read, it's far tamer than these books. Men are always the dominants, and the couple always fall in love in the end. Not in this series. There is love, but not romance. There is sex ... a lot of it in this book compared to the last. The thing that sets this book, and in fact, the series apart from the rest, is the story. It's intensely emotional, complicated, and intriguing. Despite it's genre, if Tiffany Reisz cut out every steamy part of this book, it would still be a great book, which I love about it. Let's be honest ... most erotica is about the sex, not the story.

We get to learn SO MUCH MORE about these characters, as well as get an updates on characters from The Siren. We learn a lot about Søren, and I will admit, while I have warmed to him as a character, I don't understand what Nora loves so much about him. His backstory is fascinating, dark and twisty though, and I loved it. We learn more about Nora, and her past, and the reason why she left Søren in the first place. I found myself not liking Nora so much in this book. Perhaps it's because Zach isn't there in person, so we don't get so much self-reflection on her part. Just a lot of sex. Michael's story is also fascinating. I have trouble reading the story because of his age, but his story is a good one, albeit, hard to understand, as I am no a masochist myself. We even learn a bit about Wesley, and the secrets he kept from Nora when he lived with her. Honestly, the most fascinating plots and character building came from the other characters. Griffin is a favorite of mine, I love that we get a small update on Zach, and he and his wife are good friends with Nora, and of course, Wesley's character warms my heart.