Updated: Jan 22, 2021
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by MIRA books
Book #7 in the Original Sinners Series
The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.
For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.
Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure
She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make
The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Erotica Bittersweet
The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz is the seventh book in the Original Sinners Series, and centers around Eleanor/Elle/Nora and Kingsley, telling each other and Soren what happened during the year they were parted from one another after Eleanor left Soren. There are three different timelines in this book, the present, the past before Eleanor's pregnancy, and the past, after the pregnancy.
There were things I loved about this book, and things I liked, but wasn't overly crazy about. I loved having Soren, Nora, and Kingsley back together again, finally. I love the setting, and how utterly happy and content they all are. I enjoyed the different timelines, but sometimes the timelines in the past were confusing, as anything that happened before Eleanor left was memories and dreams. It made it hard to sometimes focus on where we were in the story. I wasn't overly fond of Elle's time in the convent, or her story arc with Kyrie. It was predictable in how it played out, and ended. In The Angel, when Nora visits her mother, her mother mentioned that Nora gave them six years of dinner conversation material with her antics ... I was really hoping to see more ... actually any of that.
The only two new characters in this book are Kingsley's Juliette and Kyrie, the virginal nun. Juliette is mentioned a lot in the books, but this was a small story that gives us insight into who she is, and why Kingsley is so enamored with her. I like the fact that she is so independent everywhere but the bedroom, which is the type of woman Kingsley needs in his life. I wasn't overly impressed with Kyrie, and I guess I just don't understand Elle's fascination with her, other than to balm her loneliness, and to experiment her newly found dominant side. Eleanor's arc from submissive to switch was fascin