5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
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.
After seven books, I’m running out of words to describe Tiffany Reisz’s brilliance and how amazing each new edition in The Original Sinners series is. The deeper we dig and the more layers we pull back, the more I fall for these characters. I will be sad to see this series end (for now) with the release of The Queen.
In The Virgin, present-day Nora, Søren, Kingsley, and Juliette are in Scotland for a wedding; yes, King and Søren are in kilts. KILTS! Enjoy that visual. Anyway…It’s not the wedding you think, though Tiffany subtly leads you to believe that it is. Sadist. You don’t find out who’s getting married until the very end of the book, which BTDubs, ends on a
nasty, mean cliffhanger.
While waiting for the nuptials to happen, we see our “Unholy Trinity” as happy as we’ve ever seen them, so of course, we must relive one of the most difficult periods in their lives. Previous books have mentioned “that year,” and in The Virgin we learn what drove Eleanor away from Søren and onto the path to becoming Nora Sutherlin — writer, Domme, and Switch. While Eleanor is hiding out at her mother’s abbey, she indulges in a forbidden relationship with a young nun, who helps her discover her gift for writing.
As much as I love Nora and Søren, it is Kingsley and Juliette’s love story that steals the show for me. As I was reading, I was always anxious to get back to those scenes. With Nora hiding out, Kingsley wonders and fears she won’t come back. He’s pretty pissed at the priest about that, so he runs away also, ending up in Haiti.
And cue the tears. Everything about this courtship caused all the emotions. All of them. Kingsley’s heart being vulnerable. Juliette defending a nest of birds and feeling so trapped that she believed there was only one way out. And Kingsley willing to let her go simply because she asked. *sigh* My heart and my tear ducts couldn’t handle it all.
I say this every time I read a new Sinners book, but this one might be my favorite. And Kingsley may just have dethroned Søren for first place in my heart.
This beautiful thing is on the way, thanks to Book Depository, and I will have to give it another read.
ARC provided by NetGalley