September 20, 2012 by thebookslayer
The Angel by Tiffany Reisz
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.
The Angel’s main focus is on Michael’s journey into the world of kink.
Who better to help him along than the Queen herself, Nora. Although, we know that she is a Dominatrix we also know she will bow down to only one man, Søren. Personally, her being a switch is extremely interesting and we get to see more of what drove her to become one by leaving Søren.
We start off this book with drama. Of course with Nora there is always drama, right?! Right!
“As you both may know, Bishop Leo has colon cancer and will soon retire.”
“And Father Landon is replacing him, right?” Nora asked.
“Father Landon was replacing him. Until three days ago when certain allegations came to the fore.”
“Jesus H. Christ,” Nora groaned. “Why priests can’t keep their holy cocks inside their goddamn pants is beyond me.”
Michael inhaled sharply and Nora grimaced. She looked at Søren and smiled apologetically. Søren arched his eyebrow at her.
“Present company excepted, of course,” she said.
A reporter and another priest show up to make enquiries. The reporter happened to get an anonymous tip that the person of interest is Søren. Like any good reporter she grabs that tidbit and runs with it.
But this reporter isn’t hunting down a story for the sake of a story. Oh no as we saw in The Siren, Ms. Reisz likes to throw in hurdles for almost every character to jump over. Well our reporter, Suzanne, has an obsession with hunting down and staking all abusive priests. This stems from her brother’s suicide, which she later learned was due to the fact he was sexually abused by their family’s priest. Whip-Crack! There is another one of those Taboo topics yet again.
Michael’s suicide attempt is brought to light and Suzanne becomes a women on a mission. But will she do more harm than good?
Meanwhile, Søren is a man with a plan.
“Eleanor, calm down. I said we had a situation, not a crisis.”
As you can imagine Nora was not having it! But Søren wisely already put his plan in motion.
“And I’ll leave you this summer, but only because you’re making me go. But if they pick you to be bishop, I’m going to move to L.A. and convert to Scientology. Fair warning.”
Søren’s plan for Nora & Michael :
Nora gets to train Michael during the summer. Michael had no idea that even submissives needed to be trained properly in which Nora kindly pointed out :
“Søren trained me for two years before he ever hit me or fucked me the first time, kid. Subs have to be as well trained as dominants if you’re going to do it right and not get hurt.”
“I want to get hurt.”
“Different kind of hurt.”
This is all to take place at Griffins home in the country.
If there isn’t enough already going on we find out that Kingsley’s home was broken into and Nora’s file was stolen.
We have so far. . .
- Søren’s Possible Promotion
- Suzanne’s Revenge
- Kingsley’s Impossible Break-in
- Michael’s Training
Oh Did I mention that Wes keeps calling and Nora is ignoring him? No? Well now you know.
5. Nora’s Wes-Avoidance
Is there more? Hell yeah there is more.
Now enters Griffin Fiske :
“Six feet tall, bronzed skin and with the broad chest and shoulders of a heavyweight boxer, there wasn’t much in the world more fun to stare at than Griffin Fiske. He had elaborate armband tattoos around both biceps, dark hair that spiked up just too perfectly, and the dirtiest smile she’d ever seen on anyone besides her.”
Griffin meets Michael and falls into Instant-lust!
Søren, however, specifically forbade Griffin from having sex with Michael this summer. Bam!
6. Griffin’s Interesting Compromise
Griffin’s goal is to get around Søren’s rule, because if he disobey’s Søren Griffin will have his membership to The 8th Circle revoked and punishment will follow. That is not a road most want to travel. So as you can imagine Griffin gets creative with Nora’s help.
Let’s see. . .
7. Søren’s Past Comes To Light!
I am telling you right here and now this one was a shocker. I really should not be surprised by everything but I am.
8. Nora’s Turning Point
Yes, we get to finally see what made Nora turn away from Søren and step into the role of Dominatrix. Let me tell you, it is not what you expect. I promise I never would have guessed this one in a million years, off shoots of it – yes, the actual event – no.
9. The Collaring Ceremony
I know you probably can guess, but there is so much more too it. All the little things add up and the final picture is just beautiful.
The Angel really helped me understand more about Søren and I jumped on his team train as fast as I could. In the words of Suzanne spoken to Nora . . .
“You lucky fucking bitch.”
Overall, this book had the same whip-like tendencies as the first book. Trust me this book was all about painful pleasure. I don’t know how Tiffany Reisz can make taboo topics turn out for the best, but she does. She has ruined me for all other BDSM Erotica books. Her’s are the cream of the crop and all others fall short.
Recommendation : If you are looking for a book that strikes with precision & grace, and does-not-hit-like-a-fucking-girl than The Angel is for you. I promise you will come away bleeding, bruised and sore. This book will not be easily forgotten.
Sneak Peek at The Prince :
I had to share that in The Angel we learn that Søren and Kingsley had a D/s past.
“In the picture he saw a seventeen-year-old Father S sitting casually in an armchair in a dark suit, tidy and pin neat. At his feet sat another boy, only a year younger, with longer dark hair and his Catholic school uniform artfully rumpled with the jacket abandoned, the tie loose and the collar open.
“Kinsley and Søren… I think this is the only picture ever taken of them as teenagers. Looks like they were studying, working on something. Wonder if anyone else other than us kinksters get it.”
We get to see more of Søren and Kingsley in the nest book.
Also, Nora gets to visit Wes! That is right The Prince is all about that visit, I believe.