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The Virgin (Original Sinners) Paperback – 31 Mar 2015
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"The Original Sinners series knocked me to my knees." -Lorelei James
About the Author
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College and is making her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice. When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. If she couldn’t write, she would die.--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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The story starts with Kingsley visiting Grace and Søren's son and he tells of the time when he and Søren reunited after 11 years apart. After leaving St Ignatius Kingsley joins the French Foreign Legion and Søren takes the path to become a Jesuit priest. Kingsley is at his unhappiest and he spends his time drinking, using drugs and having as much sex as he possibly can.
One evening Kingsley returns home to hear the piano playing, on further investigation he sees his old friend Søren playing. He is shocked to see him after all this time and wearing his clerics. Søren tells Kingsley that he has found the women they always dreamed of whilst at St Ignatius but she is in trouble and needs his help...
Kingsley has also found the perfect building to build his BDSM club and battles the leader of a religious cult for its purchase. Thus the 8th Circle is born!
This has to be one of my favourite books in the whole of the Original Sinners series. Just when I thought I couldn't love Kingsley anymore, I absolutely loved him all over again. I love the verbal exchange between him and Søren, I laughed till I cried with this book. An absolute masterpiece from what is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. The attention to detail, the development of the characters, plot progression - it's all there. Some bits are repeated but then there are parts of this book where they cross over form other time lines in the other books but I could never get bored of the Søren/Kingsley relationship. A definite good read!!
Soren's God complex in this one peed me off a little and I have to say, I began reading with a fear the "White Years" might not provide any new information but would merely be regurgitations of stuff we learned about in the "Red Years". In this book, however I actually began to see a new side to Elle/Nora while reading about what an utter pig her father was. A lot about her has begun to make sense.
This series is so, so heavy on the history that you do begin to wonder which bit of which part of their lives you've read in which book. It all gets tangled up. I noticed a continuity issue or two and forgave them because this is such a long series. I’m really sticking with these books because I want to know how it ends, but I skipped some sections, I admit.
I rolled my eyes during some of the scenes, like where Elle is fooling around with another student at college. Yeah she did it, but I didn’t need the deets. Also, when she's with Nico… I didn’t care for the sex scenes in this book. I mostly enjoyed the tender moments Soren and his Eleanor shared, such as the funeral and the moment he finally tells her he loves her. Little bits like that were good but overall, I found this book slow and lacking the same expansive dynamics of the "Red Years". I guess I was lucky to find this series at a time when all the books were out and available to read one after the other. This is also proving to be a con though too – because the books are all beginning to feel very samey. The "White Years" seems to be taking readers down the path of "yes, you did interpret all this stuff correctly… but here it is just in case you wondered…"
I wonder who pushed for more books, the agent or publisher?
As always the writing is superb. I laughed and gasped in equal measure. The Virgin contains the BEST scene ever written. Nora's birthday in the back of the Rolls Royce! EPIC.
The book starts on a dark and stormy night in a castle in Scotland on the eve of a wedding. I had pondered in advance of getting the book, and in fact all the way through, as to who the bride and groom might be. Tiffany kept me guessing right to the end.
Men in kilts never really did that much for me but Kingsley and Soren in a kilt, hell to the yes. Two scenes with King and Soren in kilts are fantabulous. After I write my review I will fall into the warp hole that is Instagram or Pinterest - maybe even Tumblr too to look at pictures of sexy men in kilts.
The Virgin is in a similar vein to the other sinners books in that it is a recounting of past events. In this case it is the telling of what happened in THAT year, when Nora left and went to live at the convent with her mother. The story passes between what happened to Nora at the convent and what happened to Kingsley in Haiti. The reason for her and King's departure is explained.
There is very little Soren this time. I actually felt a bit sorry about that, even though I didn't like him when I started this epic journey with the Siren. I've grown fond of his wit.
On that note, about Tiffany Reisz she writes with great wit. The words - from it was a dark and stormy night - to a dominatrix's work was never done are perfection in black and white. She writes with such fondness for her characters that you have to lose a bit of your heart to them.
My most epic quotes:
"Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself."
"I told you the first night you and I spoke that your shepherd was a wolf. He is a wolf on a leash and that leash might break someday. When that happens, you take care of yourself. I'll take care of him."
"She had the bearing of Cleopatra, the face of Venus and the wrath of God."
"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for his love is better than wine..."
"I had sex once and it was against a tree. The end."
"Innocence had its virtues, but ignorance had none."
"I wish I'd packed a vibrator. I hadn't planned on deflowering a nun while I was here."
"Between the inhale and the exhale he lived and died a thousand deaths."
"Hope was heaven, and she had heaven in her heart."
"You're not a real king...and I'm not a princess in a tower. He's not a dragon. We're real people and a sword's not going to solve this problem."
"I love orgasms. I say a prayer of thanks to God for them every day."
"Everything that is yours is mine. I own you. Your body is mine. Your heart is mine. Your future is mine. Your decisions are mine. Your life is mine. You are mine."
"You hide behind your collar and get to play God while the rest of us do your bidding and suffer the consequences. You get the glory. She gets the bruises. Maybe it's you who's not worthy of her. Maybe it's you who's not worthy of me, either."
"Then he heard a laugh and such a laugh it was. A laugh that turned the lights back on."
Totally, absolutely, loved it. I can't praise Tiffany Reisz highly enough. Right I have a date with Tumblr.
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