The Virgin

Tiffany Reisz
The Virgin
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Harlequin Mira
Release Date
March 2015
Book 3 of The Original Sinners: White Years
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
May 10, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
5 "The Forgotten Year" Stars! Tiffany Reisz is beyond a doubt one of the most clever erotic romance writers I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I absolutely loved this story. THE VIRGIN, in essence, introduces us to how and why Eleanor, Soren's Little One, became Nora. We also get the back story on how Kingsley met Juliette. Both tales are revealed as Eleanor, Soren and Kingsley lay in bed reminiscing about the past, one stormy night in a Scottish castle before a wedding. In typical Tiffany Reisz style, the reader is kept in suspense as to both the present (who is getting married) and the past (exactly what happened in that year) until the very end. And of course, throughout the entire adventure you can count on plenty of steamy, erotic scenes occurring both in the present and past to keep you aroused and entertained the whole way!

This is one of those stories where the less you know going in the better, as the magical effect of this read lies in its delivery, and how it fits in with everything you already know about these characters. So I will be necessarily brief in my background description.

Kingsley prepared Eleanor for years. One day he knew she would need to disappear. After all, how long could the infamous submissive of a Catholic priest and lover of the King of Manhattan's Kink Underworld remain a secret? Undoubtedly, one day she would need to run away from it all. What Eleanor never believed is that she would be hiding from both Soren and Kingsley.

That day occurs when she is 26 years-old (12 years in the past compared to the present described in THE VIRGIN). Running with very little money, and only really having mutual friends who would no doubt reveal her location, Eleanor goes to the one place that neither Soren nor Kingsley could touch her: her mother's Catholic convent. Of course, Eleanor being who she is, not even a convent full of only nuns could repress her true sexual nature. It is there where she, along with the help of a rather unusually quirky, virginal 21 year-old nun, really learns who she is meant to be.

The events that lead to her disappearance are so unforgivable to Kingsley that even he goes on a hiatus. Afraid that he would never be able to deny Soren should he ask him to help find Eleanor, Kingsley embarks on traveling the world and leaves without a word to Soren. Then he meets the one person who he just may never be able to truly have. Lost in his own duel with fate, he is also forced to face who he is truly meant to be.

I have to say that Tiffany Reisz's way with words, particularly when it comes to forbidden topics, is beyond compare. There is a whole list of things that happen in this book, that I never thought I would be comfortable reading, but when it's Tiffany Reisz who is writing it, I find myself devouring it with plenty of aplomb. If you have an open mind, particularly when it comes to taboo and kink, then I can't recommend The Original Sinners Series highly enough. I guarantee that it will leave you lost in thought for days, and you will never quite see the world the same way again. I just wish there were more books out there that could come close to the incredible rush that Tiffany Reisz's books always seem to inspire. There is just something so dangerously tantalizing about the forbidden that becomes an irresistible force driving you to savor every word. This series really is in a class all of its own. I absolutely can't wait for the next installment, The Queen, which is scheduled to be released in in October 2015!
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