I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, The Siren, so I was looking forward to The Angel very much. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed – if anything, this book was better!
Although infamous erotica author Nora Sutherlin is still featured plenty in this book, she’s not really the main focus. Her mysterious lover, Søren, is. This is the book where we get to find out why the tall sexy Alexander Skarsgard lookalike is the way he is. Why he entered the priesthood, why he’s a sadist and much more.
Søren’s under scrutiny – he’s up for a major promotion and suddenly, the press have come sniffing around him, threatening to expose his secrets and ultimately bring about his total ruin, never mind scuppering his chances at promotion. For this reason, Nora goes to spend the summer in upstate New York with Griffin Fiske, because if she’s not there, then no one can see them together.
Griffin is more than happy to have Nora stay, particularly when he catches sight of Michael, who has travelled with her – also to get out of the journalist’s way and try to protect his secrets and dark past. The three of them expect a summer of sex and training – Michael’s training, that is. He’s a submissive and Nora is to train him properly and help him to truly understand his desires.
Nora is incredibly fond of both Michael – whom she calls Angel – and Griffin, but she can’t help her mind wandering. To Søren, and to someone else from her past whom she can’t quite let go of. In the meantime, Michael is making more discoveries of his own, which both terrify him and arouse him beyond belief.
If I hadn’t needed to sleep, I would have finished this book in less than 24 hours – it was that absorbing. I loved finding out more about the characters I already knew, but I also enjoyed the new characters and their respective journeys. The Angel is definitely not a read for the faint-hearted (it certainly had me flinching at certain points), but for all its deep, dark scenes of BDSM, secrets and heartache, it’s also a beautiful book about love, kindness, redemption and forgiveness. A truly engaging read which now has me hankering for the final book in the trilogy. Tiffany Reisz, you sure know how to tell a story!