This book had the bones of being good, but it was missing the meaty flesh, that readers can sink their teeth into. The sex scenes were boring and repe...moreThis book had the bones of being good, but it was missing the meaty flesh, that readers can sink their teeth into. The sex scenes were boring and repetitive. (less)
This story had the potential to be great. I really would love to see it fleshed out into a full novel. That's the best compliment I can pay. It's was...moreThis story had the potential to be great. I really would love to see it fleshed out into a full novel. That's the best compliment I can pay. It's was very hot. But the shortness of it, made it border on pure porn. (less)
4.5 Stars. I loved all of the detail of the pain Joss went through and her therapist visits. It really needed more of the tender moments between Joss...more4.5 Stars. I loved all of the detail of the pain Joss went through and her therapist visits. It really needed more of the tender moments between Joss and Braden. The sex wasn't fade to bLack, but it wasn't super descriptive. The characters all felt very real, I just needed to see the little moments that made Braden think Joss was worth fighting for. Because Joss IS a head case. Still a pretty good book. :)
Update: I had a squee moment when I saw that Joss loved to watch 'Singin in the Rain' as her sort of pick-me-up movie. I do too! You can't watch that movie and not feel better at the end than you did at the beginning. And she shares my crush on Gene Kelly circa 1952!(less)
Tiffany Reisz is one of the most talented writers putting pen to paper today. Who ever thought a series that m...more As reviewed for Read Our Lips! book Blog
Tiffany Reisz is one of the most talented writers putting pen to paper today. Who ever thought a series that mixed Theology, Kinkology and Suspense could work? But it does! And so amazingly! It's sublime. You could say her books are sexual, because hello? But they also are sensual. So, so sensual.
We pick up where The Angel left off. Nora is with her Wesley. So far, we've really only gotten to see the romantic, chivalrous side of Wesley in the series. But in this book, we get to see the sexual being that was always lurking beneath the surface, just waiting to be unleashed. Nora and Wesley together are just wonderful. I loved it! I also ADORE Wesley's mother! She is a southern belle with a sharp wit and a good heart.
Reisz does her Kentucky home proud with an accurate and interesting portrayal of horse racing and breeding and all that it entails. I don't think Nora is capable of ever being a fish out of water, but we get to see her have some experiences with an almost child-like wonder, that shows a new side of Nora.
We also get to see Søren and Kingsley's past. How their lives are interwoven. How the 8th Circle had it's foundation bricks laid. I found this amazing. Going in, I didn't think I was going to care for the Singsley parts of the books, but they are so beautifully written and made me understand sadomasochism on a level I never have before. What it can be between two people, and I'm not talking about in a club or even a bedroom. I'm talking unplanned, raw, I need you/I love you/I hate you passion. The two of them together are combustible!
And Søren! Søren doesn't just live in badassmuthafucka land, Søren is the king of badassmuthafucka land! The physical pain he inflicts is child's play compared to the emotional sadism. I actually feel sorry for Kingsley! Kingsley! I can't believe it myself! I now like Kingsley!
I am like Tiffany Reisz's petulant child, digging my heels in. I don't wanna like Søren or Kingsley, but she fucking makes me! Sadist! :)
As if all of that weren't enough, the meaty center of it all we have a suspenseful plot, the unraveling of which is a masterful thing to behold. I was holding my breath in places. Add to that, a surprise ending that will make you ache to have The Mistress (book 4), like you might sell a piece of your soul to Søren *shudders* to get it!
So, in my crazy mind, I was constructing an Original Sinners sundae and I realized that I always thought of Kingsley as the cherry. You know, the one you don't want, you flick it off and it leaves a red stain on your beautiful whipped cream (of course, Nora is whipped cream-'cause everyone wants to slurp her up). Now I've upgraded Kingsley to at least sprinkles or maybe wet nuts, I can't decide. Wesley is the vanilla ice cream. The good, creamy, delicious Mexican vanilla ice cream. Søren is the rum raisin or whatever the most frost burned flavor in the parlor is, but sometimes he's double double chocolate chip. Those are my favorite Søren moments. Michael is the yummy, sticky, caramel syrup and a Griffin is the hot fudge. Mmm, So good together!
Wanna bite? ;D
Definite recommended read!
Note: book received though Netgalley for an honest review.
Preliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you question...morePreliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you question yourself and your beliefs. She's not afraid of the darknessthat resides in a character's soul and she's not afraid drag you along with her into that darkness.. Nothing is taboo with her, and she makes you feel like you should reconsider what you consider taboo. All of her characters are relatable. All are human, flawed and beautiful.
Søren, in the Siren, was not my favorite character. I like him much more now. I understand him better. We get to see the complexity of all of these wonderful characters. The addition of Michael is a beautiful one. There's a lot of character growth and definitely more sex. Reisz's characters have layers upon layers that are rarely seen in literature. She's a gifted writer. No one can write a Switch like Ms. Reisz, no one.
If you like BDSM, this series cannot be missed. It will be a classic one day. Of this, I'm sure.
The Angel by Tiffany Reisz: Blew. Me. Away. It's the kind of read you wish wouldn’t end with twists and turns you'd never anticipate, evoking emotions you never expected.
The Angel picks up a year later after the ending of The Siren. Nora is back together with Søren. We get to see some play scenes between the two of them, which we fans have been waiting to see for so long. Those two live up to the hype, let me tell you. And finally! We get to see some love and tenderness between these two! Tiffany Reisz (TR or Mistress Tiff) made us wait a long time for that! But it was definitely worth the wait.
To protect everyone involved from a work issue that's dogging Søren, he sends Nora away and has her take Michael (the White Room Virgin from The Siren) with her to begin his training as a submissive. Nora decides to go to upstate New York and visit Griffin. We all remember Griffin from The Siren, right? Sexy Dom with great muscles, hair, and smile? Yum. So it's just the three of them in Griffin's big house for the period of exile.
With Griffin topping Nora, who's topping Michael, this equals to so much sexiness, it makes you squirm in the best possible sense. The three of them together and all their debauchery for a summer were some of my favorite scenes. At one point, Griffin is wearing a kilt and nothing else. Be still my heart!
Add to the landscape, Suzanne, a reporter investigating Søren. Suzanne has demons of her own – namely a brother who committed suicide, the biggest triggering factor having been molested by a priest in childhood. Her faith is in question. Suzanne has a very primal attraction to Søren. She wants him. With Nora gone for the Summer, Søren is short a play partner...
Suzanne gets to go a bit down the rabbit hole, but all under the guiding hand of Søren and of course Kingsley the Omnipotent. Suzanne's investigating an anonymous tip she received about Søren, and through her digging we learn about Søren's beginnings. I have to say, I like Søren a LOT more in this book, than I did in The Siren.
We get to see some of the bricks of his foundation and to say it's shocking is an understatement. This is where TR shines. She can take a book that is so enjoyable and sexy and bring an abysmal darkness into it. All the while, she protects you from the deep despair that would normally accompany reading such a harsh subject matter. Usually, it would be hard for me to move to a lighter scene after such darkness is exposed, but TR is just so good at weaving the human conditions which plagues us all. Her writing makes you feel protected, I think much in the way Søren's subjects feel protected by him. You may take the fall, but she'll give you a soft place to land. I have no idea how she does it. But it's one of the things that has always made her one of my favorite authors.
Notably missing is Wesley, but not for long. I'm not going to spoil you on this one. But just so you know, I desperately covet Wes' combs.
The Angel is not to be missed. TR is like one of those World Record setting Domino Toppling Players. You know – the ones who set up tens of thousands of dominoes; up stairs, around corners, then back down stairs, and it all starts with one. . . little . . . push. The Angel is brilliantly woven, with wonderfully sweet moments as well as incredibly disturbing revelations. While on this journey, I have no idea where TR’s taking me, but I love the hell outta the trip! I have the feeling we've only just begun our Original Sinners journey and I eagerly await the next installment - The Prince.
What I liked about The Angel:
Reunion. I finally get the reunion between Søren and Nora that I wanted in The Siren. Tenderness included. Søren. I have now fallen prey to Søren's hotness. Back story. We get more of Søren and Nora's back story. Together and Separate. Hold onto your hats! Griffin. I adore him. Sexiness aside, his playful nature and huge heart would have even the coldest reader swooning. He is a natural Dom, protective to the Nth degree and a smart-ass to boot. Love, love, love Griffin! Tattoo time and everything that went with it. Everyone should get their tats from a purple-haired, Scottish chick named Spike. Healing. Søren's assistance in helping Suzanne heal. Wesley's talk with Søren. Boy's got cajones. Nora's big heart. She may be a switch, but she's also a nurturer. Michael, Nora's Angel. I love his sweetness, his bravery, his capacity for love. His submission is beautiful. He's very special and TR makes sure we know it. The ending. Here's how I feel about the ending-*twirly, whirly-gig, Lucy from Peanuts dance, ending in beautiful ballet on tip-toe, (I took tap and jazz, I don't know the names for these, sorry!) and Plié.*
Omg ! I loved this. It was so unexpected. One of those books where you wait for the other shoe to drop but it never does. It was very good. So sexy an...moreOmg ! I loved this. It was so unexpected. One of those books where you wait for the other shoe to drop but it never does. It was very good. So sexy and funny.(less)
This is one of those books that is really hard to review not because you don’t love it, but because you don’t...moreAs reviewed for Read Our Lips! book Blog
This is one of those books that is really hard to review not because you don’t love it, but because you don’t want to give anything away.
Nora Sutherlin is a successful erotica writer that has been picked up by a reputable publishing house, Royal House Publishing for her next book. The caveat: hard-nosed editor, Zachary Easton comes with the deal. She has six weeks to turn out the book and she has to do whatever he tells her to do in order to be published by his publishing house. Zach is known as the London Fog around the office. The juxtaposition of his very British personality with Nora’s very liberal American one is just plain wonderful to behold.
Nora is bright, funny, and worldly, with a razor sharp wit. When she goes head-to-head with Zachary, she doesn’t just do banal flirting. No way! She makes Zach squirm. And squirm so good he does. Zachary, who is currently estranged from his wife, feels a strong sexual attraction to Nora but refuses to consider acting on that attraction until the book is complete. The sexual tension between the two is so strong that no matter how you feel about Nora and Zach independently, you root for them to get it on, just to cut the tension.
Just to make things a little more fun, enter the character of Wes: 19 years old, pre-med student, gorgeous, virgin and living with Nora. Yet, they have no romantic relationship. Again, I rooted for Wes and Nora to get it on. I basically rooted for Nora to get it on with any hot guy in a 50 foot radius.
Last but not least we meet Nora’s former Dom, Søren, whom you might remember from Seven Day Loan, which was set about 8 years before The Siren. He is THE Big, Scary Dom with secrets all his own. He’s still in love with “Eleanor”, but she left him four years ago, even though it’s clear that they still love one another deeply.
One night, Nora takes Zach to the 8th Circle, a BDSM club and boy does he get an education! There is a fluidity in the 8th circle as to who is Dominant and who is submissive that’s different than any other BDSM book I’ve read.
I loved this book! It was absolutely amazing! I truly believe this will, in time be considered a classic. It is written so intelligently. I read The Siren as a group read and some of us were arguing with the author about what certain plot points meant and she would argue back! Which she didn’t have to do, since she wrote the book, but did anyway because she’s awesome! Each reader had a different take on the characters and plot, but everyone was impassioned about it. It evokes a lot of emotion. It’s a critical thinking vortex. Rarely does erotica make you think so much. What shaped Nora? Why is Wes there? What is Zach so afraid of?
There are lots of short stories attached to this Series, which include: Seven Day Loan, Daniel Part Two, Nightswimming, the Ingénue and more. For a more complete list and to talk to others about the series, go to Sinners and Sirens on Goodreads. Tiffany Reisz stops by frequently! Definite recommended read!(less)
Wow! I really loved this book. I like the writing style and the descriptive writing. It was contemporary and true to life. I felt angst almost the ent...moreWow! I really loved this book. I like the writing style and the descriptive writing. It was contemporary and true to life. I felt angst almost the entire way throughout the book. When they have their first time together with Sabian as Austin, I thought that was magic in print. (less)
1-It is my favorite sub-genre of Older Woman/Younger Man. Let’s match up sex drives people! Not ages! 2-Mark gets excited when he finds Rachel’s toy drawer. He uses it the first time they’re together! Woohoo! 3-There is sex on a backyard swing. I won’t say anymore. *lips zipped* 4-Rachel is a woman unafraid of her sexuality. She gets it. What does she have to lose by going for it? That’s sexy. 5-Mark is a landscape architect. He makes hand carved gazebos with just his two hands. He makes a special sanctuary in Rachel’s backyard. Shirtless. In the Sun. Sweating. Lucky Bitch. 6-When twenty-something Lisa, who’s desperate for Mark’s attention at a pool party, says, “Come play with us.” Mark’s reply without taking his eyes of 40 year old Rachel, is, “I’m already playing with someone.” Rachel’s answer to this trollop trying to steal her man is to cannonball into the pool, ruining Lisa’s hair and make-up that she tried so hard to preserve in the pool. Aww. Too bad. So sad. 7-Very hot sex and a quick read. 239KB is a one or two lunch break read. What I didn’t Like about Aged to Perfection:
1-It should have been longer. It felt like a longer book that was whittled down to a smaller size. I love a quick read, but this would have been 5 Kisses if the story had more development time.(less)
I really loved this book. First of all, at no point was the main male character, Elec, an asshole. He didn't try to push her away or bring drama into Tamara's life. He was a genuinely decent human being. He was hot, sexy, bright, great in bed, adored Tamara and was genuine with her kids. He helped Tamara to heal some old wounds about her self image that her deceased husband created. He embrace everything about her and thought she was the sexiest woman he'd ever seen. He was attracted to every part of her. The tenderness with which she treated her kids, squeezed his heart. Tamara was so self-conscious about her stretch marks and her momma pooch, but he saw it as a reminder of what she gave everyday to her children. Elec seemed like a very real and believable character to me. A lot of times, in a book like this, the author will make the male go too far into the fantasy column, but McCarthy balanced him well.
As for the peripheral characters, Suzanne was my favorite. Favorite quote, "well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!". Ryder and Ty are also a hoot. Ryder tells Elec, after Elec and Tamara have had sex in Ryder's coach AND apartment and used his condoms, Ryder says, " I don't have any more properties for you to get busy in, unless you count my car." Just funny. The bimbo Nikki is also so hysterically written. A conversation between Suz and Nikki - "I don't eat." "what do you mean you don't eat?" "if I eat I gain weight, I'll just eat lettuce. I can't wear weight like SOME people" "well, honey I hope you like enchiladas cause your starvin' your brain.". Then Suz proceeds to put extra sour cream on Nikki's enchiladas while Nikki eats the shredded lettuce that was a garnish.
It was a great, witty, emotionally charged, very hot and sexy read. Totally worth your time.(less)
Loved the older woman, younger man dynamic. It was touching in parts and hot as hell in others. The book is one that I pick up every now and again bec...moreLoved the older woman, younger man dynamic. It was touching in parts and hot as hell in others. The book is one that I pick up every now and again because I love it so much. Max and Natasha, just love them!(less)
My Review: Liberating Lacey is unquestionably my favorite book. This is the book that introduced me to the world of Erotica. It was my gateway book! I read the first chapter and I was hooked. I stayed up all night reading. I just couldn’t put it down! This is one of those rare books that you wouldn’t change a single thing, even if you could. Lacey is a wonderfully drawn character.
She’s independently wealthy and Ivy League educated but incredibly down to earth. She’s a 36 year old woman who, a year ago, got out of a marriage where she and her husband had sex once week in the missionary position. She decides that she wants to experience the quintessential hookup, to see what she’s been missing just once in her life.
While in a bar that’s decidedly a meat market she meets Hunter. One touch from him to the small of her back and she feels a sexual charge the likes of which she’s never known. She turns to see a 28 year old cop, Hunter. He’s tall, dark, handsome, strongly muscled, and she can’t look away. Their flirty banter leads to the best sexual experience of Lacey’s life and..that’s only the beginning.
They continue to see one another under the guise of helping Lacey with a series of “firsts”. Hunter tries to navigate through his feelings, saying that he doesn’t want a relationship, yet continuing to see her. She brings out the protective, possessive Alpha male in him and it’s hot!. I adored when Hunter discusses the age difference between he and Lacey with his Dad, who promptly replies, “Last time I checked, women didn’t come with expiration dates.” I love Hunter’s dad! He’s that no bullshit allowed voice that every book should have.
Lacey wants exclusivity with Hunter, but doesn’t tell him as she fears that trying to tie Hunter down will only make him fly the coop, so she takes whatever he is willing to give. Their chemistry is combustible. There is absolutely no redundancy in any of the sex scene and there are a lot of them! Rarely does a chapter go by without incredible, hot, spank-bank worthy sex.
But what sets this book apart from a lot of erotica is that it’s just so emotionally satisfying! This book is Anne Calhoun’s only full length novel to date, but boy does she deliver! With its intelligent dialogue, phenomenal sex scenes and emotions that aren’t contrived or a plot device, Liberating Lacey is a rare gem in contemporary erotica.
How hot is it? Raging fire out of control.
How romantic is it? Paris and poem-worthy.
How well written is it? No hiccups, uses broad vocabulary and perfect sentence structure.
What I love about Liberating Lacey:
Hunter’s emotional growth. Lacey’s sexual growth. It’s not a cougar book in sprit. The fellatio scene. So Hot! The You Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine scene. The bad cop scene. The restaurant bathroom scene. That grilled cheese with tomato is “their” food. That I’d want to be friends with Lacey. That I’d want Hunter to fuck me standing up. (If I weren’t married, of course) The theme of Dominance and submission are so subtle, I missed them on the first read. That Hunter frequently calls Lacey, “Beautiful”. That Hunter loves Lacey’s “sexy underwear”. That Lacey’s underwear isn’t particularly sexy. It’s a great big book of spank-bank material! (as in-have your favorite man/toy handy girls!) The rain scene. And that you can read it over and over and still love it as much as the first time you read it. What I don’t like about Liberating Lacey
That there wasn’t a sequel. That Anne Calhoun got me hooked on her writing but only writes short stories That it wasn’t made into a full length movie, full frontal included! Rating: 5 Kisses
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