**Five Star Review** THE VIRGIN **Tiffany Reisz**

Posted March 3, 2015 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

**Five Star Review** THE VIRGIN **Tiffany Reisz**The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
Also by this author: The King, The Queen, The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years, #4), The Confessions, The Bourbon Thief, The Bourbon Thief, The Night Mark, The Red, Michael's Wings: An Original Sinners Collection, The Lucky Ones, The Chateau (The Original Sinners, #9), The Rose, Winter Tales, The Priest (The Original Sinners, #9), The Pearl (The Godwicks, #3)
Published by MIRA on March 31st 2015
Genres: Erotica, Fiction
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0778317978

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The provocative story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original SinnersFor years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run. She always imagined if that day came, she'd be running with Søren. Instead, she's running from him.Fearing Søren and Kingsley will use their power and influence to bring her back, Eleanor takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent where her mother has taken orders, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure.With Eleanor gone, the lights have gone out in Kingsley's kingdom. When he learns the reason she left, he, too, turns his back on Søren and runs. On a beach in Haiti, Kingsley meets Juliette, the one woman who could save him from his sorrows. But only if he can save her first.Eleanor can hide from Søren but she can't hide from her true nature. A virginal novice at the abbey sends Eleanor down a path of sexual awakening, but to follow this path means leaving her lover behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make.The lure of the forbidden, the temptation to sin and the price of passion have never been higher, and Eleanor and Kingsley will have to pay it if they ever want to go home again.

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Saying Tiffany Reisz has a way with words is like saying Beethoven knows how to write music. Each time I start out to review a book in her remarkable Original Sinners series, I ask myself what can I say that hasn’t already been said by me or another reviewer? Will my comments seem stale and redundant?  Will they fall short of doing justice to a book that is so far removed from stale and redundant?  Is it even possible to continue writing 5 star reviews that will tell readers what to expect from one of these books? The Virgin will exceed your expectations. It is written in the author’s inimitable style combining graphic erotica with gut-wrenching emotion and laugh-out-loud humor. Reading an Original Sinners book is like picking up a box that contains a familiar and beloved puzzle which has a few missing pieces to find that, magically, the missing pieces have been replaced and you have only to insert them in the correct spots to view the complete picture.  But don’t get too comfortable with that phrase “complete picture”.  Fans of the author know very well how she loves to toy with her readers and in The Virgin, she toys with her readers, toys with her characters and toys with her words.

I’m going to say up front that if you haven’t read the earlier books in this series, my review may contain mild spoilers for you and you should stop reading now! Your order is to go get started on The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress, The Saint and The King and in that order.  It is no secret among those who know me that I love Kingsley Edge. With sincere apologies to his beloved Juliette, I bonded with him the first time he posed the question “Have you ever had sex in the back of a Rolls Royce?”. From the time I read about that poor sad boy who gets exiled to a Jesuit boarding school for his own protection in The Prince to the king of Manhattan who exiles himself to Haiti in The Virgin, I have longed to see Kingsley find the person who will belong to him and him alone. Of course I love the relationship between Kingsley, Søren, and Nora. And I love the depth of the love Kingsley has for Søren and the love that Søren tries not to show for Kingsley.  I also love the unique bond Kingsley has with Nora because of the love they each have for Søren. If you’re thinking that’s a complex triangle as well as a complex sentence, you’re right.  I really want Kingsley to have a love of his very own..nothing vanilla mind you, but a love that will complete him as a character.

While Kingsley has exiled himself to a tropical island, Nora has exiled herself to (don’t laugh!) a convent where she encounters a young nun who vows to help Nora figure out what she’s supposed to do with her life. Kyrie is written as a tiny sprite-like girl.  Angelic and ethereal in appearance, she is also a virgin. Despite her innocence, Kyrie has a spirit of adventure so don’t assume Nora is the seducer! I think astute readers will find at least one of the scenes between Nora and Kyrie parallels a particularly emotional scene between young Søren and Kingsley in The Prince. . .look for it!

Tiffany Reisz has a unique talent for making readers want to turn back to the first chapter and start over as soon as they read the last word in a book. The Virgin is no exception.  How does she do that time after time? How does she create a plot so intricate that each time I re-read one of the earlier books or read a new one, I find new facets to the characters, more pieces in the well-loved puzzle? I can never get enough of this story.  With all the revelations and plot twists and a cliffhanger of an ending that will leave you shaking your head and turning back to the first page, The Virgin is like a good Chinese meal….delicious and satisfying, but in a short while you’re hungry for more.  And guess what! While you were gorging yourself on Chinese. . .our crafty author sneaked in and rearranged your puzzle leaving you with a whole new group of missing pieces. Tiffany Reisz is invariably kind to her readers and has written a number of tidbits outside the novels to hold the starving masses at bay. Some of these can be found on her website. Do yourself a favor and read every word she has written. Your hunger will be appeased and you will have bonus pieces for your Sinners puzzle.



About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin’s Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky’s Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women’s suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers

2 responses to “**Five Star Review** THE VIRGIN **Tiffany Reisz**

  1. Angy

    Amazing review! I read this book already and I totally loved it! It is amazing! I totally agree with you….
    For me, Soren has always been my #1, but after reading this book, I think now I love Kingsley more… :O But hey, in this series, that’s cool, right?

    • robbielea4

      Thanks for your comment! I think Kingsley will always be my favorite…I have a weakness for pirates!

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