Review – The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
I will make this short and sweet: The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz is the best book I’ve read so far in the entire Original Sinners series. I say this with confidence. I say this even after DEVOURING all of Tiffany Reisz’s previous books, including The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress, The Saint and The King, my second most favoritist books on God’s green earth. Let me break it down for ya:
First of all, let’s just get the sex out of the way right now. I know you’re wondering: after six books, how many times can you show BDSM and still have it be impactful? How many times can you have the same characters having sex and still have it be interesting? How many times can you write those scenes without sounding repetitive or, even worse, boring? Well, you somehow steal Tiffany Reisz’s brain, that’s how. (Don’t do that.) Seriously, I was worried. Before I read The Virgin, as it was downloading on my Kindle app, I did think to myself…how? How would Tiffany top The King? (Haha, that line is funny. And if you read the books, you’d laugh at it too.) How would she showcase these characters in a new light, when she’s already shown us, her faithful, submissive readers, all the angles of her characters already, even the unflattering angles?
Well, she wrote The Virgin, that’s how. And if you think Tiffany has exhausted every scenario for sex, think again. There were quite a number of sex scenes in this book that I was like, whoa!!! I have never read anything like it. EVER. Two of them immediately come to mind, both involving my favorite deviant and Kingsley. (Haha.) There’s something truly edgy about the sex with this book, something dangerous in the psychology of the characters having it, especially Kingsley Edge and his lover. And Kingsley Edge and Nora. And Nora and a nun from her mother’s convent. And Nora and Soren. (See what I’m saying?)
Which leads me to the second reason why I adore this book: the characters. You have the Unholy Trinity: Brad, Angelina and…sorry, wrong trinity. You have Nora, Soren and Kingsley. They’ve been the mainstays since book one and every time, every SINGLE time, Tiffany peels back another layer and reveals not only things we never knew about them before, but things we never even imagined.
Reason Three: The Virgin ties back so many threads from previous stories! Haiti, the dogs, the rocks, the whip, the REASON! It was just so fun to read and discover so many awesome Easter eggs.
Reason Four: The pacing. Damn, Tiffany really outdid herself with The Virgin. The story was such a delicious mystery. Not your typical who-dunnit, but why and how it happened. It was those questions that gave the plot wings. I could not rip through this story fast enough. Tiffany wrote the perfect amount of hints and teases in the beginning chapters, really upped the stakes towards the middle, and drove the whole plot home at the end. And the payoff, the answer to questions of why and how, did not disappoint. The chapter where it was all revealed was worth the many words that came before it. Not that those words were anything but glorious.
All in all, what I’m trying to say, in case I haven’t made it clear enough, is that Tiffany Reisz’s The Virgin is a powerful, emotional book that stays with you long after the final page is turned. It’s a beauty of a book, perfectly packaged, impeccably written, and sexy sexy sexy. 🙂 Read it then read it again! Trust me, you’ll want to. 🙂