Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book...if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.
Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him...or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
Jen's Review -
Fun book - Wasn't really what I thought it would be, but it was pretty good.
I loved the storyline about the Erotica Author trying to make her story the best. And after that ending, I can see why.
I have to agree with Zach though, I try not to judge a book until I get to the end. It's the ending of the book that makes the story great. I understand there are 2 other books to this series, so I'm hoping all my feelings twards this book changes by the time the 2nd book comes out.
Not that I didn't like this story, it was really good - I just don't understand that type of S&M play. The hardcore beatings. I would have liked to have known more about how Nora came into the pain, other than a few stories about Soren and how they came together. I'm afraid of him myself -
Zach loves his wife Grace. But after he moved to the states, he knew there wasn't any chance of them getting back together. But that didn't stop him from loving her still.
When Zach got the job to work with Nora, the infamous Erotica writer, he saw a little glimmer or something that might actually help him take his mind off Grace. But could he truly ever forget her?
Nora, ah -- the best Dominatrix around. She was good at her job, but writing was what she truly wanted to do. But writing didn’t pay the bills, so she kept at her job as a Dominatrix.
Wesley, What a sweetheart – I loved this guy. He was Nora’s Live-in-intern. And he cared about Nora, a lot more than she knew. But they had their boundaries, and he made sure that she didn’t go back to Soren.
Nora needed Wesley in her life. She cared about him more that she’d ever admit to anyone. But she knew he was too good for her.
When Zach was finally fed up with his obsession about his wife who was no longer his, he decided to let Nora help him. She took him to the S&M Club. That shocked him enough.
When Soren came to the club after finding out that Nora had brought Zach with her, things got a little complicated.
The story was a good one, it was just a lot going on at one time. Everyone was thinking one thing, and doing something else.. and it was hard to see everyone moving in one direction, when you thought they should be moving in the other direction.
Guess this review wasn’t the best, sorry about that : )
his book was confusing yet made perfect sense, like clear as mud ;P
It all revolves around Nora who is an author by day and a Dominatrix by night.
I loved Nora's character. She is witty and smart and can stand with the best of them. Her breakup with Soren takes her back into the world she is familiar with but is now in the leading role.
Zach is a stuck up and staid editor who has a moment of weakness but soon finds his path has been opened up to be happy with his wife.
Wesley oh sweet Wesley. What can I say about him except he is such a sweet boy. His perception of love is a bit skewed while living with the infamous writer/dom. The affection they feel for each other is a bit unorthodox but they somehow make it work.
Soren what is up with him??????? I want to know but am afraid to :/
Looking forward to the rest of the books in the Original Sinners series.
Great read and highly recommend!
No safe word can protect the heart
Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.
Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.
But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.
Son of a mother fucking bitch!!! Ohhh my bad! Father S, forgive me for I have sinned, multiple times and without remorse. :D
I get it. Now I understand it. Nora's pussy is gold plated and that is why I've gone lezbo for her :D LOL!!!!
I can honestly say, if I ran into her on the street, I’d probably sleep with her and enjoy every minute of it. Okay, that’s not why I’d go swing for the same team. Nora is probably one of the best female leads I’ve ever read about. Her words, sarcastic or not has me so wrapped up around her I cant help but drool over every word. And her love for all the men in her life, Mama Bear to the core! She is in love with a man who she can never fully have. And she is okay with it. She wants him to stay and live his life serving the Lord. She will protect this from anyone. Even a nosey journalist. Suzanne might have been deliberately thrown into the scene but there was a purpose to the madness.
The Angel was full of down and dirty amazing sex, BDSM on a level I’ve never experience, in books that is. Blood play, that was a new one for me. Didn’t make me squirm as much as I thought it would when I was reading about it. A mystery of who done it and revelations of a life that hurt down into my soul. This book really had me thinking about everything. Life, love, religion. All of it. What do I really believe?
I really questioned Soren. He should be the bad guy right? He’s a priest who’s a sadist and take pleasures of the flesh. A pleasure so sinful and secretive that ever revealed he could lose everything. Or is he just a man, underneath all these layers? He’s a man who had beyond fuckedupness of a life before he gave up all things to be what he is, a man of the Lord. So why is he playing with fire? I still don’t know how I feel about him but the work he does for the church makes me believe in him, that he’ll do the right thing but what is the right thing?
And now to my favorite character Griffin. He’s a playboy that has always gotten his way. He takes it and leaves it without a care. He and Nora are long time friends/fuck buddies. She is going to spend some time with him while Soren is look upon as the next Bishop. She brings a nice young and sexy surprise. Not for him of course but Griffin wants a taste anyways.
Michael is a 17 yr old kid that has issues. Issues shown as scars on his wrists. He’s not proud of it but he NEEDED it. He didn’t know what he was and wanted to end it all. Not until that fateful day that he took it upon himself to end his life. His priest reveals a secret to him that opens up his mind to new possibilities. With Soren and Nora’s guidance they take him on a journey to new found knowledge of what he is and what he wants. And meeting Griffin has Michael beyond confused. He’s not gay is he? He likes girls right?
Griffin is tested once again but will he follow through this time or chicken out like he did for Nora?
There is so much still going on that I am not satisfied with this series. I HAVE to read The Prince to find out more about who is targeting Nora and what will happen with her and Wesley. Will they get a forever? What about Soren? Will Nora go back to Soren or was it their final goodbye? So many questions still linger. I cant wait to find out more!
Loved this story a lot better - we got to meet Michael in this book - remember him, the 15 year old virgin that Nora got to play with?? He's grown up now... and such a sweetheart!
This book starts off with Soren and Nora - The church is looking at Soren to become the churches newest Bishop. Meaning he would have to leave Nora and the church he's in now.
Suzanne , a reporter, gets an anonymous tip that Father Stearns (aka, Soren) has a conflict of interest. She is determined to find out what that is.. Since her own brother was abused by a priest, she will do anything to make sure Father Soren isn't one of THOSE types of priests.
When Soren finds out he is being investigated by a reporter, he sends Nora and Michael out of town to keep them from being exposed to their lifestyles. Or for telling about his lifestyle .
Michael is graduating from high school on Thursday, so Nora heads up to her good friend Griffin's house early. Griffin and Nora have a... comfortable relationship. But since Griffin and Soren aren't exactly friends, they don't get to spend a lot of time together. So the next couple of days is a good chance for them to play catch up.
When Michael pulls in a couple of days later, Griffin's first look at Michael, and he KNOWS - only Soren had threatened Griffin, Michael is Hands off - Normally Griffin wouldn't have bothered to worry about Soren, but he knew from past experience what it would mean to defy Soren's word.
Michael had never had feelings for a guy before, but after meeting Griffin, his feelings started to change. of course he still loved Nora and worshiped the ground she walked on, but for once, his mind was wondering over to areas he had never known before.
Michael lived his life in a bubble so to speak, he was unbelievably shy, his father was a jerk, and his mom wasn't much better, so he cared for only those who cared for him.
Spending the summer with Griffin and Michael helped Nora keep her mind away from missing Soren, but she was able to focus more on missing Wesley. She actually learns Wes wasn't really who she thought he was.
Soren spends time with the reporter, telling him his story, and answering her questions. I was actually surprised about how open he was with her. It threw his character off for me. I didn't like him much, since he's a sadist and can only get off by giving pain, but he really is a truly good priest. And I was impressed with getting to know him better. Especially his past.
The book leaves us wanting MORE! I can't believe how unselfish that ending was! WOW! SO looking forward to the next book! Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long :)