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.
Wow! I really don’t know what to say. The Angel has rendered me speechless. It was so very different than The Siren for me (not nearly as dark but still very intense). There was definitely never a dull moment.
After finishing The Siren, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to dive right into the next book in the series. I thought that I might need something a little lighter first. But I guess curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see the next chapter in Nora, Soren, and especially Wesley’s story.
The Angel picks up after some time has passed from The Siren‘s ending. Nora has no choice but to go into hiding as Soren is up for a promotion. And such a promotion brings unwanted attention that could possibly expose who they are and things that they have done. With her, Nora takes Michael, a 17 year old boy who is completely lost and searching for himself and who he wants to be.
The Angel brought several new characters, namely Suzanne. Suzanne is a war time reporter who is currently back from covering the war in Afghanistan. Her past has her doubting all things God. After receiving a tip, she begins investigating Soren. Through this investigation, we learn a lot about Soren’s life and what has made him such a complex individual. At times, I found myself feeling compassion towards Soren, which I so did not want to feel for him. I tried so hard to maintain my disgust for Soren but was often frustrated at myself when I would lean more toward sympathy for Soren.
The Angel was a bit more of an investigative mystery, which is right up my alley. Seeds were constantly being planted to make your mind wonder and luckily everything came around and connected. As in The Siren, this one keeps you guessing, just in a totally different way. I was a little bummed that we don’t get more of Wesley but was left satisfied that we should get to continue with Wesley in The Prince.
Once again I felt a full range of emotions. Many times I loved it and others I didn’t so much. Even though some of the situations just didn’t fit my personal taste, I would have to give The Angel 4 controversial but intriguing stars.