I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Limited on March 31, 2015
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The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.
For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.
Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure
She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make
The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.
What do you get when you have a woman who isn’t so good at holding her tongue and a convent? What happens when the thing you never expected happen …. happens? What do you do when all that you know is up in the air and things look their worst?
These questions all get answered in this book and we get to go on a journey where a King meets his Queen and a young woman finally realizes who she is along with who she isn’t.
We also get to see Juliette’s reaction to Kingsley in a kilt and to see the start of the wedding that we all have been cheering for. By the way I can’t say I would blame Juliette in the least not to mention the sight of Kingsley and Søren in kilts might make me a bit … ummmm… yeah… If you didn’t know who Tiffany had in mind for the two men above let me clue you in… For Søren – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and for Kingsley – Gaspard Ulliel
*Gives you a few minutes to cool down*
Again I am going to be careful to not give spoilers as I adore this series and the twists/turns are what make me happiest as I read these. We get to see Nora start to evolve in to the woman we know in The Siren and the path she is on is one that all of us go thru in our lives. I mean we all have those moments where we just don’t know what to do… We don’t know who we really are nor do we have any idea of what to do with the rest of our lives until if we are lucky we have one of those moments where everything becomes clear. Granted most of ours don’t involve discovering you are a switch in love with one of the most clearly dominant men known…. Also most of ours don’t involve running to a convent where you discover love and also what you are meant to be in the next part of your life.
I adored watching Elle become more and more her own person but mainly watch her mature in the time she has in hiding. She’s starting to wise up and realize that things aren’t always so determined but that she not only has talent but is also her own person outside of the relationship that has defined her since she first met her priest. She’s also good at realizing the best thing for her is outside the walls but the best thing for someone else is not the same… This made me sad but also quite happy as it was the right decision and truly made for the right reason.
Now… my favorite part of this was…. Kingsley meeting his Juliette… I loved seeing our jaded and oh so weary King meet the woman who we know holds a big part of his heart and is his match in every single way. Her story made me sad but it also sheds light on why they work so well together plus seeing King floored is something precious. He’s very much a man who still hasn’t decided what he wants to be but in meeting her…. well… we get to see the man we all adore as he steps up to be what he has always been meant to be. I loved his journey and how this plays out as Nora is also having her own awakening.
The way the two stories weave together is amazing and it kept me enthralled from beginning to end. The slight breaks as we get to see a bit of present day helps keep you from being overwhelmed but seeing two key figures finally get on the path that will ultimately bring them complete happiness was wondrous and beautiful even as it was angsty and painful.
As much as this pains me to say… only one more book to go…. I can’t wait for The Queen as much as I curse it as it will be the last book for a while (I’m holding out hope for more) from Tiffany with these characters as the primary focus.