Last week, I posted a huge master post reviewing the first part of The Original Sinners Series, one of my most favorite erotic sagas ever, written by the lovely Tiffany Reisz. This week, I’m tackling the second part of the series in another master post.
As I explained, this series is divided in two parts: The Red Years, which is set in the present time where we start the story. And The White Years, that feature the past of the characters as well as some bits of continuation to where we ended in The Red Years.
Today, we’re tackling The White Years.
During The Red Years, it’s mentioned time and time again that Nora and Søren met when she was 15 years old and he was 29. We learned that she was a feisty girl from the start and that she shamelessly flirted with him. We also learned about how Nora promised to give Søren forever and he promised to give her everything. I adored those moments in the previous books and when we found out that The Saint would tell the story of those years, I was so freaking excited. This book was so, so great. Getting to know teenage-Nora was such a treat. In this book, she’s still that character we fell in love with during The Red Years, but she’s also younger, so it was nice to see how much she grew up to become the woman that she did. On the other hand, there was something inexplicably sweet about twenty-something Søren. His overwhelming feelings for Nora and her wild behavior while he’s trying to not break his vows with her (at least while she’s a minor) make him seem more human. I loved it. We knew of Søren in love with Nora, of Søren used to Nora’s personality, we knew that guy. But getting to know Søren while he learns who Nora is and vice versa was delightful. (Important fact: we also learned in this book where the last name Sutherlin comes from. Such a nice touch.)
Now… the reason we learned about all of this was because present-Nora is telling someone that story. That someone is Nico, Kingsley’s 25 year old son, who Kingsley and the readers found out existed at the end of The Mistress. Nora, being the sexual goddess that she is, sleeps with Nico, of course. If it had been any other person, I wouldn’t have cared at all that she slept with him. But her sleeping with Nico automatically eliminated the chance of her and Kingsley ever having a sexual encounter in the future and that made me SO SAD, cause I love, love, love Kingsley and Nora’s moments. Anyway… Nora’s with Nico in France while she mourns the death of a loved one. During the entire book, we’re wondering who died, because Tiffany is a sadist and likes to torture her readers. In the end, we find out it was Nora’s mother who died. It was a really sad moment, but it was done really well. Overall, this book is one of my favorites of The White Years. Buy the book here.
This book competes with The Saint for the number one spot in my heart. During The King, we get to meet twenty-something Kingsley, who’s all party, all decadence, and all self-destruction. When his sister “killed herself”, he and Søren separated and he went on to have a dangerous life as a part of the French Foreign Legion. The things he lived during that time, coupled with the absence of Søren in his life, turned him into someone who doesn’t really care about what happens to him. But then, our dear 16-year-old Nora gets herself arrested, so Søren goes to him for help. The only thing Kingsley asks in return is for Søren to stay in his life. And what a ride begins. The Søren-Kingsley moments in this book are one of the bests in the entire series. Having them reconnect after so much has happened created such a good tension and their banter was on fire. You know they’re in love with each other, but you can also see they can’t/won’t just pick things up where they left it off. By the time the book ends, Kingsley has grown up so much you can’t help but feel joyful. Especially because during the previous books, while we know he’s been through some hardships, we only ever see happy, sassy King. To see him as broken as he was in The King and then see him rise above that and get all the good things he got in his life made me so happy.
While Kingsley was building his kingdom, The 8th Circle, he met Sam, a lesbian who he develops feelings for, Mistress Felicia, who fulfils Kingsley’s need for submitting again, along with other great characters. Tiffany is amazing at creating interesting people. Sam and Kingsley’s relationship was lovely. She became a friend he really needed and I was so happy we got to see their platonic relationship. (Important fact: We learn where the signature question: “Have you ever had sex in the back of a Rolls Royce?” came from. AND IT WAS AMAZING.) To whom is Kingsley telling the story of his past? To the lovely Grace. He travels to England to give her something for Fionn (who by the time we’re in this book it’s made perfectly clear he’s Søren’s son) and to get Grace to really understand the important role Søren has played in his life. The short moments of Kingsley with Grace and Fionn were as great as the past moments. This book is an overall MVP. Buy the book here.
We all know, from the previous books, that Nora left Søren at some point. When we start The Siren, she’s already a famous Dominatrix. But before she could make the transition from Søren’s sub to Mistress Nora, something had to happen. In this book, we get the story of that year. The year both Kingsley and Nora decide to leave town in order to escape Søren. When Nora left Søren, she hid in her mother’s convent. There, she entered a relationship with a lovely novice named Kyrie, who becomes the person Nora slowly reveals why she left Søren in the first place, so that us readers can find out the reason at the same time Kyrie does. It’s during this time of her life that Nora starts playing more with her dominant side. Plus, she writes the draft of her first novel while in the convent. Then, we have Kingsley, who’s also gone. Unlike Nora, Kingsley traveled the world when he left New York, but he eventually ends up in Haiti. This is where he meets his future sub and mother of his daughter, Juliette. Getting to see Kingsley and Juliette falling in love was one of the best parts of this book. I’ve always loved their relationship, so it was nice to see how it all started. I admit I wasn’t a big fan of Nora’s relationship with Kyrie, but we still had some really good moments during those parts of the book.
What’s happening in the present? Why are we learning about this year? Because Nora, Kingsley and Søren are reminiscing in a castle in Scotland, the night before Michael and Griffin’s wedding. Søren demanded that they tell him about what went down the year they both left him, because it’s something that they never really talked about before. It was really smart of Tiffany to give us our Unholy Trinity during the present times, since the past had them apart. It balanced out the need I always have to see them all together. During the present, we also learn that Juliette is pregnant for the second time, plus we get a really nice confirmation that Søren accepts both Nora; the Mistress and Eleanor; his Little One, despite how hard it was for him at first to see her as a switch/dominatrix. Buy the book here.
During The Red Years, we are introduced to Mistress Nora Sutherlin. We know that before she became that tough-as-nails Dominatrix, she was Søren’s Little One. What we don’t know is how she went from one thing to the other. If The Virgin gave us the story of what that year she left Søren was like, The Queen gave us Nora’s transformation from obedient submissive to ruthless Mistress. And it was every bit of amazing as you could imagine. In this book, we get to see Nora training to become the Queen of Kingsley’s kingdom. Having always known that little Eleanor was more than what Søren made her out to be, as soon as she showed up on his doorstep after leaving the convent, Kingsley offered her the chance to work for him as a Dominatrix. The journey that begins is so freaking great to read. Kingsley and Nora are always a blast to have together. And if they’re teaming up to annoy Søren? Even better.
What’s happening in the present? During Michael and Griffin’s wedding reception, Nora is telling Søren this story as her last confession, letting him know that there were a couple of times she almost went back to him (before she eventually did) and what stopped her. Søren is about to meet his son for the first time in a few hours, so Nora is distracting him. In this book, we get the final great moments of Søren and Nora together, both in the story she’s telling and the present. Watching Nora step back for a moment in the end, so that Kingsley could be the one to be next to Søren while he met his son was such a selfless thing to do. It was the perfect proof of how mature everyone is in the story and how much closure we can get as readers. I loved everything about this book. It gave me so many warm feelings and I thought it was an excellent book to close things off. Buy the book here.
There you have it!
My long, long, long reviews of the second part of The Original Sinners Series. Reading these books is one of the finest pleasures in life, in my opinion. I’m always randomly picking them up to reread them, because I miss not being in this world as soon as I close the books. If you’ve read this far, thank you so much. See you next Friday.