Title: The Virgin (The White Years #3)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Length: 416 pages
Rating: 5 stars
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.
Michelle: I never know what I am going to expect whenever I read one of Tiffany’s books, all I know that I can always count on a great story and pure awesomeness from Tiffany. Little did I know that not only would I be reading one story, but in actuality, we get two stories. Nora is reminiscing with both with Soren and King about “that year”, you know “that year” when Nora left Soren, yes, that one. I really do not want to rehash why because if you are a true Original Sinner fan, like me and my shortie Yaya, you will know why she left Soren oh those many years ago. King is telling both Soren and Nora the story on how he met Juliette.
Yaya: I’m no longer shocked. Thrilled? Extremely. If you haven’t learned by now that Tiffany Reisz will find a way of surprising you, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention correctly. Now in The Virgin she manages to give us the unspoken story of the one year where Eleanor leaves Søren. Because Søren did something so terrible according to her she could not forgive him for. We knew it had to be good. Eleanor leaving her Priest is like a sign of the apocalypse, but what I wasn’t ready for were new secrets and get this, the story is told in both Eleanor and King’s POV. Turns out King and her had some plans of their own and their favorite Sadist was not involved. Best part, that moment where our favorite Mistress Nora is born. Eeekkkk!!!
Michelle: I adore Nora, I love all of Tiffany’s the characters. We get to meet Kyrie, a soon to be ordained nun. Oh man Kyrie really cracked me up at times trying to find out why Nora was hanging out in a convent. I loved how Kyrie would earn her “points” with Nora to get to the truth of the matter. What I didn’t expect was how strong Nora’s feelings were for Kyrie. You will laugh and you will cry.
Yaya: If you aren’t aware Nora is bisexual. There’s something about Tiffany’s F/F scenes with Nora that you can’t help but admire. Although she doesn’t drastically change Nora being with a women, but I feel like Nora is very passionate with her ladies (Sheridan ). It’s not something being forced out of her, she does it willingly. In this case from a soon to be nun, Kyrie, who can keep up with her sarcasm and attitude. Kyrie develops a crush for Nora. Uh-Oh!!! You don’t say. Reminding you the convent is where Nora fled to hide because she thought no one would find her there. I love those moments where she thinks she hears a “certain” sound of a familiar motorcycle (Mental image of Søren in his Ducati ).
“… Now I’m starting to thinking something different. You hid behind your collar and get to play God while the rest of us do your bidding and suffer the consequence. You get the glory. She gets the bruises. Maybe it’s you who’s not worthy of her. Maybe it’s you who’s not worthy of me, either.” – Kingsley
Michelle: Oh my sweet Frenchman King. Can we love this sexy rogue anymore than we do, absofuckinglutely! He’s pissed at Soren, so what else is new? He travels around the world and ends up in Haiti. His interactions with Juliette oh man, so unexpected at times. Juliette is a real firecracker. Yet at times my heart went out for her.
Yaya: Mon Dieu!!! I love it when King says that. So not only is Nora pissed but so is Kingsley and like Michelle said, what else is new? If King wasn’t mad at Søren it wouldn’t be normal. At times it really seems like King is Søren’s wife with all the bickering they do. Sorry King, don’t be mad at me, but Søren turns you into mush. You go and try and change his Little One and you don’t think he’ll have a fit? Dude, he’s the Lord of your underground world. You’re “damaging” his goods or making them better as we see now. Then you go and keep a secret from him. Where is your shame Kingsley? Knowing King he’ll say he’s French and he doesn’t have any. After his run away from it all and traveling around the world, Haiti is where his heart will situate him for a while and all thanks to this woman named Juliette. Yes this is the story of how he meets his precious jewel. From the moment they meet to how they end up together, their story will knock you off your feet. Some good comedy in there too.
Michelle: You know Tiffany cannot do any wrong in my book whenever she writes. Her writing is so refreshing and makes you fall in love with all these characters more and more. You just don’t want to stop reading, for me anyway.
“You should know that as much as I love my Eleanor, my Little One, I do love Mistress Nora, too. It took me longer to fall in love with her, but now I love her as deeply as I love my Eleanor.”
Freaking Soren does it to me all the damn time, water works.
Yaya: Never enough. I want to grow old with these characters. I want to live in their stories. I want to personally know them and hangout with them. That’s how I feel every time I read this series. You may be asking yourself how many times do we need to read their stories? Infinity. I don’t ever want them to end. Yes we know their future story already, but never this detailed. This is going back and filling in the blanks for you. Sort of like behind the scenes. Always new, always fresh. Tiffany always finds a new way to freshen up your Sinners mindset. There’s just never a dull moment with this series. These characters will forever have a place in their fans hearts. They may not be the stories for you and that’s fine. I’ve said it many times have a big heart and a bigger open mind when you begin the series. What you think is right/wrong in your world, might be the complete opposite in theirs. It is why they are the Sinners❤️
– YaYa and Michelle
*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.