Published by Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Also by this author: The Mistress, Misbehaving, The Last Good Knight: Parts 1-5, The Saint, The King
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The provocative 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. She always imagined if that day came, she'd be running with Søren. Instead, she's running from him.
Fearing Søren and Kingsley will use their power and influence to bring her back, Eleanor takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent where her mother has taken orders, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure.
With Eleanor gone, the lights have gone out in Kingsley's kingdom. When he learns the reason she left, he, too, turns his back on Søren and runs. On a beach in Haiti, Kingsley meets Juliette, the one woman who could save him from his sorrows. But only if he can save her first.
Eleanor can hide from Søren but she can't hide from her true nature. A virginal novice at the abbey sends Eleanor down a path of sexual awakening, but to follow this path means leaving her lover behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make.
The lure of the forbidden, the temptation to sin and the price of passion have never been higher, and Eleanor and Kingsley will have to pay it if they ever want to go home again.
Once upon a time, he and Søren had made an idle wish to someday have a girl who was wilder than him and Søren put together. Be careful what you wish for.
Sometimes I wonder what the point of a review is for a series that is one book away from being over. Don’t get me wrong, I think reviews are helpful for every book, but either you will or will not read it. It’s as simple and as complex as that. With Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners: White Years series it is a no brainer. This is one of those books that you drop EVERYTHING going on to read. After all, The Virgin, finally unveils what happened during that missing year after Nora left Søren.
I told you the first night you and I spoke that your shepherd was a wolf. He is a wolf on a leash and that leash might break someday. When that happens, you take care of yourself. I’ll take care of him.
There is one thing I want to touch on that this series as a whole has shown me, and it’s relevant once you see the story between Nora and Kyrie, is that love is not less when it’s divided among many. You would think that after ALL the people Nora has loved (and there is many because Nora is just one of those people that falls in love easily and often) that it would feel less genuine and more tawdry, but it doesn’t. I may question the direction in which Nora points her heart (and her body parts among other things) but I should know better after 7 books and countless stories that Ms. Reisz has a method to her madness.
Leaving Søren for any extended period of time was much like this kiss—a torture and a tease. Being away from him hurt, always. But the reunion at the end of the separation made every second apart worth the price.
The Virgin was as enthralling and as emotional as I wasn’t expecting. I did round up a half star because of the amount of Kingsley in this story, which I wasn’t expecting, was an awesome and pleasant surprise. But as sad as I will be to let these characters go (the last book, The Queen, is out October 27th) I know what is left in their journey is something worth waiting and savoring for.