The paper back version of the book that I have bought is black, with a large golden key on the front cover, just left of the middle. Except for the title of the book – also in golden letters – it says: fifty shades darker than grey. The back of the book shows some testimonials. The book consists of 425 pages, divided into 35 paragraphs. Tiffany Reisz has dedicated this book to three people: Jason Isaacs, Alyssa Palmer and B.
I bought this book because I had already read The Angel, written by the same author. When I bought The Angel, I was not aware that it was the second book in a series and after I had read it, I wanted to read the first book too.
Just like in The Angel, there is a short piece about Tiffany Reisz on the first page of the book. Want to know more about her? You can read my post on The Angel or you can surf to the about page on Tiffany’s website.
The main characters:
There are four main characters in this book:
Nora, also known as Eleanor. She is an erotica writer, but also a well-known dominatrix
Zach(ary) – Nora’s editor and eventually lover
Søren – Nora’s priest, but also a dominant and previous owner of Nora
Wes – a male, virgin student that lives with Nora
Supporting characters are:
Grace – Zach’s estranged wife
Kingsley – big player in the 8th circle, the community of dominants and subs that Nora belongs too. In the second book Kingsley returns too
Griffin Fiske – a switch at the 8th circle. Griffing returns in book two as one of the main characters
Michael – a boy Nora makes love to and who returns as one of the main characters in book two.
Nora is looking for a publisher for her new, serious book. Zach, who is in New York for only six weeks before going to California, is appointed as her editor. He has to decide whether her book is good enough to be published. They start working together and as they get to know each other, they also feel the physical attraction. Nora does not want to tell Zach that she had been working as a highly paid dominatrix because she wants him to have an unclouded image of her while editing her book. Nora takes him to the 8th circle, but still does not share her part in it all.
Even with his interest in Nora, Zach keeps his distance from her for some time. He is still hurting after his break-up with his wife, but he only tells Nora the story after they had trouble in their own relationship.
Wes lives with Nora. They are in love with each other, but Nora does not want to hurt Wes and she believes that if she makes love to him, if she pulls him into her world, she will hurt him. Wes adores Nora, but he has told her that if she ever goes back to Søren, he will leave and never come back. Nora sees Søren at the 8th circle and she visits him on their anniversary, but she does not engage in a session with him, because she does not want to lose Wes. Søren, however, is always in the background and still a big part of Nora’s life.
The red line through the book is the editing of Nora’s book, her feelings for Zach, Wes and Søren and weaved in with that is the backgrounds and information from the world of BDSM. Nora explains to Zach what a safe word is, a sub, a dominant, a switch. She explains to him that not all people practicing BDSM are masochists or sadists, that some take the pain because it is the submission that they really need.
Even though I read this book after I have read the second book in the Original Sinners series, this book lived up to my expectations. It’s nice to see where the characters of the second book came from and especially to have some more background on Wes and the reasons why Nora went back to Søren in the second book. Again, in this book, it took some time for the characters to develop, but once they do, you feel as if you are part of their lives. In my opinion this book is much better at informing the masses out there about some of the practices of BDSM than the dreaded Fifty Shades trilogy.
Yep, I think I can call myself a fan of Tiffany Reisz and of course I will be reading (and reviewing) the next book in the Original Sinners series too: The Prince.
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