Michael’s Wings, by Tiffany Reisz
Series: An Original Sinners Collection
Publisher: 8th Circle Press
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Griffin has just popped the question—yes, that question—and Michael doesn’t have an answer. He flees town for New Orleans to see his confidante and sometime-domme, Mistress Nora. Will a weekend of beignets and beatings help him untangle his knotted-up heart?
Thus begins “Michael’s Wings,” the eponymous novella that kicks off the latest entry in Tiffany Reisz’s LAMBDA Literary Award-winning* Original Sinners series.
This companion collection to fan-favorite The Angel also contains six previously-published stories starring Mistress Nora’s favorite angel and Griffin—his master, his true love, and the sexy-as-hell bane of Michael’s existence.
BDSM (Heavy Kink)
Content Warning for: Past Suicide Attempt
Trigger warnings for flashbacks to suicide attempt.
Michael and Griffin were my very first M/M loves and reading Michael’s Wings felt like the warmest, most perfect homecoming after being away from them for much too long. Cue happy sigh.
But first things first. The ARC I received was riddled with grammatical errors, presumably to be fixed in final edits. Also beware of spoilers relating to the overall Original Sinners story arc if you haven’t read up to at least The King (Book 6). That being said, I’ve only read Books 1-4 (aka The Red Years) and I have zero regrets about jumping right into this anthology. I will say however that you need to have read The Angel (Book 2 and my absolute favorite of this incredible series) because it’s pretty much Mick and Griffin’s origin story. It is also very much worth noting that six out of the seven stories that make up this title had previously been made available in some form or another, meaning only one story is new content in the collection.
Okay, now that that bit of housekeeping is done, I can move on to my review of Michael’s Wings: I FUCKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I mean, no joke, I must have highlighted half the the damn thing.
One of the immediate things I was struck with – or reminded by, I should say – is how great the author’s writing is. If you’ve blatantly ignored my spoiler alerts in the previous paragraphs and this is your first time reading her work, then boy are you in for a treat. Nevermind the erotic subject matter, her writing alone is an aphoridisiac.To put it bluntly, her style is scary smart, seductive AF and funny as all hell. But make no mistake, Tiffany Reisz uses her words as her beloved character Nora Sutherlin wields a flogger – with intent and expertise. Her words will make you feel, and this collection of short stories is no exception.
Michael’s Wings, the novella which the collection is named after, was full of simple yet stunning declarations and dark, wry humor. As glorious as it was being back in Nora’s world, it was Mick and Griffin and their unfettered devotion to each other that took my breath away. I’m not one to get swoony over marriage proposals, but I was in pieces by the end of that first story. I mean, this book had me crying on a plane and that. is never. okay.
Each story that followed captured moments both momentous and mundane throughout Michael and Griffin’s years together (and apart, as you will see in the heartbreaking Christmas in Suite 37A). Immersing myself in each story felt very much like browsing through a treasured photo album or lovingly crafted scrapbook. I loved reading (or re-reading as the case may be) Griff’s introduction to kink by the king himself, Kingsley Edge in Griffin’s Wonderland. (Ah, Kingsley with his frock coats and fainting couches and French accent. He’s remains one of the few characters with French accents that I not only stomach but actually adore to an alarming degree.) Another favorite was The Couch where Mick and Griff experience the joys and the pains of domestic life (okay mostly the pains, and definitely mostly by Mick). And I certainly did not expect to be in stitches reading the chilling short Gauze, in which Griff attempts to help Mick dissociate from his darkest memories with the help of his outrageously cheeky butler’s sandwiches and some highly appropriately named furniture.
I could go on and on but basically what I’m trying to get at is that Michael’s Wings is a must read if you, like me, fell in love with Mick and Griffin in The Angel. The fact that only one story is brand new is the sole reason I didn’t give this collection 5 stars (each and every story was an easy 5 stars for me). For fans of the series, I think having these stories in a neat little package is definitely worth the retail price of the book, so run, don’t walk.
Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. If she couldn’t write, she would die.
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