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.
If there is something Tiffany Reisz is really great at, it’s being a story teller. I was skeptical about the idea of every book in the white series being full of flashbacks, but so far it has really worked out well and I have enjoyed them more than I ever enjoyed the red series.
Gathered together with all of their closest friends for a wedding, Nora and Søren find themselves breaking in their room before joining the festivities. Much like The Saint, Reisz purposefully and expertly misleads you into believing you are either there for Nora and Søren’s wedding or Kingsley and Juliette’s. In fact, Kingsley is hiding from Juliette because she’s so turned on by his kilt that he will be wearing the next day. When he asks for Søren and Nora to hide him, they agree they will, as long as he reveals how he met Juliette during “That Year”. Which refers to the year both Nora and Kingsley hid from Søren. Kingsley agrees, but only if Nora agrees to tell about her life during that same time frame.
The two tales are actually really interesting and it’s nice to see the duo both kind of running from the lives they lived. Nora seeks refuge in the one place Søren can never follow, her mother’s convent. And though she attempts to stay out of trouble, she manages to find it within the confines of the convent. But more so than that, she discovers herself during the several months she’s locked away, with the help of a beautiful young nun, named Kyrie. Meanwhile, Kingsley spends several months globe trotting before he discovers the hidden beauty within Haiti: Juliette. He almost immediately falls in love with the troubled woman, but he finds a big obstacle in his way of trying to save her: she’s already owned.
As per usual, Riesz does a great job balancing the sex scenes with the less sexier scenes. Her quick wit and great sense of humor presents itself in several moments and will leave you laughing. All in all, it’s a great book and even better edition to the white series. It also is one of the better examples of how the story of Søren, Nora and Kingsley is truly that of a love story, just not a traditional one.