Return to USA Today bestseller Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series with Winter Tales, a collection of three fan-favorite Christmas novellas plus a brand-new novella exclusive to this anthology.
In December Wine, the long-awaited story of Nora Sutherlin’s first meeting with Nico can finally be told. Nora enlists her editor (and sometimes lover) Zach Easton on a mission to track down Kingsley’s long-lost son. Nicolas “Nico” Delacroix turns out to be young, strikingly handsome, and very French. He wants nothing to do with his father…but everything to do with Nora.
This special holiday-themed collection also includes the novellas Poinsettia , The Christmas Truce , and The Scent of Winter (previously available only as ebooks). A bonus short story starring Søren rounds out the Winter Tales anthology.
Winter Tales is a collection of Original Sinners stories all set in–you’ll never guess–winter! 😉 All the stories were new to me, though I believe only the first (and longest! December Wine) and last (and shortest, Blood & Snow) are actually new. Still, I can’t imagine any fan of the series skipping a single Original Sinners story, whether they’ve read them already or not–Ms Reisz’s writing and her characters are just that amazing. Though there is a bit of jumping around the series timewise with these stories–the third one happens first chronologically, and the fourth, I think, last–there are several threads (beyond the obvious, the characters and time of year) that connect them and make them work really well together as a collection.
This collection really isn’t the place to start if you’re new to Ms Reisz’s series, though it definitely will give you the flavor of her writing–and OMG, it is beyond delicious. I can’t honestly fathom taking part in BDSM or having an open relationship, and my Catholicism is a thing of the distant past, but goodness, seeing it all through these characters’ eyes? I care far more about those topics than I ever thought I could. These stories give us little snippets of the lives of the characters between the other novels and novellas–no, you don’t have to read them to understand the rest of the books, but if you’re already a fan, do yourself a favor and read this!
Consider it an early holiday present to yourself 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.