Early Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

24 The SaintNew Release Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
Book 5 in The Original Sinners series, Book 1 of The Original Sinners: The White Years
Release date: June 24, 2014
Genre: Erotica, BDSM
Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the beginning, there was him.
Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – B+

Fans of Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series will adore The Saint. The Saint takes our favorite characters Nora, Kingsley, and Soren and goes back in time fairy tale style. There’s even a beautiful fairy tale cottage in the Black Forest…

The Saint picks up right where The Mistress left off. Nora is in Bavaria in a secluded cottage. As she has done several times before, Nora is rethinking her relationship with Soren. Nico has followed her to the cottage and asks Nora to tell him about his father. And so a trip down memory lane begins.

The Saint goes back in time to when Nora was a smart-mouth, reckless, and precocious 15 years old. Back then, Nora was known as Eleanor or Elle so you’ll see me refer to her by those names as well. We’ve had glimpses of Nora’s past in the previous books, but The Saint goes into more details. As an added bonus we learn about Nora and Soren’s early years, how she fell head over heels in love with Soren, and what exactly was going on in Eleanor’s head when she thought of Soren. We also see how Kingsley comes into Eleanor’s life and we get still more insight into Soren’s past.

I must admit that I had some reservations about this book. While I enjoyed this series immensely, there were parts of this book that seriously tested my own comfort levels. First of all, I am not at all comfortable with a 29 years old man taking an interest in a 15 years old teenager. While Soren’s interest in Eleanor initially could be seen as a father role model, it still felt wrong to me. It can also be argued that Soren waited until Eleanor was of age before consummating the relationship, but in the time he waited for her to become of age, Eleanor was clearly being groomed for the lifestyle. That didn’t sit well with me. On the other hand, I know that Soren cared deeply for Eleanor and he did try to discourage her from a relationship with him. He also encouraged her to pursue other relationships. In fact, Eleanor had a sweet romance in college yet she still returned to Soren. I guess you can also argue that Soren turned Eleanor’s life around and found an appropriate outlet for her self-destructive ways.

Part of the allure of the series (and the reason I want more) is the clever and witty dialogue between the characters. There were so many fantastic lines. I also like how each book reveals another layer of each character. Just when you thought that you knew a character, some interesting tidbit about that character is revealed.

The Saint was not an easy read for me. It seriously tested my limits. Despite all this, I still enjoyed learning more about my favorite kinky characters. I can’t wait for the next book The King expected later this year.

Note: This series is recommended for adult readers 18+. This series may not be for all readers. It is recommended that the series be read in order. If you are not sure if this series is for you, you can sample some of the author’s short stories on her web page:
http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/free-stories/

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Best of ER

Series Reading Order:

  1. The Siren
  2. The Angel
  3. The Prince
  4. The Mistress
  5. The Saint
  6. The King (November 2014)
  7. The Virgin (Spring/Summer 2015)
  8. The Queen (Fall/Winter 2015)

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA for a review copy of this book.

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