I’m beyond excited to share my review of The Saint with you. I have many favorites books, but the books of The Original Sinners series top that list. I have trouble putting in to words how much I adore these stories and I hope this review does this newest book justice. If you’ve read this series, I would love for you to share in the comments what you thought of the books, and what some of your favorite moments are. If you haven’t read them, I can’t recommend them enough.
The Girl with the Jabberwocky Tattoo
(Yep, I really do have “Jabberwocky” tattooed on my arm and “Many / Waters” on my wrists, both inspired by The Siren.)
” ‘Never forget the lesson of the Jabberwocky’… When one is a monster, one does well to beware knights in shining armor.” -Søren, The Siren
Title: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
Release date: June 24th
About The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
Before she became Manhattan’s most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…
Rebellious, 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 Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can’t be right.
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything.
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.
*Note: The other books in The Original Sinners series are all available on the sidebar “Kindle Shop”, on the top row.
My Rating: All the Stars
” ‘Forever,’ she said.
And he said, ‘Everything’.
The deal was done.”
When The Mistress, the final book in The Original Sinners: The Red Years was released, I didn’t want to read it. Why wouldn’t I want to read the much anticipated final book in a series I love so much? I didn’t want it to be over; and it’s not. One of the things I enjoy about the series, and particularly The Saint, is the way Reisz handles time. There is a continuity of events, but time is not completely linear. The Saint actually begins after the ending of The Mistress, but we get to hear Nora’s account of the beginning of her relationship with her priest. There are flashbacks and stories within stories, all with perfectly executed jumps through time. This book and the series as a whole is not simply a chronicle of events, it’s a rich and complicated history, it’s the connection of characters and map of crossed paths and roads less traveled. I already knew Nora and Søren’s story from the other books, just not all of the details. I knew their first meeting and those first years in their relationship would be a fantastic read, I just had no idea how fantastic.
The book has Reisz’s clever style that I enjoy so much: engrossing and compelling storytelling with an innate darkness complemented perfectly with romance, overwhelmingly intense emotion, and intelligent and well-timed wit. She blends sex and religion without apology or remorse. The characters are complex, vulnerable, flawed, yet much larger than life, bigger and better than real-life could hope to be. These are characters that are etched on my soul and words that remind me of their stories are inked on my skin. I loved getting to know young Nora (Eleanor), and learn her history, what made her who she is: sharply intelligent and incredibly strong but still sensitive. I’m always excited to see more of Søren and his many sides: the heart-stoppingly sexy priest, the sadist, and the man in love with this amazing girl. We even get to see a more relaxed Søren, sometimes funny and I daresay he even has a few vulnerable moments.
I absolutely love this book. It’s unique, contemporary and edgy, yet this sexy, perfect, forbidden, electric, and entirely unconventional romance feels timeless. It features a love story that shouldn’t be obvious and absolute, as if ordained by God or the fates or whatever the fuck anyone believes. But they simply belong together, the Priest and his young Eleanor, the sadist and the masochist, Sir and His submissive, the King and Esther. There in lies the brilliance, the intangible thing that Reisz has acheived: created an epic and all consuming tale where the reader can imagine that as “wrong” or “weird” as things may seem, nothing could be more right.
“She’d fallen in love with him the moment she first saw him, and she would love him now until the end of the world.”
About Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.