Series: The Original Sinners (The White Years)
Format Read: ebook
Source: From Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: June 24, 2014
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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.
About The Author:
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.
I had to read this book twice before I reviewed it. Because this tale begins with Nora clearly in mourning for an unnamed loved one. Which means I raced through the story, stricken with the heart-wrenching possibilities racing through my mind. That razor fine edge of panic added such a sweetly urgent note to that first manic reading. For all that I wanted to know the answer to the burning question of 'Who?!?!?' I was terrified for Nora, to the point of heartache. I've never been so tempted to skip to the end. I knew that having patience would be well worth it.
I was not wrong. (And to be honest, I wasn't exactly patient. I read the whole thing in about 4 hours. Couldn't put it down and had the most glorious book hangover the next day.)
The second reading was not so crazed. I've reread all Reisz's books. Here's why - in the subsequent readings you get to savor the beauty of the love stories within it in a deeper way. Even if you still cannot fathom the appeal of BDSM, you will be touched by the strength of the characters love. Her books, especially this one, combine the profane and profound. It allows for questions that you never dared ask. It can ignite your body and your soul, reminding you that you don't need to starve the one of ecstasy to stoke it in the other.
Both times I read this book, it made me cry. With pleasure, with sorrow, with laughter. Having finished The Saint, I'm ready to reread the rest of her work again just to come back to this one anew. And because it's going to feel like forever until the next book. But that's okay. Because there's a wonderful promise in forever. Just ask Eleanor.
"Every. Thing." She stared at him across the desk, and this time it was her turn to not blink. "I give you forever, the least you can give me is everything."
It can be 'eternity' between Tiffany Reisz's books, because when they are released they are everything you could want in a story. This is light enough to be a simple beach read, deep enough to strike a cord when you are feeling philosophical, funny, sexy, touching. I loved it.