The Saint

Tiffany Reisz
The Saint
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Publisher
Harlequin Mira
Release Date
June 2014
ISBN
9780778316145
Series
Book 1 of The Original Sinners: The White Years
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 25, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
143 people found the following review helpful
5 "Oh My God" Stars! Tiffany Reisz is one of the most talented erotica writers! The symbolism and play on words that she employs in THE SAINT just blew my mind! I couldn't get enough of this story. Every time I attempted to put it down, I just found myself thinking about it and replaying and dissecting pieces of it, until I eventually found myself picking it right up again, because I just needed to immerse myself in it!

From a reading order perspective, although this book is labeled as book 1, according to the author's Goodreads page, it is actually not the recommended starting place for this series which is broken down into two parts: The Red Years Quartet (the adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and erotica writer) and The White Years Quartet (the adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, submissive). Instead, she recommends that you read The Red Years Quartet first (which was also published first).

But if you're impulsive like me and just can't wait to read the latest book, don't worry. I personally had not read any of the other books in this series and did not feel lost starting with this one. In fact, I think it may have actually heightened some of the suspense, as at the beginning of the story, the main character is grieving over the loss of a loved one, but it was not until the very end that I learned who that was. Throughout the whole book I kept dreading that it might have been someone else, as this book almost felt like a eulogy to me, given the reverence and love that is so clearly communicated for one of the characters. I was so emotionally relieved when the mystery is finally revealed at the end that I actually cried. Had I started with the recommended reading order, I imagine I would have missed this emotionally charged aspect. Of course now that I am so invested and intrigued by these characters, I definitely want to go back and read the entire series, starting with The Siren, Book 1 of the The Red Years Quartet part of The Original Sinners series.

This is a story within a story. The main character, who today goes by Nora Sutherlin (but who was born Eleanor Schreiber), tells her new lover the "fairy tale" of how she became the person she is today, including how she met her first love, who also happens to be her lover's father's best friend and their intricately inter-related past.

With a thief for a father, who she has never been able to rely on, and a mother whom she believes always regretted her, it is no wonder that Eleanor Schreiber is different from your typical teenager. Unfiltered and rebellious to a core, Eleanor questions everything and longs to drown her misfortune in the gratifying feeling of pain.

Forced to attend Catholic masses by her mother, Eleanor is ready to give up on religion until fortune changes her life's course the day she meets Reverend Soren Stearns, the new priest at her church. Soren is unlike any other priest she has ever known, and she is instantly obsessed with his good looks, intelligence and ability to read and truly understand her. Soren, in turn, is equally captivated by Eleanor.

When Eleanor gets charged with grand theft auto, it is Soren who comes to her aid. To save her though, he has to call in a favor with an old and dangerous friend, Kingsley, and in return she has to promise complete and total obedience to Soren. It is this rescue that seals their fate.

Soon Eleanor and Soren start spending countless hours together as Soren is tasked with monitoring her community service. The attraction is undeniable, but even as Eleanor strives to throw herself at Soren, Soren fights even harder to keep her at bay given the multiple layers of forbidden love. In addition to the taboo nature of a love affair with a priest, Soren recognizes that Eleanor is still only a child at 15 (especially compared to his 29 years of age), and perhaps the most compelling reason Soren resists Eleanor is that notwithstanding her self-professed masochistic tendencies, he knows that his erotic, sadist inclinations are far darker than any she could possibly imagine.

So begins their journey, aided in part by Soren's best friend, Kingsley, who also happens to be a notorious BDSM private club owner with ties to the mob. THE SAINT primarily focuses on the four years between Eleanor's 16th and 20th birthday, when Soren slowly reveals his secret life and dark past and simultaneously helps ensure that Eleanor really understands what she claims she wants and helps her prepare to enter his secret world.

Powerful, intense, thought-provoking and definitely not your typical romance, but oh so good. If you love edgy, dark, original BDSM erotica, then I can't recommend THE SAINT highly enough!
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