**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Title: The Saint
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners; First book in The White Years prequel ‘sub’ series
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Purchase Info: Amazon // Barnes & Noble
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.
Top 5 Reasons You Should Read THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz:
- This book will make you THINK. As I read this evocative account of the beginning of the relationship between Eleanor (aka Nora) and Søren, I found myself contemplating many deeper issues than would normally arise in an erotic romance. This book raises issues of faith, duty, love, desire, attraction. Yes, there are some steamy parts (between consenting adults), but this book is so much MORE than sex and kink. In fact, those parts are secondary to the compelling idea of that person who accepts you as you are and finding yourself in the process.
- Excellent characterization. Seriously, excellent characterization. Elle/Eleanor/Nora –whatever her incarnation– is one of the best written female characters I have ever read. Her strength, humor, innate sensuality leap off the page. Hands down, she’s the literary character I most want to hang out and have drinks with! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the incomparable Søren, whose blend of dominance and vulnerability drew me in and kept me begging for me. I felt a much stronger connection to him than I had in previous installments in The Original Sinner’s series. I’m eager to re-read the earlier books now that I see Søren differently. There’s also an entire host of fleshed out (pun intended?) secondary characters that add depth and richness to the tale.
- The dialogue is completely authentic. Every word these characters speak is so effin’ real. There is nothing stilted or awkward in dialogue, it all feels completely organic. It’s almost feels voyeuristic (not that any of these characters would mind). I love that each character’s voice is unique. Without being told, a reader can easily identify if it’s Søren or Kingsley or Nora speaking (this goes back to the excellent characterization).
- Backstory! If you have never read an Original Sinners book, this is an excellent introduction, as this novel starts at the very beginning. The White Years sub-series serves as a prequel to the already published volumes in The Red Years sub-series (including The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress). I won’t spoil anyone by explaining the difference between White and Red years except to say they are two phases of Eleanor/Nora’s life. Even if, like me, you have devoured word Tiffany Reisz has written about Nora & Co., THE SAINT gives so much more detail on events that have only been vaguely referenced in the past as well as completely new encounters that informed the characters’ growth into who they are when we first meet them in The Siren. Bonus: Nora’s first erotic story! ‘Nuff said.
- Smexy times. Let’s face it, this is an adult read. The characters talk about sex, they write about it, they fantasize about it, they engage in it. No matter the circumstance (or level of kink), Tiffany Reisz handles sex in this novel with intelligence and a deft touch. The racier scenes are polished and provocative, never crude or cringe-worthy. THE SAINT is a …um… stimulating read. *blushes*
Now on to the FREE STUFF!
- Signed paperback (UK copy) of The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
- Signed paperback (UK copy) of The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
- E-book copy of The Last Good Knight Parts I-V by Tiffany Reisz
- Copy of The Confessions of Marcus Stearns by Tiffany Reisz (Limited Edition, not for sale)
- E-book copy of The Mistress Files by Tiffany Reisz
**Giveaway is limited to US residents only**
Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.
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