Monday 14 July 2014

✜ The Saint ✜ Tiffany Reisz ✜ #5 ✜ Review + Q&A with Tiffany ✜

© Bianca ✰ 

• 448 pages
• US release date: 24 June 2014 

 • ORIGINAL SINNERS Series Book #5
• Nora's POV
• Book #6 THE KING will be out 25 November 2014

5 big & fat Stars

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.

"He was part of my dream, of course- but then I was part of his dream, too."
Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll


 The book starts with Nora at age 36. She's full of grief and sadness and she wants to spend a few solitary days in a cottage in the German Black Forest.
We don't know at that point why she's sad and grieving. We (or me, the reader☺) guess about it a lot, but we don't know.
Then her quiet refuge is not so quiet anymore.
Nico shows up. Remember that Kingsley had a long lost son living in France? That's Nico ☺
He's a 25 year old vintner and he has a thing for older women ☺

Nora and Nico in the cabin...they start something.... sex - romance - healing - whatever it is - they both want and need it.
And then Nico wants to know how Nora met his father.
But Nora can't tell King's story without telling Nico about Søren. 

And that's how THE SAINT begins.

Nora tells the story, HER story from the very beginning - the day she met the love of her life.

This man, this most beautiful man she'd ever seen in her life, this man who was the incarnation of her every hunger, every desire and every secret midnight dream... This man was her new priest?

"Oh, my God....."

And we follow that story all the way from 15-year-old Elle/Eleanor - from being arrested, from making a deal with her Priest - all the things we've heard of in previous books, and lots of things we hadn't heard of.

We're with Eleanor when she mets Kingsley for the first time - we're with her when she comes across a sex orgy for the first time and of course we're with her through everything
Søren. ☺

But what happened that Nora is all sad and grieving in Germany?
Will there be a cliffhanger?

I can't tell you - it would spoil everything - and you wouldn't want that!  ☺



I was soooo looking forward to finally reading more about my beloved Nora, Søren and Kingsley.
I'm a bit of a groupie ☺

And the book did not disappoint for one single second!!!!!
For me a book can't be bad when I start crying on page one!

I don't even know why I cried so early but I did ☺

When I first read the blurb ages ago I thought, meh - a pro-pro-prologue of the Sinner books - don't know if I really need that. BUT I SOOOO NEEDED THAT!
We finally meet Teenager Nora and the young priest and we find out how their love began.
And it was sooo adorable to read. It had the feel of a cute Young Adult Romance, but it's not that at all of course. There's way too much sex in it - in large part the fault of our darling Kingsley ☺ Nora comes across lots of sexual situations in his house!
We visit the Priest's family - Nora's Dad plays a part - Nora's Mum too, of course -
 really everything we've heard about before, but were never really told completely.

It was amazing to finally understand everything and see how it was back in the day ☺




Thank you for giving us a this view into their past! ♥

and now PLEASE HURRY - I need to read THE KING ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



1 THE SIREN  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

2 THE ANGEL  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

3 THE PRINCE  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

4 THE MISTRESS  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

5 THE SAINT  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

6 THE KING 25 November 2014  |  |  |  |  |  B & N

 7 THE VIRGIN 2015
 8 THE QUEEN 2015


1. THE SAINT seems to illicit reactions on both ends of the spectrum from readers . Did you set out intending to both shock and entice?

I’ll preface my answer by saying I’ve never written anything that has shocked me. So writing to shock others is very difficult since I don’t perceive my own writing as shocking. I do know, however, that something I write might annoy or offend someone. The Saint tells the story of an unusual 15-year-old girl who falls in love with her new priest and pursues him romantically and sexually going so far as to strike a bargain with him guaranteeing he’ll have to sleep with her. Eleanor’s (she’s Eleanor in prequels, Nora in the present-day books) deal with the devil ends up being her saving grace as her priest refuses to have sex with her until she’s an adult. In the meantime you have several years worth of dancing around each other, of sexual tension, of getting to know each other, pushing each other’s buttons. They’re destined to be together. I’m the writer so I can say that definitively. So yes, I definitely set out to entice since the sexual tension is the most enjoyable part of any romance.

To be clear, The Saint details a romantic, sexual, and kinky relationship between a teenage girl and her Catholic priest. So if that’s not something a reader doesn’t want to read about, they shouldn’t read it.

3. You’ve been very upfront about your “rage” over not having more controversy surrounding the book and the taboo relationship between your characters. What fuels your desire to have your book banned?

Oh, I wouldn’t call it rage. Just amused exasperation. Where’s the Catholic League when you need it? While he’s busy yelling at Bill Maher for making a joke about the Catholic Church, I’m over here—a real live Catholic—writing BDSM erotica starring a Catholic priest with a mistress. I get nothing? Not even a mean tweet? I feel so neglected.

Mark Twain supposedly said that a book banned from a library equals one hundred copies sold in town. I like that math. Ban me, Libraries! Please! (Kidding. Sort of.)

3. Admittedly the relationship between Eleanor and Søren is unconventional- to say the least! What do you think makes their relationship a good one?

At the heart of their relationship is respect. Utter and complete respect for who the other person is. That’s why they’re allowed to be with other people. Søren respects that adult Nora is a switch. She has a Dominant side that’s as or even more powerful than her submissive side. When Nora takes lovers, they’re almost always submissive to her in some way since that’s a role she needs to be in to fill fulfilled. As for Nora, she respects that Søren is a sadist who has more pain to give than she can take. She arranges and allows for him to hurt other people since she’s not enough to satisfy his needs. This level of maturity in their relationship is hard-won. When Eleanor/Nora is a teenager, it was very hard for her to accept that Søren engaged in these intimate acts of sado-masochism with other people. But as an adult who has her own needs Søren can’t meet, she understands, accepts, and even loves that part of him.



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.