From goodreads: 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.
There is nothing like this series.
“It is here that love is to be found – not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin.”
I don’t read a lot of erotic fiction but when I do its go big or go home. *slinks away* Now, I know what you’re thinking but before judge me for reading this type of genre, let me just say, Tiffany Reisz is one fantastic author. She writes stories that are profound and heartbreaking with elements of humor. And yes, the stories are titillating.
When I read The Original Sinners series last year, I loved it. It’s addictive, captivating, moving, shocking and it took me on a journey like no other. When I found out about The Saint (The White Years), I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it because the first four books were and are perfect and it ended in a way I could deal with and then this book happened. (Note: if you do read this series, start with The Siren)
I didn’t realize how much I missed Eleanor and Soren and while I loved this book, it wasn’t without flaws. I’m not a fan of stories told in flashback sequences. It drives me batty. I can handle a few scenes but if it’s too many of them, ultimately the story will start to feel a bit disjointed. The only other thing that bothered me was the ending. Oy!!! After all that…Tiffany Reisz left me with that ending?? *glares at author* Is it a cliffhanger? No. Is it awful? No. It’s not bad, I just didn’t like it. And I wasn’t a fan of Nico, not one bit. *stares at book* *whispers I just wanted a different ending*
Some readers might struggle with their comfort level in reading The Saint because it really pushes the envelope and it does in a big way. Mind you, I didn’t have a problem with that envelope but that’s all I’m gonna say about that because that can be argued until the cows come home. I’m being cryptic on purpose and you’ll thank me for it later. And you’re welcome.
But I want to focus on the things I did like. I want to focus on everything that made this book fantastic. *wink* The writing is exceptional as I knew it would be. I loved being in the past vs. the present because even though some of the information isn’t new, it’s detailed and I loved the young Eleanor. She’s just as funny as present day Eleanor. We are privy to the many conversations that Eleanor (a.k.a. Nora) had with Soren and those conversations are funny, tender and rather provocative, after all it is erotic fiction.
“She should submit to him in love and without fear, giving her body to him like a holy offering and making their bed an altar.”
One of my favorite bits about this book and her previous books are the many discussions about theology. There’s nothing like reading about all the flaws in Catholicism and know there’s not any sarcasm as I say that or write it. I found it to be completely fascinating.
Now I’m left waiting for The King. And if you are familiar with this series, Kingsley is awesome. Twisted but nevertheless…awesome.
Note: This series is recommended for adult readers 18+. This series may not be for all readers.
The Red Years Quartet (The adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and erotica writer)
- 1-The Siren
- 2-The Angel
- 3-The Prince
- 4-The Mistress
The White Years Quartet (The adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, submissive)
- 5-The Saint
- 6-The King
- 7-The Virgin
- 8-The Queen