The Saint (The Original Sinners #5) by Tiffany Reisz

the saintFrom 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.

Review…

There is nothing like this series.

Nothing.

“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.

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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.

4stars

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Note: This series is recommended for adult readers 18+. This series may not be for all readers.  

Reading Order:

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

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Comments

  1. says

    Cristina! I think I forgot to tell you that I’m reading The Siren! And guess what? I’m not horribly offended by your recommendation. *snorts*

    Yeah, I’m about halfway through, so still a LONG way from this one, but baby steps, right?

    • Cristina says

      OHMIGOD!!! No I didn’t know and I’m so excited that you are reading this one!!! Brace yourself because it’s a helluva ride for sure!! And yes, baby steps are better than no steps. *snickers* Is it wrong that I love Soren. *whispers it feels kinda wrong* ;)

  2. says

    I really don’t read this genre. I tried, once or twice. And I just ended up laughing and blushing through my core. =)) But maybe I’m just reading the wrong books. This one looks like it’s well-written and you seem to really like it. And I trust you. So maybe I’ll wait 2 more years then I’ll read it. HAHAHA. Awesome review, Cristina!
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    • Cristina says

      Thanks Paula!!! :) I don’t read much of it either but if anyone wants to read erotic fiction…this is the author to read because there is an actual story, depth and complex characters. It’s not just lady porn, you know? Anyway, definitely wait a few years before you tackle this series, I think I would feel better about myself if you did. *snickers*

    • Cristina says

      It’s not my usual read either but this was recommended by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ;) But make no mistake, this series isn’t for everyone. *shrugs*

  3. says

    Well, of course I won’t judge you! HEY, I read erotica too. In fact, I LOVED Fifty Shades of Grey ;) Christian is HAWT. Wow, the writing does seem amazing. *approves* Forbidden romance is so exciting. ^^ I don’t remember seeing this book on GR (maybe because it’s not the first in the series?) but I will check it out! Also, beautiful enthusiastic review, Cristina!

    • Cristina says

      Thank you so much Lola!!! And thank you for not judging me! The Siren is the first book in the series and it’s good. I loved FSoG too, although that book seems like a Rated G version in comparison to this. But the story is really good! ;)

    • Cristina says

      The sex scenes in this book will straight up make you blush like a school girl. I’m super picky about those types of scenes too but this is unlike anything I’ve ever read and I’ve read my share of awfulness! *giggle snort* ;)

  4. says

    Like Paula, I don’t read much from this genre. 50 Shades of Grey is probably my very first, if I get around to finishing it (glares at the waiting chapter 2). But I do like that it’s thought-provoking when it comes to theology. I’m a Catholic, not a devout one, don’t practice it religiously either, but I can be spiritual at times. I attended a Jesuit university when I was still in uni, had 12 units of Theology, and all of them were not like the “Okay, memorize these doctrines, tell me this and that blah blah blah”, they all challenged our “faith” or, if the students were not Catholics, challenged what they knew of the Catholic/Christian faith, and it was during these instances that I really tried to think what it’s all about, what the flaws are that were there because of human influences, and what the books may actually mean yada yada yada. So yeah, sorry for the monologue :P But what I wanted to say was if I’m going to read this book, it’s probably for that aspect.
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    • Cristina says

      Hi Faye!!! I’m definitely not an expert in this genre and far from it. Normally sex scenes seem like a total bore or it seems unnatural and just forced. *eye roll* And I’m sorry about 50 Shades…I do think the story gets better after that initial first chapter. LOL…

      I was raised Catholic and our religion is not without its flaws, although I do think our Pope is a step in the right direction. But the discussions of theology were interesting and I found it fascinating it was included in this type of series because it’s definitely on the sexy side. This series isn’t going anywhere and maybe in a few years you can tackle and in no way did I think your comment was a monologue…I found it to be very insightful!!! ;)

  5. Tricia says

    Awesome review! I don’t read erotica, mostly because I like having a story, a plot, substance, etc in my books. But this one sounds like it has that, so I may have to give it a try sometime. I’m not opposed to books with sex scenes as long as they’re done well (sometimes they are sooo cheesy) and fit into the story. And I know — shocker — I’ve never read FSoG!!! From all the mixed reviews, I just don’t think it’s my kind of book. Everyone can like different things, that’s what makes the world go round! :-)

    • Cristina says

      Thank you Tricia!!! If I’m gonna read a sexy story…I need to have a good plot, complex characters and a substantial amount of depth and this series delivers. This genre isn’t for everyone and I totally get that. I think the aspect of blogging I love the most is seeing everyone’s different tastes, you know?? I think the first book in the FSoG trilogy is good and the other two books were okay but I’m definitely seeing the movie. *wink* I have a thing for Jamie Dornan! *dreamy sigh*

    • Cristina says

      I KNOW! A good friend of mine recommended this series and holy cannoli Batman I was thrown for a loop! And clearly, I was hooked. But the discussions were a big plus for me because that’s what made this such a rich story. :)

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