The Saint

The Saint

by Tiffany Reisz
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thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
After having read and loved the first book in this series, The Siren, I just knew I had to read the rest of these books. The Original Sinners series has eight books in total. While The Siren kicks of the series and should be read first, I think The Saint is best read  second because it takes the reader into these characters pasts and give an idea of who they are and why. I have to say author Tiffany Reisz blew me away again. I loved The Saint as much, if not more than The Siren. When I was done reading The Siren, I wanted to know more about these characters, in particular Soren, who is Nora’s true love. I didn’t really care for Soren in book 1, but here as I learned more about his past, I began to like him. The Saint begins with Nora telling a story to her young lover Niko, in a cottage no less, in the Black Forest of Bavaria. The setting has a fairy tale feel to it. Nora is heartbroken, although the reason why  is not revealed until the end, but the reader knows someone she loves has passed away. As Nora tells Niko her story, she starts from when she was a young teen in a Catholic school where she met Soren. Nora also details how she met Kingsley, who plays a huge role in these books and is Soren’s best friend. Young teen-aged Nora a.k.a. Eleanor is fun to read about and never whiny, which I appreciated. She was sassy and funny and I could see how she came to love Soren. She is already writing stories in this one and Soren encourages her. I loved the 90’s music references i.e.  4 Non Blondes and Eddie Vedder. Soren is a heart-throb with a dark side, he is mysterious and as I read I just wanted to know more about  him.  ...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....p.147 The Saint Again, Tiffany Reisz cleverly writes a sexy, dark, sometimes sad, funny and shocking story. I love her writing style and I gobble up her words. The romance is unconventional, the writing is smart and clever and the characters are unforgettable. Reisz weaves in religion, morality and sex effortlessly. I have been collecting these books for my shelves as they definitely deserve real shelf space, not e-book space. Onto the next book…. disclaimer: I received my free copy of The Saint via AmazonVine. This review is my honest opinion. Although I receive free books via publishers and authors, I am never obligated to write a positive review. 
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Reread - December 23, 2015: ★★★★★ OK, now after getting caught up with the first published novels in this series, I can fully appreciate the awesomeness of The Saint. Five stars! If you are interested in this series, make sure to follow the reading order listed in my original review (scroll way down). Can't wait to finish the series!!! Original Review - September 7, 2015: ★★★½ The Saint is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #5 in the series as a whole and book #1 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. I have had my eye on this series for a long while thanks to many fellow goodreaders and their amazing reviews, and was sooo excited to see this installment pop up at my local library. Unfortunately, none of the earlier books were available so I figured it was safe to begin at the prequel. The Saint was my first experience with this series and with Ms. Reisz as an author. I enjoyed this novel as a piece of well-written erotica, and let me tell you it was damn hard to put down. It's engaging, complex, and beautifully dark, with some pretty funny dialogue typical of a rebellious teenage girl. But because it was my introduction to the series, I began this fan-adored story with zero previous investment in the characters. It took some time to get over the disturbing age and role factors written between the main characters in this book: Eleanor and Søren, and I'm not sure I ever really did get over it. However, seasoned fans will likely not bat an eye because of their love for these characters who they are already well-acquainted with. I can tell that there must be many, many complex layers threaded throughout the first four books in this series, but as a reader with no knowledge of the evolved relationship dynamics, I felt like a third wheel at times. My excitement was just nowhere near the level of existing fans and I'm kinda sad about that. But, wait! I plan to do something about it! I'm going to play catch-up!!! Even though books #6 and #7 are also available at my library, I'm going to pass on them until I can start at the beginning. I have no doubt that once I meet these characters as their future, mature selves, I will have a newfound appreciation for the White Years prequel...and I'm looking forward to it! My favorite quote: “Why did people flee from pain and avoid it like the plague? Yes, it hurt, but so did everything that mattered. Love hurt, life hurt, birth hurt, changing hurt, growing hurt. The dead didn't hurt, only the living. She had never felt so alive.” ATTENTION! After finishing The Saint, I researched a bit on Ms. Reisz's website HERE to gain some insight about the characters and the story in general. I noted that Ms. Reisz recommends the following reading order for the Original Sinners series. Based on my own reading experience, I would have to agree. The Red Years: 1) The Siren 2) The Angel 3) The Prince 4) The Mistress The White Years: 5) The Saint 6) The King 7) The Virgin 8) The Queen Ms. Reisz further recommends the following: “Do not read The White Years before reading The Red Years books first, otherwise you will not know who some vital characters are. The White Years are not 100% prequels—they continue the storyline after the end of The Mistress. The novellas and free short stories can be read in any order but they do contain spoilers. I would suggest reading all the big books first in their proper order.”
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WOW what another good story in this series. On to the next book number six The King.
Lisa_K More than 1 year ago
"The Saint," is fantastic and wonderfully erotic! I'm a big Original Sinners fan and this is the best one yet--I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down. I loved reading about the early years of Eleanor and Soren's relationship. Reading their conversations, knowing what's in store for them, was delicious. Also, Kingsley curls my toes, so coming across him always makes me very...happy. If you haven't read any Tiffany Reisz books, you should fix that right now. Her writing is honest, direct and captivating. In addition to Original Sinners books, there are free stories at her website about the OS characters, so there are a lot of fixes available for the addicted.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Søren, Søren, Søren. HOT, HOT, HOT. What more could a girl ask for? OH yeah, why does he have to be the parish priest? Nora and Søren past comes to life with such voracity that it sets the pages on fire. Caution is to not come in on the middle (or midst). Start at the very beginning. Take a look at Reisz read order suggestion. This is one of the best series. I strongly recommend one starting this series if you are serious about your erotic reading material. This is a must have series on the list.  Thanks, NetGalley Reisz has sent my e-reader into overload.
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VivianaEnchantressofBooks More than 1 year ago
OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! This is the first time I read anything by Tiffany and I now totally get why Elisabeth Staab was not only RAVING about her, but said I MUST read her books! When the opportunity came to host her blog tours for "The Saint" and review it I JUMPED at the chance!! I COULDN'T put it down!! I didn't WANT to put it down!! I fell in love with the world and characters Tiffany created! Her writing style is superb and she helps you navigate the world she created. Never did I feel lost or as if I was being taken for a ride. I TRUSTED Tiffany to share details when they needed to be shared and loved it when she illustrated things instead of telling me things.  Ahhh Eleanor! The girl after my own heart! I simply LOVED her! She is strong and independent even at a young age. I loved how she is curious and isn't afraid to question things. She is sweet (though she'll tell you she isn't), rebellious (not just because she questions things) and she has a bit of a destructive side. She hasn't had it easy, but she tries to make the best of it. All this and she's only 15 years old!  Søren is... a... uhm..... a priest. And that should make him off limits, right? But it doesn't. He's a man. He is human. He is .... Søren. He is complicated, mysterious, honest, loyal, faithful, smart, headstrong.... I could go on and on, but you can find out more when you read the book! However, I want to share with you what my friend and peer Sunny (Reviewer at Love Affair of an eReader) said about Søren in her review of "The Saint":  The best part of this book is getting to peel the layers off of Søren. He’s not a hero; he’s not an anti-hero. He is not quite the Byronic hero, instead he is a set of contradictions – light and dark, tender and cruel, tragic and heartwarming. He is shaped and formed by his past. But whether he is born this way or shaped this way, at the end he is a sadist. Though this is not a word in my everyday vocabulary, I am challenged to see that concept in a different way. (Read full review of book on Goodreads) Basically... WHAT SHE SAID! I couldn't have put it better myself!  Okay, so he's a Priest and she's only 15 years old. While some may view this as a reason to not read the book(s) or find this to be "wrong", the way Tiffany tells their story, you will understand and see what everyone else is talking about.  The bantering between Søren and Eleanor is fantastic! Loved every bit of it! And OMG, the sexual tension between these two. YIKES!!! Add Kingsley to the mix and yeah.... Awesomeness!!  I will say that I was a tad bit concerned that I would be "lost" as this is part of a series. However, as "The Saint" is a prequel to the entire series, I feel that you can start with this and then continue with the series. Others have stated that it is best to read them in order as you will get a better understanding of things (i.e. their relationship).  Overall, a fantastic read! Tiffany has become an auto-buy author for me! I have added the entire series to my TBR Mountain (and has been bumped up to the top). I have no doubt that I will love them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved The Saint. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite authors and I love every book in this series. Looking forward to The King.
Samantha_H1 More than 1 year ago
Once Again Tiffany seems to write another fantastic book . Tiffany seems to make the stories better each time around as this is book 5 I am well and truly hooked into the series. This is one series that you could read over and over . This is not one of those storylines that you can read slow . The writing is amazing and so well written , The characters are , well they are also extremely good . Tiffany manages to make you feel as though you are in the book alone with the characters. This book was perfection. I devoured it. It was emotional, intense and powerful and I really cant get enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book of the series so far!
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supechick More than 1 year ago
I have to say when I started the book and realized what Nora was about to do my heart dropped. I did not skip to the end of the book because I was afraid of what I might have found. I love the conversations between Young Elle and Soren. She is wisecracking and tells it like it is. Soren  rarely seems surprised at what she says and lets it roll. Ii have had thoughts of checking out the local Catholic Churches but unfortunately I know what the priests look like! I think this a a darker book due to Nora's emotional state. But I liked it none the less. Being a Kentucky girl, I am glad to see an author from the Bluegrass state so diverse! nd if I had read these books at a much younger age, I think my life would have turned out differently!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit I did not enjoy this book as much as her others. I did enjoy learning more about the young Nora but had to read the ending first just to make for sure my favorite character hadn't died. I like more action but will probably see that in the following books. I started in the middle of the series and jumped around a bit but sure do enjoy this series.
CJC67 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. When I first read The Siren, I had no idea what Tiffany's book were about. Well I have to say I enjoy them more than I probably should. It feels like you have grown up with Eleanor. In this book you learn more about her as a young girl and Soren young priest just getting started in a new church. You see more into the depth of Nora and where she came from. The challenges Soren had to over come just to be with Nora in the beginning. Reading how Nora and Kingsley met just made me laugh. The book truly shows you the heart break and trials Nora has been through. From the beginning I was still guessing about the silver box on the mantel. Tiffany pulls you into their world and you never wanna leave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, I'm in love with my favorite author. I couldn't put it down from page 1. Tiffany's prose makes you feel like you are a part of the rich story and that the characters are so real you could just call or visit like any old friends. Thanks for the privilege and can't wait for the next installment!
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mslizalou More than 1 year ago
The Saint is the 1st book in the White Years and the 5th book in the Original Sinners series from Tiffany Reisz. I highly recommend you read all 4 books in the Red Years before reading The Saint. Fair warning to all, Eleanor is underage during much of this book. I wish I could say buy this book and that be enough for everyone. The Saint was one of my favorite books I've read all year! One that as soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to start it all over again. With Tiffany's books, I never feel like I can say much without giving away spoilers. I will say it opens with Nora in much pain and not really knowing how to handle it. We meet a new male character in this book, and I think you will love him every bit as much as I do. Nora tells us the story of how Eleanor and Søren met and came to be together in this book, as well as many of the characters we all met in The Siren. Tiffany made me both laugh and cry with this book and I loved it all. I don't really want to give away anything else about The Saint, but do want to mention some of my favorite things from the book. Eleanor and Søren 's of the best scenes in the book! Eleanor meeting Kingsley. Søren and them separately and together! (especially when drunk together) Eleanor and Søren together...even when they are just talking to one another. Nora and her young man...affects certain things for the future, but I love him so. Honestly the only thing I didn't like about this book was seeing what a total ass Eleanor's dad was to her. I knew he wasn't a great parent, but I really wanted to kick his ass on more than once occasion while reading this book. I still didn't love her, but did see her in a new light the more I read. I know I didn't really share much about The Saint, but I really didn't want to share any spoilers. I will say I'm already counting down until the release of The King on November 25, 2014. 
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog THE SAINT is book five in the Original Sinners series, but it is the first in what is called the White Years, the time when Nora still went by the name of Eleanor and was a sixteen year old Catholic school girl. It is at this time where she learns that she has a new priest named Father Soren Stearns. The man immediately appeals to her. With his Ducati and his blonde hair, Soren is the hottest priest ever known to man. I came across this quote while reading and I thought it perfectly summed up how Eleanor felt about Soren: “If God looked like Soren there would be no atheists.” From the first moment they met, Eleanor worships him. However, that doesn’t mean she is a docile creature. She’s far from it. Soren and Eleanor’s interactions are like a cat and mouse game. They torture one another, taking pleasure in seeing the other suffer. While Soren holds himself back, Eleanor pushes just to see what reaction she can get from him. I found every page to be entertaining, right now to the dialogue. This is where I think Tiffany Reisz excels at. All her books have this bouncy dialogue that maintains its beat throughout the book. However, I never thought that would be more true than in this book. Soren and Eleanor interact in a special way. Despite displaying their age differences, Reisz makes it work so well that I found myself grinning at a lot of the lines they say. Reisz’s romances are special because although they are heavily detailed with BDSM elements, it’s not just an Erotic Romance. There are a lot of influences that Reisz takes her inspiration from. A lot of the other written works she mentions in the book such as Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty, Justine and the other biblical references such as the King Xerxes story all create for a more rich experience. How she is able to integrate those outside stories into her own is absolutely stunning. It made me want to read more and more and more. Another skill that Reisz displays in her writing is through the use of Nico, Kingsley’s son. At first, I wondered why she was starting the book off with Nora’s scenes with Nico. However, as you read on, you can see that Reisz clearly has a plan. She uses the frame narrative where Nora is telling Nico the stories of her past as they lounge around in each other’s arms. It would be so simple to just have THE SAINT be a flashback book. But the fact that she tried to make it a story within a story made me love this book even more. I find it unbelievable how Reisz can put Nora is anyone – and I mean ANYONE – and make their time together feel special. She is so good at evoking emotions with her sex scenes, making it not just about the kink – although there is that!- and makes it about love too. How does she do this time and time again? It’s insane! I’ll admit, Soren was a character that I loved reading about, but he scared me. But after reading this book, seeing his interactions with Eleanor, I can’t find a single thing I don’t love about him. It’s like what Eleanor said about Soren taking her virginity. It’s not enough for him to take it, he had to obliterate it. THE SAINT has obliterated my love for the other books in the series. I thought I loved them, but Soren came along on his Ducati and has consumed my mind. I should note that the books should be read in order. Much of Soren’s past is revealed in this book. However, if you want the full experience, start with THE SIREN. In an unforgettable story of first and everlasting love, Tiffany Reisz becomes a master at lyrical words. THE SAINT is not simply my favourite of the series, but also a possible contender of my favourite book of the year. *ARC provided by publisher
Dre1133 More than 1 year ago
Th Saint by Tiffany Reisz Summary: 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. My Thoughts: For all of you that follow this blog you know that I FLOVE Tiffany! Rose actually told me about The Siren and I have been HOOKED ever since. Every time she releases something I drop everything to read it. Tiffany is an amazing writer. She just has that "IT" factor. Her words are beautiful, dark, and romantic. She writes about topics that aren't necessarily accepted.... I mean a priest .... Enough said. I mean is it wrong to be lusting over him... Because let me tell you I am in love with Father Stearns. "Many people, men and women, enjoy giving up control during sexual encounters and putting their bodies and even their lives in the hands of their partners. It's called sexual submission. Others, like me, enjoy the opposite. Taking total control of someone and dominating them" ~Father Sterns I was happy to hear that we were going to learn more about how Nora, Soren, and Kingsley found each other and began their relationship. This book filled in all the gaps that we had. Tiffany took us on a journey of love and loss and all the stuff in between. We get to understand how each character grew into the people that we have grown to love while reading the Original Sinners books. "Some children have the luxury of waiting for eighteen candles on their birthday cake to become adults. The rest of us grow up when we are left no other choice." ~ Kingsley I am not going to give away anything I want you all to read and find out for yourselves. Just know that no matter what Tiffany writes it is AMAZING. I can't wait to read what she gives us next. She is a genius and I am a fan of hers for life.
robbielea More than 1 year ago
A fairy tale setting in the heart of the Black Forest lends a mystical quality to The Saint as Tiffany Reisz, employing her character Nora Sutherlin as the storyteller, tells the tale her impatient readers have awaited to a rapt listener.  And you won’t even have a chance to get comfortable in your chair before the indomitable Mistress Nora begins to do what she does best. . . anything she wants to!  With a touch of sadism that would make Søren proud, Tiffany Reisz has made her readers wait until The Saint, the fifth book in her Original Sinners series, for Eleanor’s and Søren’s story . . . and she throws in just enough Kingsley to satisfy my pirate addiction!  Although we’ve had snippets from the early years between Nora, Søren, and Kingsley in previous books, The Saint tells the story of  how Eleanor Louise Schreiber becomes the girl seen by Søren in his dreams…the one he described to Kingsley in the Prince. Readers of my review, I am going to beg your forgiveness for my shameless enthusiasm for this book.  Søren describes Eleanor's mind as a “marvelous playground”, and that description could certainly be applied to the mind of  Tiffany Reisz.  She doesn’t just write her books . . . she toys with words, crafting them into stories that lodge themselves in her readers’ minds.  I read a lot of books: some are good, some are very good, and most are entertaining and pass the time.  That sentence doesn't even touch the experience that is The Saint.  When I think of all the boring books I had to read and was compelled to analyze as an English Literature student — I have to ask myself why we didn't have works like this absorbing and evocative book to review? Yeah, yeah . . . I know it’s erotica and probably wouldn’t be considered acceptable in the classroom, but I’m of the opinion, when dealing with books classified as erotica, too much is made of the sexual acts themselves.  In The Saint it is the author’s rare talent for imagery, word play, and humor that informs the erotica.  There is no question Tiffany Reisz is perfecting her art with each book, and what a pleasure to have accompanied her on her journey!  She is the mistress of mind games who teases and taunts your emotions while she feeds your love of descriptive language with her words. The Saint is a book that transcends any arbitrary rating system.  You’ll be tempted to read it quickly to find out what happens . . . but you won’t.  You’ll backtrack, highlight, sigh and cry, and savor every word.  I don’t mind confessing it is one of a handful of books I began to re-read as soon as I finished.  There are no extraneous details, there is no gratuitous sex . . . every word is important in this tightly written book.  Be prepared to lose yourself as the author uses her unique word brush to paint indelible images of her characters in your mind so that regardless of how you see their actions, they become your people.  The Saint is not really a standalone book.  Readers will be doing themselves a disservice if they don't read each book in The Red Years Quartet, and in order — The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress — before reading The Saint.  Old questions are answered and new questions are asked as Tiffany Reisz shows her readers everything.   “Not every story has to end.” 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elle and Soren's story just keeps getting better. No one writes like Tiffanny Reisz. One of the best series around and I can't wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every since I read the first book in this series I was hooked. Therefore I have waited for each new release with such longing and excitement in the next chapter in all things Nora. You always got a glimpse of things that started her love for Soren but this book gave the reader what was needed to fill in all the gaps. I have always felt such an emotional attachment to Nora and Soren and wanted to know what started it all. Well...this book gave me that and so much more. Wow....I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book. Nora finds herself in the cottage and NIco shows up to be with her. At the time he is just what she needed and he tries to convince her she is all he needs. Together they share in each other while Nora tells NIco about his father Kingsley but the only way to do that is to start at the beginning and that includes how she and Soren began. It was a deeply moving story for me and Tiffany Reisz goes beyond anything I could have ever imagined in the telling of Nora and Soren's story. It made me feel happy....sad...and most of all the love they shared for each other. Beautifully written and adding Nico into the mix was brilliant. If you haven't read the series start with the first book since it all leads to The Saint. You won't be disappointed and its so much more than just about the BDSM. Simply amazing is what this entire series is and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. Highly recommend!