Monday, June 30, 2014

The Saint (The Original Sinners #5) by Tiffany Reisz: ARC Review


Before she became Manhattan's most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…

Rebellious, 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 Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can't be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

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About the Author:

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.

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Review by Michelle:

Being so awestruck, consumed, affected, and filled with such complete and total reverence for a book, a series, and an author that you are rendered speechless is far from a bad thing. Having to then somehow put such profound and overwhelming feelings into words in an attempt to convey just how riveting, emotive, laudable and flawless a book is, now that's the kicker. I'm not sure that I can ever do The Saint by Tiffany Reisz justice with words that no matter how strong, how imposing, how gushing seem inadequate and superficial. Suffice it to say that it just doesn't get much better than this. The Saint is pure perfection. From beginning to end I hung on every word, savored every moment, and relished every experience.

As a devoted fan of The Original Sinners series I have been on pins and needles waiting for this story to clear things up, put the pieces together, and gain some perspective into an extremely mysterious and enigmatic man. But this, this masterpiece blew me away. So clever, witty, intelligent, thought-provoking, and stimulating. Simply put, brilliant. The Saint is certainly one of my favorite books of the year. I would even go so far as to call it one of my favorite books ever and, as much as it pains me to choose, I am forced to declare The Saint my absolute favorite of the far at least.

We know without a doubt that Nora is incontrovertibly, wholeheartedly in love with Soren. There is even enough evidence to recognize, no matter what your opinion of Soren, that he loves Nora as well. The problem is, he was always so guarded and easily misunderstood that it is often difficult to like him and close to impossible to side with him. In this story we see a whole different side of Soren in which we are finally exposed to the true depth of love he has for Eleanor and have the opportunity to witness him not only fall hard and fast for her, sacrifice for her, introduce her to his lifestyle, open up to her, train and mold her, but also to watch him express these feelings. An expression that is sometimes in the traditional, customary ways we are all familiar with and sometimes in his own distinct and particular ways. I wasn't always Soren's biggest fan. A big turning point for me was actually during The Mistress as I became more and more intrigued by this man, more attracted to him, and eventually downright infatuated with him. The Saint pushed me over the edge between attachment and aversion that I was so precariously balanced upon. I became so enamored, so enthralled, so firmly on board with Soren that I was often anxious, disconcerted, and dismayed by the decisions Nora made and the feelings she was developing which seemed to be leading her in the opposite direction of her priest.

We also all know from past experience that these books are H-O-T. There is no two ways about it. They are sexy and sensual, titillating and tempting, exciting and arousing. The Saint is all this and an emotional and arresting love story. This was by far the most moving, heartwarming, and sentimental of the series. Although I knew this would be the story of Nora and Soren's beginning, I still never expected to feel so many extreme, earnest emotions so viscerally. It stole my breath and made my heart soar more times than I could count. I fully expected this story to be anything but your typical run of the mill romance and it certainly proved to be unconventional and one of a kind, yet it was still wondrously beautiful and surprisingly tender.

The thing is, we all think we know the whole story by now. How could we not after four previous books? But as is characteristic of Tiffany Reisz, she always has a surprise or two up her sleeve. There are quite a few twists, a couple shocking revelations, and new discoveries abound making The Saint completely unpredictable despite knowing most of the background and making you feel like you are learning every detail of this tale for the very first time.

Everything about The Saint is just plain genius; the way in which the story is recounted, the further exploration of characters that we have come to love and cherish, the playful, witty, evocative dialogue, the insight into a history we already know and the way in which new developments are seamlessly worked into and divulged within the events of the past, the gripping and hypnotic storytelling, EVERYTHING.

The Saint is an impressive and exceptional addition to a remarkable and unforgettable series. It is truly a phenomenal story and it is inconceivable how these books just seem to be getting better and better. Although I am not entirely sure how one out-does perfection, I am sure Tiffany Reisz will find a way.

Rating: 5+ Stars

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