Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz: ARC Review

Blurb:

Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire...

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns' confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he'd heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: "I met Eleanor."

So begins the 40-page "The Confession of Marcus Stearns," a moving coda to the RITA® Award-winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers' Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.

This collection also includes "The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber," a companion 36-page story written exclusively for this book.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in "The Confession of Tiffany Reisz," an exclusive, in-depth interview.


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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:

A word of warning before we proceed. The Confessions is not a full length Original Sinners novel so if you are not a fan of novellas, this may not be your cup of tea. You know what? Strike that. If you are not a fan of novellas, give this one a try, it is a must read for an Original Sinners lover and it is sure to change your mind. Next, and most importantly, The Confessions should not, I repeat, MUST NOT, be read before completing the entire eight book Original Sinners series. This one I do mean. As much as it pains me to tell you not to read The Confessions, do not pass go, do not read this review, DO NOT open this book. Go back and enjoy each and every brilliantly captivating, titillating, unexpected, and addicting word of the previous books THEN crack this one open and experience the Sinners as they were meant to be experienced and savor every moment of this incomparable series as you were meant to.

As a self proclaimed Original Sinners aficionado, when I found out there was an unpublished story, I began wracking my brain as to how I could possibly get my hands on a copy because, when it comes to Nora, Soren, and Kingsley, there will simply never be enough and if I haven't read every possible word that I can find about them, then something is very, very wrong. A compilation of two not to be missed novellas, Soren's early confessions and Nora's present day confessions, an amusing and interesting interview with the true queen of the series, Tiffany Reisz, and 21 facts about the enigmatic Father Stearns that is enlightening and incredibly fun (especially number 21 as the perfect example of the power Soren wields once he has his hooks in you) that not only gives us more of the Sinners we crave, but truly rounds out the Original Sinners experience as a whole.

They say not much can happen over the course of a novella and over the course the mere 40 pages of The Confessions of Marcus Stearns it would seem particularly difficult. Yet after only one of those pages, the portrait of a young man baring his soul to his priest crippled me and the misery behind a young Marcus Stearns' plea for help shattered me. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, the camaraderie found in Father Ballard and the mischief, the unapologetic nature of Father Stearns' confession, and the insight into the softer side of Soren pieced me right back together again. The relationship between Father Ballard and his confessor was yet another beautifully balanced, perfectly imperfect, delightfully sinful, and unexpectedly fun connection. The relationships within the Sinners stories are the true magic of the series and Marcus and his priest's bond is no exception. It takes a true talent , one we already knew Tiffany Reisz possessed, one that was solidly confirmed and reinforced in this novella, to make you feel so much, to make you tear up and laugh and hurt and want and pine and wonder and smile all over the course of just 40 short pages.

Nora's confession shows us a different side of Ms. Sutherland, one that even she herself is surprised to find. Aside from the usual quick as a whip (pun intended) antics that make Nora's confession entertaining and, of course, a bit dirty, this side of Nora is intriguing and wonderfully relatable. Shining new light on not just Nora and her thoughts and feelings, we dig deep into yet another side to Soren as well. Over the course of the series we have found with each and every tale that Nora brings us, Soren gradually becomes ever more endearing and these confessions are no different.

While I was not nearly as excited to get my hands on the interview with the author following the confessions, it did nothing but fuel my undying author crush on Tiffany Reisz as an intelligent, informed, witty, and evocative author. It illuminates our beloved characters and gives in-depth insight into the evolution of the series in an entertaining and fascinating way. We also just so happen to get a bit of insight into the immensely exciting possibility of a future for the unholy trinity and their offspring.

Consuming and addicting, after listening in on The Confessions you will be hungry and greedy for more.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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