on July 24, 2014
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.
I need to confess a sin, one of my biggest. You see, I had The Saint on my Kindle for about two weeks before I actually picked it up. Not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I wanted to read it so much that I knew that once I was done, it would be over. I have been in love with Tiffany Reisz since I first picked up The Siren almost TWO years ago. I have devoured her books and loved every single word. The Saint was no different, it was almost like a fairytale, a very different sort of fairy tale, for me. The story is about a certain Priest who fell in love with his Little One.
The Saint is told as bed-time story and let me tell you, it is one you will want to stay up for. You meet Eleanor when she is a fun, wild, and carefree teenager. Young Eleanor, is just as fun if not more fun as a teenager. The minute she lays eyes on the new Priest at their church is the day her life changes. The other books have described Eleanor’s childhood; her father was a criminal and her mother was described as being un-loving and un-caring. In The Saint, you get firsthand how bad it really was. When Eleanor finds herself in trouble, it’s not her parents that save her, it’s her Priest.
“My price is simply this-in exchange for my assistance, I ask that you do what I tell you to do from now on.”
“Do what you tell me to do?”
“Yes. I want you to obey me.”
“From now on?” She couldn’t believe she’d heard him right.
“Like, for how long?”
Soren looked at her without smiling, without blinking, without jesting, without joking. He looked at her like the next word he said would be the most important word he ever spoke and the most important word she ever heard.
The world hung in the air before falling into her lap and seeping into her skin
“Forever,” she repeated. “You want me to obey you forever?”
From this point on, begins the start of Eleanor and Soren’s journey. He puts her on the right path and makes sure she lives up to her fullest potential. Throughout the four year span of the book, Eleanor completely grows into her own, her confidence shines through the book. There are also certain hints of the domanatrix she eventually becomes.
“I will take care of you. Forever.”
Throughout the story, you see a more playful and affectionate side of Soren that will make your heart melt and tears appear. I have always lusted after him, but this book completely put me over the edge.You find out his backstory and why he is the way he is in the other books, but I feel like The Saint really just put all the pieces together for me. His childhood really is upsetting and is something not the weakest of people could survive. So it makes sense as to why he is the way he is. I feel like The Saint put all of the pieces together because you find out Soren’s history and why he is the way he is. His childhood is very upsetting and is something that the strongest of people would struggle to survive.
“Thank you for loving me Little One. You restore my faith.”
Along the journey, Eleanor and Soren fall deeply in love with each other even though there are so many obstacles that threaten to tear them apart. I will admit, their relationship is not for the faint of the heart, but it is one of the more romantic love stories that I’ve ever read.
“You are my most precious possession. I will guard you with my life.”
If asked what I enjoyed most about this story, my answer would be how Ms. Reisz was able to weave certain tidbits into the story that seemed like small details, but were larger than words and part of the larger picture that was trying to be portrayed. There is also this mysterious element; I was so nervous throughout the book, I literally could not handle it! Ms. Reisz though, the brilliant writer that she is, made the heartburn, tears, and goosebumps worth it!
This book is true perfection and needs to be experienced after you read The Red Years. If you have not picked up Tiffany Reisz’ books, please put down whatever you are reading and start now.
“Of course you can own me. You always have. You always will.”
I give this book 5 saintly stars!!
Q&A with Tiffany Reisz
If the movie execs are listening to my prayers and decide to bring Nora, Soren, and Kingsley to the big screen, who would you cast in their roles?
It would be so hard to find actors and actresses who could play these characters. I can tell you who I cast in the movie version in my head, but I doubt it would ever work out on screen. Søren should be played by an age appropriate Scandinavian actor. Absolutely NOT Alexander Scarsgard. Ideally Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who many of you know as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones) In my head Nora looks like Rachel Weisz but speaks with a tough American accent.Kingsley looks exactly like French actor/model Gaspard Ulliel in my head.
Will we ever get a book solely in Soren’s POV? Pretty please?
No. Absolutely not. Not now. Not ever. Not for all the money in the world. Writing in Søren’s pov would ruin the mystery of him. I’d kill him off before I wrote in his pov.
What is the craziest fan experience you have encountered? Please don’t say it was a girl with glasses in a dress in Louisville because that was me.
I was in a bookstore working in the café one day and a lady walked past me carrying one of my books. I went up to her offering to sign it for her. As soon as she realized who I was she burst into tears and hugged me. That was awesome.
Does Soren represent something bigger? Is he supposed to represent a higher power?
Søren is based on God the Father in The Original Sinners series. Kingsley is God the Son. Nora is God the Holy Spirit. The three of them are gods, in a way. But they don’t know it. I know it, some readers know it, they don’t know it. That’s why the three of them are so unusual, so complicated, so intertwined with each other and that’s why they don’t follow the normal rules of love and sex. They’re beyond them the way God is beyond space and time.
Of all the Original Sinners series books, which one is your favorite and why?
I’m torn between THE PRINCE and THE KING. But THE KING isn’t out yet so I’ll have to go with THE PRINCE. And the only reason that one is my favorite is because of the scenes between young Kingsley and young Søren. They are the sexiest (to me) scenes I’ve ever written
The Original Sinners Series
The Siren (#1)
The Angel (#2)
The Mistress (#4)