THE SAINT: Sex is Never Casual

THE SAINT

THE SAINT US Cover

The Original Sinners Book 6,  White Years Book I
by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin/Mira
Paperback/E-Book 443 pages
Audio 14:41 Narrator Elizabeth Hart

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged, and all opinion presented herein are my own unless noted otherwise.

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 that 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.  http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/the-saint

 

square "my take"Tiffany writes BDSM literature, not “just” genre fiction, but literature. Her characters in the BDSM lifestyle have complex personal reasons, and the sex is not always sexy, but it is meaningful, important, and riveting, sometimes scary. And it often feels sacred, never casual.

I am often confused by my reactions to Tiffany’s writing, including this story. The characters are religious, and talk about God a lot. And, that’s not me. But, it is about love, sex, relationship and spirituality. It plays on dichototomies, Catholic Priest and BDSM, the sacred and the profane, and essentially, wrong and right.

I was riveted to this story, and there is both a somewhat confusing hot relationship in the present and a retelling of the story of Nora and Soren which is a shocking tale of a Catholic priest and a teenage girl who fall in love but wait until she is in her twenties to consummate it.  And, of course there’s Soren’s sadism and his fortune, his bisexuality.

And, there’s the cliff-hanger that starts on page one of this book. Nora is grieving. Grieving tremendously, driving madly through Europe to handle it. Heavens above, am I upset because a priest having a sexually relationship with a parishioner at least fifteen  younger, is possibly the character Nora is grieving?

In the early parts of their relationship, Soren is careful to avoid the appearance of impropriety. With all the notice of sex scandals in the Catholic church, this is a particularly mine ridden subject is deftly handled so it is recognized and sits there as an issue, but somehow Soren and Nora rise above it.

I don’t know how this happens, how she makes this relationship. Marginally, it is a taboo relationship, but it is also a sexy, dangerous secret. In sharing his love with her, as kinky as it is, he gives her the means of his destruction.

Now, this story is one of the best. Burt, really, there are three stories: 1. the mystery, 2. the new lover, and 3. Nora’s and Soren’s story.
The person with whom Nora has sex while telling her stories is someone of whom I am aware, but I constantly felt like I missed a book. Did I? So I was a little confused, but also on tenterhooks to learn who or what Nora is grieving.
While the story telling of the development of Soren’s and Nora’s is interesting in the depth of its detail and is very sexy I knew most of it from the other books.  It did explain Soren’s past, and he actually becomes vulnerale.  It was  the suspense about the other is what  really kept me turning the page.

This is an amazingly riveting book with characters I can’t say are realistic or approachable, but they are hugely compelling and the book is  a highly recommended read for anyone who likes super steamy stories!

 

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