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June 28, 2014

Suped Up: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners 5 | The White Years 1 
Format: Print ARC
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA 
Release Date: June 24, 2014 
Source: Grace of Books of Love 
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
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.



Oh Tiffany Reisz, the things you do to me every time I read your books! *Le Sigh!*

I read THE SAINT early this week and until now I'm still unsure of my ability to share my thoughts and persuade you to pick this up and read it. I briefly had a Twitter convo with Ms. Reisz and she forewarned me that so far, THE SAINT is a fan favorite and most everyone is in love with Søren. I'm sure that I will love this latest The Original Sinners installment but once again, I underestimated TReisz passion for this story and her skill with the pen because I find myself loving this more than any of the books and short stories so far. Impossible some of you might say but if I can give THE SAINT 100 gold stars, I will. 

By now you've probably read a few reviews for this book and all the mad gushing is on point. Søren will steal your heart and Eleanor/Nora will endear herself to you more than you thought possible. One thing that stood out the most to me is how TReisz skillfully crossed genres with THE SAINT: it's YA, NA, horror, thriller, and erotica among others. Now before I ruffle your feathers and start assuming that there's some sexual assault, rape and what-not that had happened... reign it in and indulge me as I expound on it a bit. 


IT'S YOUNG ADULT: If you've read the other books you probably know that Søren met Nora, then going by her given name, Eleanor Schreiber, when she was 15, when Søren became her church's parish priest and bailed Nora out when she got in caught stealing 5 big ticket cars one night in NYC. 

Eleanor's family life is far from ideal and despite having an easy going attitude, Eleanor can't deny the hurt she feels from having a dysfunctional childhood. Her parents are divorced, her father is a criminal and her mother is a religious nut who frequently remains Eleanor that she wants to be a nun and that getting pregnant got in the way of that dream. Eleanor's childhood isn't necessarily angsty but one can tell that she's trying so hard to gain her parent's approval and love and sometimes her efforts came out wrong despite having good intentions. 

Søren became Eleanor's Mr. Miyagi, he easily became her mentor, counselor, and friend during a time where Eleanor could've easily lost her way. I loved learning more about The Beginning and knowing the story behind the anecdotes such as the 6-month stick watering and reading Eleanor's first foray into the world of erotica, writing her own version of 1001 Nights, which was hilarious by the way. I'd also like to highlight that Søren was very proper and wasn't predatory despite Eleanor's flirty advances towards him. Søren was never inappropriate and he may be a sadist but he's no child molester. 


IT'S NEW ADULT: This is my favorite part of THE SAINT, it's wrought with emotions and the heart of this novel. You'd expect that once Eleanor turned 18 that Søren would be on to her like white on rice. Sorry to disappoint but Søren waited for Eleanor to be emotionally and mentally ready before introducing her to his world and all the trappings that go with being a submissive and a priest's lover at that. 

It's also here where I finally understood why Eleanor/Nora is so very much in love with Søren. Aside from his killer good looks, brilliant mind, charm, and magnetic personality, Søren is a romantic! When Eleanor turned 20, Søren surprised her with a private concert and told her in music how he feels about her. It was the sweetest, most thoughtful and romantic gesture I think I've ever read in a long time. I'm not very appreciative of classical music but TReisz had me listening to Ode To Joy (I guess this is their theme song) a few times and allowed Ludwig Van Beethoven's notes to transport me to that moment, allowing myself to feel its swells and troughs and translate that into love and feelings for me to comprehend Søren's love for Eleanor.  

Your nightmare might turn into your best dream someday.

IT'S HORROR, THRILLER, EROTICA: I guess these genres also serve as adjectives to describe erotica, after all pain and pleasure mix seamlessly in tales like THE SAINT. To be specific, what could be more horrific than falling in love with a Priest, and a sadist at that, and yet its forbidden aspect is both thrilling and erotic. 


I apologize for this lengthy review, trust me this is already the condensed version. The Original Sinners never fails to make me ramble and get me tongue-tided at the same time as there's so many great scenes and delicious tidbits that make up this decadent installment. I keep on putting the book down not because it's boring but I want to savor the words and delay its inevitable ending. Another good thing is if you haven't started this series yet, you can do so with THE SAINT since The White Years' arc is independent from The Red Years, which is already concluded. Also there's not a lot of BDSM that went on here, it's very sparse and was mentioned/shown more in passing than in detail. Just thought I'd mention that in case you're wondering 

Anyway, if you're in a rut and would like to read something SPECTACULAR, please heed my advice and read Tiffany Reisz, she won't disappoint!




The Novella & Serial

The Red Years








35 comments:

  1. I love that this has kind of a mixed genre thing going on for it. Sounds interesting!

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    1. This is the best contemporary erotica that I've read, bar none!

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  2. bravo! magnificent cannot wait to read this...cannot wait!

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  3. I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. I'm conflicted and I wish I could say why, but I won't do spoilers. I'm reading it now (I listened first) so I can sort out my feelings. The writing is spectacular as always, and like you, I highly recommend this series. :)
    Excellent review!

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    1. Is it because of the age and how old Eleanor was when she met Soren? I feel you though, in some ways it reminds me of Dani (KMM Fever)

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    2. No is not, we knew that from the first book, and I have loved this series from the beginning. I totally understand these character are different than me, and to put my vanilla expectations in their behavior gets me in trouble. Nothing sexual happens with her at that age. But to watch the mental manipulation and mind Fuc* he puts her through is nothing short of brilliant.
      It's something else. I'm dying to talk about it, maybe sometime in a few weeks when more peeps have read the books we can have a group chat :) Don't get me wrong, I found the story riveting as always. I dying to write a review, but I'm finding impossible to say what I want to say without spoiler.. but my wheels are turning.

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    3. WHAT IS IT?!?!?! I'm itching to know! LOL

      Yeah I can see the manipulation part but at the same time, that's the sub way sort of. I first read 7 Day Loan/The Gift and that pissed me off! Like Who The Heck are you to "loan" your woman for another guy to fuck?! But then Eleanor/Nora is a different creature altogether and I get that part now.

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  4. I really really need to try one of her books, each time you makes me want to try her. I read a erotica one yesterday and it was fun, I should try more!

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    1. Start with her, you don't have to start with this series, she has shorts that are fun and just as erotic.

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  5. This seems to be everyone's favorite so far. I am reading/listening to The Siren right now with high hopes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love every book in this series, I think I rated all of them 5-stars except for The Angel.

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  6. I haven't kept up with this series, and I can't say exactly why. I love Reisz's writing, it's just a lot of ot makes me uncomfortable. And it's not that I can't handle it. But anyway, I'm so glad you loved The Saint, Braine. I love your review!

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    1. Aw, I hope you pick it up again soon!

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  7. I have the Siren and Angel in my tbr pile. I guess I need to move these up. Fantastic review my friend!

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  8. Wow, so many genres in one book. I am still a little confused but intrigued. But 5 stars, that's saying something.

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    1. Usually genre crossing happens in lit-fiction, very rare in erotica because of minors and sex don't really mix well. But this was done right and carefully

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  9. The power of the emotions sounds like it would be a read I would lose myself in

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    1. That is true, TReisz does that in an almost effortless way

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  10. You've definitely made me want to grab it Braine! Awesome review :)

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    1. It's worth it. If you don't read erotica, just try to keep an open mind to this

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  11. I'm so glad that you liked this book Braine. I knew you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz, so that's why I gave it to you.

    Grace

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  12. GAH Braine. I have The Siren, and I've been wanting to read it FOREVER, but I'm . . . intimidated . . . I don't really have a good reason for being intimidated, I just am. Hoping I'll get over that soon ;)

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    1. Dude, you have to get over it! This is one of the best erotica series you'll ever read. I promise!!! DOn't let the priest get to you!

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  13. You convinced me, Braine! I love how passionate you got over this book and these characters! That says so much, in my opinion. I have the first 2 of the series sitting on my shelf staring at me. ;) And I'm gonna pick them up SOON! Awesome review, lady!

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    1. Please do! I can't be alone in this, I need to gush with someone!

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  14. This is one of those reads I def wanna get into, because the very idea of a sadist priest just hits my buttons :D I've been putting it off though because I think I've read too much BDSMish reads lately, and I fear I might not give it my 100%, you know? But thanks also to your rec, I will surely read the whole shebang when I feel the saturation of BDSMish lower in my system, lol.

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    1. I feel you, I'm BDSM-d out myself it's just that I've been following this series from the beginning so it gets special treatment from me. It's so provoking though in more ways than one, definitely one of my all time faves!

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  15. I have read all the other books in this series, but haven't read this one because of my reading-erotica slump. Your review made me hopeful, maybe I'll be able to read it and enjoy it... don't know... or maybe I should wait a bit longer when I could enjoy it more... decisions, decisions.

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    1. OK, I you have to make time for this because the erotica part is very very minimal, it's hardly there. Hopefully that makes a difference to you somehow...

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  16. I loved this one too and it was my fist Tiffany Reisz read. I asked if I could read it without reading the previous books, cause this was essentially White Years # 1 but Original Sinners # 5. I shall definitely read the others. I loved Tiffany's style. This series being the White Years, to me that meant the virginal years ??? so I understood the lack of erotica, even though there still was some. Due to age etc. Soren was an amazing character...dang he certainly broke the rules :D

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    1. I know, I'm so happy you loved this one. Wait til you get to the Red Years, you'll worship TReisz like I do.

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  17. This is an amazing review, Braine! I am totally behind all you've said. I felt like gushing too when I finished The Saint. This just brings so many emotions to the surface for me, and I loved Soren from the very beginning... Anyway, after this book I went and re-read all the rest of the books in this series and enjoyed them even more knowing how it all started :)

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