Title: The Saint (The Original Sinners #5)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 5 stars
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.
While it was not a traditional love story, Nora and Søren’s story couldn’t have been any more beautiful. Once again, we find our beloved Nora (my favorite book heroine) recounting stories, this time in how she met and fell in love with Søren. I was shocked at the tenderness Søren showed at times in this book, so unexpected from a sadist.
The most touching moments were those as Søren tries to fight off his feelings for Nora (or Eleanor, as he always calls her), knowing that their involvement with each other wasn’t right. Knowing that she could never have a normal relationship with him. And then, the moments when he finally gives into his feelings, perfection. If you haven’t fallen for him prior to this book, or somewhere along the way in this story, I’m pretty sure you’ll be sold on him when Nora receives her birthday present (it’s not what you think).
I loved how Tiffany built their relationship. It wasn’t an impulsive moment of passion, even though the yearning was always there. He makes her wait, and punishes her when she disobeys, by making her wait some more. Most women probably would walk away. But their love was destiny.
“Had it been any other man it probably would have scared me. But with Søren, everything felt like destiny. When we met he said, ‘It’s a pleasure to finally meet you.’ We’d both been waiting for each other, like it was meant to be that we would find and love each other.”
Even though Nora is tempted frequently to stray, she always comes back to Søren. Surprisingly, not only did he understand her desire to stray, he pretty much encourages it.
Like the previous books, Tiffany does an amazing job of weaving together the story, both past and present, and adding some sexual humor. Nora’s first meeting with Kingsley is hilarious, I just about highlighted the whole section.
Here’s just a glimpse of their banter:
“I get it,” Eleanor said to Kingsley. “I do. You’re Prince Charming if Prince Charming wasn’t charming.”
“I fucked a virgin last week. I didn’t mean to.”
“What happened? You trip and fall into her hymen?”
We are also introduced to some new characters, Nico and Wyatt. I loved them both, but for very different reasons. Nico offered physical and emotional support when it was needed. Wyatt made me laugh.
“You told Dr. Edwards she was an idiot. I want to make love to your brain. Marvin Gaye-style.”
While those men and Kingsley play important roles, the heart of the story is the love between Nora and Søren. Their confessions to each other are simply beautiful.
I’d quote them all, but its best for you to read them within the context – their words have so much meaning behind them. I also loved finding out more pieces to their puzzle, like how he started calling her Little One. And while it just seems like simple acts along the way, looking back you see how Søren is preparing her and himself for their ultimate union. This was an unconventional entrancing love story for two souls meant for each other.
While I feared the ending, it didn’t leave me with the heartache that the Mistress did. It only made more eager to hear Kingsley’s story.
*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.