May 17, 2014

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

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.

If you read the rest of The Original Sinner series of books you will thoroughly enjoy this the first installment of "The White Years"
This part of the series seeks to better flesh out the back story of the characters
Things I love about it without spoiling anything (I had a very hard time doing this and not in a good way)
This book goes more in depth into the relationship between Nora(then called Eleanor) and Soren
how it started

It all starts when Elle refuses to go to church.
Her mother tells her about the new priest who rides a motorcycle
some kind that starts with a D
Elle goes reluctantly and there has a religious experience
She meets Soren

"Do you have any idea what it is that you have between your legs?"
 she demanded
"I am well aware of what I have between my legs" he said the words without even breaking a smile

"Eleanor is the name of queens
Elle is merely a French pronoun that means she or her "
Sorry Tiff this is who I see as Soren
Elle wants one thing she wants someone to love her for who she is as she is.
She feels abandonded by her father (who is a bum car theif and only shows up to get things from her)
neglected by her mom who works two jobs and wants her to be a good girl who fears God and respects her Priest and her mother.
and then Soren comes into her life.
he speaks to her like a young adult
rather than treating her like a child.
He is not put off by her questions or her
strange mind and conclusions

A lot of people are put off by a Catholic Priest having a "relationship" with an underage child
Many say it is manipulative 
that he is using his position of power to coerce her
In my opinion his role is more of mentor and waiting for her to grow up
He is attracted to her she is precocious and cute and a flirt
and he recognizes something in her that you will understand more if you read the book
at whose feet should you kneel?

I wonder if it people are more annoyed with him being a priest
rather than him being a lay person of the same age
(do not judge unless you know the back story and unless you read the book you have no idea)
There is no in appropriate contact between them until she is of age.

I like that the book explains more about Noras sexual preferences than the other books did
I like that it tells us how much she enjoys pain both the giving and the getting
This makes her sexual exploits with Soren less squick worthy because this is something SHE is into
(again all about the loving of the different flavors)

The thing I loved the best is the bible references and religion talk
hard to believe but there you go
It just fits so well and the Theology is beautifully done
The references just support the story so well It was all very romantic and inspirational
It really makes this non practicing Catholic want to grab her Bible and re read the stories

"Why does the king tie her up?"
"because he loves her"
SO if you like a lot of meat with your story
and a little gravy
get this one It is a fantastic continuation/prequel/sequel to the series

I laughed I cried I sighed
Most of all readers remember while reading this one TRUST TIFFANY
she loves the mind fuck
and she sure did it to me again
If you cannot tell I'm giving this one 5 stars


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