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.
What’s normal for me:
*I HATE reading a series out of order even if the books can be read as standalones. I have actually stopped reading a book when I discovered a preceding title in order to read the preceding title and then start the second book again so I can maintain the series order. Yeah, I’m that kind of anal 🙂
*I LOVE backstory and history, especially in a long series. For me, the backstory and the history is the heart of any series. This is the part where you get to dig into the characters you know and love (or not!) and understand them a bit better. I have the utmost respect for any author who can build (and that’s what it is, building!) a history and a backstory for his/her characters and make it believable, pertinent and, interesting.
*I am not the biggest fan of BDSM especially when it borders on something as dark as sadism but, this author has a huge and very loyal following so I thought I would give it a go.
*I rarely ever finish a book and then go straight to Amazon and buy every other book in the series.
*I only use a five star rating system.
What happened with this book:
*I have not read the rest of this series and had no idea I was reading this book out of order. When I realized my mistake I wasn’t even a little bit pissed.
*I got an amazingly detailed read with all of the backstory and history of two of the major players in this series. I already know where they started and how they got to where they currently are in their lives and relationship.
*Let me be clear, I am now a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz’s brand of BDSM. While the kink is pretty dark in this read, Reisz handles it with care and makes it palatable to even the most squeamish of readers. In fact, she leads the reader into this dark, often dangerous and, seriously erotic world in baby steps. By the time the plot took me to the really intense stuff I was already so invested in the characters and understood how they got to be who they are that I was totally OK with the darkness.
*I had to force myself to put this book down and do my “real” job. Seriously, I had to bargain with myself: OK, if I work for 45 minutes I can then go read two more chapters of this book. Only a truly excellent read can get me to bargain with myself like this since I am an admitted workaholic. Furthermore, the second I finished this book, I went straight to Amazon and bought (at full freakin’ price!) the preceding four books in the series and then read the latest five-part novella series (thank you, Netgalley!) in a single sitting.
The Bottom Line: I have only handed down a 6 star review a couple of times since I started writing reviews more than three years ago. (1½ years for my own blog and 1½ for AToMR – yeah, I just name-dropped right there!) I was simply blown away by the care and handling of this book and the seriously dark themes that it delves into. Tiffany Reisz and her excellent writing style took me through this story step-by-step and made sure I was ready for the big, heavy bits. Make no mistake, dear reader this is NOT a book for the faint of heart and the big, heavy bits are actually HUGE, GINORMOUS bits that will leave you, at times heartbroken, at times aroused, at times mystified, at times overjoyed and, all the time interested and invested . The Saint delves into many, many dark parts of the BDSM world but it isn’t a read that is just about the sex. This is, at its core a love story and about how two people come together and stay together through the most trying of times and circumstances. The Saint is Nora and Søren’s history, their very lives. By every standard and convention, Nora and Søren’s love is forbidden and when you add to the mix their mutual desire for pain, it becomes even more taboo. The Saint is a very, very dark, emotional, erotic and completely fascinating read and I am thoroughly glad that I gave it a go. Tiffany Reisz took me well out of my comfort zone and I was absolutely rewarded with a fantastic read.