25 Jun '14

An Interview with Tiffany Reisz (Incl. 5 Star Review for The Saint)

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Today, we are happy to be part of the blog tour for The Saint. This series is mind-blowing and I jumped at the chance to be part of the promo tour. I hope you enjoy the short interview… I know I agree with the Top Five Soren list 🙂

Top 5 hottest things about a priest? (Or SØren specifically!)

No one ever believes me when I tell them I do NOT have a priest fetish. I don’t want people sending me pics of sexy priests or books about priests or anything. Søren is a priest because that’s what worked best for the story. So I don’t have priests in and of themselves sexy. But Søren he IS sexy. Why?

#1-He’s blond. I don’t have a priest fetish. I have a fetish for blondes.

#2-He’s brilliant

#3-He’s funny

#4-He’s a sadist (I think pain-play is very erotic)

$5-He’s a musician, which gives us a BINGO on the “Perfect Man Bingo Card”

Names and what your characters call each other (or what they call themselves at different points in their lives) is significant in THE SAINT. Can you talk about that a bit?

I love playing with names. We’re all born with a name but for many people, the name our parents chose for us doesn’t ring true to our real self. For Søren, rejecting the name Marcus which is his father’s name and telling those who know the real him that his name is Søren is an act of defiance. Rejecting his father’s name and his money is his way of rejecting the evil his father did and refusing to repeat it.

Eleanor is Nora’s birth name. She doesn’t like it because it seems prissy and old-fashioned to her. Søren IS prissy and old-fashioned so he calls her Eleanor. Elle, the name she wants to be called, is the same word as “her” or “she” in French and for Søren, Eleanor is far too specific a person to be simply “her.”

And of course, in The Saint, we learn the origin of Søren’s nickname for Eleanor – “Little One.”  

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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.

FTC : I downloaded this book from NetGalley before I knew about the tour. I am a fan of the series.

This book feels very different to the rest of the series. Maybe it is the innocence of Nora, maybe it is the youthfulness of Soren or maybe it’s just because this is where it all began for them, before the complexities of their relationship caused their emotional scars. Don’t get me wrong, this is the same Nora and Soren; Nora still faces everything with cynicism and wit and Soren is still the Sadist Priest, but this feels fresh and as innocent as their relationship could ever be. I loved it. I loved them and I think I love Soren even more.

Yes, this is a prequel but please don’t be tempted to read it out of turn. Although this is where it all began, I think you need to be in love with them as a couple before you read this book or you may be tempted to see only a teenaged girl having a D/s relationship with her priest which, on paper, and probably in reality, is rather taboo. You won’t know how right they are together, won’t ever see the beauty in their relationship. It is a very clever decision to do in this order as I just accepted their relationship, the inevitability of them. Also, there is a big God-damn spoiler from the end of book four and I don’t think you want to see it ….

This book isn’t told as a flashback. Nora is telling these stories to another character (I consider his identity a spoiler to the rest of the series). I loved hearing their story from their POV, how the young Nora fell in love with Soren from the first time she met him and refused to allow him to elbow her out of her life. She knew what she wanted from the first time she saw his motorbike but I respected the way he dealt with her. At every step of the way he allowed her the freedom to choose a different life than the one she would have with him, always knowing that if she chose him, her life would never be easy. I loved him for the respect that he showed her and I loved him more as, even though he had decided she was his, he made sure that she knew what she would be accepting, and missing, if she decided to claim him as hers.

In this book, Nora has frequent sex with someone other than Soren (Polyamory remember) and it was fairly vanilla. It was hot and it was a direct contrast to the scenes that you see in the flashback. Nora and Soren do not do vanilla. The scenes are brutal and made me fall in love with them as a couple even more. I know, it seems a ridiculous statement because when I say brutal I mean sex that leaves welts and marks that don’t fade for weeks, but throughout the violence I could feel the love. She accepted him, accepted his need for pain and she knew that she was giving him what he needed. It would never be sex that starred in my fantasies but this is where the strength of Ms Reiszs’ writing shines through; I didn’t give a crap that it could never be my romance because it was so damn right for Nora and Soren (and King of course :D).

I loved this book. I love the series. This is where it all began and, unusually for one of the Sinner’s series, I came away with a case of the warm and fuzzies. Soren is amazing, Nora is the spunky teenager that I knew she would be and young King is a danger to the chastity of men and women everywhere. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read. 5 Stars.

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