[Book Review] The Saint

The Saint (The Original Sinners: The White Years #1) / Tiffany Reisz

Readers of The Original Sinners series will already know Nora Sutherlin, and her relationships with Soren and Kingsley. In The Saint, Nora has left everyone behind to be alone with her grief after her mother dies. But she is unexpectedly joined by the handsome Nico, with whom as pillow she shares the story of how she first came to meet Soren, Kingsley, and the world of BDSM as 15-year-old Eleanor.

Soren comes into Eleanor's life as the new priest at her mother's church, and quickly becomes the center of her fantasies, and then becomes bound to him in a private agreement after he rescues her from a father who pushes his daughter to steal cars to pay off his debts. Their relationship is drawn out, Soren trying to stay his distance until Eleanor reaches adulthood before she's fully introduced into the world of BDSM, and then waiting further before 'consummation' of their relationship due to the emotional weight he places on sex and caution on his part due to his sadism.

This book leaves me with mixed feelings.  It goes to some very dark places.  Content wise it includes self-harm, abuse, and at least discussions of rape, incest, and further abuse.  It also has lots of kinky shenanigans, some significantly more brutal than others, which won't appeal to some readers.  What really throws me off is that there are way more biblical content than I expected.  It makes sense, but I'm still not sure how I feel about bible passages and discourses on points of religion erotic romance.  However the book is very well written and creative, and I'm definitely curious about some of the other books in the series, particularly the queer stories.


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