Friday, June 27, 2014

The Saint Blog Tour: Interview and Review.

Today, not only does Jenn review The Saint, we also have three questions answered by the author, Tiffany Reisz! Come check it out!!

About 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 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.
Author Tiffany Riesz answers three questions for us:
Q:      The role of parents for both Eleanor and Søren are not positive influences for either of them. Eleanor doesn’t feel supported (or even acknowledged) by her mother. Did you intend for Søren to fill a paternal void for Eleanor, at least initially?
I joke sometimes my book series title could be “Daddy Issues.” All three of my Sinners have Daddy Issues—Eleanor’s father got her arrested, Søren’s father was abusive, Kingsley father is dead. Søren is based on God the Father so the role he is destined to play in her life is one of a Heavenly Father, which is why she gets so annoyed with him sometimes for being a know-it-all or always around (omniscience and omnipresence are two of God’s three attributes, omnipotence being the third). God the Father is described in the Bible as being “perfect.” So in a way he’s a perfect father figure of Eleanor. She’s sexual and romantic and wants to be with an older man who acknowledges those parts of her and cherishes them, while also protecting her, caring for her, and loving her unconditionally. It should come as no surprise that “Daddy Doms” are a huge part of the BDSM community.
Q:      Let’s talk about the age difference between Eleanor and Søren- especially when they first meet. Do you believe “age is just a number” or that it’s a defining factor in their relationship?
Fourteen years isn’t that big of an age difference to me. Then again I’ve been in relationships with that big of a gap or more and it’s never been an issue. It comes down to the couple, what their dynamic is, what they’re looking for in each other. When Eleanor is a teenager, she’s in need of someone older to help her. She’s in real trouble, legal trouble, and no one her own age could help her. It took her father to get her into her mess and takes a better, wiser, stronger, more loving Father to get her out of it.
Q:     Most of the book is told in flashback through Eleanor’s sharing of her relationship with Søren. Had you always known you wanted to tell the story that way?
No. I originally intended it to be a straight prequel beginning to end. It just didn’t work that way. There wasn’t enough suspense or mystery. I wasn’t telling a new story. The frame story came to me after the original draft that was 100% was finished and my editor said we needed more suspense. I love the final version because you get both the promised prequel and a glimpse into the aftermath of The Mistress, which ended with a gasp and a laugh. It gave me great joy to write something that no one expected me to write. The guy who crosses the threshold and joins Nora in the first chapter of The Saint is not a character anyone was expecting to meet.


Jenn's Review:

5 Stars

I have loved Nora, Soren and Kingsley from the beginning and now, even though I didn’t know it was possible, I love them even more!

Since I first read The Siren, I fell in love with these characters and they became a part of me. Tiffany Reisz created a world of people I wanted to know, wanted to be friends with and I’ve read all of The Original Sinners books more than once.

I cannot find the right words to convey how much I loved Nora as a teenager. She was just as spunky and wild and free but she is also so young with so much to learn. She made me laugh and she made my heart hurt!

Nora and Soren, they are the perfect forbidden love! The buildup between the two it intense but definitely not quick. I think they both know exactly what they mean to each other immediately, but it is not something that is acted on by impulse. (even though as a reader, the intensity and chemistry between them was truly a tangible thing!) Which is exactly what one would expect from Soren.

Kingsley, oh how I adore him! The first time he meets Nora is absolutely priceless! I think I read it three times. He is the King!

If you have read The Original Sinners series, The Saint is a must read! And if you haven’t, well go read it NOW! Tiffany Reisz does not just write books, she creates a world of intrigue, beauty and crazy hot sex that you will never want to leave.

I don’t want to spoil even a minute of this story because it truly is an experience but I want to say this is a must-read for anyone who loves Nora! The Saint far exceeded my expectations and I truly cannot wait for more!!

I was provided a complimentary copy for review for the Geekery Book Review.


 About The Author:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.