The Saint Audiobook by Tiffany Reisz (review)

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Review of: The Saint Audiobook
Tiffany Reisz

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On July 6, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015


The Saint Audiobook

By: Tiffany Reisz

Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart

Published by: Tantor Audio 06/24/14

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4.5 stars rating

Original Sinners Series, Book # 5

14 hrs and 41 mins

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The Saint: Original Sinners Audiobook

The following review is for book #5 in the series, and if you have not read the series you might find spoilers, specially if you have not red the first book, The Siren which I highly  recommend.

What I loved


I love that Tiffany (lets) makes me get to know and experience these characters and their world in the safety of my sexuality and my world. Her writing is clever, intelligent, lyrical, and I’m afraid undervalued, since the majority of non erotica readers will never get to experience the utter brilliance of this woman’s writing. How can’t I not have  loved The Saint? A book that made me feel an expanse of emotions and showed me hell, but delivered me heaven.

I love that Tiffany makes me like and almost love..Love a sadist! A sadist priest!….Zøren is sadist that clearly and cleverly  manipulated a minor, and even though nothing physical happened between them until Nora was older I couldn’t help finding  the journey  disturbing…. Yet beautiful. The Saint is another brilliant example of her talent.

What I love


I loved the overall story. I loved seeing Nora as a teenager with her wit, intelligence and defiance.
I love Reisz’s stories because, although they are heavy BDSM, they also have tons of romance and passion. That’s not to say that others don’t, her stories just seem to be romance with an erotica chaser.

I really enjoyed the scene where Nora walks into Kingley’s house uninvited and is quite shocked by the scenes that she sees. To think of Nora Sutherlin being shocked by anything, even as a teenager, it amazing to me. I mean at this time, she had already read the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, which can be pretty depraved to some people, but an orgy seemed to really get to her. It goes to show that reading about something and experiencing it first hand are two completely different things, even in fiction.

I think my favorite line of the story would be: “If God looked like Søren there would be no atheists.”

What I didn't like


OK, what bothered me was the whole thing with a new character in the story. Nora is supposed to be a strong woman, and her sexuality a match to that of a man, but excuse me, men f*#k! They don’t start having heavy feelings for someone right away, it really bothers me the Nora talks about all these feelings! Really? Having sex and falling for a lot of guys is not a sign of being strong or self assurance in my book, to me, it’s a sign of weakness, and in this case one that is in direct contrast with Nora’s Femme fatale image I’m supposed to have, or think I’m being persuaded to have.

What I didn't like


I didn’t like the story within the story, which isn’t good, because I have a feeling that all four of the “White Years” books are going to be done this way. I don’t mind so much if we start off in the present and then go back, but the back and forth broke up the story more than I would like.

Part of me only wants to give it 4 stars because of the issues with Nora falling in love in the blink of an eye and it doesn’t seem real to me. Part of it because I didn’t feel the first sex scene between Soren and Nora was realistic either, for a first time.

I think taking that much pain is a learned thing that has to be built on. I just don’t think you could take that much out of the box. Even with the fact that Nora was a pain slut as a child, there is a huge difference between pouring wax on yourself and even burning yourself with a curling iron and taking a cane as much as she did on night one. I’ve never experienced any of this personally, but I’ve read a decent amount of BDSM and there is a headspace that people get into. I’m pretty sure that is something that is learned, maybe instinctual on some level, but not to the point that you could bear the brunt of that on day one. Maybe, if you were tough and extremely devoted, in a month or more. Maybe I’m trying too hard to put too much on it.

Final Thoughts

Melanie & Lupdilup

We both highly enjoyed and loved this entry, if you’re a fan of this series, this is a “NOT TO BE MISSED” novel that will have you once again questioning your limits (I’m starting to believe that  line has been drawn too far for me)  while the whole time you find the story impossible to put down because, The Saint shows us that romance is not exclusively vanilla, and there are beautiful colors in everyone’s universe.
We must recommend to read this series in order. I know it’s being sold as a new series, but the story is so much more powerful when you have knowledge and a deeper understanding of the characters.

While The Angel for Melanie, and The Prince for me, are still our favorites in the series, we both thought this was one  hell of story that added so much to the series.

We can’t wait for THE KING!

Tiffany Reisz

Author Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die.


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Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart has been a multifaceted performer her entire life. Her interest in audible arts began with her grandfather, a member of the Choctaw tribe who liked to tell her passed-down stories from his heritage. She began performing on television and stage when she was a child and has carried her passion for entertaining into adulthood. Elizabeth lives on the west coast with her family.

The Saint Audiobook Narration

Narration by Elizabeth Hart

Reviewed by Lupdilup

This is a little hard for me to review. There are so many elements I loved about Elizabeth Hart’s narration, and one that I didn’t. So I’ll get to what I love first.

Her interpretation of Nora. I loved how she expertly fleshed out her rebellious nature and the sexual inquisitiveness of the fifteen-year-old, while at the same time conveying the underlying innocence of her character.

Her transitions from young Eleanor to the older Eleanor were expertly executed.

The sentiment of the novel; she sure put me there. From the sweetness of the romantic moments to the savageness of some the sex scenes…I felt it all!

The French accent for Kingsley worked for me, mind that I’m not an expert on French accents, but I know when I find an accent distracting, and that never happened here.

Now about Søren…I wanted more! I can’t even tell you what I wanted, all I know is that her interpretation wasn’t enough for me, and is not that he didn’t sound masculine, he did. But honestly, how is a saint with a devil’s substance is supposed to sound like? I don’t even have an answer to that myself. Keep in mind that I’m a reader of this series first, and then a listener.

All in all, this was a very good interpretation, but to the reader I say, read it! And to listener of this series I say, you’re going to love the Saint!

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Loupe Duffy
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  1. So what bothered you?!?! When you commented on my review, you put me in so much suspense I want to know. Is it her polyamorous tendencies?

    I agree with that btw, her definition of “Commitment” is so different from ours that one can see it as a weakness although Nora will probably argue that and say it’s a strength because of her immense capacity to love.

    There is some sort of insta-love but I remember my first crush/puppy love and that could be an addictive feeling. Add her owing S for bailing her out and being this forbidden fruit and I guess it could develop into love/true love.

    I love the Anne Rice reference though, TReisz is a fan too like me so that earned her extra points in my book.

    • Yes, that was exactly my problem, I didn’t care for those parts of the book, but I absolutely loved and adored the references to the past. I’d would have been happy staying in the past the whole time..LOL
      I do love her books!

  2. A sadist priest?!! I’m going to try her one day. I really am. I’ve read a few sadists now and–while totally NOT my personal kink–they were pretty fascinating.

    • Oh, I’m not a fan of that either, and believe me, I read these books as Psychological, and through my vanilla goggles I find her characters enthralling and fascinating, and that is precisely why I love her books, but I’m not really well read in the subject.

    • Oh, Anna, you MUST read this series! It is even more awesome than it sounds, and I agree, Loupe, that she is a very underrated author that many will never experience. *sigh* Oh well, more for us! 😀

  3. My friend Steph, who also loves audiobooks, keeps trying to get me to read/listen to this series. I am super picky about sex scenes in books though. I want them written well, realistic and not super cheesy. I keep hearing these are good though. Great review ladies!

    • You have to! Although I did enjoyed the audio, I would recommend reading the first book, The Siren, I read it first and then I re-visited on audio. But my first love with the book was reading it.

  4. Of course I own books one and two. Have I read them? *blinks* No. My TBR pile is out of control. I have so many books I bought on release day and well…you know how it goes.

    • Maybe one day Kimba, and you will be thinking, as I often do, “why didn’t I pick up these books sooner”;)

  5. This book is definitely beyond my comfort zone I wojld have to admit but I love trying out books outside my normal reads… the series is definitely intruiging so I will check book 1 out! Awesome review, ladies! You got me curious about this! 🙂

    • The Siren was the first book I read that seriously tackle BDSM. I did read Fifty Shades first (I loved it) but these so much deeper, an not really a romance, well it’s after the first book and I got past the shock…LOL Her books are not overly graphic, but her subjects are very adult, a least for me, since I never read a lot books with this theme. I do enjoy being taking out of my comfort zone in the fictional world 🙂

  6. I got The Siren not too long ago because I NEED to experience these books! I think I’ll read it after my next book.

    • Hahaha! Yes you do! And I hope you experience turns out to be as good as mine 😉

  7. Ladies great thoughts and I LOVED the doubles match. Even though some of both of your Not Likes were pretty high on my lists, your likes made me really want to read it. Oh plus the 4.5 hot hearts don’t hurt.

    • Thank you Debbie! These are very interesting reads to say the least. The writing and character development is top notch. I really don’t know where is your line of comfort in your reads, but if it helps, I’m not a big fan of BDSM, but I highly enjoy her books.

  8. Awesome dual review format ladies! You should do more of these! I listen to like… 2 erotica audios a year, so this one probably won’t make the cut, but if ever I’m in the mood for a sadist priest I know where to start. 😉

    • Hahaha Carmel! You weren’t supposed to read that part, since you have not read the first, but yes! If you are ever in the mood, you’re going to hate to love Zøren. I never thought I would or
      Thank you Carmel 🙂

    • Good! I’ll keep my eyes open for your review 🙂

  9. I have you to thank for FINALLY getting my ass in gear and reading this book! I didn’t like the guy that narrated book one, so reading was a good idea for me, but I haven’t tried the rest. I noticed that every book has a different narrator. This doesn’t bug you? Either way, I cannot wait to get further into the series!

    • I’m glad you enjoy it 🙂 In most cases it really bothers me when they change narrators, and it can even be a deal breaker for me, but I wasn’t bother so much in this case since the books almost have a different feeling. Just remember that I’m not a “listener” of this series. I always read the books (except for the Mistress and The Saint) before I listened. I think reading and then listening is a total different experience than when you just listen, most of the time I’m more demanding on the narrator in this cases.

  10. I have no idea why I haven’t started this series yet. I’ve had The Siren, for-freaking-ever, but I think I’m just . . . REALLY intimidated. The only thing I’ve ever read like this (or not? I have no idea) is Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy when I was a rebellious teenager, and I did not like it at ALL. I don’t typically mind stories within stories, so if I made it this far, I’d be fine with that, but need to get over my scaredy-catness first . . .

    • Oh no! Not even close to Sleeping Beauty. I could only read 3 chapters of that book, I felt that if I finished it I was going to go right to hell!…LOL Now I think I can read it…LOL
      The brilliance of Tiffany’s writing is the depth of her characters, they are flawed to us, but not to themselves. They are perfectly at easy with who they are, and in their own way they love passionately. I almost get a feeling when I’m reading these books that they are just allowing me to take a pick, and even though I’m happy reading as an outsider,they are happy to have me as an outsider as well…I find it hard to explain. I hope I made
      If I can read it, so can you 🙂

  11. I’ve only read The Siren, and then was sort of scared to keep reading after that. One day I will continue with this series. Awesome dual review ladies!

    • Thank you Grace! I don’t know why I thought you had read all the books. If you read The Siren I think you can read the next book. I know if has M/M scenes, but a less pain. I don’t read or listen to M/M books, although I’ve know much some peeps enjoy them, but I did enjoy the deep romance of the story. Let me know if you give it a go 🙂

  12. As you already know- this series are one of my favorite ones with The Prince as my favorite book and Kingsley as my favorite character.

    I have this book for awhile now, but I still didn’t find “the courage” to read it, because I think I might not like it, mostly because there would be a little of my dear Kingsley and because I prefer Nora as a Dominatrix and not as Soren’s little submissive.

    Love at first sight is also not something I like to read about, but I know I’ll read the damn book eventually. Great review ladies 🙂

    • We do get some Kingsley time, and it was awesome! I loved reading/listening about the time when Nora first met him. You right there’s not a lot Kignsley time, but I can assure you, there’s quality time 😉
      I can’t imagine how eager you must be to get his story…Soon!! 🙂
      The Prince is my favorite book too.

  13. I have this book, but haven’t read it. I love Tiffany Reisz, but I’m not in the erotica mood… I’m waiting for it to come back to read it.

    • I’ll be keeping my eyes open for your review. I liked this one way more than the last one. The moments between Zøren and Nora are amazing. The writing is top notch! 🙂

  14. Im starting this today. I loved both your thoughts and I so agree TReisz is such an underrated author. The way she makes you feels for her chacacters is something short of amazing!

    • Thank you Sharonda! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I think the woman is brilliant!The way she makes me feel about this characters is one of the big reasons I love her work 🙂

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