Updated: Jan 22
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by 8th Circle Press
Book # 9 in the Original Sinners Series
New Orleans, four months after the events of THE QUEEN...
Søren has been suspended from the Jesuits for a minimum of one year after confessing to fathering a child.
To say he's struggling with his newfound freedom is an understatement.
Kingsley is about to be a father again and is convinced something very bad is about to happen. Nerves? Or is he right that the time has come for the Sinners to pay for their sins?
And if things couldn't get worse, a handsome private detective shows up and tells Mistress Nora that a priest has just committed suicide, and she was the last person he tried to call. He would like to know why...
She doesn't know, but Nora and her new detective friend will turn over the city to find out, meeting liars, vampires, and witches along the way. When she finds what she's looking for, she may wish she'd never stepped foot in New Orleans.
Read the book and you will understand the Doctor Who GIF choice. :)
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Erotica Exciting
The Priest by Tiffany Reisz is the ninth book in the Original Sinners series, and centers around Nora Sutherland, now living in New Orleans, and a new character in the series, Cyrus Tremont, a private detective. After a local priest commits suicide, after calling Nora's old phone number, these two complete opposites come together to get answers. It's a whole new genre for the Original Sinners series.
Every book in the Original Sinners series has been unique, and The Priest is no different. I have to admit though, it was a little harder to get through this novel, compared to the past eight. It's not that it isn't good. It's great! I think the jump from erotica ... with some of the most descriptive, intense sex I have ever read ... to a mystery novel (that yes, still has BDSM and is still erotica), kind of mind-fucked me at first. The mystery was good though (if perhaps a bit predictable. I guessed right away why the priest committed suicide, but was unsure why he called Nora). The Priest stayed true to it's characters, and in really showed how our main trio, Nora, Søren, and Kingsley, have settled down into their new lives and in their relationships. They are all getting older after all, and with Kingsley and Juliette adding to their family, it makes sense.
Without giving anything away, Tiffany Reisz seems to acknowledge some criticisms to the series, and weave it into not just the mystery, but the relationships between the characters. There were some hard truths in there, ones that were hard for me to swallow, loving the series as much as I do, but I can't deny that I have had the same thoughts. Her characters owned up to some questionable past behavior though, and while in the end things are shaky, I think they will all be better for it.
While The Priest is heavily focused on the mystery of the priest, Tiffany Reisz didn't forget about her characters. As with the last eight books, we discover more and more about them. She has a wonderful way of writing fictional characters that emulate real people. As people age, they evolve, and so do her characters. Nora has really settled down. She went from multiple lovers, to just two: Nico, who is her submissive, and Søren, her master and soulmate. She has grown up, while still keeping her spunk. Søren is probably the most different. After confessing to the bishop that he fathered a son, he has been suspended for a year, and has to do multiple things in order to get back in good standing with the church. At 51 years old, it seems that he will finally need to choose between his sadistic nature, and the two people he loves the most, and the church who gave him purpose, and a job he truly loves. Søren seems ... more human than ever before. Kingsley is all grown up too. He has his Juliette, whom he loves deeply, and is the mother of his precious daughter (and soon to be second son or daughter), and Søren. Big difference from a man who had slept with multiple people a day. His story feels complete to me now. He has everything he wanted. Our new character, Cyrus, is just ... meh ... to me. He is funny, and I like the friendship he has with Nora. How many friends does Nora have that she doesn't have a sexual past with? It might just be him. He is vanilla. She is wild and kinky. It leads to some funny banter between the two. I just couldn't connect with him.
The Priest ended very ... open. I won't lie, I am very confused. On Tiffany Reisz's website, it says The Priest is "the beginning of a new era for Reisz's Original Sinners series, and the perfect jumping on point for new readers", and it ends with a lot of questions. Søren, and what he plans to do (which, depending on what he chooses, will have huge ramifications for Nora), and the church ... there is some heavy foreshadowing that Nora is going to be going head to head with the Catholic church, and I am interested to see what this leads to. The only reason I question if the series is continuing, is the fact she ended the book with "The End." ... something I don't remember being in the other books. I hope she does. I'm 95% sure she plans on it at the very least. The Priest definitely stands apart from the rest of the series. It took a while to get used to, but the new direction gives a breath of fresh air to the books and the characters that was sorely needed after eight books, and so many novellas and short stories.
Top 3 Favorite Moments
1. Cyrus and Nora's first meeting, and her telling him about her lovers, and her job
2. Søren and Nora meeting up at the hotel
3. Nora breaking the handsy guys foot
4. (bonus) Søren taking Cyrus on a run
5. (bonus) Cyrus and Nora solving the case
6. (bonus) Eleanor giving Søren his housewarming gifts.
7. (bonus) Søren letting Eleanor top him, despite his fear.
8. (bonus) Søren telling Eleanor that he would choose her over the church is it ever came down to it
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Cyrus: "Catholic Church trying to cover up something embarrassing? This is my shocked face."
Celeste: "What are ovaries?"
Nora: "Nothing but trouble, kid. Nothing but trouble."
Nora: "What do you think it is, baby? A boy or a girl."
Celeste: "I don't care. I want a kitten."
Nora: "Fine. He can be the master. As long as he gets his ass home and fucks me. I haven't gotten laid in a month. My pussy has cobwebs."
Nora: "Give me a second, will you?"
Cyrus: "For what?"
She didn't answer. She took an iPhone out of her back pocket, typed something in. He waited as she scrolled. Finally, she nodded in approval.
Nora: "You have very good Yelp reviews, Mr. Tremont. 'Betty P' says, 'He caught the bastard in the act in twenty-four hours. Never getting married again but if I do, I'm putting Cyrus Tremont on the job. Five Stars.' Well done."
Cyrus: "You Googled me."
Nora: "ID's can be faked."
Cyrus: "So can reviews."
Nora: "You're teaching my German Shepard French? You're going to give him an identity crisis."
Cyrus: "My respect for the man has gone up a notch or two."
Nora: "Don't worry. It'll go down again any minute."
Cyrus: "You don't like Mr. Edge?"
Nora: "Love him. But I also know him."
Nora: "Gmork, verehre mich."
The dog dropped his head and licked the woman's toes.
Cyrus: "What command is that?"
The woman smiled.
Nora: "Worship me."
Cyrus: "Excuse me?"
Nora: "The command I gave my dog was 'worship me.' This is called foot worship."
Cyrus: "Okay. So maybe you are Nora Sutherlin."
Nora: "Do you mind very much if I change clothes before we talk? I shouldn't get paint on anything. King would tan my hide."
Nora: "So you have heard of him."
Cyrus: "Your lover? That's what you call him?"
Nora: "I'd call him my 'owner,' but that would probably make you uncomfortable."
Cyrus: "A little, yeah. Something wrong with calling him your 'boyfriend'?"
Nora: "He's fifty-one. There's no boy in that man. Although I am seeing a twenty-seven-year-old as well."
Cyrus: "And he's your boyfriend?"
Nora: "No. He's my other lover."
Cyrus: "You're playing with me."
Nora: "I always play with handsome men. It's my job."
Nora: "I see a lot of masochists in my dungeon. Most of them can orgasm from pain or can orgasm very easily after a beating."
Cyrus cleared his throat
Cyrus: "The men do that?"
Nora: "They're allowed to touch themselves. I don't jack them off or anything."
Cyrus: "Isn't that ... unsanitary?"
Nora: "Germaphobes don't usually become dominatrixes. I make them clean up after themselves."
Cyrus: "What do they use? To clean it up, I mean? Lysol?"
Nora: "Something like that. Or their own tongues if I'm feeling particularly sadistic. And then Lysol after. And bleach. I keep a very clean dungeon."
Cyrus stared at her, stared a long time.
Cyrus: "Sorry. Head swam there a second."
Nora: "Kink isn't for everybody."
Kingsley: "Celeste, would you tell you Tata Elle I'm not speaking to her?"
Celeste: "Papa's not speaking to you, Tata Elle."
Nora grimaced but tried to make it look like a grin.
Nora: "Yes, I've noticed, baby. Can you tell your Papa he's being childish?"
Celeste: "Papa, really. You kind of are."
Kingsley: "I know. I'm enjoying it."
Nora: "Celeste, you know I love your Papa, right?"
Celeste: "I know."
Nora: "You know I'd never really hurt him, right?"
Nora: "Good. Now kiss him goodnight before I drag him out of your room by his hair."
Nora: "Sit. Speak."
Out in the hallway, Gmork barked.
Nora: "Not you, Gmork."
Kingsley: "That is the stupidest name I've ever heard for a dog."
Nora: "It's from The Neverending Story, which is a classic of German children's literature. Show some respect."
Kingsley: "Le bete noire."
The black beast, a fancy French way of saying Gmork was the bane of Kingsley's existence.
Nora: "My dog is not a bete noire."
Kingsley: "I meant you."
Kingsley: "Did you or did you not let a strange man into this house today?"
Nora: "He wasn't all that strange. Certainly less strange than the man who lives in the house."
Kingsley: "Juliette is thirty-five weeks pregnant. We don't let strange men near her. I'd ban strange women as well, but we need you to babysit."
Nora: "I swear to God I would slap you if I didn't know for a fact you'd like it."
Nora: "He's not a serial killer. I Googled him."
Kingsley: "We do not vet visitors to this house with Google."
Nora: "I do."
Paulina: "All right, behave, Cyrus."
Cyrus: "I am behaving."
Paulina: "Behaving bad."
Cyrus: "Behaving bad is still behaving."
Søren: "I'll take your blindfold off now, but you have to promise not to laugh."
Nora: "Laugh at what?"
He answered by taking off her blindfold. She raised a hand to Søren's face and stroked his brand-new blond and gray beard. She didn't laugh, but she did smile.
Nora: "I like it."
Nora: "I have begged to get a tattoo of the Jabberwocky on my back for a decade, and you've told me 'no' every time. Why can you get a tattoo and I can't?"
Søren: "First of all - mine is very small. Second, you can't see your own back. I can. I don't want to be forced to make awkward eye contact with a creature from a demented children's book while I'm attempting to sodomize you."
Nora: "You know you're still a priest, right? Even if they are making you take a leave of absence, you still have to behave."
Søren: "Why start now?"
Søren: "I'm still your priest, aren't I, Little One?"
Nora: "You'll always be my priest."
Cyrus: "So I should just go in?"
Søren: "You were invited."
Cyrus: "All right. Going in. I'll just take this bag of Satan's toys with me."
The Viking grinned behind his cup of coffee.
Cyrus: "He's not really a Viking, is he?"
Nora: "Nah. I'm only teasing him because he grew a beard while he was gone for a month on a cross-country road trip. I've never seen him with a beard before. I kind of like it. The Scandinavians were some of the first lumberjacks in America. We can thank them for deforesting most of the Pacific Northwest. Thanks, assholes!"
Søren: "Judge not lest ye be judged, Kraut."
Nora: "Ohh ... that hurt. He always goes straight for Hitler. So unfair. Hitler was Austrian."
Nora: "Do you know anything about male chastity?"
Cyrus: "Only that it's not all it's cracked up to be."
Nora: "I still have male subs who bring me gifts, write me poems, offer to do all sorts of things for me. One offered to have him killed." She nodded at the Viking