The Priest by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #9
Also in this series: The Saint, The Queen, The Confessions
Published by 8th Circle Press on March 19, 2020
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
My favourite fictional priest is here again!
Hells Bells, I have been pronouncing Søren’s name wrong in my head for seven years. I don’t believe it has been phonetically explained in previous books. For your reference it is:
“Søren. A Danish name. S, slash O, R, E, N. Looks like SORE-in, but Danes say SIR-in.
Almost rhymes with ‘stern'”. She giggled for some reason.
NWell now that little embarrassing snippet has been aired, let me share a little of my time with The Priest.
My heart skipped a beat whenever Nora, Søren or Kingsley appeared on the page. They came across slightly different from their previous books. For example – Søren spent time reflecting on his choices and Nora reverted on occasion to colloquial terminology for body parts, which came across as a change in the way she would speak. Kingsley was preoccupied with Juliette’s safety giving little opportunity to show his regal, ostentatious charm.
Towards the end, the story examines an angle that took a shine off the book for me. It was handled well but it caused me to question Nora and Søren’s relationship – something I have never done before. While it took up minimal time in the book I couldn’t ignore it. Hence why I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars. No tough topic has ever been brushed over in this series and the banter is always respectful while challenging the blur between right from wrong.
It’s always a delight to spend time with my favourite Original Sinners even though each came across a little differently from before. The mystery kept me turning pages and Nora’s latest adventure meant her circle of friends expanded. Cyrus and Mercedes were two characters that caught my attention, fingers crossed we get to read more of them in the future!
She fell in love with him again, like she had a thousand times before, like she would a thousand times again before their story was over.
I loved being taken back into Nora and Søren’s world. She had me smirking and he made me think. Tiffany’s usual witty writing amused me but made me stop and think at the cultural comparisons. I found myself eager to pick up my Kindle as my day ended over the few nights I read it. Unconditional love drove the romance elements in the story and that, at the end of the day, is why I enjoyed my time with The Priest so much!
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