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Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year for the many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people who are estranged from their families. This year's Christmas story concerns two such people--Søren and Magdalena. Søren speaks of Magdalena, his mentor in sadism, in THE MISTRESS and THE KING.

I thought it was high time you all met this cruel an
ebook, 65 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by 8th Circle Press

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Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
"I don’t want to know your secrets,” she said. “I want you to tell me your secrets. The secrets aren’t the prize. You giving up your secrets to me—that is the prize.”

I love the Christmas novella Tiffany Reisz gives her fans every year. Is there a better gift than more of The Original Sinner's? This novella focuses on Søren, age 20. All fans of this series- read and enjoy!

Link to free novella-
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little novella of young Soren and Magdalena "bonding" on Christmas Eve. And something about special gift. God I missed them. *sighs*

Read the free novella:

“Why must you insist on calling me Bambi?” he asked.

Magdalena leaned across the table and pinched his cheek.

“Because you’re my little baby priest, Bambino. And you won’t let me call you Marcus so Bambi it is.”

“You’re much like a poinsettia, Bambi. You really are.”

He furrowed his brow at her. “How
Saint Monique
5 'I am still waiting for my king' stars

Re-read: 10 Jan 2020 (as a part of the Winter Tales anthology) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
First read: 19 Dec 2017 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Re-reading Original Sinners series has made me feel quite a palette of emotions about Søren - from hate to love and everything in between. But I've never felt the urge to snuggle up with him and cook him dinner. Go figure. Because this novella made me feel just that. Seeing Søren being so human was absolutely a revelation. And watching him being put to his plac
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think I'm just gonna ugly cry for Søren.


This was fucking beautiful. I have no words. Everything was perfect.

I really enjoyed it because we'll never have enough whatever Søren did in the past.
The story happened before Eleanor.
His love for Kingsley really makes me so jelly!!!

Also, Magdalena has really important part in Søren's young life. She was broken-hearted with Catholic and cured also by a Catholic. Really touching.
“She exists. She’s going to ruin you and you’re going to thank her for it.”
- Magdalena


“People want to obey anyone. If you act like you’re in charge, people will follow your orders simply out of relief that someone else is leading the way. It’s easier to follow than to lead. Leading takes courage, which is why so few people want to do it.”
- Magdalena


“But I don’t want to know your secrets. I want you to tell me your secrets. The secrets aren’t the prize. You giving up your secrets to me—that
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
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Merry Christmas Sinners!

Thank you Tiffany for such good gift. I was so eager to read Soren at such young age, as well as his experience with Magdalena. I liked it, but I have to be honest, I didn't love the whole thing, but the parts that I loved put up for the things I didn't like. Reading about Soren missing and longing Kingsley was my favorite part. I even cried when he was telling Magdalena what his relationship with King meant when they were at school. It was beautiful but also sad.

Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
4.5 "love is in the waiting" Stars

A glimpse into the young mind of our beloved Soren. Since the series has ended I'll take any and all shorts Tiffany Reisz is willing to give.

"No, she wanted to drink pain and Marcus...her Marcus, his pain was the finest of vintages. Old pain, well-ripened, seasoned with sex and betrayal and sadism - her favorite flavors."

"If you don't want to know what's in my heart, you should stop cutting it open."

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Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews Poinsettia is the perfect Christmas story! Because young Søren showing humility and grace is not something I expected at all, but Reisz graciously gave it to me anyway.
My Poinsettia review:
One Christmas Eve, long ago, in a brothel in Rome, Søren might have spent the most peaceful and moving Christmas ever - in the company of a sadist madam, who wanted to teach him to keep his masochists alive... And that was a very powerful, be
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this series, it’s one of my favorites, so I will never say no to more Sinners! This holiday novella is from when Søren is in Rome studying and includes a scene with Magda. If you have read the series you know Magda helped train Søren.

“Commanding,” he said. “People want to obey you. Not me, of course. But I like studying you to see how you do it.”

I loved this scene, it was humorous, heart warming and absolutely perfect for fans of the series!

Click to read Poinsettia
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Answer me.”

“These questions are unduly personal.”

“You’re tied up in my bedroom. Did you expect a quiz on Roman architecture?”
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Søren and Magdalena at Christmas.

What does a junior Jesuit priest give a dominatrix madame for Christmas? And what does said domme give a bambino priest that would rather inflict pain on others than take it himself?

This is the least sexy TR book I have read and I did not mind it one little bit. Never, ever, ever did I think someone could call the very scary Søren, Bambi and still have all of their body parts attached. But Magda did and remains in possession of all limbs.

She surprised me with
☾ Dαɴιyα ☽

Poinsettia is the 2015 Original Sinners Christmas story. I read it in 2018. How typical of me to read an Original Sinners story starring Søren three years after it was published. Three years! And how typical to like it even after all that avoidance. Kind of sums up how I feel about his character. It helped that Magdalena wasn't all gaga over him, but was actually quite mean. That was fun to read. It also helped that Søren was missing Kingsley, as did that Magdalena was an interesting character.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
“Poinsettia” is the Original Sinners Christmas-Story for 2015. Starring are young Soren (referred to as Marcus) and Magdalena. Oh, and his confessor, Father Ballard… The story takes place when Soren just turned 20 years old and was on his seminary to become a Jesuit priest in Rome.

To see Soren with both of his confessors made me cry, to be honest. He is always – professionally and as a human being – there for everyone around him. But he only has his selected circle of people he confesses his
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Awesome and really nice and sweet story about Søren, at the age of 20, and Magdalena. Especially since you learn more about Søren 's true feelings towards Kingsley.

Free to download from Tiffany Reisz's website
LOVED this!

I've always wanted to know more about Magdalena and Søren! And I can't say I saw THAT coming!! Great twist, as usual, from Tiffany!!
... she wanted to drink pain and Marcus…her Marcus, his pain was the finest of vintages. Old pain, well-ripened, seasoned with sex and betrayal and sadism—her favorite flavors.
With the series complete, I was happily surprised to receive another annual holiday OS snack from Tiffany Reisz. This short takes fans back in time a bit - Søren, a twenty year old seminarian, visits Magdalena, his sadist mentor, on Christmas.
... when one slept with masochists, one must be cruel as a rule. Kindnes
Claire Sayan
THIS is why I LOVE Søren
“Kissing is for lovers,” Marcus said. “We’re friends only.”
“You flog her, cane her, cut her, burn her, and ejaculate on her back when you’re finished.”
“This is why I have so few friends.”
Kim the Strange
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
So freakishly good......
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“You’re cute when you’re murderous,” she said.
“Why must you insist on calling me Bambi?” he asked.
Magdalena leaned across the table and pinched his cheek.
“Because you’re my little baby priest, Bambino. And you won’t let me call you Marcus so Bambi it is.”

“You’re going love this girl. She’s more vicious than I am,” she said with her best evil grin, the one she reserved just for her baby priest.
“She does not exist.”
“Oh, she exists. She’s going to ruin you and you’re goin
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
love love Soren, more please . i'm yet to read The Queen.
thank you for the christmas gift,now i can not look at a poinettia without thinking of Soren lol xxx
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is good to see younf Soren and those pieces of his youth are very welcoming. He always had big personality but it's nice to see him a bit bratty too - and that he was not always perfectly in control :) ...more
Wendy Moore
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great reading about a young Soren.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Totally enjoyed this novella with Soren & Magdalena...
Lisa VH
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful Christmas story with a bit of snarky humor thrown in. Father Ballard completely steals the story for me. I really love him.
Jen Nogueira
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, this is 100% my favorite original sinners short story.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My absolutely favorite novella of all. Beautifully written and heartbreaking if you know these characters. The Bible story in the story brings tears every time.
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Posted originally on my blog:
The Writer's Inkwell

One of the things I love about Tiffany Reisz is her absolute acceptance of all sexual orientation. She’s the only author I have found who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and have all forms represented in her writing. This isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate how smartly she handles each situation with an elegance that is beautiful, especially in a time where most of these things are still considered perverse or taboo.

Jenn_COBB - Collector of Book Boyfriends
Poinsettiea - 4 stars
My review:

I can never ever get enough of our beloved Marcus Stearns aka Father Sören.
It was lovely to go back in time when he was still Marcus. A young man trying to free himself from his past. Running away from memories, but no matter how far he runs they are always present, haunting his heart and soul. To see how was he as a person before he became Sören, the priest people worshiped and the biggest sadist of circle 8 that many feared and respected highly.
To learn just how
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Magdalena runs a brothel in Rome.
As I recall she is the woman who honed Søren’s dominant skills. He’s literally just twenty and is still called Marcus.
Read it here:
Snort… she calls him Bambi because he is a baby priest, a bambino.
“I’ll get my special books from my room. I think it’s time you learned about the birds and the bees.”
“You’re ruining my appetite, Magda.”
“Don’t be embarrassed. Sex is a very beautiful act between a woman and a man’s wallet.”

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Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The

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