The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners, Book 1
Release Date: July 16, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.
Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
BDSM (Heavy Kink)
Underage Sex (highlight for more: One character is 15, the other 33. The older character is not aware of the other’s age until after they’ve had sex.)
I’ve been properly scolded for starting this series out of order, but I honestly don’t regret reading The Saint (book 5 in the series) before starting it from the beginning. In fact, I think the backstory I got about Nora, Soren, and their relationship in The Saint made me enjoy The Siren even more! Maybe you shouldn’t read them out of order, but I have zero regrets.
So, The Siren:
This book was delightful. The central plot involves Nora, an erotica author (and dominatrix) who is desperately working to revise a novel for publishing with a respectable, mainstream publisher, and Zach, the editor who alternatively hates and lusts after her. But there are half a dozen other stories woven in as well: Nora and her best friend, Wes, a 20-year-old virgin who lives with her; Zach and his estranged wife, Grace, who is living in England while he lives and works in America; and Nora and Soren, the love of her life since she was 15, and the one man she’s currently avoiding at all costs.
OH WHERE TO START?!
Wesley, of course. Because Wes is the most perfect, innocent, vanilla, Southern boy ever, and he’s sexy and sweet and I adore him just as much as Nora does. But what I love most about him is the way he contrasts so starkly with the world of kink that Nora inhabits. Without him, this book would be just a kinky, smutty erotic giggle; Wes shows the human side of Nora, shows her conflict, her ability to love widely, and her complexity.
But Nora steals the show regardless. Whether it’s her interactions with grumpy editor Zach, or her manipulations of every person and situation she encounters, she’s a delight to read. She’s strong and sexy, but also vulnerable and fragile. And while her love for Soren is unshakeable and eternal, I love that Reisz shows her inner turmoil as she struggles with what she wants, what she needs, and what she can (and can’t) let herself have.
The relationships are what make this book. Nora and Soren are at the heart, even though they have the least on-page time together. But Nora and Wes are perfection, and Nora and Zach are fantastic and snarky as hell. Nora and Griffin, Nora and Sheridan (my favorite of Nora’s clients!)… basically Nora is awesome, and her ability to form relationships with people, both sexual and not, makes her a joy to read. And Nora forms a relationship with you, the reader, as well. (In case you were wondering, Nora’s totally the one on top.)
(There’s another character we meet in this book, who plays a much bigger role in the second one: Michael. OH MICHAEL, MY SWEET PRECIOUS ANGEL. But that’s all I’ll say about that.)
Overall, this book was gorgeous. It was fun and funny, hot and romantic, intense and emotional. If you’re looking for a fantastic M/F romance with a strong, bisexual female MC, lots of kink, and a huge heaping of with and charm, then you absolutely need to read The Siren immediately.
And then go read the rest of the series.
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. If she couldn’t write, she would die.
You can find her online at http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/
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