Review: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Wednesday, August 15

Title: The Siren*
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: paperback & ebook
Date/Year: July 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was borrowed by the reviewer from her local library.

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

I was hesitant to read The Siren.  I’m not a fan of BDSM books for various reasons, which I’ll get into later, but the reviews for this book have been excellent.  I didn’t want to miss out on a great book.  It was the warnings written into the reviews that gave me cause for concern.  I should probably start with letting you know where I’m at with BDSM.  I can wholeheartedly get behind dabbling in it but I can’t wrap my brain around wanting to live the lifestyle.  I don’t read many BDSM books because I have trouble connecting with characters that crave a lifestyle like that.  I don’t get it and I don’t find it erotic. 

All of that being said, I loved this book!  I’ll start by backing up all the warnings I read prior to reading it myself.  This is not a romance.  It is a love story with some romance in it but you will not find a happily ever after ending.  I didn’t find it erotic either.  The sadism and masochism were way beyond anything I have read previously and quite frankly I was repulsed by those scenes.

The character development was absolutely amazing.  There are basically four lead characters and you really get to know them and what makes them tick.  They’re all so well done that it’s hard to pick a favorite.  The most important is Nora, she brings everyone together.  She is such an emotionally strong woman.  I think the term “ball-buster” would apply to her.  She is also lonely, depressed and desperate for love but she hides it very well.   Then there is Soren.  Nora belonged to Soren for 13 years.  He is extremely dominant and even though she left him a while ago, he is still the center of Nora’s world.   Next up is Zachary, Nora’s editor.  He is an emotional wreck and dealing with the demise of his marriage.  He’s confused about how and why his marriage disintegrated and is looking for answers.  Finally there is Wes.  He is the young, sweet, beautiful intern living with Nora.  Wes and Nora have so much love for eachother but they keep their relationship platonic. 

I loved that the author didn’t try to make me understand Nora.  She was what she was and I could appreciate her without having to really get her needs.   Her emotions weren’t forced on me.  This is not a book that plays up the emotions constantly.  It doesn’t need to, the plot and characters are so well done that the emotions and turmoil didn’t have to be harped on and put front and center.  The reader is given the chance to interpret the characters and their actions for themself.  That alone was brilliant and I loved it.

The plot is fantastic and events unfold at the perfect pace.  Secrets were slowly revealed and I eventually hit the point the it was fairly obvious how everything was going to end.  I thought I had it all figured out and then at the end I got another surprise.  It wasn’t a happy one, but it was perfect.  I love darker storylines and books which make me uncomfortable enough that I actually squirm a little bit.  The Siren did exactly that and did it extremely well.  I highly recommend it.


Overall:  4.75 (I only rated it less than 5 because it isn’t a book I will be rereading.)
Sensuality level:  5 

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lorimeehan August 15, 2012 at 6:39 AM  

Thank you for the review. You've given me something to think about before I decide to read thisbook or not.

Andrea August 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM  

You're welcome. I'm not a fan of books with warnings for readers but this book needs one IMO. I would hate for someone to start The Siren and have no idea what they were getting into.

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