Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Siren by Tiffany Riesz

Title: The Siren

Author: Tiffany Reisz

My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: The Original Sinners #1
Main Characters: Tara and Luc
Release Date: July 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Mira

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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

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 Review:
This is a beautiful, complicated, erotic, heart-wrenching book and it leaves me floundering about where to even begin this review.

There are three men in Nora's life and her life is unlike any other. By day, Nora is an erotic romance writer. By night, she's a dominatrix for hire and a Domme by choice. Just the very nature of her life makes things incredibly complicated and unexpected. Nora's passion is her writing and she wants to be successful enough at it so that she can give up the dominatrix gig, although that makes her thousands of dollars at a time, so the writing career has to be VERY successful for that to happen. The key to that success is new editor Zach.

I really loved Nora's character. She's completely different, incredibly sexual, and totally honest. She's really intelligent and quick. I just loved watching her reaction to any and every circumstance. You just never knew what was going to come out of her mouth. I loved her!

The three men that Nora loves:

1. Zach- her new editor. Zach left England to come to work for Royal Publishing. That's worked very well for him except it meant leaving a failing marriage and the love of his life behind. He is NOT happy to be working on Nora's book. He wants to work on only "serious" books, but as he gets to know her and her writing, that opinion quickly changes. There's never any doubt throughout the book that he loves his wife Grace whom he left behind. What isn't known until the very end of the book were the details of their break-up. I like how his and Nora's friendship develops and it is truly a friendship, although there is an underlying sexual attraction.

2. Wesley- her 19 yo virgin intern. *sigh* I really, really adored his character. His devotion and friendship with Nora, even when he's not happy with her actions, is so true and beautiful. He's probably my favorite character in the book. I liked how Nora was a better person because of him and his love.  If I was EVER going to write a review with spoilers, this would be the one, but I won't and will just leave it at that.

3. Solan- the love of Nora's life. She's known him since she was 15 and he's the one that introduced her to the BDSM lifestyle. There are things about his character which are integral to the story, but would be spoilers if I told you about them. I'll just leave it that I had a hard time liking his character and didn't like who Nora was when she was with him.

The one thing I really adored about this book is that Nora is a writer. The entire book takes place while she and Zach are editing her book. There are pieces of the story they are working on throughout the novel. It's really symbolic and I like how it was all tied up at the end. Heart-breaking, but it worked.

There's so much to this book and don't be fooled...this is true erotica in every sense of the word. There are scenes and events that are HIGHLY objectionable. I loved the book, but admit to an unsettled feeling about it. I gave it an A rating, but am not sure I will be able to read book #2. We'll see when it comes out.

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