August 7, 2012 by thebookslayer
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
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.
Now Let me illustrate what I hear a lot of about this book:
It is true. This book has taken every last one of my ideas on what is Taboo and written it into her characters and plot. I kid you not. Tiffany is limitless in the amount of shocking surprises this book has. But like quite a few of us in the reading world… I loved it!
The thing about this book is once you start you just can’t stop reading. Tiffany has a way of dragging you in by the hair and tying you down till you finish. You will defiantly come away beaten but satisfied.
“Don’t judge a book by its mother. Just read.”
This is not your standard erotica, at least not anymore. It is dark, twisted and will shock you all the while your heart is being torn into pieces.
Why don’t I let Nora explain:
“It’s kind of a love story. Not my usual boy-meets-girl, boy-beats-girl story. My two characters love each other but they don’t belong together. The whole book is them-against their will-breaking up.”
Thank you Nora. Now I will also add in that this is the first book where I felt any connection to a Sadist. Don’t run and hide yet. You probably saw The Davinci Code right? Okay so instead of the man being a masochist he is a sadist. Yes, I will let you in on a secret, Søren lived with Jesuit Priests. Which I think goes a long way in explaining why Søren is the way he is.
But this book isn’t about Søren, it’s about Nora and well her hunky editor and boy-toy assistant/resident. You heard right. I was not lying about everything being Taboo.
Shall I count the ways this book shocked me?
1. Søren, the Priest, is not only a sadist but had a very long on going Master/slave relationship with Nora! If you don’t know what a sadist is really you should look it up. But I will say it was all consensual.
My idea of Søren
2. Søren started training Nora to be his slave at the age of 15 when she kept getting in trouble and he realized she had a kinky side to her. Yes, the age difference is a ton. Shocker – way older man and teen.
3. Nora actually went from being the slave in the M/s relationship to a Dominatrix. Yes, she became a switch. This is the part the fascinated me. Reading about her overcoming years of training to gain her freedom but she felt unfulfilled in the end.
My idea of Nora
4. Not only did her friend Kingsley train her to be a Dominatrix but she become number 2 on the tree of Big Bad Doms/Dommes in The Circle (A BDSM Club). She had all kinds of high-profile clients and yes you get to see this side of her work.
5. While all this is going on she is writing a book with her editor who pushes her to be the best(another form of sadist) and she thrives with having harsh critique and deadlines.
6. Her assistant Wes used to be her student and now lives with her. He is Nineteen. That’s right we have the whole Cougar scenario. I am telling you Tiffany left no area alone. Wes is madly in love with Nora, but she is trying desperately to stay away from this vanilla man.
My idea of Wesley
7. She has a surprise birthday gift and I don’t want to spoil everything but needless to say this one was another shocker. Huge Shock!
8. I thought Zac, Nora’s editor, and Nora got a long great but the man has a past just as taboo as hers. Let’s just say she gives him some needed therapy. Oh did I mention he is married. O.O
My idea of Zac!
9. Well I think I have come up with enough shockers but I am sure there are more. My system might still be in shock.
“I know people think erotica is just a romance novel with rougher sex. It’s not. If it’s a subgenre of anything, it’s horror.”
“Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear. You’re terrified of me, aren’t you?”
I don’t think I need to say much more than that. I promise you however that if you read it you can’t help but feel something for these characters. Whether it is good or bad Tiffany writes a very compelling novel as well as controversial.
Before I finish I do want to sneak in a little plot outline :
Nora is writing a novel and wants it published by a certain publishing house. She also wants Zac as her editor. Well Nora gets what Nora wants. This story takes us on her journey through hell. This journey is the one mentioned above about her becoming a Dominatrix and no longer being in a M/s relationship.
Wesley is lovable and you can’t help but root for the underdog. He may only be nineteen but he is quite mature. Nora and Wesley seem to be different sides of the same coin. They both look out for each other and drive each other crazy at the same time.
Søren does make some appearances. We see more flashbacks than anything else. This part is what drew me in. I guess you could say it lets you into the mind of a Sadist or at the very least a slave in the M/s relationship. I will state again that it was all consensual. So no foul play here.
Zac and Nora set the sheets on fire with the kind of sexual tension these two have throughout. I thought they balanced each other out quite well.
I want to say that this book left me with a happy ending but until I read the second book, The Angel, I was very conflicted. All I can say is that you get to take a look at Nora’s rebirth into life. This book is her freedom, but that freedom has come at a cost and it might just be too high and leave her unsatisfied.