on June 1st 2012
Genres: Erotica, Dark Romance, BDSM
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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 standards - in six weeks - or 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.
5 Head Spinning Stars!!
Although some of the subject matter in this book was not always comfortable to read about I was ENTHRALLED and had to keep reading. A book that does that is worth 5 STARS from me and then some!!
si•ren: a seductively beautiful or charming woman, especially one who beguiles men, aka Nora Sutherlin.
I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this book, nor how to write a review that gives The Siren and Tiffany Reisz the proper adulations. There are circumstances in this book that arise that I would normally condone, but the author makes us comprehend and accept that not all situations warrant the same handling. The unconventional, the taboo, is justified in a way that the pain of the characters is your pain and in their shoes you would probably resort to the same extreme measures and means to alleviate and re-gain control over your life. Or, to help someone find their way back…relieve them of their anguish…give them something to live for. I’m making sense and no sense at all and that is exactly how this book made me feel. Turned my thinking topsy-turvy, what was so wrong in my mind became so right. The writing is nothing short of BRILLIANT!!!
It delves into the darkest realm of BDSM, but isn’t overrun with play by play action like most books in this genre. Oh, that’s not to say that the book doesn’t have its erotic scenes in the BDSM setting or otherwise, but it’s not the focus of the story. You get a taste of what these characters are about, yet it’s not excessively graphic. It’s the main element in the story; however it takes a back seat. This book deals with inner turmoil, self-discovery, acceptance and sacrifice.
Front and center is one Nora Sutherlin, one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. An erotic book author, she is charming, thoughtful, caring, determined, inquisitive, funny and hides a secret only known to those who are a part of “her world”. Zachary Easton, much to his dismay, has been assigned to edit Nora’s book. In his eyes, Nora’s books have no worth and are a waste of his time. All that changes as he comes to understand Nora and the alternate world that she rules. As the layers of Zach’s snooty façade are peeled back we find a man in pain and in need of what only Nora is capable of giving him. Wesley, oh Wesley… so much more mature than your nineteen years. It’s a fine line that he teeters on with Nora, theirs is a true love, but are they meant to be lovers? Their relationship was compelling, to say the least. The one character that I wanted to abhor, hate, despise, ended up being the one that seized my attention and gained my respect…Soren!! How could someone with such authority and position do what he does and come off like a saint?! His initial appearance in the book had me gasping, eyes wide, breathless, I wanted to throw myself at his feet, do as he commanded, and then follow him to hell and back!! Tiffany Riesz what have you done to me???
If you don’t like to think outside the box or have an open mind, then this is not the book for you. BUT if you can be objective, deal with the unexpected, then strap yourself in, throw caution to the wind, throw your arms in the air and The Siren will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that is guaranteed to make your head spin and turn your world upside down!!
Originally posted 7/2012