Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review of The Siren (The Original Sinners)

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.

This was my first introduction to Tiffany Reisz as an author and I have to say…HOLY HELL!  I read this book right after I read the 50 Shades series and was expecting some of the same.  I was totally not prepared for how dark and deep Reisz takes this novel.
Nora Sutherlin is an author who has decided to write a more personal novel and Zachary Easton has vowed as her editor to pull her best work out of her and make her dive deeper.  As you might imagine this sends sparks flying…but not in the way you might think.  This book is not your normal love story.
Nora is very complex.  Part of her is super dominant and in control of every aspect of her image.  But privately she has a serious vulnerability.  Her public image vs her private lifestyle are intriguing to see play out.  Almost like a Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde deal.  It makes seeing how she deals with not only her attraction to Zach work, but how she is able to manage both worlds.
Zachary for all his bravado also had issues of his own.  I think Tiffany gave us characters that made us wonder what was next, and kept us thinking even after we finished the book.  She introduces us to a world that is dark, untamed and sexy as hell.  This is not a happily every after story.  No one finds their soul mate and lives out their lives in a fake happiness where everything is roses.  This is about dominance, passion, obedience, and honesty.
At the end of the day it wasn’t the BDSM that sold me on this book.  It was the honesty that the characters brought to light about themselves that got me.  This is the kind of book that 10 years ago people would have hidden behind a book cover or in their purse.  It is nice to see that now this type of book has a following and it’s because of great story telling.

5 lipsticks (and spikey heels!)!

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