The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)
By : Tiffany Reisz
The Blurb (from Netgalley) :
In the world of kink authors, she’s the top.
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.
5 stars / 5 stars
Again, Tiffany Reisz blow my mind. I putt off this book for months and finally got mood to read it. Why? Because the first Reisz’s book I’ve had read, Seven Days Loan, made me speechless (in a good way) – read the review here.
I enjoyed erotica romance but not a fan of BDSM theme. It was okay as long as only bondage and dominance involved but when pain get in the equation – totally not my cup of tea. And Reisz’s books as hard as it gets. It was dark and intense. Hardcore BDSM.
So, why this book blow my mind? She is a great writer. The story was amazingly magnificent. It wasn’t romance. It was a love story.
First, I should said that the story was not a stand-alone book. You should read the series in completely right order, even I strongly advise to read the back stories which were freely given in Reisz’s blog. Second, this book is for adult, the content is heavy and not for the faint of heart.
Like I said, though I am not a fan of BDSM books, Reisz made me adore hers. Yeah, I adore her books. Completely committed with the story. Even loved the characters. Seriously, I kid you not, I even captivated by Søren (one of the characters), he is sadist for crying out loud, and didn’t hate him (gah, I questioned myself here and now).
The Siren is about Nora Sutherlin, a dominatrix (dominant female who gave service of her “talent”) and an erotica writer, who trying to write her new novel under famously great editor Zachary Easton. Nora live with her “intern”, Wesley, a 19 years old virgin boy (or man?) who in love with her. While she also tried to move on from her ex-lover, Søren, though 4 years has passed. Søren not just her ex-lover, he also a priest (yeah lady, you read it right – priest/father/Reverend) and her ex-dom for over a decade. This is a story of love, love between Nora and Zach, Nora and Wesley, Nora and Søren, also Zach and his estranged wife – Grace.
Reisz is serious writer, and written seriously good story. It’s more than erotica. It’s more than just BDSM story. You couldn’t help but loved the characters. I should abhor Nora, she’s a slut (hey, she have sex with everyone and anyone), craving to inflict and receiving agonizing pain, didn’t have an ounce of guilt in her, totally un-heroine like, did I? Heck, hate didn’t enter my mind even until I read the last word. How about Zach? I should hate him too, he cheated on her wife (though they were estranged but still), he was rude, a jackass, judgmental SOB, etc etc but I still like him. And Søren. OMG – honestly, when I read Seven Days Loan, which Søren just a minor character I was totally hate him. But after I read the Siren, which his characters become sort of a hero (well, major character for sure) I forgot to hate him, I ended adore him.
Give yourself a favor, pick this series, read it, and enjoy the ride.
*The book courtesy of netgalley for honest review