30 August, 2012
Steamy Days 5 Star Book Review: 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.
Unlike many of the reviews that I have seen about THE SIREN, I was pretty sure that it wouldn’t push my boundaries too much. I’ve already read BDSM novels, some of which deal with non-consent, edge play, and blood play. So when I accepted the review request for THE SIREN it wasn't laced with trepidation. Tiffany Reisz has written the first book in a new series, THE ORIGINAL SINNERS and it is a stunner. Nora Sutherlin is a kinky writer of kinky fiction, and Zach Easton is the editor that will challenge her and whip (pun intended) her newest novel into shape.
THE SIREN is truly a journey, and it has many characters that bring their own spice to the table. Yes, Nora is saucy and incorrigible, but she is also true to herself. She never pretends to be other than she is. Some of Zach’s story does get overshadowed by Nora’s, but Reisz did his character justice by illuminating some of his own personal life. It wasn’t about Nora all the time. But the characters that Reisz really left me wanting to know more about were Griffin Fiske and Kingsley Edge. (I’ve read the next book in the series, THE ANGEL, and anyone with me on Griffin, have no fear. He definitely gets more of the spotlight!)
Let’s get to the erotica. Yes, there are some very powerful scenes in THE SIREN. But what I liked about it was that it emphasized that kinky is as kinky does, and not all BDSM relationships are “safe, sane and consensual”. Let’s be honest, at least for the first two, the same can be said about any relationship. Some readers are going to be appalled by Nora and Soren. Some readers are going to see themselves in Nora and Soren, and some readers are going to want to find out more about a relationship like Nora and Soren’s. When a novel elicits such a wide response of emotions, I think the author is doing something right.
I read THE SIREN in one sitting, staying up until 3:30am just to reach the last page. This is a book about power, pain, love, lust and growth. It’s about life and the choices that a person makes and how they choose to tell their story. Kudos to Reisz for bringing to life a story as raw and emotional as THE SIREN.
Find the Book:
Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Add to GoodReads
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.
Website | GoodReads | Twitter
This book was provided by Littlebird Publicity, in exchange for my honest review only
Posted by Lillie (AliseOnLife)
I'm a writer, aspiring to that higher plane of becoming a published author. I love books in all their forms, be it electronic or print (though obviously, there is nothing like the texture of a book in my hands!). I want to share that love and meet others who feel the same.