I’m going to be honest-I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey and my go-to reads are not typically erotica, and certainly not BDSM. But then I met Tiffany Reisz. She gave a presentation about breaking into publishing at a regional conference in Spring 2012, and I found her to be quirky, funny and absolutely entertaining. The Siren hadn’t been released yet, but I put it on my “to-read” list.
And then I forgot about it. Sorry Tiffany.
Lo and behold, I had the chance to meet Tiffany again, this time at a national conference over the summer. She teased me about how young I looked, wondering if I was “age appropriate” for this particular genre. I assure you, I am. And so I dug in.
Infamous author Nora Sutherlin wants to break away from her persona as a hard-core erotic romance writer with a new book that lays bare her soul. She believes this book is the One that will hit big. And the money would go a long way toward gaining her freedom from her ‘other’ job. Only, she runs up against uptight editor Zach Easton, and sparks fly. He tears down her story so that she can build it up better than before, but they don’t always see eye to eye.
Complicating Nora’s life are her long time BDSM mates (including her ‘master’, a man named Søren) and a young, charmingly innocent assistant Wesley. Her relationships with both Søren and Wesley couldn’t be more different, and yet she finds herself drawn in by both men, as well as by Zach.
Zach has his own demons, including a floundering marriage and an unwilling attraction to Nora and the BDSM lifestyle she both writes about, and lives. He pushes Nora away while at the same time pushes her to craft a more intimate, heartfelt story.
Their lives are beautifully interwoven and at times heart-wrenching. I alternately rooted for and was disappointed by both Nora and Zach at different points in the story, which goes to show what wonderfully complex characters Ms. Reisz developed. And the pages turned themselves any time Welsey was around. More Welsey please.
This is not a book specifically about the BDSM lifestyle, rather BDSM is the setting the book is crafted around. The Siren is at times hot, disturbing, and jaw-dropping (at least for this naive girl) but above all, always interesting.
The Siren is the first in The Original Sinners series. And if you can’t already tell by the series name, a major story arc includes the Catholic church. Book #2 in the series, The Angel, continues the story of Nora and Søren, and was released September 25, 2012.
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