Jun 27, 2013

The Siren (The Original Series, #1) by Tiffany Reisz

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Adult Fiction/ Erotica/ BDSM

Summary on the GOODREADS:

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.


Once upon a time my favorite Boss With The Whip a.k.a Glass "made" me read this book. Even though at that time I avoided books with BDSM like plague, I decided to give this one a shot and guess what- it's one of my all time favorites today. Thnx Boss :*

"Broken love is the most dangerous love.It will slice you open with every touch ."

This was probably the hardest review for me to write, because this book wasn't like anything I've  read before, and even now after I finished reading it, I struggle with words to describe it. If someone had  told me about the plot, I would have probably given up reading it right away, because I usually avoid books with such dark themes. I read the blurb on GR, but I assure you that it wasn't helpful at all, because the book turned out to be everything I didn't expect and even more. I have so many “issues” concerning the plot that you would probably think that I couldn't possibly like it, but this is one of those books which wouldn't be that good if it didn't have those “issues” and without them it definitely wouldn't leave such an impression on the reader. But still, the biggest reason this book is so good, IMO, it’s the amazing writing style and imagination of the author- Tiffany Reisz, you have my deepest respect ! 

This book deals with really dark themes (violence, abuse, pedophilia, abortion, heavy BDSM, religion issues etc.) and tells a story about UTTERLY fucked-up characters in an utterly fucked-up environment, but thanks to the author it’s such a beautifully written story that readers like me who don’t usually read books like this, can’t stay indifferent. It is literally a mindf*uck. It will made you question everyone and everything you thought you knew and it will keep you guessing til the very end. It differs from any other erotica I’ve read, because it doesn't even have that much sex scenes for such a long book and while these scenes present an important part to understand the plot and the characters, the good thing is that they don’t define the book itself. Also- BIG WARNING to all of you readers who are hopeless romantics and who like it cheesy and vanilla :)- THIS BOOK DOESN'T DO VANILLA!!!

Most of the characters here like it rough and when I say rough I mean HEAVY BDSM/ Dom/sub relationship (God forbid I put a capital letter ‘S’ in the word sub, because supposedly- it’s against the rules)/ Dominatrix/sub relationship etc., basically beat-me-until-I-bleed- they call it foreplay and then f-me-until-I-bleed relationship- yup, that kind of dark. Nothing is totally white or totally black in this book, it’s rather dark grey and the book is very emotional and psychological.  

BDSM, especially HBDSM is not my thing, it is actually one of the things that made me feel really uncomfortable while reading this book and in any other, let’s say, regular erotica (where there’s more emphasis on the sex part than the story) it would scare me away, but, as I said before, this author really knows her job. Every part of the story is amazingly put together and explained that all of us who are not quite vanilla, but definitely far from HBDSM  understand why the things are the way they are, but there were also some more “innocent” steamy scenes, which made it all better. 

The story focuses on the life of a 33 year old erotica writer Nora Sutherlin. She’s a  famous erotica writer who likes to shock and provoke people not only with her stories, but also with her appearance and behavior- walking around in some scarlet/ leather slutty clothes and in the company of her personal assistant and roommate Wes-a hot 19 year old student. You can only imagine the stories and gossips about her, but Nora is a very strong and self-confident character who doesn't give a f*** for their opinion, furthermore she likes to provide them with more material to talk about. But still, what most of the public doesn't know or only speculates about, is that she doesn't only like to write about BDSM relationships, but she is also enjoying and practicing it in her private life- working as a Dominatrix in some kind of BDSM “underground club” called 8th Circle whose membership can afford only the richest & the most pervertible elite. The owner of the club and the mysterious, the meanest and biggest Dom of them all is her former lover called Soren with whom she has turbulent/complex relationship even after they broke up. The latest book she’s writing could turn out to be her greatest accomplishment, but only with the right editor for whom she boldly chooses one of the best and also the most demanding of them all- Zach Easton a.k.a “The Fog.” The story focuses on her relationship with these there most important men in her life: Soren, Wes, Zach- her past, present, future who keep mixing and interacting throughout the book while trying to write the book of her life. Each of them highly affects on her life- she is torn apart between the person she is and the person she should be and they make it more difficult for her to make the right choices without hurting them or herself in the process.

(I understand that the book wouldn't be the same without them, but it still doesn't mean that I'm o.k. or agree with them.)
1. Soren (individually), Soren & Nora relationship
I don't like him- p e r  i o d. And it has nothing to do with his profession and his theories about religion and comparisons with BDSM made me sick.
2. Michael
Not even the kinkiest BDMS scenes did make me uncomfortable as the sex scene with Michael. Sorry, but that's pedophilia to me and it made me look at Nora in a totally different light.

Some readers had problem with the way book ended, but I didn’t. I suspected smth like that and I was glad because of some of the things (Zach, Wes etc.), even though, I’m still in the dark concerning Nora and others and I’m hoping that those things will become clearer in the next book. The title “THE SIREN is perfect for this book, because the book itself, IMO, is like a siren who “sings” to us readers about taboo themes which people usually don't wanna hear about, but when you start reading it, it starts “seducing” you just like a siren with its seductive and provocative voice that you just can’t stop reading until you finish it and find out her deepest and darkest secrets.  
Highly recommend it to everyone who likes dark reads. This book will ruin you for your every next book, I promise.


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