The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #1
Also in this series: The Saint, The Queen, The Confessions
on July 24, 2012
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The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.
The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz is one of my favourite series. I was recently asked about the latest book. It’s important to note that this is a story that unfolds in a certain order. This led me to want to share my thoughts on the first book that kicked off the series, The Siren.
Having read The Siren in 2013, well before EDGyReviews was even dreamed of, I had originally posted this on a personal blog. Since then, I have read and listened to the audio version of this story a few times, falling in love with it all over again each time. As this is my blogging home now, it seems only right to keep all my favourite reviews in the one place. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Nora and Zachary! Nora Sutherlin writes erotica. Zachary Easton is a demanding editor, someone Nora would like to work with, Zachary is dead set against the idea!
“I know people think erotica is just a romance novel with rougher sex. It’s not. If it’s a subgenre of anything, it’s horror.
A Siren is calling and Zachary won’t be the only man to succumb to her ‘song’. Nora possess magnetism, one that she uses well, being who she ‘needs’ to be to the people she wants and doesn’t want in her life. And hence begins a captivating, consuming story of love, loss, want and needs that transcends between the light and dark of society.
Juggling a slightly older, separated / married man; a young college student and an eager business partner is Nora’s ongoing challenge, all while trying to distance herself from her ‘Ex’ namely, Soren. Nora was the one to walk away from Soren, ending a relationship that she gave her ‘all’ to.
“There are only two reasons why you leave someone you’re still in love with – either it’s the right thing to do, or it’s the only thing to do.”
The Siren is a story that incorporates BDSM, but not as a ‘how-to-manual’ rather an account of how the characters exist in this world and their interaction with the others not involved in their chosen lifestyle. It delves into the emotional rather than the actual. All the characters involved, are affected in someway by actions and in-actions. Following the heart, doesn’t always play well for all, no matter how good the intentions are.
“Rule #1: Hurt, but do not harm.”
The demands for Nora go beyond a triangle, rather it’s akin to facets on a valuable diamond – admired by many but only within the reach of a limited circle of bidders. Zachary is tormented by the life he has left behind, he’s been named the ‘London Fog’ by his peers and has worked hard at reaching the pinnacle in his field.
Wes is Nora’s ‘intern’ / housekeeper, he keeps her grounded and functioning. Nora is Wes’s means to being independent and being able to continue with his studies. He is a perfectionist, goal oriented and comes from a family that lived off the land. That upbringing provides him with a solid foundation, one that he tries to share with Nora.
Soren, her ex, is omnipresent. He sees himself as her rock, the cornerstone of her being and he is an enigmatic character that defines so much of whom Nora is. He is her voice of reason. Be it right or wrong. He is also her priest.
Not one to be messed with, Nora calls it as it is, using her talent to read the needs in others, doing so in a confident, sassy and humorous manner. She shocks, breaks, and manipulates situations with skill, leaving participants and onlookers in awe of her, demonstrating why she is revered.
A witty, well told emotional story of what it is to be true to yourself and embrace all that is true to you. Not a book for the faint of heart, but one that will leave you curious to read on, if you are game!
5 Fictionally Wicked Stars!
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