Review - The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

 Title: The Siren
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: July 24th 2012

Paperback provided by Harlequin Australia for an honest review

For readers 18+. Includes BDSM and Erotic scenes.

Book Description

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.

My Review

The Siren was a fun start to the secret life of Nora Sutherlin, writer by day Domme by night!! Well not quite like that, but yes, she definitely lives a double life. I was very curious about this book when I started reading as it looked like it was going to be pretty straight forward, but it has a bit more depth to it as the two main characters involved have their own demons to confront. They appear to be confident and sure with themselves, but when they get together they are often left questioning the decisions that they have made.

Zach has come from London to America to pursue his editing career because his marriage has been rocky as of late. His wife, Grace, had become withdrawn and eventually had an affair. He told her that he was moving to America and Grace just let him go. So now he is in New York and in six weeks he is moving to the California offices in L.A. to take up a promotion. But before he goes he has been asked to work on the erotic book written by Nora Sutherlin.

Nora found her passion of writing when she walked out of her D/s relationship five years ago. She pulled herself out of her depression and decided to write erotica novels. She has written five successful books so far, but the one she is working on now may be her best one yet. Zach is the editor that may make it happen and Nora is able to take as much criticism needed to see it published.

Both of these characters I really liked. Zach is putting everything into his job to keep his mind off his wife, and even allows Nora through some of his barriers. Nora tries not to take life too seriously and uses humour and seductive techniques to bring Zach out of his shell. They both have their secrets that they keep from one another in regards to their past. Working on Nora’s book brings them closer and eventually they are able to talk to each other a bit more openly. Nora even gets Zach to accompany her to the secret club where she is a Domme and very highly respected one, so that she can open his eyes into the world she lives in. They have great chemistry when they are together, but Nora is able to have great chemistry with anyone she meets!! 

Nora also has a close relationship with her intern/housemate Wesley. Wesley is a nineteen year old virgin and they met when Nora worked at his college as a writer-in-residence for a semester. They formed a great friendship and Wesley moved into Nora’s spare room. They both care for one another very deeply and Nora is very protective of him. I like how they interact; they are comfortable in one another’s presence and are able to read each other’s emotions easily.

There are some very erotic scenes in The Siren too. Nora is involved in all of them as they are her passages that she has written about herself, about the book she is writing or she is actually involved in a scene herself as she now operates as a Dominatrix. These scenes weren’t too over the top; the author set up the scenes mostly, and left the rest to the imagination.

There was one surprise in The Siren which was that there is a Priest who is involved in Nora’s underworld. I didn’t see it coming, even though Nora makes reference to her Christian faith a few times. When we were introduced to him I was quite shocked. He has only had intercourse with one person since becoming a priest and keeps his personal life separate from his church life, but he is a Dominant, and he is the highest ranked one in New York, and the people in the erotic underworld all know him. In The Siren Nora and the Priest cross paths a couple of times, and he is always trying to offer Nora advice in regards to her personal life and her passion of writing.

Other than that, I enjoyed the book. It was a gentle introduction to the world of BDSM and a great opener to the life of Nora Sutherlin. There is still a lot we don’t know about Nora and the 10 years she spent as a submissive, but its all part of the secret life she has. Things will be different in the next book as Nora’s life changed drastically at the end of The Siren.

Once I again need to thank Harlequin Australia for sending me a paperback copy of The Siren to review!!

About the Author

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…

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  1. I own both books and am glad things were not too over the top and that you connected with the characters. I am looking forward to reading them :)

  2. I am posting my review for The Angel on Saturday, and I just finished The Prince too. I am now hanging for the next book, The Mistress next year!!


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