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.
I am VERY late to the party when it comes to Tiffany Reisz. The Original Sinners series has been on my TBR list FOREVER – but as I’m dragging my husband through every thrift shop in Wales while we’re on vacation – I found The Siren and The Prince – grabbed them and have been carting it around for weeks now – flipping through the pages, reading reviews – and why I didn’t start this sooner is BEYOND me.
Reading Smut – you find out rather quickly who are fan favorites, Tiffany Reisz earns that title with every fucking delicious words she’s written in this book.
“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.”
This is not your typical smut book by any means – far from it actually. Our heroine, Nora Sutherlin is a writer – a smut peddler, and looking for a new publisher. When Zachary Easton is given her manuscript to edit, he’s less than thrilled. He’s only a month away from taking over his new position in LA – having already moved from the UK to NYC for his current position – the last thing he wants to do is edit a smut book, disguising itself as “romance.” But when Zach meets Nora, he’s taken aback by her sense of humor, honesty and intelligence. When he picks up her manuscript, striking a deal with her that the entire thing will be edited and re-written to his specifications or no deal, Nora agrees and this ….. my friends, is where the games begin.
“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.”
“Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear.”
As Zach & Nora work on her manuscript – getting to know one another better, Nora’s life is revealed. She’s living with a young man, Wesley, her roommate/intern – of which you get the feeling she’s constantly trying to seduce – yet, she’s nursing a very broken heart. One that still, after five years has yet to heal completely. This isn’t the only thing she’s hiding – Nora Sutherlin is a dominatrix – probably NYC’s most beloved and is paid extremely well for her gift. But Nora isn’t the only one mending a broken heart, Zach has taken his job in the US and left his young wife back home in the UK – his marriage a failure, he has to come to terms with the fact that she’s not going to follow him – she most definitely will not be joining him in LA. He’s broken – throwing himself into his work, Nora is hoping she’s able to pull him out of his London Fog and put a little spark back into his life – one way or another. But the loss Nora was suffering from – constant and continuously in her life, her soulmate, Soren.
“He saved up her pain, counted it like currency and the more pain she endured, the more pleasure she could buy with it.”
I’m not sure I’ve ever read into a character so deeply as Soren. I both love and hate him – he’s saved Nora, broken her, beaten her, loved her, worshiped her and above all else, protected her. I’m no prude, far from it, but even some of the things in this book were hard for me to read – to wrap my head around. Soren & Nora broke me – as their relationship both past/present is slowly revealed you understand why she is the way she is – and what she’s missing. Soren is the true definition of a Sadist; A sadist is someone who enjoys inflicting pain on others, sometimes in a sexual sense. Sadists like seeing other people hurt. A sadist is the opposite of a masochist, who enjoys being in pain. A sadist is all about hurting others, usually to get off sexually, says the all mighty Google. This is Soren, not in a nutshell but just barely cracking the surface. I can tell there is a very torrid and untold story behind this man and his uniform, what that story is…. I guess I”ll just have to keep on with the series to find out.
Nora is infatuated with Wesley – there are feelings there, even though she mostly enjoys making him feel uncomfortable, but there are real feelings. She cares for him – he’s become her best friend and confidant. With Soren out of the picture (as much as he can be) Wesley has stepped in to take care of her – as much as she’ll allow him. She loves to push his buttons, making him uncomfortable with her sexual advances – even though she’s pretty sure he secretly (or not so secretly) loves them. She knows one day things may go to far, leaving them in a vulnerable position. He is a virgin – she is a dominatrix and still in love with the only man she’s ever full given herself to – body and soul.
Throw Zach into the equation and you’ve got a very complicated page turner leaving you desperate to find out what’s going to happen next and with whom. Zachary is still mourning the loss of his marriage, trying to stop the hope from stiring in his stomach that his wife may come back to him – and Nora being the ultimate distraction in all things sexual is doing her best to make him see the errors of his ways – in both his relationship with his wife, and the fact that he won’t sleep with her while they’re still working together on her book. Nora loves a challenge though, and watching her chip away at Zach’s British bricked wall he’s created around himself is fantastic. There is nothing that she won’t do to drag him out of his own head –
I adore Nora for not being afraid of who she is – unleashing her desires, everyone else be damned and never apologizing or making excuses for who she is or what she wants, her looks and physical sex appeal be damned – her attitude and passion may be the sexiest thing about her.
Tiffany Reisz’s Siren is not for the faint of heart – you may find yourself hating some of the characters throughout – falling in love with them again in the next chapter, I know I did. And I’m still questioning my lust for them now – as I type this review and I’m half way into the 2nd book in the series, The Angel. But that’s the thing about relationships like these, that we read – they’re fiction and Nora isn’t a woman who would ever allow someone to take anything from her she wasn’t fully freely giving to them – especially Soren. Whether we agree with it our not – it’s her decision and one she makes of her own free will. (Yes, I’m defending a fictional character – sue me.)
About the Author, Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany Reisz lives in Portland, Oregon 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.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of 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 tire up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die. (via the author’s website)