Title: The Siren
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
My Source: NetGalley
My rating: 3 Stars Overall
In the world of kink authors, she’s the top.
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. (Official Summary)
I really need to give this book two ratings. I do not generally like to read books that glorify infidelity, student/teacher relationships where the student is a minor or any relationships where one person is in a position of power and abuses that power to seduce a minor. I typically will put these types of books on the DNF shelf. However, I did finish this book even though some things came to light about 82% into the book. So, my first rating is strictly based on the storytelling. My second is based on certain content. My final rating is the average of the two.
My first rating is 4 stars.
Looking at this book’s story, and writing, I have to say I liked it. It was different than most romance novels I’ve read. The heroine, Nora isn’t your typical doe-eyed virgin who can’t make a decision if her life depended on it. Instead, Nora is strong, funny in a sarcastic way, and she is somewhat damaged. There is a reason she is the way she is and it is solely because of the one man she only truely ever loved. She has two other men in her life and they are the antithesis of what she is and knows. I think she really wanted to be “normal”, have “normal” love but didn’t quite know how to get to it so, she grasped onto the two men she thought she could have that with. Unfortunately, both those men were unattainable for various reasons. This story isn’t a romance, there is no happily ever after in the sense we are used to and this made the story very interesting for me. It is also an erotic/bdsm novel and I liked how it wasn’t in your face all the time. The premise of the story was that Nora wanted to write a breakthrough novel different from her mainstream erotic fiction and I really felt the author doing the same with her own writing. I appreciated that while some things were graphic, it wasn’t so graphic that I lost what the story was about. In fact, my favorite quote in the book was when Zach, Nora’s editor, would tell her “show, don’t tell” when he would read her manuscript. The author really made a conscious effort to practice what her fictitious editor was preaching.
My second rating is 2 stars.
About 80% in we learn the entire story between Nora and her one true love Soren – how they came to know each other. That is where the story didn’t work for me. Without giving anything away, I just felt things could have been different, it didn’t need to be the way it was.