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But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: 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 a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits.
But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple. Top novels. Sins of Sevin. Penelope Ward. Stepbrother Dearest. To Kill a Mockingbird. Never Never. Tarryn Fisher. Zach, her editor is a blue-eyed, dark-haired wonder of a man, over six feet tall and built like a young god or at least a professional tennis player — those strong arms and flat stomach. Should I also mention his arctic-blue eyes, platinum-blond hair and, generally excellent physique more appropriate for a Michelangelo sculpture than for a priest?
After a while that overindulgence in handsomeness became a pet-hate of mine; by the way I am sure Kirkegaard, a fierce critic of idealists, is turning in his grave. Laughing hard. Now do these types remind you of something? When was the last time you saw so many good-looking people in one place? In a movie?
Soap opera perchance? In a glossy magazine? A tv add? Not on a real street of course? Exactly my thoughts… Now let me pass to the characterization itself. It often happens when an author wants to twist the ball too much. Let me illustrate that affliction by describing Nora, the main female lead, in more detail.
She looks pretty young being petite and all and she has a way with children BUT she is also rather blunt with her language and one of the most feared Dommes around. Heroes with such an affliction feel spurious to me at best. Now the style. As a result a man Zach is getting an erection just because he can stroke a red Aston Martin, the car of the infamous James Bond. Like, really stroking, from bumber to bumper. And pressing the horn. Oh dear, is this boy really fortyish?
Then I found such a lovely sentence: Similar emergencies can be found in many sexual intercourse scenes. The cherry on the top of the cake should be left at the very end, right? Here it is. One name. An extremely gifted sadist who can make you love the pain. Not even for one second. Now one simple question. How come? How it was even possible? Ok, mainly from his brothers.
Imagine it or not but Catholic priests are not merely ornamental, they do have a lot of duties to perform and they rarely work alone, not in one of big city parishes anyway. Not to mention the fact that somebody would notice, sooner or later. I am saying it is never as offhand and casual as presented here and take it from a girl born and raised in a Catholic country. Simply unreal. You can trick one man for a long time and you can trick plenty of people for a short time — but never both.
Final verdict: I really cannot recommend this book to anyone with clear conscience. I say so mainly because it is bad literature masquerading as something new, ground-breaking and exciting using the oldest trick possible - sex. View all 53 comments. Lady Vigilante Feifei. An attempt to write a proper coherent one would be a pages review on how much I want to make babies with this book and everyone in it. And let's face it, no one wants to read that unless it's written by Nora Sutherlin or Tiffany Reisz.
This book, this series and all that is Tiffany Reisz; it deserves a class on its own. Reading this was like falling in love all over again and falling HARD. I went on a blind date and it was love at first sight. What can I say about Nora? Utterly captivating, alluring, bold and snarky. By the halfway mark, I would let her whip me any way she wanted because she got me on a tight leash. Cut it short; I just wanted to make babies with her, there I said it. Have I mentioned Nora is a lady?
Let's face it, I'd go lesbian for her. I've read books that I adored the heroines. Heroines that I wanna be best friends with. But Nora Sutherlin is in a whole other league. She is THE heroine. The one that I'd like to be. She owns the character and she owns it so f cking well.
You guys must be wondering, "Jasmine, have you lost your mind?! And lastly, Tiffany Reisz writing is like no other.
I know when I say I adore an author's writing usually, an adjective like exquisite or brilliant or amazingly beautiful comes to my mind easily. But with TR, there is no adjective that I can think of that puts justice to what she writes. I'm thinking of other-worldly or along the lines of 'out of this universe' because the whole time I read it, I kept asking myself "What planet does this lady come from and how does she write like this?!
The writing style is seriously beyond phenomenal and it astounds me on so many levels. It's filled with contradictions that leave you in such a deep and profound state. I was sent into a trance by the seduction skills of her writing.
I absorbed every word this lady gave me and she gave me a one way ticket to the 8th circle heaven. It's really nothing like I've read before, it's not even mindfuckery, it's not magic but TR's writing is just another league on its own. Honestly I'd like to stay inside TR's head and build a colony there. It's about going in blind and let the writing take you by the hand.
The writing alone will do its job in seducing you and send you spiraling into a pleasure like no other. This one sets new standards and for all those reasons alone, my love for this book and its characters is insurmountable.
Honestly I'd give this more than 10 stars because it's. My mind is consumed in its entirety. Now all you ladies are allowed to kick me for not reading this sooner. Because God knows what I've been missing out on all my life before this book came along.
I am supposed to BR this with my lovely ladies but so sorry I got way ahead of myself! Nora wouldn't let me go!! View all 81 comments. I sort of had high expectations going into this book when I saw all the five star reviews.
I avoided reading them. I have been burned before with my high expectations so was a bit wary. I stayed up until 2. Is it a love story? Not really. Is it an erotic story? I am not sure how I would describe it. One woman, three men or even four, if we count Kingsley, who is a major part of her life. I found that fascinating. Maybe the fact that I was born and raised a Catholic helped me read it with a different perspective.
Instead, he found a pale, petite, beauty with wavy black hair barely contained in a loose knot at her nape. And no red leather in sight at all …. No offence. Must be the joys of having teenage children to keep me up to date with all things musical.
He understands the purpose of pain and shame and humiliation. For love. A drop of the craythur will always help. Zach reached inside his trench coat and brought out a brown paper bag.
From it he pulled a bottle of Irish whiskey and set it in front of her on her desk. Pain is a gift from God. It imparts understanding, wisdom. Pain is life. And here we give pain as freely as we give pleasure.
That brought back to me a memory from childhood — well I suppose I was around 16 at the time, living in a village in the West of Ireland.
Mass every Sunday, Confessions once a month, although maybe not at that stage. The Church was always packed. I remember one such Priest, he seemed young, his Sermons were always enthralling, the younger generation felt they could see where he was coming from. He was a Jesuit! It sort of helped that he was good looking — or so I thought at the time but I was comparing him to some fairly old, decrepit Priests that had been in our Parish over the years. I still remember his name….
I fucking hated you, I fucking loved you, I wanted you … did I say I hated you? Cannot wait to read more about him. It is a painful journey, for all parties, not just Nora. They all have their demons. They all have their future to sort out. And we had Gracie, sweet, Gracie, with the red hair and freckles…. Sometimes stay there the night before we take the boat or train to the UK from Belgium on our way to Ireland.
My children HATE me for it…. It is basically a Port — nothing more. How do you choose your safe word? Zach had asked. Pick anything. The street you grew up on, your favorite food, the middle name of the long-lost love of your life …. How freely you absolve the sins of others. Tell me, little one, when the time comes, how will you absolve yours? I have brought my children up in the Catholic faith, they made their First Communion and Confirmation.
I feel I should be on a pulpit or at the Sermon on the Mount with all the religious references I have made…. He was shunted off to South America until his retirement. OK, time to get off my rant now. John, the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Writers…..
No idea where this series is going, what characters will be in the next few books, well apart from the delightful Nora that is. I know these sorts of books will not be nominated for the Pulitzer or Booker Prizes but they are very REAL books, they deal with important issues, the prose was beautiful, the characters believable.
Yeah, girls, use your imaginations. I only hope that when and if I get to the Pearly Gates, St. View all 72 comments. Amy BW. I don't even know where to beginning. I had no idea where the story was taking me and when I got to the end I sat there dumbfounded. I wanted to yell- The author's writing skills are amazing. The writing was intellectual and the characters were so intriguing.
Must be read in order. Big cliffhanger in book 3. Series is complete. I have never had a literary orgasm before It's freaking awesome by the way. I will do anything for him Why the hell did I wait so long to read this book and to think, I wanted to skip this series and directly dive into the White Years series I am disgusted with myself.. So this is not going to b 4 "The Eighth Circle" Stars!
So this is not going to be a proper review because really, there is nothing I can tell you about the story except, It's complicated. It's unusual. Its fun. It's erotic. It's full of sexy men. It's fucking beautiful. Yes I have said this before but this guy And I am turning myself on by writing about him like this I wonder how Nora does it day after day without going insane with lust I know I am gushing, so why didn't I give it 5 stars?
I am so mad at her I know, saying this might be a big social suicide for me but I am gonna go ahead anyway I loved her humor, I loved how wild she was.
But what she did with Wesley was so freaking maddening. I thought she was 33 years old. I thought she had a freaking brain. I thought she knew how to use that brain I dont care that she sleeps around.. How could she do this to him?! How could she forget the most important night? And then to punish herself she endures a beating. Well, hello?!! You freaking like it OK so right now, I am extremely pissed. And I understand that this is who she is and I realize that I might have to endure her douchebaggery over the next books too but I will read them still and the reason is To Jasmine: So sorry I didn't love Nora like you do.
But hey, one less person for you to share Nora with ; To Eda: So happy we are not alone, We have each other on Die-Nora-Die team: D To Flo: Thanks for suggesting me to read this series first.
You saved me from committing a grave sin: View all 77 comments. You aren't sure exactly what he wants yet so you try to give him everything he could possibly want.
Everything and enything She has been picked up by Royal House Publishing for her next book.. She needs guidance along the way and she wants nothing but the best editor.. He agrees to edit the book with one condition that she re-writes the book. She has six weeks to turn out the book. This book is de "Writing erotica is like fucking someone for the first time. This book is deeper and more emotional and its based on her personal life..
Nora is sexy as hell and funny! We see how strong her character is in facing her decisions,not only in her relationships but also when facing her most complicated challenges.. Three men desire her.. Wesley,Soren and Zach Zach when he meets Nora he quickly falls for her.. She is unlike anything that he has ever seen before..
Soren was the most difficult character for me.. Some of you may have an issue with what Soren is.. But I won't tell you.. He is one of my favorite characters in this book!! He is a determined virgin who lives under the same roof with sexy Nora! He really cares about Nora.. My heart hurts for him so much in the end: I'll try to be what you need me to be. I know I'm not like you but I can try.
It's worth it if I can be with you. For more reviews you can check mine and Kristinas's blog. D my link text View all 96 comments. Buddy read with this puppy: I love our late night freak-outs over books! It was just so wrong, it made me sick. It's sad because i don't even care about the character it involves. Oh well. This was my first "erotica", and it was not what i had anticipated at all. This totally cau Buddy read with this puppy: This totally caught me off guard. It was a pleasurable surprise.
Yes, i've read Captive in the Dark, but i don't consider it an erotica. This is not just mindless sex with hot strangers. The siren is unusual, captivating and it's well written. The plot is alluring. It involves complex, and refreshing characters. I highly recommend giving it a try even if you aren't into the genre.
There were many characters involved in the story, however Soran was the only one who had my undivided attention. Many of you may find him scary or a little too far gone, not me. I am extremely intrigued by him. I like him just the way he is. If he were the priest, i'm more than willing to convert. I won't spoil anything; the less you know the better.
I'm gonna go read the Saint Soren's story now. View all 17 comments. Oct 13, Debra rated it really liked it Shelves: It is, however, a story about love, friendship, faith and about discovering all your darkest, deepest desires and learning how to deal with them. When I started reading The Siren , I didn't really have any expectations about how the story would develop or where it all led up to. But after a while, I found myself being more and more enthralled by the storyline and its many different, "If you come back to me," he said, "will you run or will you crawl?
But after a while, I found myself being more and more enthralled by the storyline and its many different, captivating characters. I ended up really enjoying this well written and darkly enticing story and I became a fan of the author Tiffany Reisz' lyrical writing style. The Story Nora Sutherlin , our main character, is one of America's most famous and most notorious writers of erotic novels.
She's blunt, sarcastic and very witty and by far one of my favorite characters in the book. They call her The Siren , but why? That is for you to find out by reading the story When Nora decides it is time for her to pursue a different carrier path by writing her first more serious, main stream novel; she ends up being taken under the wings of one of the best editors in the country, Zachary Easton.
He's the one who holds Nora's future as a writer in his very demanding hands; and he's not afraid to use the power he has over her. As soon as Nora and Zach begin working together, they find that there's an attraction between them, they can't seem to ignore. The more they get to know each other, the more they find out about each others darkest secrets and desires. In the world of Nora Sutherlin, love and romance are two very different things.
To her love equals pain. Not being hurt is what hurts. Together they try to move on from the past they left behind; Zach is still having a hard time letting go of the wife he's technically still married to, but who lives across the ocean in England and who he barely speaks to anymore.
His character turned out to be, to me at least, the one that managed to brighten up the story with his innocence, his sense of humor and his ability to be strong and caring even at such a young age.
He doesn't approve of Nora's sadomasochistic lifestyle and all he wants is for her to be happy and to never get hurt again. But if there is ever a chance for repreive, then I will bear you across the world on my back to see you finally at peace.
What if this enemy is only me? It's a very complex and fascinating story and unlike any other book I've ever read. Some parts of it are dark and may seem really brutal to read but overall the author wrote it in a very compelling, sensual way that did not leave me reeling with disgust or anger towards any of the characters.
You should however know that the story doesn't end with a HEA, at least not this first part of the story. Therefore, I will definitely read the rest of the Original Sinners series as well to find out what happens next in the life of Nora, aka The Siren, and all "her" men Favorite quote "The same wind that blows us off course can turn and carry us home. View all 40 comments.
Just read. Both Zach and Nora lived differen Rating: Both Zach and Nora lived different lives from the beginning. I wanted more of him in the book. There was no real romance going on in the book just Sex. Overall the book was Okay… Style of writing: She is witty and funny. It was easy to read, what I loved most was the wit she used with Nora…When Nora writes her story with Soren, it feels like how versatile a writer Tiffany Reisz is and I loved it.
I loved the twists in the story they managed to make me keep read the book. I loved Nora from the beginning as she was someone clever and I loved how she made Zach Blush. But later on she turned out to be the character that I hated most throughout the book. Nora was a fantastic writer and an even better Dom even though we do not get much of her Dom side. But her decisions concerning Westley made mem hate her.
Then Nora helped to settle his but nothing more.
I want to know…you. Westley was such a sweet boy, sometimes stupid but I really felt for him at the end of the book…thanks to Bitch Nora. As for Soren, I absolutely Adore him. For me this book was more about Nora and the aftermath of her relationship with Soren.
Favorite Part: This was said by Soren He was actually the reason I kept on reading the book till the end. What did not work? There were certain things that were disturbing: The fact that Nora being the heroine of the book sleeps with so many men and women in the book was awkward.
Who Nora truly Loved??? I felt like it was all the three men in her life. Similar books? To say the climax!!! After finishing 13 hours of audiobook, I feel a strange sense of loss now that I'm done with this book. It was nothing like I had anticipated. It is NOT: Erotica A traditional romance novel Cliche-ridden Let me break it down for you.
This book is Tiffany Reisz writing a novel about an author writing an erotic novel. Confused yet? I was. I was expecting a down and dirty explicit BDSM erotic romance. That is not at all what I got. Though the co After finishing 13 hours of audiobook, I feel a strange sense of loss now that I'm done with this book. Though the content is taboo it can't get much more taboo, honestly, without the addition of incest , there is very little on page sex.
What sex content is shown is surprisingly, shockingly tasteful. Much of the actual book mirrors what Nora the erotic author and main character is going through in the writing of her novel. The sex scenes serve only to further the plot line like Nora's editor told her to do - nothing is gratuitous. In fact, this story is edited to perfection. It is really and truly flawless in its execution. What I liked best about this book is that it is the overlapping plot lines that sort of seamlessly come together in the end.
There is Zach, the editor having serious marital issues, Nora and her torrid relationship with Soren and Wes, Nora and her writing process, and the whole BDSM dynamic that colors each relationship for good or for bad. The different story lines don't interfere with one another but rather help progress each other. Nora is a complicated and compelling character that will stick with me for a long time. I found her to be utterly fascinating. However, that brings me to why my rating is 4 stars instead of 5 stars.
I felt very detached from Nora. I was not emotionally invested in her or rest of the characters. Mentally, I was so intrigued and loved the story, but it was more from a clinical point of view. I never grew teary eyed or screamed or got nervous- it was all in my head and not in my heart, I'm afraid. I adored the story but it wasn't an emotional read for me.
A word about the audio version of this book: I loved, loved the narrator for this one. His Zach and Grace voices were flawless, as was his Soren voice. My favorite narrator on any audiobook thus far. View all 41 comments. A romance novel is the story of two people falling in love against their will. This is a story of two people who leave each other against their will.
It starts to end the minute they meet. I updated my review with pretty pictures, tweaked it a little here and there added a book summary and a few comments etc. I'm still madly in love with this book, maybe even more so now that I know what happens next.
I just find myself smiling all of the time while I'm reading. I definitely recommend a re-read for those of you who haven't done that yet. Holy Shit! But colour me surprised Nora actually makes my favourite-book-heroines list. I read on and then it hit me, I went back and after that I had to take a short coffee break and try to put those two characters together. I love her even more now. But anyway Erotica author Nora Sutherlin has a few problems and they all involve men.
There is her new British editor Zachary Easton, who thinks of her more as a guttersnipe and less as an author. But despite his reservations he agrees to work with her, but under some demanding time restrictions and a lot of pressure.
And then there is the man she left five years ago. That's all you need to know for now, for more information She flirts, she teases, she confesses everything but reveals nothing. I loved being in her head, because she is so independent, bold and unapologetic.
And it's not night until you're asleep in your bed under my roof. And I could go on and on but hope is a horrible thing, and I love you too much to give you any.
Oh Wes. Fuck you. Just one minor thing, or a question really I want more! Oh man, that one is intense. I seriously have to read on before I can say anything about him. I can already tell I will be irrevocably in love with him by the time this series is done. I am so in love with this man, but I didn't need to finish the series before I came to the conclusion. There really is no one like him Or I know a bunch of ladies who will. There is no one like her and she really takes this overdone genre and spins it on its head and she does it with excellent writing on top of that, which happens to be a hit miss in this genre as well.
If she happens to write a cook book I will buy it. No questions asked. View all 51 comments. Everything and anything You hit every nerve and eventually you'll hit the nerve.
Have I hit any nerves yet? It is NOT sunshine and rainbows, pretty and light, sweet and romantic. It's dark, painful, erotic, beautifully sadistic, captivating, and unlike anything I've read before. I'll start by saying that "Writing erotica is like fucking someone for the first time. I'll start by saying that had I not immediately read, The Angel, right after this, I might not have felt the same about it. I think reading the next book helped put a lot of things that were tough to swallow in perspective for me.
This is definitely not your mama's romance novel. There are parts I read that were incredibly tough to swallow, but I loved every darkly erotic page of it. Nora Sutherlin is a famous erotica writer, but she is determined for her new book to be different, more personal, but she needs help. Zachary Easton is known as "The London Fog" in the editing world for a reason. He's demanding, brutally honest, and not really known for his bright and chipper personality. When he agrees to take on Nora's manuscript, even though he views her as the guttersnipe author, he does so on one condition.
Nora must rewrite her entire novel to his standards in six weeks. Forced to enter her world, Zach soon finds there is so much more to Nora that what he initially thought. Nora is not just an erotica writer. She's a dominatrix, and a famous one at that. But behind the veil of leather, high heels, and whips, Nora is also so much more.
While I loved her quirky personality, and snarky humor, we also gets snippets of her 'other' side when she is around Wesley. Wesley was my favorite part about this book. I just adored him. We get a glimpse inside Nora's softer side when she is around him. Wesley hates the dominatrix part of Nora's life. He doesn't understand the appeal of that dark world, particularly when given Nora's history with Soren.
I don't even know where to begin with Soren. He could read a soul with the merest glance. He'd know what she would become from the moment he first saw her. He had told her so. It had always been her favorite bedtime story.
Soren and Nora were lovers for 13 years "Soren and I aren't a romance. We're just a fantasy. Though they still have a somewhat relationship Soren isn't some boyfriend you have a fight with and then kiss and make up. He's the invading army you surrender to before it burns your village down.
I hated him. I was intrigued with him. I hated the fact that I was intrigued with him. At first what we get are Nora's flashbacks, and they were no easier to deal with than the reality of finally meeting Soren. When the reality of all that he is finally came to light, I was left utterly speechless. Then there is also the mysterious Kingsley. Kingsley, Nora, and Soren have a very convuluted past that we don't get much of an explanation for in this book, but mere glimpes.
One thing was clear, however She's the motherfucking queen of the Underground. And Kingsley Edge is, obviously, our king. The story mainly focuses on Zach and Nora, but Wesley, Soren, ad Kingsley do take a somewhat role in the book as well. We do't get much of a backstory in this book on anyone other than Zach.
I really loved Zach's character. He was obviously still struggling over his marriage falling apart, and still being in love with his wife. But in his work with Nora, he begins to develop feelings for her that he has a very hard time dealing with. She would either save him or end him. Right now, with her words singing in his ears, he didn't really care which.
Nora, I believe, was a big reason as to why I was hesitant in reading this book at first. I don't usually enjoy stories with Domme's. It's just not my thing. But Nora was so much more than I anticipated. She's somewhat an enigma in this book. We get to see her dark edge, and her soft side as well. She's obviously struggling with knowing that she will never be comfortable in a Vanilla relationship, yet yearning to be with Wesley at the same time while knowing she can't.
She's still drawn to Soren, and their connection. I loved the way the author weaved all of these character's stories together. It was beautifully and flawlessly done.
I don't want to reveal too much, you simply must read this to figure things out for yourself. But I will say that is one of the most captivating books I have read in a long, long time. Dirty Girl Romance Book Blog Open minded readers. Recommended to Karla by: Michelle, Searock, Taryn and countless other GR friends!
Review posted at: There are circumstances in this book that arise that I would normally condone, but the author makes us comprehend and accept that not all situations warrant the same handling. The unconventional, the taboo, is justified in a way that the pain of the characters is your pain and in their shoes you would probably resort to the same extreme measures and means to alleviate and re-gain control over your life.
Or, to help someone find their way back…relieve them of their anguish…give them something to live for. I'm making sense and no sense at all and that is exactly how this book made me feel. Turned my thinking topsy-turvy, what was so wrong in my mind became so right. You get a taste of what these characters are about, yet it's not excessively graphic. This book deals with inner turmoil, self-discovery, acceptance and sacrifice. All that changes as he comes to understand Nora and the alternate world that she rules.
Wesley, oh Wesley… so much more mature than your nineteen years. Their relationship was compelling to say the least.
The one character that I wanted to abhor, hate, despise, ended up being the one that seized my attention and gained my respect… Soren!! How could someone with such authority and position do what he does and come off like a saint?!
His initial appearance in the book had me gaping, eyes wide, breathless, I wanted to throw myself at his feet, do as he commanded, and then follow him to hell and back!!
Tiffany Riesz what have you done to me??? BUT if you can be objective, deal with the unexpected, then strap yourself in, throw caution to the wind, throw your arms in the air and The Siren will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that is guaranteed to make your head spin and turn your world upside down!!
In my opinion it expresses what some of the characters in The Siren are feeling, it kept playing in my head as I was reading and could be the book's anthem. There is not much I can say about this beyond what has already been said; the writing is flawless, evocative and beautiful in its prose.
It hooks you with every word read and every page turned, bringing out turbulent emotions both good and bad. Nora, at first, I loved her spunk and power as a woman, her grace as a woman, but towards the end, she made me angry. I didn't understand some of her actions. Wes, this sweet boy is one of my favourite parts of this story.
Kingsley is mysterious, and I want to know more about him. Had it not been for Nora and Zach being so utterly devoted to their significant others, I would've loved them as a couple.
And at last I don't know him enough to say whether I like him or not yet, but from his actions so far, I don't understand him, his lifestyle or his needs. I'm hoping that clarifies with upcoming books. January 15, May 26, Stacia the club rated it liked it Recommended to Stacia the club by: Zach, where I come from 'slut' is a term of endearment. Want to see where I come from? You might want to throw out your preconceived notions of what to expect with this book because it's doubtful that any of your expectations will be met.
The Players in our twisted game: Nora - She has three men by the balls, yet somehow can't seem to keep a firm grip on any of them. Zach - The editor with demons to exorcise. Wesley - The inexperienced virgin who just might know more than we give him credit for. Soren - Big bad. You hate him, you're intrigued by him, you know he's not one to be messed with. Grace - The ghost of a person who isn't even dead. Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and watch as 'The Siren' singlehandedly wrecks havoc in the lives of our cast members.
No admission fee required except for the cost of the book! If there's one thing that worked for this story, it was the curiosity factor. At first, I wasn't sure where we were headed. From the way the book starts, you automatically assume one thing. By the time you make it about halfway, you realize there's no way you can assume anything. There were definitely surprises a'plenty. I honestly couldn't find fault with the writing or the story.
I'd been expecting a dark erotica but found that this read more like "mainstream literature reinterpreting erotica," which is interesting, considering that this was exactly what the female author character in the book was trying to do. We were wrapped in a story within a story and it made me wonder how much of The Siren came from Tiffany Reisz's own experience. That, to me, is a sign of accomplishment in writing.
If you're wondering why I didn't go for a higher rating, I'll have to say that my own personal opinion of where the book should have gone did dampen my enthusiasm. With some books, the ending could be one I despised, yet I'm still able to award 5 stars because of an emotion brought out in me yes, I have been pissed off at a book to the point of hatred and still felt it worthy of 5 stars.
Unfortunately, the only emotion I felt when I came to the end was melancholy and not in "bawling my eyes out" sort of way. In this instance, melancholy just felt like a bit of a letdown. I saw the reason for the decision but failed to care for the solution. If the mixing of religious undertones and sexual overtures will make you uncomfortable, you'll want to stay away from this book. I can't say anything without giving a spoiler but expect some of that, along with some dark BDSM notes.
For better or worse, this was an exquisitely written book. View all 24 comments. It is not a pretty story. It's a very complicated almost real life story. There are no obstacles of boulder size, there are Mount Everest size obstacles that ALL characters in this book face.
I loved the story within the story that somewhat loosely paralleled the lives of the main characters. Nora lives and solves her life conundrums through writing.
It is her therapy and she is her own psychologist. Amazingly strong she pulls herself out of her own hell and depression through her writing. She writes writes and deletes her love story with Soren to reminisce and remember. Gotta say it was not pretty and truly cringe worthy.
But then again her 13 year old relationship with Soren is unconventional. But it is in their world and you just got to wrap your head around it and you do slowly and surely. My favorite character was poor naive Wes.
My heart broke for him as all his patience and optimism couldn't change nor bring Nora in his world. He is an amazing boy who will grow into a perfect man Wes has a big part of her heart and her innocence that she will never reach and therefore they do not belong together I hope I won't have to eat my words when this series concludes, but this is just my opinion.