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.
While “The Siren” by Tiffany Reisz is erotic fiction rather than erotic romance (think no traditional happily ever after), it is a book that packs a serious emotional punch, that will grab hold of readers (probably in their tender and private parts) and never fully let go. It stars Nora Sutherlin, erotica author and professional dominatrix. Nora is a force of nature, a character who is larger than life. Her adventures are often heartbreaking, usually painful but always happen on her terms. She is a woman who is not to be missed.
In “The Siren,” Nora is working on her latest book with her new editor, Zach Easton. Zach has recently moved to New York from London to take a job in publishing, but is heartbroken over the breakup of his marriage. He is still in love with his wife Grace. He has no desire to work with Nora whom he calls a guttersnipe writer. But his boss perseveres and gets Zach to meet Nora. Despite his feelings for his wife, Zach can’t help but caught up in Nora’s web. Nora loves that Zach is a harsh taskmaster, and she believes that Zach is her one true path to becoming a “real” writer and moving beyond her dominatrix days.
Wes is another man in Nora’s life, her nineteen year-old, virgin intern. Wes loves Nora deeply, but hates so much about her life – her work as a professional dominatrix and her longstanding and complicated, on and off relationship with the sadistic Soren. Wes represents the purity and goodness that Nora believes is missing from her life. She clings to him even while she suspects that their lives will never fully mesh.
There is also Kingsley Edge, the man for whom Nora works as a dominatrix. Their history is complicated, but intertwined – and I seriously doubt we’ve learned even a fraction of their history. Kingsley is one of two men from whom Nora will ask for help. He is a mysterious man who is full of kinky goodness (and badness). I believe that we learn much about Kingsley in the third book in the series, “The Angel.”
But the most important man in Nora’s life is Soren, the frightening sadist who rules her life. This is true despite the fact that Nora and Soren are no longer together. She left him several years prior to the start of “The Siren” for reasons that are best learned from Nora herself. He is an impressive figure who seems to be able to see into people’s minds. He also has a knack for fixing problems (well, except for his and Nora’s) and for helping people heal.
While “The Siren” is not a romance and doesn’t have a traditional romantic conclusion, I felt that its ending was perfectly fitting. There is happiness, sadness, emotional devastation and yes, love. But really, this story is more about the journey than the end – and it is a powerful and emotional journey that may rip readers’ hearts out (it ripped mine out, but I expect that might have been part of Nora’s evil plan or at the very least the author’s).
“The Siren” is a story to behold. It is built on unforgettable characters, has incredible heart and is tremendously moving. Oh, and the writing is impressive. The dialogue especially is witty and rather cleverly done.
Give into Nora, and let her take you on the ride of your life. Be prepared, however, to finish the book as bruised as Nora – and to wear the bruises as proudly as Nora does.
Book Disclosure: An ebook was purchased.