Sunday, August 26, 2012

{Review} The Siren (Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Mira
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My Rating:
Three and a Half Stars

Summary: 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. (SOURCE)

When I first read the summary to The Siren I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on it. Once other readers I follow started giving it rave reviews I knew I had to bump it to the top of my "to be read" list. Now here I am a week after finishing it and I'm still not sure how I feel about the story. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There was something missing for me.

I was interested in seeing what Nora's life was like. Very interested in getting to know Zachary. But I found myself unable to really connect the two of them. I didn't feel their chemistry jump off the page like I'd hoped. I did like their characters individually though. 

Probably my absolute favorite character was Nora's assistant/intern. I couldn't help but want to cuddle him up. I'd love to learn more about him, actually. Especially as the book progressed. I felt a real connection with him as a character.  My heart went out to him as the story moved forward.

Nora's business associates were quite the characters. I did love how little bits of information about them were leaked along the way. To continuously learn more about them as I read. It kept me reading, for sure.

Another thing I did like is that the foundation of the story might have had BDSM but it was much more than that. There wasn't a sex scene in every chapter. There was real plot and substance that made me want to know more about the characters. I saw their struggles. It made them real people.

That said, I didn't really get into it until I hit the 50% mark on my kindle. There's a big reveal that knocked my socks off and turned the world upside down. It made me sit up and go "HUH. WOW." I actually think I said "Whaaaaaaaaaaat?" out loud when I made it to that point. I flew through the rest of the book after that. I couldn't put it down. I was happy that finally I was able to get into it the way I'd wanted to. 

In the end I gave it 3.5 stars because I wasn't able to connect at first. That was probably all me, because I've been so busy and not able to really focus on reading lately. (As I'm sure you can tell by my lack of reviews recently.) I do think it was a good book and I'll definitely be wanting to read the next one in the series, The Angel.

 I received this book from Net Galley but actually bought it on kindle myself before starting the read. If you have questions please feel free to contact me.


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