Series: The Original Sinners #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA on July 24, 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance
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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.
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz is a story that will keep you turning pages. This romance novel has a nice hint of spice to keep it from being the typical grocery store romance novel of your mom’s day. You don’t get a thinly veiled story followed with clichés of virginal sex, you get plot and suspense. Suspense about what, you ask? Suspense about what each character’s secrets are, their journey, and creative ways they have sex.
The main characters are Zach and Nora. Zach is a brooding Englishman who has come to the United States to escape something. He is an editor and known for being tough on his writers and has always thought of himself as rather ‘vanilla’ sexually. He’s about to move from New York to Los Angeles to take a promotion with his employer when his boss hands him a new manuscript. He is immediately unimpressed as Nora, the writer, has a reputation as being anything but vanilla and a different style of story writing than he is usually interested in working with. He tries to talk his way out of handling the story but both his boss and Nora aren’t so easy to shake.
Nora uses her standard and direct approach to get what she needs from Zach, a promise to give her book a chance. They have six weeks until he leaves and she is determined to meet the deadline. As she works on her story, you meet her roommate Wesley and the dynamic they share. Nora has a tangled web which the author does a wonderful job of slowly revealing. There are a lot of irons in her fire with Wesley, Zach….and Sorren. Sorren pops up throughout the story, hinted at and mentioned in hushed tones. When you finally find out who he is to Nora and who he is in life there’s a little bit of a surprise.
Nora is full of surprises though. From her non-fiction stories she writes and destroys to the delicate relationship she has with Wesley to her other job that she uses to pay the bills. Every time one of her surprises comes to light she risks losing something. Most often it’s her deal with Zach at risk of going awry. He is intrigued by her but he is also battling with his own problems that he carried over from England where he left his wife. Nora goes through a lot in these pages and eventually has to come to a decision. Along the way, she helps Zach open up and share his story. There are lots of bumps and bruises (some in a wonderfully dark section of the story at an underground sex club) and twists and turns that ultimately lead to a resolution that was not easily predicted.
The Siren is the perfect mix of story and sex for me. When I pick a romance-type novel out to read I don’t want it overflowing with sex. If that’s what I wanted I would pick up an anthology of erotic stories (which I have been known to do!). I really enjoyed the flow of the story and actually found myself looking forward to the next opportunity to read the book and was even a little bummed when it was over because I wanted to read more about Nora’s world. This is definitely a great read that I’d wholeheartedly recommend!