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    Review: Not Your Momma’s Erotica! Why Tiffany Reisz’s Kinky Scorcher THE SIREN is NOT For Everyone. But It Should Be.

    Review: Not Your Momma’s Erotica! Why Tiffany Reisz’s Kinky Scorcher THE SIREN is NOT For Everyone. But It Should Be. BookCrack
    Smexyness:
    Love it or Leave it?

    Summary: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz is like no other erotic romance/BDSM book I've ever read. It's also easily the most subversive, complicated, literary erotic read in decades. Could not put it down. The sexual and emotional relationships and issues are complex, multilayered and the conflict palpable. How will dominatrix Nora Sutherlin get her sexy bookish editor Zach to accept her book and make it a best seller so she can quit her secret life? Will Zach be able to resist Nora and her kinky ways? Will Nora be able to resist Wesley, her young virginal assistant or Søren the forbidden dom and love of her life? You have to read it and find out. A mindf*k of a book and we mean that in the best possible way!

    5

    Scorchingly Smexy!


    We mean it. THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz is not for everyone.

    And yet, drumroll please, it has the honorable distinction of being our first ever truly erotic book review. Awww. BookCrack is coming of age.

    Why this book?

    Well, the quick, easy answer is sure to have Tiffany cringing or reaching for her flogger, but THE SIREN,has been on our radar for a while. That’s not what will upset her. We were turned on to Tiffany’s work mainly because this book and her other Harlequin Blaze ebooks kept coming up in polls and convos with some indie author pals alongside another trilogy that *earmuffs Tiffany, earmuffs* has once reluctant erotica readers in serious withdrawl and flocking to erotic ebooks like never before. The shear amount and quality of erotica out there is just staggering. YAY us!!  My writing critique partners and BC collegues have been split on adding erotica to our site. Many of us have been reading ebooks by Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, HQ Blaze, etc. for our own reading pleasure, but we haven’t been sure whether we wanted to tackle reviewing them.

    Then came this book and we just couldn’t hold back anymore.

    FSoG lovers hear me NOW and listen LATER-  THE SIREN came up in our WHAT TO READ NEXT radar after reading the Fifty Shades trilogy for one reason only, the fact that both series contain elements of BDSM. But in this scorching new release, our girl Nora, she’s no newbie to kink. She is a siren of sorts and the men in her wake, they’re the novices. Well, almost all the men. Except for one glaring, enticing exception. Søren. *Goose chills of the good and conflicted variety*

    This book is not necessarily what I would call a romance. Hop onto goodreads.com and you’ll see them debating the hell out of this right now. Please note that goodreads chats come with a SERIOUS SPOILERY ALERT, if you dare to lurk there. And this is reason #1 why The Original Sinners series is not for everyone. THE SIREN has the essential elements we all want from a romance, but make no mistake, this series is brilliantly and deviously crafted to be a non-romance/romance, and Reisz is a master at delayed reader gratification. Try as I might, despite knowing all of this going in, some part of me still wanted that HEA. Tiffany Reisz, sadist that she is, makes us wait for it. Sort of.

    Thank goodness Book 2 in the series, THE ANGEL, is only a month or so away from release.

    That brings me to reason #2: Even though I’m putting this right out there, eager readers will still confuse these books. If you are looking for another FSoG you’d do better to start with Sylvia Day’s strikingly similar bestseller Bared to You because THE SIREN (Original Sinners series) couldn’t be more different. There’s no cheeky hidden non-disclosure agreement here. No billionaire with a hidden trauma causing him to turn to kink and then first true love causing him to soften the rules in the playroom. No sudden hearts and flowers. That trilogy is a romance with a HEA with elements of BDSM sprinkled though out.

    Not the case with this book. 

    And my final point, reason #3: This is not your momma’s erotica. Despite its heat and promise of kink, there’s no Skinamax like plot. No nearly unexplained insta-sex by page ten. No simple plot twist or spontaneous sexual combustion each time bodies rub. You should know this at the on-set. Reisz’s book is like no other romance/erotica I’ve ever read. That’s no slam to others in the genre. For those of you who are erotica newbies this genre really is crafted by talented authors and the stories, while smexy, do have meaningful, character driven plot lines. With a-lot-o-descriptive-sex. How does Riesz’s book break this mold? THE SIREN is a damn, fine literary read with thought provoking scenes of BDSM. Yep. You read that right.

    Last differential comparison before I break down this head-trip: Where FSoG’s Ana was a wonderful opportunity to turn our brains off and enjoy what we BC girls lovingly refer to the Christian Grey experience, Reisz’s protagonist Nora is the exact opposite-she’s the driving force of this work and you won’t sit back and relax one bit. Make no mistake this is a book that delves into the world of D/s (Doms and Subs).This series reads like Annie Rice and Chuck Palahniuk had a book baby and I’ve told the author as much via twitter. I hope she saw it for the compliment it is. She employs a multitude of erotic elements, but there’s SO MUCH MORE to this book. Quite simply-it’s more of a mind-f&*k. Books like this only come around once in a blue moon.

    And that’s why, erotica or not, you just might like it.

    Despite what you might be thinking you don’t have to already be a fan of erotica to enjoy THE SIREN. It is expertly written, multi-layered and explores so many preconceived notions about sexual stereotypes, BDSM and sexuality that what you DO NEED is an OPEN mind. Being open to erotica is kinda a given. In fact, in a recent interview Reisz gave a rather convincing case for why you shouldn’t read her book. I’ve put it in my own words. Those of us at BC who have read this book are so glad we did.

    Reisz will have you questioning any baggage you might have brought with you as a reader. And like any good reader/reviewer/writer I slowed my roll and adjusted my reading pace accordingly, which is usually set at devour speed when it’s a compulsive read like this. This time I actually PACED myself. Why? Because if I didn’t, I knew I’d be reading this puppy again immediately. Its subtle awesomeness is that GOOD. She blew my mind. Clearly that’s exactly what she intended to do. Ms. Reisz, I’m afraid you have broken the rules.

    Rule #1: Do no harm.

    How? You know you’re curious…

    The characters are rich, multi-layered and conflicted. Nora is a woman with a lot to gain and plenty to lose. She’s strong yet not unyielding, complex and somehow manages to be relatable. She’s sex incarnate but still has moments of vulnerability that will have you questioning what you thought you knew about kink/BDSM and its place in your books or bedroom. More than once I found myself unable to review this book. Both as a reader and an author I kept thinking from the literary perspective of  DID she just DO THAT?  How on God’s Green Earth/Hell’s Half Acre (depending on your perspective) did Tiffany Reisz manage to accomplish all this in such a tidy package and leave me, the reader/reviewer, such a hot mess?

    I’ll tell you how. There is not an ounce of fat on this book. The plot of SIREN is super tight, the dialogue lean, snappy and seductive and the subplots and themes are so expertly interwoven into the main plot that it’s almost inscidious the way the bigger themes and repercussions of her male relationships worm their way into your thoughts when your e-reader/book is closed. I haven’t read anything this subversive since Fight Club. And we all know the rules about FC.

    First Rule of Fight ClubI’ve already broken rule #1.

    See what she makes you do?

    In THE SIREN, the alluringly sexy Nora Sutherlin has already made a name for herself in the publishing world as an erotic novelist. Being a bestselling author isn’t enough; Nora wants her work to be more widely read by the mainstream public and herself taken more seriously as a writer. Nora’s plan? Dominant in most aspects of her life, as an author she’ll now have to take a more submissive role to her editor. When she meets the man tasked with whipping her words into shape until her novel reaches perfection she’s more than a little intrigued.  You see, while Nora is famous for her novels, there’s still plenty she wishes to keep hidden. After all, she needs the heads of Royal House publishing and Zachary Easton in particular to take her seriously as a writer if he’s to edit her book and help her make the transition to respected author. But secrets between them have a way of continuously revealing themselves at the most inopportune moments further adding to the sizzling tension throughout this book. The dialogue particularly between Nora and Zach once the barriers start coming down is an absolute wicked delight:

    “Nora— Forgive me for copyediting, but it must be said—you have raped the semicolon yet again. Stop it. It wasn’t asking for it no matter how it was dressed. If you don’t know how to use punctuation then do away with it altogether, write like Faulkner and we’ll pretend it’s on purpose.”

    Bite me, Easton, Nora said to herself as she corrected her sexually compromised semicolon in chapter eighteen. Seriously, bite me.” 

    What did I tell you? Delayed gratification.

    Bestselling erotic writer Nora Sutherlin comes into british literary agent Zachary Easton’s life at a dark time in his personal and professional career. When his boss at Royal, a well respected NYC publishing house, tells Zach he must work with Nora before he can move on to his position at Royal West in LA, he immediately fears for his reputation and wants nothing to do with this “guttersnipe” writer and her wiley ways. Fortunately, Nora is far too clever to fall pray to his insults and is as delightfully immune to his sexy professor-like handsomeness as she is to his long suffering remoteness. Hence the many My Fair Lady comparisons across the web. Nora quickly tempts/convinces Zach to take her on as his writer on the condition that he sign her book contract at its completion, and only then if he truly believes it is up to his exceedingly high standards and will be a best seller based on the merit of her work and not because of her smexy writing reputation. The scene is a pure delight.

    While Zach continues to struggle with his enduring love and strangling guilt surrounding his estranged wife in England, he soon finds both Nora and her novel causing an undeniable raw attraction to unfold. Nora, in turn, finds herself torn over the honest feelings she must suppress around her virginal nineteen-year-old intern/personal assistant/Pre-Med student Wesley, and now Zach. But most troublesome of all are her deepest darkest emotions surrounding Søren, the love of her life, the man who introduced her to the world of BDSM and whose dominance and acceptance of her need to be both a dominant and submissive helped make Nora the woman she is now. The scenes between Nora and Søren…nothing I’m going to say here will do them justice or is worth any possible spoilery. I’ll just say that with a love like that you burn to know what was their undoing and then feel like a voyeur when you do.

    “There are only two reasons why you leave someone you’re still in love with – either it’s the right thing to do, or it’s the only thing to do.” 
    ―Tiffany Reisz, The Siren

    Quite simply, this book was un-put-down-able.

    And yet, I forced myself to do just that and take it in small measured sips. The most amazing feat of all is just how much THE SIREN challenged me as a reader to recognize and ponder the bigger themes threaded throughout this work and how I ended up SO focused on them rather than that actual sex acts themselves. Somehow it’s not the actual steamy, naughty descriptions of the several smexy scenes that caused the greatest amount of discomfort and reflection. For me, it was quite the opposite.

    This book left me gobsmacked. It is thrilling, brisk, shocking and while I have no practical knowledge of how it feels to live a BDSM lifestyle it all felt so tangible. Nora’s real world relationship woes blend seamlessly with glimpses of her BDSM encounters. Just as delightful are the snippets of Nora’s fictional smexy novel and her always deleted scenes that bear too strong a resemblance to her relationship with Søren to see the light of day.

    At times I was shocked, delighted, scandalized and in the end beyond satisfied. THE SIREN is a mature look into an emotional roller coaster that is Nora Sutherlin’s life and you will be taken in by what is revealed.

    If you have issues with the BDSM lifestyle and/or feel it is a kin to an illness or stems from a form of abuse then this series is NOT FOR YOU. No one is a victim in this scenario. The subtle beauty of this amazingly well crafted novel will be wasted if you feel otherwise.

    Be sure to read the book in its entirety and I recommend THE SIREN (The Original Sinners series) heartily, but only to those who are willing to delve into a more controversially complex and emotional tale of different types of love in all its incarnations.

    And for those of you who can’t get enough or want a sneak peek into some of Reisz’s other short stories with Harlequin Spice Briefs (avail. on B&N, Amazon and Harlequin) we’re sharing the love and at $2.50 what’s to feel guilty about? Heh.

    Seven Day Loan (Twelve Shades of Surrender series) (Nora before The Siren)

    A trained submissive, Eleanor will do whatever her master commands…even spend a week with a stranger. Daniel has been a recluse since his wife’s death, and Eleanor’s lover thinks spending time with her will be therapeutic—especially since Daniel is also a Dom.

    Despite her defiant streak, Eleanor can’t resist giving in to Daniel’s erotic demands. But while she’ll let him have her body, she’s determined to keep a guard around her heart. Even if Daniel wants to make Eleanor his permanently….

    Submit to Desire

    Charlotte Brand is tired of dull boyfriends and boring sex. Kingsley Edge, who owns clubs rumored to supply more than just cocktails, seems just the man to revive her: intense, sophisticated…and looking for a submissive he can train for an elite client.

    Charlotte is seduced by the offer…and by Kingsley himself. Soon they are engaged in a series of lessons that test her darkest desires. But when their training is over, will Charlotte be ready to let him go?

    Immersed in Pleasure

    The Manhattan Mermaids: Believed to be the most beautiful women in the city, they entertain wealthy, powerful men in an exclusive club called Fathoms…and are all virgins. Derek Prince doesn’t believe they really exist, until he meets the stunningly sensual Xenia. She drives him wild with desire, but giving in to temptation means losing her position at Fathoms. Derek is incredibly turned on by the thought of being Xenia’s first…but will he be willing to wait for her?

    Enjoy!

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