It's not often that a book comes along that completely and totally blows me away. During an 8 hour road trip to Lori Foster's Reader Author Get TogethIt's not often that a book comes along that completely and totally blows me away. During an 8 hour road trip to Lori Foster's Reader Author Get Together, Mandi of Smexy Books and Bells of Hanging with Bells, told me that I have to read The Siren. The entire weekend they were telling me and others that we have to read this book! I already had the book on my K-Fire but wasn't in any hurry to read it. On our way home, I decided to start reading The Siren, thinking I'll read a couple of chapters to make the drive go by quicker. I read half the book in the van. Got home, was tired as hell, but continued reading The Siren. And then the next day, went to work and watched the clock until it was lunch time so that I could finish it. All I have to say is - Oh. My. God.
I don't know how to review this book. It's not a romance. There's no HEA (yet). And if there is an HEA, I don't think it will be your typical romantic ending. Let's start at the beginning. Nora is a writer. Zach Easton is given the task of editing her latest book. Zach's a book snob. He thinks Nora's books are guttersnipe trash and he doesn't take the editing job seriously. He refuses at first until he starts reading her manuscript. What he sees is great potential. Once Zach and Nora start working together, their attraction grows. But Zach isn't ready for a relationship. His wife left him and he is nursing a broken heart.
Nora is not only a writer but she's a Dominatrix as well. She makes great money and she is the Dominatrix. Nora is also living with a 19 year old college student who's also her intern. Nora is also 4 years removed from a D/s relationship with her former Dom, Soren.
Soren, what can I say about him? When I first started reading about him in The Siren, I gave him the name The Boogeyman. He is a huge shadowy presence in Nora's life and for me, he is scary. We learn about Nora and Soren's relationship through her telling and her writing. The D/s relationship is violent and brutal and arousing. The injuries that she endures in the name of love is too much for me to handle. Some scenes made me uncomfortable. Some made me flinch. There are many things about their relationship that made me uncomfortable besides the D/s aspect. And yet I continued reading.
I immediately fell in love with Nora's intern, Wesley. He's a Southern Christian boy who is saving his virginity for the Ms. Right. Nora is attracted to him but tries very hard to not cross that line. As much as she loves having Wesley in her life and as attracted as she is to him, she doesn't want to harm him. And being with Nora could seriously harm Wesley. Despite the 14 year age difference, I think Wesley and Nora's relationship is the most stable and normal relationship in Nora's life. But Wesley is too vanilla, too innocent and Nora doesn't do either one. Wes and Nora had some of the best and most emotional scenes in this book.
The Siren is a book that evoked so many emotions while I read it. It definitely made me uncomfortable, icky, frustrated and sad. This book owned me. I could not put it down. And once I finished, I couldn't stop thinking about it. The Siren is so well written and I was so invested in all the characters, even The Boogeyman.
When the book ended, I cried. Wes and Nora broke my heart; it was gut-wrenching reading what they were going through. Also, some of my tears were due to fear. I feared for Nora's safety because I'm not sure the decision she made at the end was the best one. But the author, Tiffany Reisz, says to trust her so I'm going to.
I can't recommend The Siren enough. Like the opening line of Nora's book "The Consolation Prize" states, This is not a romance novel. What it is is a heart-wrenching story that will have you thinking about it long after you've read the last page.
I've been seeing nothing but rave reviews for this book since its release date. I've only read one other "dragon" book so I was a little hesitant to rI've been seeing nothing but rave reviews for this book since its release date. I've only read one other "dragon" book so I was a little hesitant to read this one. But I trust my peeps and I knew they wouldn't steer me wrong. Pia is half-human, half-wyr. She is blackmailed by her skeezy ex-boyfriend to steal from Dragos', head of the Wry demesnes, hoard. Dragos is an ancient dragon shape-shifter. He is very powerful and no one dares to cross him. Pia is on the run for her life after stealing from the ancient dragon. She seeks refuge with the help of her employer, Quentin, but she doesn't stay hidden for long. Dragos manages to locate her and demands revenge. Only when he comes face-to-face with Pia, exacting his punishment is no longer his top priority.
*takes deep breath* I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! OMG! It lived up to the hype like you wouldn't believe! Every character in Dragon Bound was awesome! Thea Harrison knows how to write smart, funny and engaging characters. After just one scene with Pia, I was panting after Quentin. I hope we get to see more of him in future books. But I digress. The entire time I was reading Dragon Bound, I couldn't contain my excitement. Dragos is one of the best PNR heroes that I've read in a long time. We all have our favorites (Bones, Raphael, Barrons) and Dragos ranks right up there with them. He is intense, powerful, demanding. He is so old that he doesn't understand the modern world when it comes to niceties and emotions. In that aspect he reminds me of Raphael from Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. He barks orders and expects them to be followed - without question. I loved how Pia taught him that saying "please" goes a long way. Dragos had a hard time adding that tiny six letter word at the end of his requests. And his struggle with it was endearing and funny.
Dragos and Pia are a perfect match. Once she realizes that Dragos won't be killing her - yet - she's not afraid to put him in his place. I love her sense of humor and sarcasm. Pia is a strong heroine. She's not afraid to speak up and not let Dragos run her life without having any say. The attraction between them is intense. As they soon discover, there's something bigger brewing and that Pia being sent to steal from Dragos is about more than just her ex-boyfriend covering his gambling debts. There's a big bad out there who is after Dragos - The Dark Fae King. Dragos is no longer a threat to Pia; he's now her protector. He realizes that she is his and that it is his job to keep her safe.
"I don't know." That fierce, proud face was puzzled. "All I know is you're mine to keep and protect. You can't fade away, and you can't die. I won't let you."
OMG is he fantastic or what? I can even forgive him for his dislike of Twizzlers, my favorite candy. Dragos is surrounded by great characters that work for him at Cuelebre Enterprises. Rune is his "First" but my favorite is Graydon. He is funny, sexy and was a great friend to Pia when Pia was trying to come to terms with how quicky her life was changing. I loved that Graydon calls Pia "cupcake." I am a sucker for cute nicknames.
Dragon Bound was a fantastic read. It has all the elements that make it a perfect PNR; sexy hero, world building, great side characters, strong heroine and a great romance. Dragon Bound is *heavy* on the romance and I love that! Great pace, wonderful storyline, fantastic dialog and some sexy that made you quiver, Dragon Bound had it all. I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't read fast enough but I didn't want it to end. As the book got closer to the end, I loved it even more. All I can say is, I am a sucker for those type of endings. I'm not going to say or hint at what it was cause it would be a big a-- spoiler and that's not how I roll. LOL!
I can't wait to continue with this fresh, fantastic new series. If you haven't read Dragon Bound you are truly missing out. I can honestly say it is one of my favorite reads of the year.
Another favorite quote: "That's my long, scaly reptilian tail. And it's bigger than anyone else's."
Favorite sexy quote: "I'm going to eat you until you scream."
Book 2 - Storm's Heart - will be released on August 2nd, 2011. I can't wait!