I loved this book.
Tiffany has written a story that tears open the lives of her characters letting us see the very heart of them. These characters are troubled, caring, strong, mouthy, sexy, intimidating, powerful, tender, and passionate.
introduces us to Nora Sutherlin who writes about and lives in the world of kink. At 33, she's a best-selling erotica author and the most in-demand Dominatrix in New York. She is in negotiations with Royal House Publishing to publish her latest book. Chief Managing Editor, J.P. Bonner wants his best editor, Zachary Easton, nicknamed The London Fog for his “dour demeanor”, to handle her. Zach, prepping for a transfer to the L.A. branch, finally gives in to his boss and friend even though he believes "she's a guttersnipe writer at best."
He thinks "her mind's in the gutter, her books are in the gutter. [He] wouldn't be surprised if her last publishing house kept its offices in the gutter."
He reluctantly gives in under the condition that during his final six weeks with the company, she works with him on the rewrites and he has final word on whether or not it gets published. Nora’s writing impresses him and they work very well together. As they get closer to the finish line, Nora begins to share more about her life, outside of writing, with Zach. There is a mutual attraction there, but he’s already told Nora there will be no fucking until the book is finished. Of course, this just proves to be another motivator for her to meet his deadline. She also really
wants to prove to herself that she is worthy of a contract with this company.
However, as drawn to Nora as he is, Zach has his own secret struggle. For too long he's been torturing himself with the belief that he has lost his wife, Grace. He thinks of her every night and his fantasies about Nora only prove to add to his guilt. Is his guilt deserved? Will Nora help him or will he help her or will they help each other?
The secrets each of these characters keep are slowly revealed to the reader. Several of those secrets can be predicted, while others are the shock-and-awe type, while still others are yet to be revealed. As the layers begin to peel away and we begin to see more of who they truly are (or were), we can’t help but become more and more invested in their happiness
. However, as Nora explains to Zach, ”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.”
This belief and the story her novel is telling cue readers in on the fact that this may not be a happy ending for everyone. (view spoiler)[I do not want to believe that Nora’s true happiness lies with Søren. I don’t think she believes that either. They obviously love each other, but I think their relationship is an example of when leaving was the best AND only thing to do. Nora made the right decision leaving him, in my opinion, and I was devastated when she put his collar back on and returned to his
”When Søren touched her she became his. When Wesley touched her, she became herself.”
Nora's discussion with Wes after forgetting their date absolutely broke my heart into tiny, little pieces.
"Are you mad at me?" she asked in a small voice.
"I want to be. I ought to be." He shook his head. "No, I'm not made at you. Just myself."
She nodded and met his eyes.
"Are you sad at me?"
He released a cold, empty laugh.
"Yeah, I'm sad at you." She could tell he was trying not to cry. She tried, too.
Even more shattering were his later comments, which so closely mirrored the story of Nora's characters.
Wesley took a deep breath. "I'll try. I'll try to be what you need me to me. I know I'm not like you, but I can try. It's worth it if I can be with you." (hide spoiler)]Tiffany's writing brings every scene and each character to life.
"But it wouldn't be you with me. It would be some version of you that was trying to be what I wanted. I won't let you sacrifice who you are to be with me."
Nora is strong, yet vulnerable. Zach is charming, yet tortured (albeit self-induced). Kingsley and Griffin are intriguing. Søren is impressive, yet terrifying. And, Wes, he just may be the strongest of them all. He is affectionate, a tad bit timid, and absolutely adorable.
This book shocked me and not because of the BDSM thread. No, what shocked me was just how attached I became to these characters. I fell in love with Nora’s contagious spirit and her straight-shooting personality. "She flirts, she teases, she confesses everything but reveals nothing."
The men in Nora’s life are all very intriguing, attractive, and strong. Each and every one of them had a touching, sometimes heart-breaking story to tell and I couldn't wait to hear every bit. And, now that THE SIREN is over, I'm beyond anxious for books 2 The Angel
& 3 The Prince
, which are both due out this year, thankfully. THE SIREN will wreck you, haunt you and leave you wanting more.