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The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
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it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended-2-me, no-para-elements, author-웃, year-read-2012, favorites-2012, series-book1, my-re-reads, series-ended, series-completed, series-i-love
Read from December 20 to 26, 2012

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.

The Siren 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.

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Tiffany's writing brings every scene and each character to life. 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.
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Quotes Steph Liked

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“Kid, Søren could eat you for breakfast and not even need to chew. Don’t ever fuck with a sadist, Wesley. For Søren, torture’s just foreplay.”
“Why did you stay with him?” he’d whispered.
Nora had grinned at him, and she saw a new fear in Wesley’s sweet brown eyes.
“I like foreplay.”
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“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.”
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“Nothing. I wanted to hit him but hitting a masochist is pretty pointless. Wesley?” She finally looked him full in his face. For a moment his brown eyes turned silver and she saw Michael’s face floating in front of her. “What if I’m a bad person, too?”

“You’re not a bad person. If you were a bad person you wouldn’t be sitting fully dressed in a bathtub with no water in it because you’re terrified you might be a bad person. The devil doesn’t worry about going to hell.”

“Only because he’s already there.”
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“Tell me something boss. What do you think is the highest form of art?

'Literature," he answered without hesitation. 'Painters and sculptors require elaborate supplies and tools. Dancers must have music. Musicians must have instruments. Literature needs nothing but a voice to speak it or sand to scrawl it in.”
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“I know you want to fuck me. And I know you wish you didn’t. So how about we compromise and you can sit here and say, ‘No, Nora,’ ‘Don’t, Nora,’ ‘Stop, Nora,’ and I’ll ignore all those protests and slide right down on your cock anyway? And I’ll do it because no and don’t and stop aren’t your safe word. So you can finally get fucked and still sleep like a baby in your big lonely bed tonight feeling all clean and shiny and virginal because, after all, you did say ‘no’ and that awful Nora Sutherlin just wouldn’t listen.”
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“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.”
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tags: love

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“Hurt but do not harm?” Zach asked. “What’s the difference?”

“Hurt is a bruise on the outside.” Nora sipped her mineral water delicately. “Harm is a bruise on the inside. If you’re a masochist, pain feels like love to you. Not being hurt is what hurts.”
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“Zach, this isn't a game, you know. I don't just write it. I live it. I'm a Domme, a female Dominant. There aren't a lot of us around. Most Dominants are men. Technically I'm Switch since I can top and bottom, but if I show up on your doorstep, get ready to say ouch. I'm not good at it - I'm amazing at it. So good at it that I'm as famous down here for my skills with a whip as I am in the straight world for my skills with a pen.”
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“Rule #1: Hurt, but do not harm.”
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“The same wind that blows us off course can turn and carry us home.”
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“Words are the thread in the fabric of the universe.”
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tags: words

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“Watch out. Bras are often booby-trapped.”
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“God, I love a man with a big vocabulary.”
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Reading Progress

06/07/2012
2.0% "“It’s not pornography.” J.P. peered at Zach over the top of his glasses. “It’s erotica. Very good erotica.”"
06/16/2012
14.0% "“K-dar,” Nora said and tapped the side of her nose. “Kinksters can smell it on each other.""
06/18/2012
43.0% "“God, I love a man with a big vocabulary.”" 4 comments
06/18/2012 page 45
11.0% "“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.”" 2 comments
06/18/2012
50.0% ""My God,” Zach breathed. //“No need for that. You can just call me ‘ma’am.’”"
06/19/2012
52.0% "Wow, I didn't see that coming."
06/19/2012
64.0% "“If I get a ticket in an Aston Martin, I plan to frame it and put it on my desk.”"
06/19/2012
77.0% "The devil doesn’t worry about going to hell."
06/19/2012
77.0% "“Watch out. Bras are often booby-trapped.""
06/19/2012
81.0% "Words are the thread in the fabric of the universe."
06/19/2012
96.0% "The same wind that blows us off course can turn and carry us home."
06/19/2012
100.0% "Holy shit. I'm a weepy mess. RTC" 4 comments
12/20/2012
5.0% "{Buddy re-read w/AH}"
12/26/2012
100.0% "Funny how things look different from this perspective (re-read). Such great characters. On to The Angel."
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message 1: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Great review, Steph. You nailed it. (I'm now reading Wes' story. So cute!)


Vivian Reading that review totally sucked me in. It's been added to the pile :)


message 3: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH It's really good - and intense.


Steph Wow, thanks, ladies! I struggled with this review, as I do with any book that strongly affects me. Intense is the perfect word for this book. I hope you like it, Vivian.

That one was really cute, AH. I loved seeing the interactions between him and his college mates. He's adorable!


Steph If you're a bit unsure about the book, the author has posted Ch1-3 on her website. Give it a read: http://tiffanyreisz.com/storytime/wp-...


Vivian Thanks for the link! I'll give it a try :)


Steph Cool! Lemme know what you think of it.


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