Book Review: The Siren by: Tiffany Reisz

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Mira

Publish Date: July 24, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.

Zach calls Nora a “guttersnipe writer” but she’s not your typical guttersnipe. Her personal life is as torrid as her prose and unbeknownst to Zach, her books aren’t her only source of income. Nora is determined to prove Zach wrong, to prove she’s a real writer worthy of his respect. But her good intentions are complicated by her volatile relationship with her virginal nineteen-year-old roommate Wesley and her inability to completely leave her dangerous former lover Søren in the past. Desperate to win Zach’s good opinion of her, Nora keeps her “other job” a secret from him fearing that if he finds out she’s the Underground’s most famous dominatrix he won’t be able to see her as anything other than a sex worker.

The clock is ticking. Nora has six weeks and five hundred pages to rewrite. Will she be able to keep her focus and prove she’s a professional writer? Or will she pick the business of pleasure over the business of writing? As the work on her book progresses, Zach and Nora forge a tenuous truce that turns into friendship and intense attraction. Still grieving his broken marriage, Zach is slow to trust Nora. When he discovers the secrets she’s been keeping from him, will Zach be able to forgive her and sign her contract? Or will he send her back to the gutter where he found her? 

Review: To call “The Siren” simply an erotica novel is to do a great injustice. It is the story of self-discovery and transformation, erotic and raw with emotion and vulnerability. I fell in love with this book as it held me breathless. Ms. Reisz has breathed life into gorgeously flawed characters who long only to love and be loved in return. There are so many ways to express love as long as they are in a safe, sane, and consensual manner. Nora Sutherlin is an erotica writer with a genuine tale to tell, not just “guttersnipe trash”. She’s gone with a new publishing house for this book and the editor she gets, Zach, is tough as nails – just as Nora likes it. “The Siren” grips your soul and you can feel a metamorphosis inside yourself as you experience life along with Nora. Please, please read this and fall under the spell of “The Siren”.

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