The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz
“Just because you want something doesn’t mean you should have it.”
Ok this might be one of the most difficult reviews for me to write. I was very hesitant to read this book because of the hype. I am not a fan of BDSM, and I didn’t want to dislike this story when everyone else loved it.
I was an idiot.
To put it simply, this book is WONDERFUL. MARVELOUS. SUPERB. GLORIOUS. SUBLIME.
***Note: I will say, that I’m glad I waited because the series is now complete and I don’t have to wait for any of the books to be released.
The Siren is about Nora, the erotica writer, and her relationships with three different men.
“Her life is her most torrid story.”
Nora is in the midst of writing her current novel and seeks out Zach Easton to be her editor. After much reluctance, Zach agrees and the two embark on a journey that could possibly change the course of both of their lives.
The things I loved about this book:
-Nora. Nora, Nora, Nora. She is quite possibly the best part of this story. Her positive and humorous outlook on life, despite its past hardships and struggles, make her a heroine I’d like to be friends with.
-Wesley. Rachel =Team Wesley. I am all about the underdog and believe me that was Wesley in this book. His devotion to Nora was incredible.
“I can’t win you without selling who I am to afford you.”
“And I can’t win you without selling my soul, right?”
What I liked about the book:
-The relationship between Nora and Søren post break-up (not the flashbacks). I felt the majority of the character development happened between these two characters. I will never, ever be Team Søren because I don’t approve of the SM, but the scenes between the two of them were beautifully written.
“What was your mistake? Not fucking me sooner?”
“It was my mistake thinking we had all the time in the world.”
“If I were omnipotent you would still be with me, little one. I didn’t have the strength to stop you from leaving.”
What I didn’t like:
-Zach. I feel like he brought nothing to the story. I mean obviously he did, but personally I got really sick of his whining by the end of the book.
“He had nothing anymore. And nothing was very easy to pack.”
-The SM. I have NEVER enjoyed a SM aspect of a story. My personal taste, and I know other people have different opinions, but hitting, beating, hurting someone does not in any way say you love them. To me, it’s the opposite, and it displays a complete lack of respect. Some of the BDSM books have the best plots and angst which is why I continue to read them (such as Sylvia Day and other authors), but overall I am choosing to basically overlook that in these books and to continue to focus on the characters, plots and writing, the three things I loved about this book.
The Siren is one of the most interesting and well written “romance” novels I have read in a long time. The author has a fantastic writing style that keeps the reader’s attention on the book, even when not much is happening. It’s compelling and original, and everything the genre needed to refresh itself.
“A love story is not the same as a romance novel. A romance novel is the story of two people falling in love against their will. This is a story of two people who leave each other against their will. It starts to end the minute they meet.”