Updated: Jan 22, 2021
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by Mira
Book #1 in The Original Sinners Series
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last.
But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book... if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.
Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining... and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him... or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Erotica Exciting
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz is the first book in the Original Sinners: The Red Years Series, and is centered on two characters that are both struggling after leaving the people they love more than anyone, Nora Sutherlin, a popular erotica author and famous Dominatrix, and Zachary Easton, an editor at a well-respected publisher called Royal.
Let me start off my saying, this is not a romance. It's not even strictly erotica. While there is a lot of sex, with different people, it's not overly filthy, or even that descriptive, compared to other books I have read. There is love there. Many different kinds of love. But there is no romance whatsoever. Tiffany Reisz does an amazing job interweaving all these different relationships, all with different levels of love and respect, into a very compelling book, that despite it's genre, doesn't focus on the sex, but on the many complicated emotions these characters experience on each other, sex, and BDSM. It's one of the most unique books I have read in the genre, the story flows beautifully between Nora and Zach's stories, and I found myself fully engaged from beginning to end.
That doesn't mean it's perfect. It's not meant to be, after all. Just like in real life, these characters have many layers, and are complicated. Take Nora for instance. She has this weird, soulmates type love with Søren, but she left him, because she wanted a more loving relationship with him, and in a way, to keep him from losing his position. But the way she talks about him is almost worship, which made it hard for me to like her in those moments. Her moments with Zach, I enjoyed her, as she was being open with her attraction to him, but also pursuing her desire to be a better writer. When she was with Wes, I really liked her, but at the same time, hated her for what she was doing to him. Zach was an interesting read. His inner demons, guilt, and heartbreak made me ache for him. I really enjoyed how Nora made him open himself up in their time working together and how she helped him in the end. Wesley's character is just all kinds of sweet, and I couldn't help but fall for him. Out of all the characters, he was my favorite. I don't understand the allure of Søren, to be honest. Is it his position? The forbidden aspect of it? I hope it's explained in later books.