Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Book Review: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

“I know people think erotica is just a romance novel with rougher sex. It's not. If it's a sub-genre of anything, it's horror.

Horror? Really?

Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear.”

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Format: eBook via Netgalley
Publisher: Harlequin

The problem with this book is that it's well written. Ms. Reisz has created a multifaceted like-able character in Nora. Like me, she can be snarky and sarcastic, but also be soft as a marshmallow. For her public persona she always wears red, but at home she's usually in PJs, so far I am in!
Unlike a traditional Romance there is not one clear "Hero", in The Siren there are three potential men (and one boy, but I'm staying away from that.) This is not a Romance Novel.
Bachelor #1 is her former Dom (Dominant) Soren. He too has conflicting public and private personas.
Bachelor #2 is her new editor Zachary. He is separated from his wife and initially not interested in being Nora's editor.
Bachelor #3 is Wesley. He lives with Nora. I think of him as Nora's moral compass, her heart. He's also younger and a virgin. He was my favorite.

Each man is right and wrong for her on many levels.

Just like this book was right and wrong for me on so many levels.
I enjoyed most of the characters, I enjoyed the witty, snarky, funny banter. I enjoyed Ms. Reisz writing. The book was not dripping with sex on every page, but Nora does get quite a lot of action.

This is the first BDSM Erotica I have read, it differs greatly from the Erotica Novellas I have read before. As I mentioned, it was well written, Ms. Reisz has a gift with words. She has crafted a story and created characters that anyone could become obsessed with. Unfortunately, to use the words of our main character, Nora, I'm just too vanilla. I was uncomfortable with much of the BDSM scenes and stories included, sure anyone with a healthy sex life is up for a little adventure, but it was too much for me.

Every other review I have read sings the praises of this book, and it's true, Ms. Reisz has talent, she's brilliant, and an expert in her field. I would love to read more about Nora and hope that eventually she'll ride Wesley into the sunset, but if I'm going to make it though the strong subject matter I am going to need a blankie, a therapist on speed dial and a really really good Safe Word.

The Siren is available for purchase on amazon.com, and later this month on amazon.ca as well as other book retailers.


  1. Hi Morgan,

    For your first review, this is very well written--thanks for sharing with us why you liked the book, as well as telling a little bit about the book. I'm no expert myself, but to me? This was a great review, first one or otherwise. I hope you continue to do so! :)

    I haven't read Tiffany's book yet, but it is on my list---I've heard nothing but high praise for it, and I love her wit, sarcasm, and just plain craziness on Twitter and her blog. :) I will be moving this one up my wish list even more; the more great reviews I hear, the higher it goes.

    Perhaps this will be the one book I'll buy even though I'm currently on a 'no-buying' break. That TBR mountain is about to tumble, you know!

    TBQ's Book Palace

    1. Thank you! The book is not for the faint of heart, but it is very well done. She is hilarious on Twitter!
      My TBR mountain has been declared an avalanche so I know what you mean!