16 Aug '12

A Nix BDSM Review – The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (5 Stars)

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Nora Sutherland writes erotica that is so dirty her fan club have made her headline grabbing news. Each piece of work is so sinfully sexy that the latest releases are always anticipated with bated breath. For her latest work, Nora wants to do something big. She doesn’t want to tell the story of a fling or a one-night stand; this one is personal. To do something different, she needs guidance along the way and she wants nothing but the best. Enter Zach, editor extraordinaire and general hard-ass.

Zach doesn’t want to take on Nora as a client. He doesn’t want to edit what he assumes will be a tawdry bit of fluff. No, Zach sees his skills are somewhere above the level of the person that he assumes it will take to edit this manuscript. Unfortunately, Zach has little choice in the matter.

Upon meeting Nora, he quickly falls in lust. From the much younger man that answers her door to the aura that surrounds her, she is unlike anything that he has ever seen before, he agrees to edit the manuscript on one condition; she re-writes the manuscript from scratch and she does it to his standards.

Nora agrees, the novel more important to her for reasons that she is unable to discuss. But somewhere along the way Zach gets dragged into Nora’s world, the simmering sexuality that she exudes dragging him in the way that it does with everyone else. But this world isn’t like any he has ever seen before because Nora has two big secrets; she works a professional Dominatrix and she loves Soren, the Sadist that dishes out the pain she craves, but that she doesn’t think she is good enough for.

As Zach navigates Nora’s world, the emotional damage that she has becomes apparent to us as readers. Three men desire her, but she presses all the self-destruct buttons when it comes to them all. Young Wes, the man that she lives with, loves her with all that is pure, but he cannot accept what she is. He doesn’t understand Nora’s driving need for pain and tries to enforce an ultimatum to keep her bruise free. Zach wants her. He has his own baggage, but reading through the Nora’s sensual words and treading into her words sets his own desires free in a way he never anticipated. Then there is Soren, the man who took her as his submissive at the age of 15, the man  who hands out her beatings, the only man she has ever truly loved. All of men want her but they all want different versions of her.

Can she become the person that they want her to be?

This is not a romance. This is not a nice story. This is a story that will grab you by the metaphorical balls and torture you from start to finish. These people are all flawed; there is no perfect in Tiffany Reisz’s world. These people are cruel, selfish and utterly compelling; I finished this book in two hours and became the world’s most unsociable bastard whilst reading it.

This review is hard to write because this is book one in a series. This is a section of time in Nora’s story and there are constant twists and turns. It’s like being on rollercoaster; there are constant twists, turns and drops until you grind suddenly to a halt. There is so much I can say but so much I don’t want to say because I simply don’t want to spoil it. There are things that made me uncomfortable with this book, and I fucking HATED Soren, but overall I could not put it down.

Nora is one of the most damaged characters I have read in a while. She was difficult to like because as a complete character she had some awful traits; there were aspects I liked and aspects that I hated. I loved her with Zach; she was flirty, strong and completely supportive of his needs. I like that she didn’t whine when he tried to rewrite the book, rose to every single challenge he set her and still had time to set him a few challenges of her own. I knew this wasn’t to be our love story, but it was exciting to see what would happen next, to feel the sparks of attraction bouncing off the pages.

Nora with Wes was difficult to read. The Nora Wes wanted didn’t exist. Yes, there were flashes of her on the surface, but she was never truly there. It was difficult to read as I could see where it was heading, see the ending before it happened. It was going to end in tears. I didn’t know why or how but it was clear that at some point she was going to show him her true colors, prove to him that she couldn’t do what he asked because it was against her nature. I was shocked by the way their tale resolved but only by the method, not the overall outcome. It broke my heart.

Soren was the most difficult character for me to read as I didn’t like him. Soren was a man with a humongous secret that some of you may have an issue with….No, I’m not going to tell you what it is. Soren is a Sadist and Nora is his Masochist. He took her under his wing at 15 but made her wait until he felt she was ready to submit to what he wanted. I had no issue with this; it seemed completely sexist, but I already thought he was a complete tosser. Soren knew that the only woman for him was Nora. He didn’t play with anyone else, he didn’t want anyone else. This I respected. It was clear that, even though she claimed they were over, they weren’t as he had his own phone line. My problem wasn’t how he acted with her; my problem was with his methods. He was a Sadist. I’m fine with this, although it isn’t the most comfortable of subject matters. My problem was when he beat her, he literally beat her up. There was no control or art to it; she came out with bruises, cuts, split lips…. She looked like she had been mugged, not had a session with someone who reportedly loved her. I hated his lack of control, I hate that he marked her in such a haphazard way…I didn’t feel the love in his beatings. I suppose I was slightly uncomfortable with the way that she was OK with the punishment that she took (and it always felt like a punishment). She craved the beatings, craved the pain but I couldn’t help feel that it was because she felt that she deserved it. She wanted punishment and he wanted to punish her; it was a match made in twisted Heaven.

Love or hate the characters, you cannot deny the power in this story. The writing packs a punch, there are no half-truths and everyone is laid bare for you to pass judgment upon. The sex was out of this world (including the F/F scene which I adored!) but the S/M was hard to read for me. I both loved and hated Nora depending on who she was interacting with, but the depth of emotion I felt for all the characters can only be a compliment to the author. I will be picking up The Angel; I need to know where this tale leads and that is worth reading more about Soren for.       

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One Response to “A Nix BDSM Review – The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (5 Stars)”

  1. Enjoyed to post. I’m actually reading “The Siren” now. Just started & liking it so far. I see that there is “The Angel” after this, as well as, “The Prince”. I’ve already added those to my TBRs. Thanks for being part of this hop!
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