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When the Siren Calls [Kindle Edition]

Tom Barry
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Book Description

A story of seduction, deception and betrayal...

When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat by the suave and streetwise Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries.

But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself is left. As her life falls apart, she is torn between the consequences of infidelity, her love for Jay, and fear that he will be her nemesis. For both Isobel and Jay, the excesses and confusions of an uncertain and largely amoral age are about to be brought home to roost, right in the heart of their lives.

Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, When the Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. The novel will appeal to adult readers of romantic suspense and to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Editorial Reviews


'A pacy, racy romance novel that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene' -- Tom Fletcher The Leaping 'I thoroughly enjoyed the way the strands come together as the novel pushes towards climax. "[The sex scenes in When the Siren Calls] are vital, pacy, and never gross or uncomfortable - as the annual Bad Sex Awards shows, this is rare in fiction.' -- Matthew Branton The Love Parade 'Wow - Lady Chatterley meets Christian Grey.' -- Stephanie J Hale Millionaire Women, Millionaire You

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780883102
  • Publisher: Matador (September 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isobel's Sorrow December 8, 2012
By Figbee
Format:Kindle Edition
"When the Siren Calls" is not my normal genre of books. However, I was immediately struck by the depth of Tom Barry's word pictures. He also has an exceptional ability to show how a desperate woman launches into destructive behavior to find someone in her life that loves her.

Isobel is a wowan bereft of love in her marriage. She rushes headlong into a pathway that leaves her emotionally distraught and wanting further escapades to ease her personal emptiness. So much of his book is real life- so many women follow in Isobel's footsteps and end up longing for greener pastures. They so often do not find them, but fall into a maze of broken hearts and hopeless futures.

Tom Barry's Isobel is a woman of personal sorrow who acts out her desperation. He has done a masterful job of capturing the woman's plight. I recommend this book- the sex is not gross or disgusting, but done with a modicum of tact though explicit. Nice job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was gripped by this book! November 22, 2012
By Skyfox
A truly gripping read, this novel pits naive innocent Isobel at the mercy of womanizing executive Jay, who will stop at nothing to achieve success in the money-driven business world. Or will he? Has Isobel changed his outlook? Or in wooing her is he simply exploiting her for her and her husband's money?

Set in the magnificent settings of Marrakech, London and Tuscany, the novel explores both the corruption of the business world and whether love can conquer all.

Fast-paced and edgy, it really was a book i could not put down. A fantastic read. My main criticism of the book is that it that it seems to suggest infidelity is acceptable, at least in the amoral world of the wealthy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything January 9, 2013
Just received this book via and got to reading it immediately. I got so deeply involved it only took me a few hours to finish the entire novel. I do not believe I have ever read a book so quickly. I am not a real big fan of love or lust novels but this was different there were so many different things going on I could not put the book down. The main characters in the story keep you captivated wandering what they will do next, what it will take to push them to a level they never thought they could go. These characters within this book could so easily be real it makes you wonder how many people there are out there just like them and have they ever had to make these types of decisions. The author has found a way to take his readers into the lives of several couples without compromising the story and joining them together so well that it keeps you wanting to read more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Isobel is saved from a tricky situation in Marakesh's souk by Jay Brooke. He is smooth-talking and handsome, and happens to stay in the same hotel where Isobel and her husband are staying.

From the get-go, we have a strong feeling that Isobel is not happy in her marriage. Or perhaps she is simply bored? Her husband, Peter, is all about his work, and what she wants is romance. To quote: "...a night of dining under the stars with music, dancing, and horse riding across desert dunes..." Fifteen year of marriage to a workaholic just might do that to a woman, that's understandable. Jay is a businessman, just like Peter, but he is more adventurous, a different type of person who can, perhaps, give her what she wants.

This is the beginning of the story of Isobel's journey that would lead her into a romance and deception, punctuated with a lot of steamy encounters, and ending with her seeing that the life of lies she's created is closing in around her.

However, the way I read it, the book is not just about Isobel's ill-conceived idea of eroticism. There are plenty of characters in this novel who play pivotal roles as well - Peter and Jay and also Andy represent the male side; Isoble, Maria, Gina, Lucy, and Rusty stand for the women's team. The storyline becomes a complex game between the characters playing for the stakes of pleasure and dominance (not that kind, get your minds out of the gutter, people.)

The only problem I see here is that there's really no problem - nothing to solve, nothing of importance to achieve, nothing to overcome. There is Isobel, of course, who needs some excitement but it hardly qualifies in my opinion; twists, and turns, and the problems that arise throughout the story do, however, keep the narrative going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of surprises November 22, 2012
Isobel is suffocating in her sham marriage to golem Peter when she meets the golden Jay in Marrakech. Cometh the hour cometh the man, and Jay is the man. He rescues Isobel first from physical danger when she's being mauled in the souk and then from slow desiccation in the desert of her marriage. But is he her saviour or her nemesis? I won't spoil it for you, but this is a book that is full of surprises, and keeps you guessing. The ending is an a satisfying one, but it's also an obvious set up for the next book in the trilogy. I can't wait. But if you have a problem with sex and infidelity, give this a miss, as there are lashings of it. But unlike mummy porn, there's a hell of a lot going on in between the sex scenes (as well as in between the sheets.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When the Siren Calls was a gripping, and interesting book full of vivid and colorful characters that had me from the start. I was totally hooked from the first few pages. It is smart, humorous, and full of twists the type of book that keeps you glued to the story to the very last page. I can honestly say a book has never caught my interest this much till I picked up When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry. It was really a true delight to read Barry and I look forward to read more of this gifted authors work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a siren call, more a shriek!
The 2 stars goes for the only thing that is real good in this book, its cover: beautiful, tasteful and fascinating. Compelling even. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mariana Oliveira
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.

The prose is quite lovely, but at times it got a little too dry/dense/verbose even for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tiana Dalichov
1.0 out of 5 stars I gave it a try but
I couldn't finish. I got to approximately page 100 and threw in the towel. I never stop reading mid book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Raymond
3.0 out of 5 stars Flat Read
When the Siren Calls is about lonely and neglected wife that starts an affair with a married man. Personally the erotic portions of this book fell flat and forced driven by the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars a struggle from start to finish
I've always tried to find some redeeming value in books. Even bad ones. This is one of those books where the redeeming value is hard to find. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thea G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting! Not the author's fault- I just didn't like it! Meh - I was wanting more action and less affair! But it was very we'll written.
Published 9 months ago by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Wow... just wow. I really loved this book. The sexual tension along with the storyline was amazing and this is the type of book that I can not put down without reccommending it to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Shuga
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed..
This book is seriously confusing. I am trying to find a plot for this book, but there wasn't much. I got this book because the cover and the summary are so interesting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nikkini
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Siren Calls Tom Barry
I liked the book, more for adults. I did like the intrigue in the book, I am waiting for the sequel to come out.
Published 13 months ago by Joy Deeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and passionate
Intense with sexual tension and suspense that leaves you salivating and lusting for more. A book that brings to mind the saying, "if you don't take care of it, someone else... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marcia Shury
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About T.J. Barry

When the pen is your sword

A published writer at University, TJ Barry spent 20 years in management consultancy with Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC, advising the Boards of leading global brands such as Apple, Disney, Toyota and Vodafone. Tj's career prompted a specific interest in the art of persuasive communication. TJ is passionate about nurturing young talent and has supported a number of UK and overseas schools, including the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy. When the Siren Calls, is set in Tuscany and is both a sensual emotional drama and a page turning thriller.

Five things about me...

- one of eight kids, lifestory is the classic immigrant tale of seeking to live up to parental expectations, while working to mark out your own trail.
- I have aspects of an obsessive personality, establishing a work-life balance was a major challenge
- I gave up on my business career in my mid-forties, I just didn't tell my boss! Find something you enjoy doing, and you'll never work another day.
- I tell my kids education is the best gift I can give them, it's no weight to carry and no-one can take it off you.
- I believe almost everyone has an agenda; explore perspectives outside the mainstream, and beware suppliers bearing gifts.

From consultant to author

You become a writer because you think you've got something to say worth listening to. I chose to be a novelist because I want to entertain my readers, not preach to them. The challenge is to transport readers to times, places and events where they can lose themselves in stories about heroes they can identify with, who triumph against the odds and who change and grow in the process; but most of all readers want to enjoy the ride. "Back in my consulting days, it was a great buzz to work for household name companies and to meet industry icons like Bill Gates. Not many careers offer that opportunity to you when you are in your twenties and thirties. But like your first born, few things beat the thrill of holding your debut novel in your hand."

When the Siren Calls

TJ's first novel, "When the Siren Calls", is Book One in the Siren Calls trilogy. It is the story of two driven characters -Isobel and Jay - and their passionate and cathartic affair. Isobel's struggle is to live a life true to herself, not the one others expect. It pits the naive against the machiavellian, and asks searching questions about what life and money can do to love.

You don't start a novel with messages in mind, they just surface from the writing process. Established authors like Tom Fletcher, Alana Siegel and Matthew Branton, who read earlier drafts, tell me some of the talking points the story raised for them was :

- when a woman with high ideals falls in love with a man with low morals, she better watch out
- wealth and boredom can lead to a search for the exotic and a descent into decadence
- can infidelity be justified? Is it better to leave a devoted husband or waste a life?
- you reap what you sow. (Your sins will find you out.)
- dreams of living and retiring overseas often turn into nightmares, beware the siren call of the expat life and a home in the sun

TJ is married with three kids and lives in London and San Diego.

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