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2 ½ stars. I want emotional connections. This is more about observing the odd.,
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This review is from: The Siren (The Original Sinners) (Kindle Edition)
THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz.
Nora was with Soren for 13 years. He tied her, beat her, and left bruises and blood during sex. She likes rough sex. She still loves him, but she left him 5 years ago. To support her herself, she became a Dominatrix at the local S&M club. She ties and beats clients. She has sex with female clients but not male clients.
Nora published several erotic novels. Now she wants to write a higher quality book and approached a new publisher. Zach is the "high quality editor" who has been assigned to edit and help her. Zach loves his wife Grace, but they are separated.
Wesley is a nineteen-year-old college student who lives with Nora. He cooks and runs errands for her in return for room and board. Once in a while Nora visits her ex-lover Soren and comes home with bruises. This upsets Wesley. He loves Nora and asks her not to see Soren.
This is erotic fiction, not romance. We don't see the development of any relationship that ends happily for Nora. The story begins after she left her lover Soren. It's about Nora's relationships with Zach and Wesley. One is a working relationship. The other is a confused loving friendship. Some time is spent with Nora writing her novel. There is one scene that shows Nora working as a Dominatrix.
The draw for some readers is Nora being a strong character. And BDSM can be appealing. But for me, I was not turned on by the BDSM because I did not feel the characters having intense emotional desire for the other. There were many sex scenes, but they were mostly bondage and pain, not sex or love. The few scenes between Nora and Soren disappointed me. They were told more than shown. For example (location 1514) "He'd beaten her so hard that night she'd nearly gagged on her own tears. And when he finally gave up on the pain, he'd untied her and let her collapse into his arms. His darkness spent, he laid her in his bed and made love to her so tenderly she'd cried again. In the past when they were still together, he'd talk to her while inside her. Sometimes he would articulate in shocking detail the intensity of his desire for her. Sometimes he would simply claim her, calling her his property, his possession." (The author does not show the "tenderly" actions. The author does not show the words he used to "articulate in shocking detail the intensity of his desire.") There were many other sex scenes, not all with Nora. But again, I didn't feel a character desiring another. Instead I watch humiliation, yes sir submission, and bloody, bruising beatings. Sex scenes include bondage, pain, rear door activity, self pleasuring, two women together, and two men with one woman.
I liked Wesley and Zach. My feelings for them were "get away from Nora and you'll be better off."
I didn't like Nora. I didn't feel sympathy. I didn't care what happened to her. She had no vulnerability (other than "yes sir" when she's with Soren). I suppose you could say her flaw is being messed up inside, but the why and how of that is not looked at. Zach comes into her life, a normal guy. He's separated but still in love with his wife. Nora teases and taunts him sexually. She intends to have sex with him, on her terms, in her way, f*** the wife. It's like "I'm going to expand your horizons by having sex with you."
After Nora has sex with Zach, she is portrayed as being wise and saving Zach's marriage. Her cure was having him unleash his wildness and bruise her during sex. He is now a changed man who sees his wife differently and returns to her. Personally I didn't want to give Nora this much credit. Ok, maybe give her a little. I was just glad to see Zach get away from Nora.
I'm not sure what was going on with the way Nora treated Wesley. He is a virgin. He hopes to have sex someday, in a meaningful way, with a woman he loves. He loves Nora. She lets him see her naked. She comes to his bed to sleep with him - cuddling, no sex. She lets him undress her and give her a bath. Why does she tempt him in all these ways? He's young and he works for her. I felt sorry for him. Nora can never be with Wesley because she is physically incapable of vanilla sex (according to her thoughts).
This book will shock and push buttons. Nora has sex with fifteen-year-old Michael. She did not know his age at the time. He had problems. Nora does a charitable service and "cures" him by inflicting pain while she has sex with him. He's now healthier, happier, and grateful. Soren is a Jesuit Priest who had a sexual relationship with Nora for many years while he continued as a priest.
Kindle count story length: 8451 (642 KB). Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex and/or bondage pain scenes: about 20. Setting: current day New York City, NY. Copyright: 2012. Genre: erotic fiction.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2012 3:44:40 PM PDT
E. Jensen says:
I respect your opinion, but you really flooded this review with tons of spoilers and "shockers" in the book that people who haven't read the book shouldn't know. The incident with Michael--who Soren really is in day-to-day life--these are all things you listed as non-spoilers but they're huge spoilers as you read. I happened to enjoy this book a lot (and you have every right not to share that view), but I'm glad I finished the book BEFORE reading your review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 3:47:38 AM PDT
Thank you for your suggestion. It's a good one. I changed the review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 8:17:17 PM PDT
D. B. says:
I disagree. Some people actually want to know what happens in the story, the better to decide if they want to read it or not. That's why I read reviews - to find out what the story is about. A whole bunch of vague gushing or bashing about the author's skill with character or prose or whatever doesn't tell me anything that I want to know.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012 8:04:20 AM PDT
E. Jensen says:
I understand what you're saying; however, what's the point of reading the book if you know all the surprises the author has set up? I understand you take a risk when reading non-editorial reviews (and I certainly agree that knowing a few things about the characters and plot are necessary to make a decent review), but when the "shockers' in the book are revealed in the reviews, it ruins all elements of surprise, dampening the book. After all, you can know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father before seeing "The Empire Strikes Back" and still enjoy it, but wouldn't it be better for that surprise to hit you as you reach that moment in the movie? Review, yes--leave the "shocker" moments out of it.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 6:14:22 AM PDT
I didn't see your comment until just now. Thanks for your thoughts. D.B.
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