The Siren  - Tiffany Reisz
5+ STARS

A story about love, not a romance.
The kind of love that only comes out after dark.



The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz is, without a doubt, the best book I’ve read in this genre. To start this review, I can't think of a better way to explain how this book makes me feel, than with one my favorites songs:



Song to the Siren by Tim Buckley

noticed a common theme there?

For me, the song and this story match. Not only in their concept but they also coincide in the emotion evoked:

an alluring melancholy - beautiful, destructive, haunting.

I did all my best to smile
'til your singing eyes and fingers
Drew me loving to your isle


BDSM is not a subject that would compel me to read a book, I find it interesting - even more after reading this story - and, in this case, the author doesn't romanticize this subculture. I wasn’t hesitant about how intense it could possibly get (which it does,blood,sweat ropes, crops, handcuffs - extreme kinky fuckery), it's twisted and fucked up, it is brutal.



Also, despite the hype, I didn’t know that many details about the story beforehand (which is good, you should go into it blindfolded, so you won't find many details in this review either) but, you should know, that this is one of those stories that demand an open minded reader and high pain tolerance. It approaches very sensitive topics and it will definitely challenge your moral boundaries.

Having said that, my high expectations were more than exceeded. This story offers interesting and complex characters (ok, maybe this is an understatement)...

Nora the Woman, the Myth, the mistress/writer

"I’m no optimist, I’m just a realist who smiles too much."



Zachary, her editor



Wesley, Nora's 19-year-old virgin "intern" and my boyfriend, let me hold you! voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?


*sigh*

and the Man, the Myth - Søren,


Master of half of my GR friends :)

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You can expect plenty of dark, raw sexuality,debauchery without borders...




SEXEH



But, this story has substance, depth - it’s intriguing,extreme, unforgiving.



While I was expecting a great book (i trust my friends), I was not expecting for it to be so spellbinding, to evoke such deep emotions or for it to be so thought-provoking.



"Broken lovelorn on your rocks
For you sing "touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow."


Come back tomorrow...to a love that, even when you are aware of its destruction, of its violence, you still return to it?

I loved this book, the writing is fantastic, witty, humorous and the story is brave, emotional, smart, sensual, dark, unpredictable, disconcerting and dangerously addictive. It "shows, doesn't tell" and leaves you with many unanswered questions yet hopeful for all its possibilities.



Finally, if you’re curious, read this story and, like the song, allow the Siren to seduce you and let it enfold you.