The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.
As we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation…
So I’ve finally had some time to digest my initial thoughts on this beautifully erotic book. I was left heartbroken, yes, but that shouldn’t take away from the rest of the story. I initially gave this review 4.5 stars based only on how I felt at the end. I thought about it, and I realized that that judgment was unfair. To be quite frank, whatever I may end up saying will definitely not do this book the justice it deserves. I love this story, plain and sinful. **Ehem** I meant plain and simple. lol. This was differently beautiful, darkly seductive and passionately erotic. (Love those adverbs ;-). If you do not come into this book with an open mind, you might be put off. Otherwise, this was definitely one of those memorable stories that will stick with you. There are a lot of shockers in this one; some of which, spun my beliefs, and quite possibly yours, into a wonderful little tailspin. You have been warned.
This story centers on Nora Sutherlin, a famous erotica writer, who not only writes the stories, but lives it. In the Underworld, Nora is a famous and most sought after Dominatrix. Though, technically she’s a Switch, once being the submissive of her former lover, SØren. Before I continue, I must confess that I developed a rare lesbian crush on Nora. She has become one of my all-time favorite heroines. She has a wicked sense of humor, smart, and extremely seductive. I completely understand why men and women plunk down their money to just have the opportunity to kiss her boots. To say that she is a unique character is a severe understatement. There’s just something about her. It doesn’t hurt either that she is constantly surrounded by beautiful and gorgeous men either.
”He’s sexually aroused by inflicting pain and humiliation. And he’s phenomenal at it.” ~ Griffin describing SØren
SØren: (Beautiful and gorgeous man #1) Whoa. Where do I begin? There’s only so much I can say about SØren. He is first and foremost a sadist. He is dead sexy and extremely intimidating. His commanding presence alone can stop a room full of people. He and Nora were long time lovers prior to this story. They were, and still are, madly in love with each other. They were together for years, he as her Dom and she his sub. He inflicts pain, that is what he is good at and that is what Nora craves, until she runs away. Though she is no longer owned by him, she is still drawn to him.
”Push, lunge, shove, attack, force, jab,” he rattled off the words. “I do love a man with a big vocabulary.” ~ Nora
Zach Easton: (Beautiful and gorgeous man #2) He is Nora’s editor. He’s just relocated to the States after separating from his wife, Grace. It’s obvious that he is still in love with her and has a difficult time trying to move forward. He was very reluctant to accept the role of Nora’s editor. Apparently he’s not a fan of romance novels. However, with the persistence of his boss, he takes on the role. Nora, being Nora, starts to intrigue Zach. He’s never met anyone quite like her. She’s bold and brash. To me, I think Nora is there to help Zach heal and move forward. And that’s exactly what happens.
”I will save you from yourself”…he could hear Wesley saying those very words to Nora. He hadn’t leaned yet you couldn’t save someone who didn’t want to be saved.
♥♥Wesley♥♥: (Beautiful and gorgeous man #3) He is Nora’s nineteen year old, gorgeous, charming and virginal brown eyed roommate/intern. Although, Nora tells everyone he’s only sixteen to maintain her “street cred” (lol). He’s a southern gentleman who is completely and utterly in love with Nora. She loves him, but holds herself back knowing that he will never belong into her world of dark, erotic love. According to Nora, he’s too vanilla for her wild tastes. I’m so in love with Wesley, it’s ridiculous.
Honorable mentions: Kingsley Edge and Griffin Fiske. I can’t write this review without at least acknowledging these two delectable gentlemen. ;)
Alright so there you have it. I LOVED this story. The ending was not what I wanted, but luckily there are at least two more books after this. I want those two books like yesterday. lol. I’ll definitely be stalking Mistress Reisz’s website and GR for when these two are coming out. Cannot wait for more!!