The Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz and thoughts on the rest of this series

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source: purchased
title: The Siren (The Original Sinners)
author: Tiffany Reisz
published: Harlequin MIRA; Original edition (July 31, 2012)
pages: 425
first line: There was no such thing as London fog-never had been.
rated: 5 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

 

I suppose doom and destiny are just two sides of the same coin.
p. 156 The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

My thoughts:
I have debated on how to post about my love of the Tiffany Reisz books because I’ve read four of the eight books in this series so far but series books can be difficult to review. I figured I would start with my review of the The Siren which is the first book in the series, then I’ll add a few thoughts on the other three books I’ve read. I will try my best not to rave on and on, but I cannot make any promises.

These books are sexy, edgy, well written and push all boundaries.

I devoured The Siren (The Original Sinners) one weekend, leaving my housework undone as I eagerly turned the pages, needing to know what came next, yet wishing the book would not end. Tiffany Reisz’s style of storytelling is fantastic and clever. How does she do that? I just do not know.

The Siren kicks the series off with a story about an erotic fiction writer and the men in her life, a dose of BDSM is added for good measure. As far as the BDSM aspect of this series, it is apparent the author knows what she is writing about. It is never sugar coated or romanticized, there are uncomfortable aspects of it, it’s not light and sweet. Reisz lays it all out on the table and explains it to the reader.

Ironically, this is not a genre I read much of, so I really did not expect to enjoy this book so much. So many lines and passages I had to go back and read again. These characters are flawed and multi dimensional, they jump right off the pages.

If only there were more yesterdays instead of so many todays.
p.122 The Siren

The story follows writer thirty something Nora Sutherlin, who is known for her steamy erotic fiction. Enter gorgeous, yet tortured Brit Zachary Easton, editor for Royal House Publishing who agrees to edit her latest steamy book. He gives Nora six weeks of his time, if the book is good Nora gets a contract with Royal. Zach is drawn to Nora, he finds her mysterious and charming. What he does not know is that Nora is also a Dominatrix to some very wealthy clients as a side gig and that she harbors some very dark secrets.

We are introduced to the great love of Nora’s life, the sadist Soren. He got Nora into the S&M lifestyle. This lifestyle is not glamorized here, the author takes you to dark places as you read about Soren and Nora in particular. She comes home bruised after her encounters with him. Again, Tiffany Reisz has a way of telling the story where although some scenes were uncomfortable to read, I could not stop reading. These people are in this lifestyle by consent, that’s another part of it as the dark underground lifestyle of BDSM plays heavily here.

What I liked about Nora is that she is a strong character, she’s empowered and as I read I believed it. What I did not like about Nora is that while she is a strong female lead, she tends to use the men in her life, toy with them even. As the book progressed, I began to dislike her actions when it came to the way she was treating her love interests.

The storyline goes from Nora/Wesley, Nora/Zach and Nora/Soren. It all gets messy, it gets real, there are twists and turns I was not expecting. This is a dark story with damaged characters. I wouldn’t call this romance, yet there is love in some of these relationships.

I wouldn’t chase you so hard if I didn’t know you wanted to be caught.
p. 201, The Siren

Soren, the sadist, was just on a whole other level. I wanted Nora to run from him, he was her only weakness. Soren gives Nora a great talk in an elevator scene, that had me once again appreciating Reisz’s writing skills. These characters are well fleshed out, and even Soren, whom I didn’t care much for in this installment had much depth to him. I must say there is a whopper of a reveal concerning the tall, Danish, stunner. I cannot say what it is, but I almost fell off my chair when his profession was revealed.

It is so shocking that I’m including this gif as a way to express my reaction. If you are planning on reading these books, I recommend not reading the reviews because of the spoilers concerning who Soren is.
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Another thing I love about this series is that Reisz weaves Catholicism into the storyline seamlessly. She left me breathless, stunned, made me laugh and kept me glued to these pages. She pushed me out of my comfort zone here, and I willingly let her. Having gone to Catholic school from kindergarten until I graduated high school, I knew most of the bible stories and people she refers to throughout the books. That aspect of this series appeals to me and I like how Reisz is able to add that dynamic here. I find it very clever of her.

I have been lucky enough to get three more in this series via AmazonVine.

Broken love is the most dangerous love. It will slice you open with every touch.
p.230 The Siren

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king
source: free review copy via AmazonVine
title: The King (The Original Sinners Book 6)
pages: 441
author: Tiffany Reisz
first line: Kingsley Edge was playing God tonight.
published: Harlequin MIRA (November 25, 2014)
rated: 3 1/2 stars

The King is second in The White Years Quartet, but 6th in The Original Sinners series overall. Author Tiffany Reisz focuses here on Kingsley Edge’s character who is Soren’s closest friend. I read The Siren first and became hooked onto this series, then I read The Saint and my third read was The King. I recommend reading them in this order as well, because you need to read The Siren first especially to kick-start the books then these next two White Years installments really give plenty of background into these characters.
While this installment was a fun read, it had a much more dark vibe to it and there weren’t as many laughs as the other books. I also found there was alot more sex here and it gets very dark at times because of Kingsley wanting to feel pain.

This one gave plenty of insight into Kingsley and Soren’s relationship, which was interesting. These two almost ended up together a long time ago and they are really bonded. These two are soul mates, there is no denying that.
Again, Reisz and her writing style drew me in so easily.

These were the words his soul needed…It was like drinking a single sip of the finest red wine and forever chasing that taste in every glass he raised to his lips.
p.250, The King by Tiffany Reisz

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source: Free review copy via Amazon Vine
title: The Virgin (The Original Sinners: White Years #3)
Pages: 416
Published: Mira (March 31, 2015)
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

The Virgin is book three in the The White Years Quartet books.
This installment takes us back to when Elle left Soren and Kingsley and explains her reasons for doing so. The storyline also shows us how Kingsley met the love of his life, Juliette. Kingsley was a favorite in this book, he just commits the sweetest, most selfless act for Juliette.
You also see how Elle ended up in a nunnery, where her mom lives, and how she met Kyrie. Soren is in this one, but the story really centers on Elle in the nunnery and on Kingsley and Juliette.
Once again, Tiffany Reisz weaves an entertaining and steamy storyline. While not my favorite in this series, I enjoyed The Virgin and breezed through it easily.
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saint
source: Free review copy via AmazonVine
title: The Saint (The Original Sinners Book 5)
author: Tiffany Reisz
published: Harlequin MIRA; 5th edition (June 24, 2014)
pages: 442
first line: Nora Sutherlin was being followed.
rated 5 out of 5
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The Saint is the first in The White Years, which are a set of books that are prequels to The Red Years books. While The Siren kicks of the series and should be read first, I think The Saint is best read second because it takes the reader into these characters pasts and give an idea of who they are and why.

Tiffany Reisz blew me away again with this one. I loved The Saint as much, if not more than The Siren. When I was done reading The Siren, I wanted to know more about these characters, in particular Soren. I didn’t really care for Soren in book 1, but here as I learned more about his past, I began to like him.

In The Saint we get more of Nora’s back story starting from when she was a young teen in a Catholic school where she met Soren. We also see how she met Kingsley, who plays a huge role in these books and who is Soren’s best friend. Young teenaged Nora a.k.a. Eleanor is fun to read about and not whiny, which I appreciated. She was sassy and funny and I could see how she came to love Soren. She is already writing stories and he encourages her. I enjoyed the 90’s music references i.e. 4 Non Blondes and Eddie Vedder.

Soren’s shocking past is revealed as is the reason behind his need to inflict pain during sex. Again, the author does not glamorize the BDSM lifestyle, but she does not make it unreadable either. By the time you get to these scenes, you are invested in the storyline and characters, so it makes it easier to read.
Tiffany Reisz cleverly writes a sexy, sad, funny and shocking story. I love her writing style and I gobble up her words.

She should submit to him in love and without fear, giving her body to him like a holy offering and making their bed an altar.
p.147, The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

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These books are shocking, taboo, the romance is unconventional, the writing is smart and clever and the characters are unforgettable. Reisz weaves in religion, morality and sex effortlessly.
I recommend these reads if you enjoy sexy stories that push the envelope.

I will surely be reading the rest of the books in this set.

Finally, I have to say, the theme song for this entire series, if such a thing exists, book theme songs, needs to be Hozier’s Take Me To Church.

Thanks for hanging in while I raved about this series 🙂

About the author:
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend and two cats (one that may or may not be the Anti-Christ). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name.

Disclaimer: These reviews are my honest thoughts and opinions. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing these books. I am under no obligation to write positive reviews.

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15 thoughts on “The Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz and thoughts on the rest of this series

  1. This sounds more complex then one would have expected from a series like this.

    The fact that the lifestyles portrayed in the book seem to be shown in a dark a gritty way as well as the inclusion of Catholicism sound like they add a lot of depth to this story.

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    • Hi Brian, yes the author adds depth to these books. I find it’s not just about erotica, there is an interesting storyline here .

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  2. This sounds like an interesting and fun series, Naida. I admit the mention of BDSM makes me doubt this is a series I would pick up, you do make it sound intriguing.

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  3. Hi Naida,

    Not my genre of reading at all, I’m afraid.

    However your obvious passion for the series, shone through in your review, which is as it should be, so thanks for your own enjoyable take on the stories!

    We do however, agree on your choice of music – I love ‘Take me To Church’

    Have a great week 🙂

    Yvonne

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