The Pisces by Melissa Broder

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source: free ARC via Amazon Vine
title: The Pisces
author: Melissa Broder (twitter)
published: May 1st 2018 by Hogarth Press
pages: 272
genre: fiction
first line: I was no longer lonely but I was.
rated:
4 1/2 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection.

Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.

my thoughts: I honestly don’t know where to begin.
The Pisces by Melissa Broder was one of the most intriguing and shockingly brazen books I have ever read.
I feel as though I have found a hidden gem. I found this one on AmazonVine and the cover and blurb intrigued me. This is one of those books that begs to be discussed, I’ve been thinking about it long after turning the final page.

There are elements of erotica, magical realism, mental illness and women’s issues woven into the plot. Author Melissa Broder is a poet and columnist and she does not hold back, her writing is straightforward, shocking and poetic all at once. This is a story about love and loss and addiction. And sex with a mer-man. Is he real? Is he an illusion? Who knows. I still don’t know. I think he is a metaphor for addiction. Only Lucy ever sees him, only she knows he exists. I was shocked while reading. Often. And then I also felt creeped out and then also sad. I laughed out loud at times as well.

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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.

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