The Siren by Tiffany ReiszThe Siren by Tiffany Reisz

The Siren

byTiffany Reisz

Paperback | July 31, 2012

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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 bookif 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 drainingand shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from himor 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.

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky.  She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College and is making her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice. When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. ...
Title:The SirenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 1.13 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Mira BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed reactions This book was on my recommendations for a long time before I actually read it, and initially it just did not appeal to me. But of course, if it hangs around on my list long enough and has rave reviews, I will eventually cave. I will say that I managed to avoid ruining the surprise of the book for myself, and there is a moment of sheer disbelief that it quite rewarding as a reader, but when I first read this book, I didn't love it. Nora seemed unreal and unlikeable because she was too witty, and I'm not Catholic so some of the motifs in the book just didn't resonate with me. On the other hand, I did feel compelled to read 7/8 of the sequels and several of the accompanying novellas, and I felt the later works did a better job of making loveable and compelling characters. But you have to start here.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I thought this was a great example of what erotic fiction could/should be. Reisz manages to include lots of steam into what is a well-crafted story, rather than the other way around. This might be a little edgy for some readers, but if you're looking for well-written erotic fiction with some edgy themes, I'd highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intruiguing-to say the least. I love when a story both entertains me and challenges me. I love that this novel/series manages to turn me on while actually scaring me a little bit. If you don't mind being a bit disturbed this is a really great read.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not care for this book I did not think this was a romance story, only when Zachary and Grace came back together. Did not like the fact that a 15 year was depicted as a sexual toy. Would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "love, love, loved it" Originally when I saw this book I debated if I wanted to read it. I didn't recognize the author and wasn't sure if the story line was something that would intrigue me. A week later I decided to buy it and I can tell you it was well worth it. The characters are well written and you can picture yourself wanting to be part of their lives. Half way through the book I found that I couldn't put it down and would read late into the night wanting to see what happened next. It was such a good read that I just finished reading it for the 2nd time. As Tiffany Reisz says on her website - "This isn't your momma's Thornbirds" - (that's if your old enough to remember that story). Can't wait for the next book - The Angel - out later this month. Already on pre order for me.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Just.. Wow! Not only did I like this story – I loved it. It is one of those stories where you get hooked right from the beginning and you become one with not only the main character, but with all the characters. You feel so close to them to sympathize with them. I couldn’t believe how this book captured me with every word. The dialogue in this book was written remarkably it was as if this book was a movie before it was written. The words that flow out of the characters mouths jut fit them so perfectly. You know a book is good when it even has you thinking about it when you have put it down for a break. To sum it all up, this book is about a woman, Nora Sutherlin, who is an author as well as a dominatrix. One of the top editors, Zachary Easton, in New York is being literally forced to edit one of her most recent books. As much as he doesn’t want to edit an erotica novel, he gives in and decides to give it a shot after meeting with the author. Nora has a charm about her that can have any man – or woman - eating out of the palm of her hand. But everyone has their secrets. Nora doesn’t tell Zach that she is a Dominatrix because he just doesn’t understand the concept and she fears he will be judgmental and turn her book down. Nora slowly introduces Zach into her world and explains what it really meant to people. When they were in the church talking about her favourite picture painted of Jesus, I got the goose bumps on how she described it and what it meant to her. "For salvation, of course. For love." Nora isn’t the only one who has her share of secrets. The entire book you are wondering what Zach’s dark secret is as well. I loved absolutely everything about this book and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the passion that goes into Dominant and submissive relationship. It makes you respect them that much more. I fell in love with this book right from the beginning and I hope you do as well. I cannot wait to read the next book. A book a will definitely read! "I love a whiskey chaser."
Date published: 2012-09-06

Read from the Book

There was no such thing as London fog—never had been. The London Fog of legend was only that. In reality London fog was London smog, and at the height of the Industrial Revolution it had killed thousands, choking the city with its poisonous hands. Zach Easton knew that in the offices of Royal House Publishing, he was known as the London Fog, the disparaging nickname coined by a fellow editor who disapproved of Zach's dour demeanor. Zach had no love of his nickname or the editor who'd coined it. But today he was eager to earn his epithet.As he knew he would, Zach found John-Paul Bonner, the chief managing editor of Royal House Publishing, still hard at work even after hours. J.P. sat on the floor of his office, piles of manuscripts stacked about him like a paper Stonehenge in miniature.Zach stopped in J.P.'s doorway and leaned against the frame. He stared his chief editor down and did not speak. He didn't have to tell J.P. why he was here. They both knew."Death—she comes to me on an Easton fog," J.P. said from the floor as he sorted through another stack of books. "A poetic enough way to die. You are here to kill me, I presume."At sixty-four and with his gray beard and spectacles, J.P. was literature personified. Usually Zach enjoyed playing word games with him, but he was in no mood for repartee today."Yes.""'Yes'?" J.P. repeated. "Just 'yes'? Well, brevity is the soul of wit after all. Help an old man off the floor, will you, Easton? If I'm going to die, might as well die on my feet."Sighing, Zach stepped into the office, reached down and helped J.P. stand. J.P. patted Zach gratefully on the shoulder and collapsed into his chair behind his desk."I'm a dead man anyway. Can't find that damn Hamlet galley for John Warren. Should have had it in the mail yesterday. But happiness is good health and a bad memory they say, and I am a happy, happy man."Zach studied J.P. for a moment and silently cursed him for being so endearing. His affection for his boss made this conversation far less pleasant. Zach walked over to J.P.'s bookshelves and ran his hand along the top of the case. He knew J.P.'s habit of stashing important papers where even he couldn't reach them. Zach found a manuscript and pulled it down. He threw it on J.P.'s desk and watched it kick up a small cloud of dust."Bless you," J.P. said, coughing as he put his hand over his heart. "You have saved my life.""Now I get to be the one who kills you."J.P. eyed Zach and pointed at the chair across from the desk. Zach reluctantly sat down, pulling his gray coat around him like a suit of armor."Easton, look," J.P. began but it was as far as Zach let him get."Nora Sutherlin?" Zach infused the name with as much disgust as he could muster, a considerable amount at the moment. "You must be joking.""Yes, Nora Sutherlin. I've thought about it, looked at the sales projections. I think we should acquire her. I want you to work with her.""I will do no such thing. It's pornography.""It's not pornography." J.P. peered at Zach over the top of his glasses. "It's erotica. Very good erotica.""I had no idea there was such a thing.""Two words—Anai's Nin," J.P. retorted."Two more words—Booker Prize."J.P. exhaled noisily and leaned back in his chair."Easton, I know your track record. You're one of the top talents in the industry by far. I wouldn't have paid to import you here to New York if you weren't. Yes, your writers have won Booker Prizes.""And Whitbreads, Silver Daggers—""And Sutherlin's last book outsold your Whitbread and Silver Dagger combined. We're in a recession, if you hadn't noticed. Books are a luxury. If it can't be eaten, no one is buying it right now.""So Nora Sutherlin's the answer?" Zach challenged.J.P. grinned. "Janie Burke at the Times called her last book 'highly edible.'"Zach shook his head and looked up at the ceiling in disgust."She's a guttersnipe writer at best," Zach said. "Her mind's in the gutter, her books are in the gutter. I wouldn't be surprised if her last publishing house kept its offices in the gutter.""She might be a guttersnipe, but she's our guttersnipe. Well, your guttersnipe now.""This isn't My Fair Lady. I'm not Professor Henry Higgins, and she is no Eliza bloody Doolittle.""Whoever she is she's a damn fine writer. You would know this if you'd bothered to read one of her books.""I left England for this job," Zach reminded him. "I left one of the most respected publishers in Europe because I wanted to work with the best young American writers.""She's young. She's American.""I did not leave England, my life" Zach stopped himself before he said, "and my wife" After all, it was his wife who'd left him first."This book has real potential. She brought it to us because she's ready to make a change.""Give her twenty shillings for a pound if she wants change. I leave for L.A. in six weeks. I can't believe you want me to set everything aside and give my last six weeks to Nora Suther-lin. Not a chance.""I've seen your in-box, Easton. It's not so full you can't work with Sutherlin while you tie up loose ends around here. Don't tell me you don't have the time when we both know you just don't have the inclination.""Fine. I don't have the time or the inclination to edit erotica, even good erotica, if there is such an animal. I'm not the only editor here. Give it to Thomas Finley." Zach named his least favorite coworker, the one who'd given him his nickname. "Or Angie Clark even.""Finley? That pansy? He'd make a pass at Sutherlin, and she'd eat him alive. If you punched him in the face, he wouldn't even know how to bleed right."Zach nearly laughed in agreement before remembering he was fighting with J.P."Then what about Angie Clark?""She's too busy right now. Besides""Besides what?" Zach demanded."Clark's afraid of her.""Can't say I blame her," Zach said. "I've heard grown men practically whisper her name at parties. The rumor is she slept her way to her first book deal.""I've heard that rumor, too. But she hasn't slept her way to this one. Unfortunately," J.P. said with a playful grin."I read on Rachel Bell's blog that she never leaves the house in any other color than red. She said Sutherlin's got a sixteen-year-old boy working as her personal assistant."J.P. smiled at him. "I believe she prefers 'intern' to 'personal assistant.'"Zach nearly choked on his own frustration. He'd been ready to leave for the evening, even had his coat on, when some demon voice in his head told him to check his work email one more time. He had a note from J.P. telling him that he was considering acquiring erotica writer Nora Sutherlin and her latest book for their big fall/winter release. And since Zach didn't have much to occupy him until he left for L.A. in a few weeks"I need you to do this for me. You and no one else," J.P. said."Why am I the only one who can handle her?""Handle her?" J.P. practically chortled the words before turning serious. "Listen to me—no one handles Nora Sutherlin. No, you're just the only one I've got who can keep up with her. EastonZach. Hear me out, please."Zach swallowed and resigned himself to a moment's detente. It was a rare thing indeed when John-Paul Bonner called anyone by his first name."She writes romances, J.P.," Zach said quietly. "I hate romances."J.P. met his eyes with sympathy."I know you've been through hell this past year. I've met your Grace, remember? I know what you've lost. But Suther-linshe's good. We need her."Zach took a slow, deep breath."Has she signed the contract yet?" Zach asked."No. We're still ironing out the terms.""Is there a verbal agreement in place?"J.P. eyed him warily. "Not yet. I told her we'd have to look at the figures and get back to her, but we were leaning toward yes. Why?""I'll talk to her.""A good start.""And I'll read the manuscript. If I think there's any chance she—we—can make something decent out of her book, I'll give her my last six weeks. But the book doesn't go to press until I sign off on it."J.P.'s eyes bored into Zach. Zach refused to blink or look away. He was used to having final say on all his books. He wasn't about to relinquish that power, not for J.P., not for Nora Sutherlin, not for anyone."Easton, one Dan Brown title will outsell in a month what the entire poetry section of a bookstore will sell in five years. Sutherlin's 'pornography,' as you call it, could pay for a lot of poetry around here.""I want the contract in my hands, J.P., or I won't even meet her."J.P. sat back in his chair and exhaled loudly through his nose."Fine. She's all yours. She's got a nice little place in Connecticut. Take the train. Take my car. I don't care. She'll be home on Monday, she said.""Very well then." Zach knew he was likely safe. When the mood struck him, Zach could be merciless to an author about his or her book's shortcomings. The great writers took the criticism. The hacks couldn't handle it. If he was hard enough on her, she'd beg for another editor.The argument now at a stalemate, Zach rose tiredly from the chair and with hunched and aching shoulders headed toward the door.A small cough stopped Zach before he could leave the office. J.P. didn't meet his eyes, only ran his hand over the first page of the Hamlet reader's copy in front of him."You should read this book when it comes out," J.P. said, tapping the page. "Fascinating exploration of the feigned madness of Hamlet—'I am but mad north north-west'""'But when the wind is southerly, I can tell a hawk from a handsaw,'" Zach finished the famous quotation."Sutherlin's only as mad as Hamlet was. Don't believe everything you've heard about her. The lady knows her hawks from her handsaws.""Lady?"J.P. closed the book and didn't answer the insult. Zach turned to leave again."You know, you're still young, Easton, and too handsome for your own good. You should try it sometime.""What? Madness?" Zach asked, nodding toward the book."No. Happiness.""Happiness?" Zach allowed himself a bitter grin. "I'm afraid my memory's too good for that."Zach returned to his office. His assistant, Mary, had left Nora Sutherlin's manuscript on his desk along with a file folder.Zach flipped the file open and barely glanced at Sutherlin's bio. She was thirty-three, about a decade younger than him. Her first book had come out when she was twenty-nine. She'd released five titles since then; her second book, entitled Red, had created a minor sensation—great sales, lots of buzz.Zach studied the numbers in the file and saw why J.P. was so eager to acquire her. With each subsequent release, her sales had nearly doubled. Zach ran through the little he knew of erotica writers in his mind. These days erotica was about the only growth market in publishing. But it shouldn't be about the money. Just the art.Zach threw Sutherlin's bio and sales projections in the trash. He'd stolen his philosophy of editing from the old New Critics—it's just about the book. Not the author, not the market, not the readerone judged a book only by the book. He shouldn't care that Nora Sutherlin's personal life was rumored to be as torrid as her prose. Only her book mattered. And his hopes for the book were not high.Zach examined the manuscript with suspicion. Mary knew he preferred to read his books in hard copy versions. But she'd obviously had a little too much fun printing out this one for him. Across the scarlet-red cover blazed the title in a lurid Gothic font—The Consolation Prize. Editors almost invariably changed a book's title, but he had to concede it was an interesting choice for a work of erotica. He opened the manuscript and read the first sentence: "I don't want to write this story any more than you want to read it."Zach paused in his reading as he felt the shadow of something old and familiar whisper across his shoulder. He brushed the sensation off and read the line again. Then the next one and the next one

Editorial Reviews

"I worship at the altar of Tiffany Reisz! Whip smart, sexy as hell--the Original Sinners series knocked me to my knees. Riveting characters, seductive sadists, delicious deviants--the entwined, twisted story lines featuring Nora, Søren, and Kingsley kick erotica to whole new level."-NYT bestselling author Lorelei JamesTiffany Reisz's The Original Sinners series is painful, prideful, brilliant, beautiful, hopeful, and heart-breaking. And that's just the first hundred pages.--New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan"[The Siren] is amazing and definitely a favorite read so far this year."-USA TODAY.comThe Original Sinners series certainly lives up to its name: it's mindbendingly original and crammed with more sin than you can shake a hot poker at. I haven't read a book this dangerous and subversive since Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. --Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love"The Siren is one of the most incredible books I've read...Tiffany Reisz writes amazing dialogue and emotional depth. Witty, sharp, smart characters that will completely suck you in."-Smexy BooksDazzling, devastating and sinfully erotic, Reisz writes unforgettable characters you'll either want to know or want to be. The Siren is an alluring book-within-a-book, a story that will leave you breathless and bruised, aching for another chapter with Nora Sutherlin and her men.-Miranda Baker, author of Bottoms Up and Soloplay"The Siren is a powerful, evocative tale of discovering who you truly are. Tiffany Reisz nails the complicated person inside all of us."-Cassandra Carr, author of Talk to Me"Tiffany Reisz is a smart, artful, and masterful new voice in erotic fiction! An erotica star on the rise!"-Award-winning author Lacey Alexander"Daring, sophisticated, and literary. . .exactly what good erotica should be."-Kitty Thomas, author of Tender Mercies"Breathtakingly gorgeous. THE SIREN is a story you won't be able to put down and whose characters will stay with you long after you've reached the end. I can't wait for Tiffany Reisz's next story!" - Roni Loren, national bestselling author of Crash Into You