The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been trying to write a thorough, intelligent review for some time now, and I'm having trouble putting my thoughts into words because I want to do the book justice. There are so many reasons why I enjoyed this book, why it's better than so much other erotica out there, and why it just works, but my brain refuses to compile that into a coherent review that will be useful to anyone and that also is less than five pages long. So for the sake of brevity, here's what you really need to know:
* I loved this book!
* This book is truly different from the typical "lots of (lukewarm) sex scenes + plot as afterthought" kind of erotica that is way too common.
* The characters are real and complex.
* When there is actual sex, it stems from the plot in an organic way, and is never overdone.
* Whether BDSM is your thing or not, you can enjoy this book, because it's not about BDSM. It's about the characters, several of whom happen to live the lifestyle.
* Sex, sexuality, BDSM, and the characters have an intriguing relationship to religion in this book, which I found fascinating.
* The sexy parts were sexy not just because it was sex, but because the book as a whole engaged my biggest erogenous zone: MY BRAIN.
The Siren was a great read that satisfied my love of intelligent fiction, interpersonal relationship complexity and drama, and smart sex. I would recommend it to anyone.
Disclosure: the author gifted me a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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