05 April 2013

Review: The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)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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  1. It's SO HARD to write something short about the book because it's SO FRIGGING GOOD. Mine is pretty long:


    1. Exactly! I read one of the Amazon reviews that something to the effect of trying to talk about the book made the person a bumbling mess, and that's kinda how I feel too! haha and that's a good thing, of course. It's one of those rare times when "OMG I just... what... I can't even..." is a totally reasonable response.


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