The Original Sinners series is another series that I’m ASHAMED to say has sat on my shelf for a very long time…
A lot of readers have been telling me to read Tiffany Reisz for a very long time and the thing that got me was the length of the book. That book is MASSIVE. Don’t get me wrong, I like big books, but I really like staying on top of my Goodreads challenge if you know what I mean. It took me…what three weeks? Ish? to finish the book which is like forever when you have to read a book a week. However despite the book’s massive size, I am PROUD to say that I am HOOKED on Nora and Soren!!! This book was like FIRE TO ME. It burned and was addicting, but felt so good at the same time. I would have devoured it if it weren’t so long, and now all I want to do is read the rest!
Only six weeks until infamous editor Zach Easton moves to California and he’s stuck working with this romance/erotica writer – Nora Sutherlin. At first he doesn’t believe she has what it takes, but after reading her rough draft he’s hooked. He only has six weeks to edit her book and in that time – to get to know her as well. Nora Sutherlin is an enigma. She’s very different and extremely dangerous. By day she strives to be a real writer, but every so often her hotline rings and she goes off to her second job – being a Dominatrix. And not just any Dominatrix, but the most famous one in New York. Nora may look confident, sexy and dangerous but she has secrets of her own. There is one man in New York who can make her do just about anything….and she is…was in love with him once upon a time, and that man was her dom – Soren.
This book was LONG, COMPLEX, but also EXTREMELY IMMERSIVE. I will admit to having reservations about this book being good as I don’t like to follow the hype but, damn… This book was amazing!
The only criticism I have to mention is the length…
It’s not that I don’t like length books, I just felt like the pace was extremely slow, especially in the beginning. Almost nothing really picked up until halfway, reminding me a lot about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I believe the reason for the pacing was because the author needed to set up back-story before getting down and dirty. But for that first half of the book it really was a mission just to get halfway… I honestly wasn’t even sure I’d make it.
But once you reach the halfway point I promise its smooth sailing from there!
Reisz creates a slew of amazing and unique characters that just jump right off the page. I found it extremely difficult hating or disliking all of them for one reason or another and that almost never happens. There is so much detail and depth in the book that even at the very end….it gets you. The book tugs at your heart-strings and your sympathies and makes you feel for these characters going through their trials of love and loss.
“There are only two reasons why you leave someone you’re still in love with – either it’s the right thing to do, or it’s the only thing to do.”
The relationships these characters enter into are EXTREMELY COMPLICATED and all tell a different story of their own. I enjoy hearing about Nora and Wes, Nora and Soren, and Nora and Zach. It’s sad to think that this woman who is the centre of their world has such a hard time being happy. She always has to sacrifice something for her happiness, and even then it isn’t enough. Part of me wants to go Team Wes but at the same time I think I’m leaning towards Team Soren, even though I don’t think it’s possible for him to love her the way she wants to be loved…
“And although two people can love each other deeply, sometimes love alone doesn’t cut it. We can only sacrifice so much of ourselves in a relationship before there’s nothing left to love or be loved.”
The Siren was such an enjoyable read I would definitely put it on my list of books to read again in the future. I can’t wait to delve into the next one…despite its length, I will try my hardest.
This book might not have made my heart race, or keep me on the edge of my seat, but it did open my eyes and my heart and let me feel sympathies for these characters in a way that I’ve never felt before. It truly is a different kind of love story where happy endings aren’t guaranteed.
5/5 Hearts of Love