No safe word can protect the heart....
Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren - whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin - is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.
Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.
But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.
©2012 Tiffany Reisz (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I don't want to live in a world without books!
After Siren, I was really excited to read this next book. I purchased it right away, and then realized that the narration wasn't going to give me the satisfaction I desired.
Particularly, Lilly Rhodes' interpretation of Soren is just sad. She makes him sound like an wizened old man instead of a strikingly handsome and intimidating 6'5 danish hunk priest with a whip fetish. I didn't like her Nora either -- too upbeat and cheery for the subject matter. All in all, she's a terrible fit for this kind of read.
Get it on Kindle instead. I did, and I couldn't put it down.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Yes, this is erotica. It is very hot. It is also edgy. Too much so for many people's taste. But the author has a very unique voice and for that alone she deserves to be heard. Her stories are larger than life. They almost remind me of the early Ann Rice books where the big questions and the important answers about life and death, philosophy, religion, good, evil, heaven and hell were all buried deep within an interesting story about a couple of vampires.
It is truly difficult to describe her writing style, her characterizations, her plotting. But she has the ability to make you care a great deal for people that on paper you should find totally unlikable and nonredeemable. She reminds you that no one is exclusively good or totally evil. That everyone is flawed and sometimes those that are best at hiding their flaws are the most flawed of all. You know the world she has created exists solely in the pages of her books. And you know that if it really did exist you would likely never have the nerve to exist in it yourself. But it would be nice to know that it was out there, that Nora and Soren and Kingsley and Griffin exist and maybe someday you would gather your courage and ...
I liked the first book in this series, but found this one far more satisfying. It focused far more on what I thought were the strongest characters from the first book and didn't waste time on the weaker characters
Someone who does not mind the narrator’s voice not fitting the characters of Nora and Soren.
Picked another narrator! Sorry Lilly!
Jim Frangione and Jennifer Ikeda have done both genders better. I’m sure there are others.
It was not the book itself!! I will read it and comment later but the narrator made me; how do I describe it? Shuddered, flinched. The feeling? How about; Not right, ugh, NOO, ill, turn it off. I know, Annoyed; like screeching on a chalk board for me. I’m sure the narrator is great for many other books but not this one.
I read Siren and liked it, not a romance in the sense I would place it but a good enough story that I wanted to read the series. I thought I would read some and listen to some but that is not going to happen and I used a credit. Geez, and to think this is my first review. I am really sorry, but I was compelled to comment. Save your credit and just read the hard copy on this one. At least don’t ignore the sample listening like I did; if it does not do it for you, your probably right and if it doesn’t then you’ll have no problem.
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
First of all, I'm not one that likes when an author changes the narrator for each book in the series. Coming off The Siren which is narrated by a man that I found captivating and put a definite dark intense spin on the story; I was certainly surprised going into this book as the narrator is a woman.
I do not want to take away from the narrator as she was very good, however, I had already pictured the characters in my mind a particular way through the voice impressions of the first book's narrator, so I felt that I was starting over with a new story.
I found this book less dark and intense, maybe do to the new female narrator and her impressions. The story was very intriguing and gripping in a different manner than the first and found myself more in Soren's corner, probably because Nora is less frightened of him which took away the complete dark intensity of the first book.
I am really finding it difficult to understand the attraction to Wesley....maybe the next book will shine some light.
All in all, the series is very very good, but do be aware that this series may be controversial to many.
Hmm. Probably close to the bottom in narration and close to the top in storyline.
I feel a bit bad for being so critical of the narration but the voice that was used for Soren was nothing at all the way I imagine he would sound. It sounded like it belonged to an elderly man and really took away from the audio experience. I think that if a voice or accent can't be done properly then the narrator should just read the book as if telling a story and not try to use different voices for each character or only do the ones that they are able to do. I've listened to other audio books that have done this and they were excellent.
This is a good read. Strong, smart characters and a good story line. Sometimes a book that has intense and graphic sex has no plot or true purpose. Not this book. I enjoyed listening from the beginning to the end.
I would not recommend the audiobook to a friend, as I thought the narrator was a TERRIBLE fit. After listening to Aeron James narrate the Siren, I couldn't WAIT to hear the next book. But this narrator was just not a good fit for the dark, complicated, and emotional subject matter. She sounded chipper even in the throws of wild kink.
The Siren, for it's fantastic character development, story telling, and interweaving of different points of view seamlessly and sensibly. Also for her uncanny ability to define passion in ways you would never have on your own.
Maybe for a more upbeat subject matter.
Reading the kindle version did make me tear up quite a few times, and I did giggle quite a few times as well.
Fantastic book, just not the right fit for this narrator.
I didn't get far enough to rate the writing or story. The narrator didn't fit the story line. She was so flat and unbelievable that I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes. I tried but just couldn't continue listening.
She might be okay for a different genre but she didn't fit this one.
Shayna Thibodeaux ;
Couldn't get past the first 15 minutes.
Frustrated with a waste of a credit.
Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money
I would absolutely recommend this series and audiobook to a friend as long as I was sure they were fine with BDSM based books and multiple sexual preferences.
I love how Michael was described. A lot of authors shy away from characters who have attempted suicide - it was portrayed very well.
Yes. Audio gives the characters personality.
I love this series. Even though there are some very kinky things going on, the relationship between the characters is awesome. It almost makes you think the story could be true. This book does have some graphic M/M sex scenes that I am not comfortable with. I skipped over those parts which was kind of irritating.
Everything! I could tell who was talking and when. They had emotions, it sounded natural and not faked. She did very good job!
If you can get past the M/M the story is great. Obviously, I just skipped over those parts instead of giving up on the book all together. Start the series and read in order. The development is incredible you won't be disappointed.
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