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Publisher's Summary

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 book…if 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 draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous - staying away from him…or 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.

©2012 Tiffany Reisz (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Very intense and controversial....but a fab listen

This book had spiked my curiosity through Goodreads, so I decided to listen. I personally enjoy this listen; HOWEVER, this book is NOT a gushy romance story nor does it have your typical happy ending. It's content will be very controversial to many.

The book is powerfully written and explained the BDSM lifestyle very well. It does pull in a large Catholic religious twist in which many will take offense. Being Catholic myself and brought up in Catholic school, this twist was moot to me.

The narrator was powerful and brought this powerful story to life. However, I am now on the second book and they did not use the same narrator. I am so disappointed for this choice by the writer for the book is talking on a complete different life and NOT a good one.

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dark, intense

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy good writing, character development, and plot twists. It's not, however, for everyone. It definitely has darker elements, and there are some themes that some readers will probably find disturbing. Just something to be aware of going in

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that this was a unique story that was well-written and intelligently told. The characters were flawed, but memorable.

What does Aeron James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice that he chose for each character seemed to bring out their personalities. Hearing the story always adds to the experience.

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Not a romance... Very intense adult content!!!

This is a very good audiobook, but it is hardcore erotica, not romance. I don't know why this is in the romance category. This is the book of the year for many readers, but it will be offensive to some. It's disturbing and taboo, but brilliant and thought-provoking.

I suggest you look up the book on amazon or goodreads before being disappointed, if it's not content you are comfortable with.

Not for everyone!! Religious undertones, Bdsm, and highly taboo content.

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Wow talk about a Taboo story line....I loved it and I was like, I can't believe I loved this. Hot hot hot with a great story and amazing writing. I will be adding this author to my MUST BUY list! If you are offended easily go read something with a little more fluff cause this book is so far from that!

The narration left much to be desired for me but honestly I never expect more from Harlequin.

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Nice intro to a new-to-me author

After finishing 13 hours of audiobook, I feel a strange sense of loss now that I'm done with this book. "The Siren" crushed and destroyed all of my expectations. It was nothing like I had anticipated.

It is NOT:

Erotica
A traditional romance novel
Cliche-ridden

Let me break it down for you. This book is Tiffany Reisz writing a novel about an author writing an erotic novel. Confused yet? I was. I was expecting a down and dirty explicit BDSM erotic romance. That is not at all what I got. Though the content is taboo (it can't get much more taboo, honestly, without the addition of incest), there is very little on page sex. What sex content is shown is surprisingly, shockingly tasteful.

Much of the actual book mirrors what Nora (the erotic author and main character) is going through in the writing of her novel. The sex scenes serve only to further the plot line (like Nora's editor told her to do)- nothing is gratuitous. In fact, this story is edited to perfection. It is really and truly flawless in its execution.

What I liked best about this book is that it is the overlapping plot lines that sort of seamlessly come together in the end. There is Zach, the editor having serious marital issues, Nora and her torrid relationship with Soren and Wes, Nora and her writing process, and the whole BDSM dynamic that colors each relationship (for good or for bad). The different story lines don't interfere with one another but rather help progress each other.

Nora is a complicated and compelling character that will stick with me for a long time. I found her to be utterly fascinating. However, that brings me to why my rating is 4 stars instead of 5 stars. I felt very detached from Nora. I was not emotionally invested in her or rest of the characters. Mentally, I was so intrigued and loved the story, but it was more from a clinical point of view. I never grew teary eyed or screamed or got nervous- it was all in my head and not in my heart, I'm afraid. I adored the story but it wasn't an emotional read for me.

A word about the audio version of this book: I loved, loved the narrator for this one. His Zach and Grace voices were flawless, as was his Soren voice. I even forgive him the iffy Nora voice and the HORRIBLE Wes accent because he did such a perfect job narrating the rest of the story. My favorite narrator on any audiobook thus far.

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Terrible Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Siren to be better than the print version?

NO, the print version is excellent. The only good audible versions of Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners are The Saint and The King narrated by Elizabeth Hart.

What did you like best about this story?

Eleanor ,Søren and Kingsley.

How could the performance have been better?

Elizabeth Hart as narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Couldn't finish the audible version. The print version was excellent.

Any additional comments?

Use Elizabeth Hart for the rest of the Original Sinners...The Virgin and The Queen.

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Excellent listen.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't classify this in the Romance section, but I'm glad I found it in this category. I think this book is more about learning to love and forgive oneself. You have the two main characters learning to work with each other, and in that process and sexual tension, they learn more about their true selves than "falling in love." It was well written and captivating.

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Very slow

Lost interest very quickly. Had a hard time following sometimes because of the narrators accent.

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Intense and absorbing

This is the story of an erotica writer who is determined to work with a challenging literary editor in an effort to turn her latest work into something more -- something better. Their relationship is the fulcrum of the novel, and it is through the eyes of the editor that we are able to see into her world with an almost unflinching view.

I'll admit that it's taking me a while to process my thoughts on this one. The psychological and emotional dynamics between the characters were fascinating. The author has created a work of fiction that IS something more. By the end you understand the deeper needs of the main character -- and given the subject matter, that is an amazing feat handled deftly and with compassion.

I couldn't stop listening to this story, needing to know what would happen next, but I had to pace myself because it was very visceral and I found myself immersed in the story at odd times during the day, whether listening or not.

(I'll admit that when it came to the more intense scenes of S/M, I felt myself recoil, but those scenes, while powerful, are not frequent.)

My only caveat, and it is a small one, is due to the reader. He was excellent when portraying the voice of the editor, which is a large part of the story. But his interpretation of Nora was unfortunate. He made a sexy, teasing woman sound evil and threatening more often than not, and I found myself wishing for a female voice worthy of Nora's personality. Still, it did not overwhelm my enjoyment of the book.

I know there are sequels to this one, but I'm going to need a little time before I take the next one on. I hope it's as good as the first.

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excellent book but narration badly bungled

If you could sum up The Siren in three words, what would they be?

transgressive, heartfelt, well-crafted

Would you be willing to try another one of Aeron James’s performances?

Not if they required him to work with a variety of accents he hasn't mastered.

Any additional comments?

Aeron James's narration really detracted from my experience. When characters with different accents were in conversation, he lost command of them, so the voiced bled together, making it hard to tell which character was speaking. The accents themselves also seemed parodically exaggerated, especially the French accent. James also mispronounced a number of words and in some places misdelivered a line because he didn't understand its meaning.

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