Series: The Original Sinners #1
Published by Harlequin
Published on July 16, 2012
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Erotic Romance
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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.
I read The Original Sinners series about a year ago and completely fell in love with the twisted, kinky, all consuming characters. It is in my top 3 for favorite series and with the upcoming release of The Saint, I thought it would be a good time to post my reviews from goodreads since it was pre-blog days! If you haven’t read this series, DO IT!
“Pain is a gift from God. It imparts understanding, wisdom. Pain is life. And here we give pain as freely as we give pleasure.”
This book was a total surprise for me. I absolutely LOVED it!
To be honest, I had no intention of reading this book. I’ve seen the cover everywhere, Target, Amazon, Goodreads, but for some reason I never read the synopsis and didn’t even have it on my TBR. After a few friends HIGHLY recommended it and even dubbed it as their favorite of 2012, I thought, sure why not? Still, keep in mind, I have not read the blurb. Really had no idea what I was getting into. I am SO glad that I didn’t have a bunch of information. It really made the reading experience for me! So in the interest of not spoiling it for you, I’ll give you a few details, but I’ll keep it mostly vague.
The Siren is the story of Nora Sutherlin, an erotica writer and the men in her life.
“I’m no optimist, I’m just a realist who smiles too much.”
So, there’s Zach, her pain in the ass editor with demons of his own.
What a beautiful wreck of a man.
Wesley, her intern and friend.
“Wesley… That kid blew my mind from day one. He was so damn sweet. I’m not around sweet people very often. When I had him in class I found myself doing something I hadn’t done in a long time.”
“What was that?”
“Smiling. I’d been working so much, living a pretty hard life. Wes was the opposite of me in so many ways—soft where I was hard. Probably hard where I’m soft, too.” She laughed again. “He made me feel human again…”
And Søren, her… umm, well let’s just say it’s complicated.
“He sounds even more dangerous than you are.”
“He is. By far. He’s also the best man I’ve ever known.”
But not only does Nora write provocative, sexy stories, she pretty much lives them too.
“So what did you write today?” he asked as he expertly sliced through the skin of a ripe red tomato.
“A really hot sex scene with a lot of S& M between a girl and her true love,” she said and Wesley rolled his eyes at her, his usual response to her wickeder scenes. “But don’t worry, I deleted it.”
“How come?” he asked, popping a chunk of tomato into his mouth.
“It wasn’t fiction.”
What blew me away about this book was just how amazing the writing is. I felt immediately sucked into the story, the setting, the relationships. The dialogue is quick, witty, and smart and I was hanging on every word. I cannot tell you how many times I re-read passages or quotes because they were just THAT good.
And then on top of all of that, the characters. They are freaking awesome! The men of the book are all great, amazing, and wonderful in their own sorted ways. I told you a tiny bit about them above, but it is so much more complicated than it seems. And don’t worry it’s not some typical annoying, angsty love triangle/square.
Then there is Nora, she is a spitfire. Intelligent, outspoken, stubborn, sexy as hell, hilarious, inappropriate, and just about everything that comes out of her mouth is dripping with sexual innuendo.
Was there any woman in the world quite like Nora? He was so glad she existed; even more glad there was only one of her.
I couldn’t get enough of this book. As provocative as this might be to some, it didn’t bother me at all. I don’t know if I’m just desensitized and not much shocks me anymore, but in the context of this book, the BDSM, the sex, the relationships all just intrigued me. It is executed in such a smart way and you can tell that the author really does know her stuff.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be ENTHRALLING. From page one to the last word, I was hooked!
The moment they tried the hardest to be together is the moment they are forever torn apart.