Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Please Sir, May I Have Another

"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."
--Tiffany Reisz, The Siren


Genre: Adult Contemporary, Erotica
Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 432
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Source: Gift via Jaime at Fiction Fare
Previous Books in Series: First book in series
Goodreads Description

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.

Mini-Review

Dude. I gotta start off by saying I had minimal expectations going into this book. I've had in on my Kindle for quite a while. I've heard good things but ya know, you gotta be in the mood for a story like this. Plus I knew the series already had five book out so I was kinda daunted by that. I had no idea what I was in the mood to read so I was like, ya know I'll give this a try. If I don't like it I can forget the rest of the series...needless to say, this book pretty much had me by the throat by the end of the first chapter. I cannot describe it any better than the writing is just excellent. The voice of this third person narrator is just perfection. I felt immediately "in" the story and its setting. I could see it in front of me. The dialogue is witty. The characters are cantankerous and hilarious. The characterizations are complex and intricately weaved. If there is one thing you take away from reading this review, know that the writing is just phenomenal. I can't put it any more than that.

The plot within a plot was pure literary bliss to read. Nora is the main character and a write of erotica novels. She is trying to go with a more serious type of book and a new editor who doesn't want to work with her based on her previous novels. Nora is such an interesting character. She is sweet yet definitely somebody you do NOT want to piss off. She is a juxtaposition of everything and I love that about her. Zach is a stuffy editor from London in the midst of a separation from his wife. He doesn't want to like Nora but he does. Nobody can deny her charm and he tries to fight it as best he can. Wesley is her 19 year old intern who I'm not quite sure what to think of yet. And then there's Soren. This elusive, mysterious mega-figure of her past. He is as terrifying as he is tantalizing. I need to know more about this man because holy shit, he is like just so mysterious and sexy and I want, want, want all of him. 

So this plot within the plot thing I mentioned above? This book is about an erotica writer who is writing an erotic novel and we get scenes from the novel interspersed in OUR novel AND we also get scenes from the book Nora is writing...that aren't so fictitious...aka this book is a little bit of a mind fuck but in the best way. I love reading about writers and their process for some reason, I found this aspect and plot focus just fun. I loved Zach getting on her ass about her sex scenes and what she has to cut and fix. It was interesting, kept me on my toes, and I couldn't put this book down. The writing of this book is simply fucking awesome. I can't say enough about it and how invested I was so quickly. I fell in love with these characters and wanted them to succeed. And while I love love love Nora, the person least seen in the book, Soren, is the one that always stole the scene. Why? Because that fucker is terrifying and sexy and I can't wait to know more. Yes, I said it again even though I said it in the above paragraph but this guy...phew, I can't wait to see more.

Now you might be turned off because this is an erotic novel but don't be. Yes, this this obviously a major theme and what these people do but it is about so much more than just the BDSM sexual acts. I felt like that really took a backseat to the plot and the writing. It was not an overpowering aspect of the plot that made the whole book about it. It's not. It's there but it's done in such an informative and tasteful way that I felt like I was learning about this lifestyle without it being thrown in my face. It is just a ridiculously well-written book with a plot that won't quit. And the overwhelming sense and message of accepting one's self for who you are is absolutely beautiful. I loved that the characters in this book, most of them, are open-minded and free spirited...shit, it's books like this that make me think I might have actually been a hippie had I grown up in the 60s. Free love and all that. But seriously, love in so many definitions of the word can be seen throughout this book and especially this sires and this is just the beginning. I cannot wait to start The Angel because holy hell, I need to know what happens next.


VIP
If you love erotica, thinking about reading erotica, or just love a really f'ing good story, this is for you.

4 comments:

  1. This series is like: !!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't know how far you are so I won't say anything. BUT.

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    1. I mean, there's a story in there and everything!

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  2. Okay, not going to lie, the erotica bit throws me off a little! But you've made The Siren sound so fantastic that I'm very, very, very tempted to give it a shot. While I still have a huge bunch of recommendations from you to read, I'm thinking, based on your sheer enthusiasm for it, I might just have to look into giving this a shot!

    Plus, that whole story within a story thing? I LOVE THAT. Almost as much as I love reading about writers.

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  3. "And the overwhelming sense and message of accepting one's self for who you are is absolutely beautiful." - this 100% captures my love for this book. It was this message that just made me fall in love with the characters and the story. All of them are so interesting and so real. You're right, from page one, you are in the story, able to visualize and see all these characters. The writing is so good. And while the sex is good, I definitely agree that it takes a backseat to the plotline and character development which was refreshing in an erotica novel. Thanks again for recommending this to me!!

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