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Yesterday, I received in the mail a book I had read about on someone else’s blog and thought it sounded interesting. The book is The Siren by Tiffany Reisz.
A beautiful cover is what drew me in, I’ll admit that I’m that shallow :). The book is erotica, but definitely better written and attempts more depth than most. There is funnily enough not an overabundance of actual penetrative sex, but there is scads of talking about sex and agonizing about sex, and reminiscing about sex. There are the obligatory BDSM club scenes. The main character, Nora, is a switch, so while she is Dominant and the aggressor with some characters, she is then the submissive with others.
Ironically, there is some discussion of the movement of BDSM away from being defined as a pathology towards being an acceptable “lifestyle” choice. I say ironically because in Nora’s case you are left wondering if this would have been a choice. I don’t say this as a spoiler but more as a warning for other readers who might be turned off, not interested, upset by, etc. the idea that Nora was “introduced” to the “lifestyle” by an authority figure while she was still a minor (under 16). She and her Dom attempt to excuse this by saying that they did not have “penetrative” sex until she was 20. Doesn’t really fly with me, but maybe that is because I am mother of teens and an authority figure to other people’s teens and know the responsibility to be above reproach with them. And then there is another minor child sex incident, for which no excuse is offered, and in fact the sex is held up as “therapeutic”. I had a real problem with that. Finally, there is a third character with the appearance of a teen who is the object of 33 year old Nora’s love/lust based on his looks, he is an adult but looks like a teen. Problematic for me.
In all, the book is better written than many of the erotica offerings out there, but I did not find it erotic, if that makes any sense. It seems like all the pseudo-psycho babble was a turn-off for me and many of the main characters came across as severely damaged, which is exactly the image BDSM practitioners are trying to shed.