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.
Nora Sutherlin is an erotica author who is currently writing a book that is near and dear to her heart. Due to her deep connection with her current work, she seeks out a reputable publishing company. Enter Zach Easton, the publishing company’s best editor, known for pushing his authors to greatness with his brutal honesty. Zach is a very serious individual that takes his job even more seriously. He is initially opposed to working with Nora and her erotic books. Knowing that he is moving soon, he decides to give her a shot until he leaves.
Nora is quite the character. She is extremely comfortable with her sexuality and makes it clear constantly. There is some sort of attraction that occurs almost immediately. However, both Nora and Zach have dark pasts and deep secrets that they hold tight. Furthermore, both are still in love with their exes.
Another interesting character is Wesley, Nora’s young live-in intern. Wesley is such a sweetheart. I loved everything about him. But his relationship with Nora was so confusing to me. In fact, all of Nora’s relationships left me confused. You know how in the beginning of a book you can anticipate what will happen. You may not know the details that will get you there, but you still have an idea of the direction. I was completely lost on the direction of this one until close to the end, which is what made it completely captivating.
This one was very heavy on the S&M, which I was not that familiar with. What little I knew came from Fifty Shades. The Siren did a good job at portraying the mentality behind this lifestyle.
I am not going to lie. There were some situations that I had an issue with, and I’m not referring to the explicit nature of the book. While many times I loved this book, there were also several instances when I hated it. I guess the ability that a book holds to make you go through the full range of emotions is the mark of an extraordinary one. Still, I am struggling with with a few of the events. Furthermore, these situations affected my ability to enjoy the book at times. Overall, this is a beautifully written book. But I would definitely say that it is not for the faint of heart.