When the Siren Calls (Paperback)
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DescriptionWhen the Siren Calls, set in Tuscany, is an adult contemporary romance and business thriller. It is the story of two people, Isobel and Jay, and their passionate and cathartic affair. She is a restless and neglected woman - a modern day Lady Chatterley - struggling to live a life true to herself, not the one her workaholic husband and fickle friends expect. The enigmatic Jay is a gifted but flawed maverick, a powerful and controlling lothario locked in his own fight for survival. When Jay invites Isobel to his idyllic Tuscan retreat she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. But all is not as it seems and Isobel finds herself trapped in a web of deception and betrayal. Hopelessly bound under Jay's spell, Isobel must discover if her lover is her saviour, or her nemesis.
- Published: 01 November 2012
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781780883106 ISBN 10: 1780883102
- Sales rank: 1,051,271
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Reviews for When the Siren Calls
When the siren calls - watch out !
Isobel Roberts is bored and frustrated with her workaholic husband, and so when a charming stranger called Jay tells her of his plans for a luxurious new tourist development in Tuscany, she can't resist fantasising about how her life might yet change radically. When the Siren Calls tells what happens next - a tumultuous, dramatic story of sexual awakening set beneath the Italian sun. The subject matter of the book seems to be how wealth and security can lead to boredom, and how alluring the exotic becomes in these circumstances. To Isobel, Jay represents the exotic in two ways - the hot, romantic Tuscan life, and sexual experimentation. For me, the story was about Isobel and the love triangle that she finds herself in.
This is a pacy, racy, romance novel intertwined with a business thriller that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene. Generally, the pace of the novel is consistent and levels of tension and suspense are just right. Isobel's deliberations about her marriage and Jay's allure are convincingly handled, and the will-she-won't-she dilemma is compelling in itself.
The backdrop for their story is a world that is populated by almost universally rich men and beautiful women. The men are mostly predatory adulterers, and the women are all adept at using their sexuality in order to manipulate the men.
Although there is a lot of sex in When the Siren Calls there is more to the book than the sex, and the sex scenes could be made more explicit if that was the point of the novel. by Brendan