Marie Reviews "When The Siren Calls" by Tom Barry

When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry

A story of seduction, deception and betrayal... When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat, owned by the enigmatic Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries. But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself is left. As her life falls apart, she is torn between the consequences of infidelity, her love for Jay, and fear that he will be her nemesis. For both Isobel and Jay, the excesses and confusions of an uncertain and largely amoral age are about to be brought home to roost, right in the heart of their lives. Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, When the Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. The novel will appeal to adult readers of romantic suspense and to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.


*My Review Gives Details of The Story That may Spoil The Ending*
Well Written But Couldn't Commit to Liking It
I was taken in by the description of this novel. When I began reading it, I didn't feel I was getting what was advertised. It was still well written though, and it seemed it could be a good book. There were parts of the story I found entertaining, but they were more about Lucy than Jay and Isobel. I found it quite comical when she showed up at Jay and Rusty's kids' school.
I did not like Jay, who was cheating on his wife with Lucy, and eventually Isobel, and anyone else he could snag by the looks of it. He was immoral in his business dealings as much as his personal life, and the book focused on the business much more than I thought it would. It took forever to get to the point where Isobel and Jay got together, and then the relationship seemed of no real consequence. Jay didn't change his ways. Isobel was cheating on her husband, Peter, and he didn't seem to notice.
Peter was a non factor until the end of the book when I thought, perhaps, he was going to take down Jay for his unscrupulous business and regain the attention and affection of his wife, which I would have loved to have read. Disappointingly, that did not happen.
Isobel found out Jay was trying to cheat her and her husband financially, and she continued to sleep with him. She even saw how ruthlessly Jay treated Lucy by getting her drunk and abandoning her emotionally and physically to be taken advantage of by Eamon in order to have an excuse to end their affair. Still, she slept with him? Wake up Isobel. But then, perhaps that was the goal and end result of this book, since her final decision was to end her marriage and her affair. It didn't seem like it had closure though. To get that you will will probably have to read the entire set of books.
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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