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.
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“A delectable twist of romance, sex and humour.” - Stephanie J Hale, author, ‘Millionaire Women, Millionaire You.’
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I loved this book! I would buy this book and recommend it to all my friends who love smart, sensual stories with twists that keep you guessing! I tried to predict where things were going and was surprised at almost every turn. I honestly don’t think that I’d want anything removed from the story. It had an epic feel to it; I enjoyed the business part of the story, and how things all came together. The author's descriptive talents are amazing, really painting a picture of the characters, scenes, and locales. Just beautiful. I especially enjoyed the astute observations and brilliant turns of phrase.
The sex scenes are beautifully written, wonderfully erotic and exciting. They are tempered them well with the business scenes, which were snappy, interesting, and intelligent. I was truly interested in these characters and what was happening to all of them.
by Erin Potter
Wow - Lady Chatterley meets Christian Grey. Tom Barry has a strong sense of irony and a nose for unearthing what lies beneath the civilised facades we present to the world. It’s exciting to find a new writer who tells life like it is, but with a delectable twist of romance, sex and humour.”
by Stephanie J Hale, author, 'Millionaire Women, Millionaire You"
Witty, often deliciously self-conscious and smattered with the best sort of irony, When the Siren Calls is both seductive and funny. If ‘humourotica’ is a genre then Tom Barry is its king; if it does not yet exist then he is its creator.
by Book Connoisseur.
A sexually-unfulfilled wife in a tricky situation and a handsome stranger coming to her rescue. Give me good old escapism any time.
by Alana Woods, author, ‘Imbroglio’.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the way the strands come together as the novel pushes towards climax."
by Matthew Branton, author, ’The Love Parade’.
“This story grabs you by the throat from the start. The opening scene is every woman’s nightmare.”
by Kathleen Patel, Amazon Books.
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 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 Tom Fletcher, author, 'The Leaping'
Not sure whether this novel is a romantic suspense, an emotional drama or a Grisham style thriller. What I do know is Tom Barry follows in the footsteps of the great Irish Storytellers.” – Re O Laighleis, author ‘Hooked.’
by Re O Laighleis, author ‘Hooked.’
When The Siren Calls is a sexy, seductive book. There is love, betrayal, infidelity and unexpected twists. There is so much going on, its like watching a really good movie. It's brilliant. It's character driven and the plot is intriguing. The sex scenes are steamy and erotic without being over the top. This is the first book in what is set to be a series, so you get to revisit your favorite characters in the next few books. - "Books & Reviews"
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