When the Siren Calls - Prequel

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Seductive, deceptive, rapacious : Restless and neglected Isobel is suffocating in a stagnant marriage. Suave and charismatic Jay is out for the main chance. When they meet both sense opportunity. She pursues him to Tuscany where her imaginings of a cinematic love affair crash into a nightmare of desire, deception, and betrayal. A tense emotional drama, full of intrigue and suspense More
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About TJ Barry

T.J. Barry is a writer of contemporary romance and business thrillers. He publishes erotic short stories under the pen name 'Moll Malone"

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When the Siren Calls - Prequel
Rich but neglected Isobel has her slumbering sexuality awakened by the enigmatic Jay, only to find her cravings become insatiable. She pursues him to Tuscany where her imaginings of a cinematic love affair crash into the reality of desire, deception and betrayal, with controlling Jay encouraging conservative Isobel to continually push beyond her sexual boundaries.

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Review by: Louise Tassiker on March 07, 2013 : star
I was given this book free to review.

When I saw the cover for this book I was excited to read it.

I'm sad to say I felt like it was a waste of time. The story isn't badly written as such, it's just that there's no real substance to the story and the characters are not at all likeable. In fact, they are really annoying. If they were actual people I somehow met I would hate them.

Isobel is in Marrakesh with her husband who is more interested in his work than his wife. She goes off the the market alone wearing a see through sweaty top with no bra and ends up in a sticky situation where she relies on a handsome business man (who comes across as sleazy) to save the day. It's just unrealistic, I can't imagine any woman being stupid enough to do something like this and couldn't enjoy the story at all.
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Review by: Bobby Wiseowl on July 05, 2012 : star star star star star
I was so intrigued by Ms Richter's earth shattering review that I simply had to read the prequel. Taken at face value it would seem that Mr Barry's tale of decadence and sensuality has clearly not moved the earth for Ms Richter - primarily because, being very bright and feisty, she simply cannot identify with the allegedly too stupid protagonist. Closer scrutiny, however, reveals very shaky ground: Barry's keen eye for what lies beneath, and his clever critique of a certain lifestyle, must have pressed exactly the right buttons in her - which would explain the acrid eruption. I really enjoyed the prequel and look forward to reading the book.
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Review by: Pamela Richter on July 02, 2012 : star
The heroin of this prequel is so stupid and unlikeable I would never read the upcomming novel. First, she goes into foreign land, goes into a dangerous place because she's angry at her husband. (I'm going to show him!) She gets lost. Upset that her attire becomes transparent when wet. (Evidently she's too dumb to check about modes of dress in a foreign country) and is helped by a stranger.

During this time she constantly complains about the trinkets she bought because she was soooo bored. Poor thing. In this economy she's not going to gain much sympathy. She complains and whines through the sequel, about the lavish dinners she must attend with her husband. That her husband doesn't spend enough attention to her. That she is alone all the time.

I felt like saying, Get a Life. Divorce the husband. Get a job. Get some interests, paint a book, sponser a child, I wouldn't say Write a Book. The heroine is obviously too stupid.
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Review by: kevin barry on April 30, 2012 : star star star star star
This was a typical I must read one more chapter type of book. Had me hooked from the first few pages I found it a lot easier to pick up than put down
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Review by: Chris Parker on Jan. 26, 2012 : star star star star
A well-written, intriguing opener that makes you want to get into the full story. A teasing first couple of chapters gives just enough to engage with the characters and hint at the perils to come. Can't wait to read the book.
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Review by: Jc1969 on Jan. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I read the while thing in one quick session. Unusual for me as I rarely read fiction! The writing was impressive, very descriptive and layered with multiple threads. I was quickly hooked and need to know what happens next!
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Review by: ColinS on Jan. 10, 2012 : star star star star
It's hard to develop characters and an atmosphere in a short prequel but this book does it. Lots of threads to explore story lines in the next book and a reminder to look after my wife when travelling on business!
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Review by: Tessa Watson on Jan. 09, 2012 : star star star star
This first glimpse of the new novel is gripping and engaging. The fantastic description brings the story to life allowing you to fully immerse yourself in it. The final line has left me eagerly waiting for the full release! A must read for 2012.
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Review by: Stephanie Hale on Jan. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
"It's rare that you can be lucky enough to be amongst the first to peek inside the covers of a sizzling new novel. 'When the Siren Calls' is every bit as hot and steamy as the cover suggests. It drips with sexual tension from start to finish."
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Review by: Stephanie Hale on Jan. 06, 2012 : (no rating)
"It's rare that you can be lucky enough to be amongst the first to peek inside the covers of a sizzling new novel. 'When the Siren Calls' is every bit as hot and steamy as the cover suggests. It drips with sexual tension from start to finish. There's plenty here to keep a reader turning the pages."
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Review by: Gill Thompson on Jan. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
A high octane suspense story and a roller coaster of a ride as the headstrong heroine goes from one crisis to another. Think a young Audrey Hepburn and a menacing Michael Douglas in his prime - Roman Holiday meets Wall Street, Princess Anya and Gordon Gekko. But this is no romantic comedy. It is high tension and suspense from the opening line, with innocence thrown amongst the devious. The characters are real and believable, i was really sucked in, rooting for Isobel from the start. Somewhat surprisingly, the author brings the characters and scenes to life, while leaving much to the imagination. We learn more as we move along, with backstory cleverly drip fed on a need to know basis. By the time the author tells us what we need to know about the characters, we care enough to want to know. Sexual tension lurks on every page but there are real moments of humour, and some great one liners.
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Review by: Sue Price on Jan. 05, 2012 : star star star star star
A truly gripping read, this novel pits naive innocent Isobel at the mercy of womanizing executive Jay, who will stop at nothing to achieve success in the money-driven business world. Or will he? Has Isobel changed his outlook? Or in wooing her is he simply exploiting her for her and her husband's money?

Set in the magnificent settings of Marrakech, London and Tuscany, the novel explores both the corruption of the business world and whether love can conquer all.

Fast-paced and edgy, it really was a book i could not put down. A fantastic read.
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