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Tom Barry
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1 Nov 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780883102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780883106
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,156,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TJ Barry was born to Irish immigrant parents. One of eight children, Barry grew up in the UK market town of Northampton. After a management consulting career with PwC, Deloitte, and Accenture Barry took up writing fiction full-time in 2010. A published writer published while as a university student, "When the Siren Calls," was released in 2012.

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A pacy, racy romance novel that simultaneously feels like a critique of a particular social scene. --Tom Fletcher, author of 'The Leaping'

Grabs you by the throat from the start. --Kathleen Patel, Amazon Books

The sex scenes in 'When the Siren Calls' are vital, pacy, and never gross or uncomfortable - as the annual Bad Sex Awards shows, this is rare in fiction. --Matthew Branton, author of 'The Love Parade '

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Timeshare scams. 17 Feb 2013
I read this over a couple of days. It was a "light read".
The plot revolves around Jay ( a bit of a lad!) and Isobel.
The story line is pretty good and very feasible. Most people have heard of timeshare touts and scams.
The web which is woven is indeed very tangled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lucinda
My attention was caught instantly as I was lured into this tantalizingly tempting book, where fast-paced drama combined with an intricately woven detailed narrative astonishes. I am so impressed by Tom Barry whose work is quite remarkable with such stunning, fluidity of prose and fresh originality. The cleverly crafted concoction of romance and sex amidst a truth-drawing perspective on life is exquisite as you instantly connect with such meaningful, intense storytelling. Full of dry wit, electric tension and spine-tingling sensational moments this page-turner was outstanding and had me glued to the pages for hours! Amidst the poignant clarity and acutely graphic realism, is an enriching perspective and insight on life.

When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to join an idyllic Tuscan retreat owned by the enigmatic Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. As a result of this she abandons herself in a passionate affair, but is soon trapped in a web of deception and betrayal as her desperate lover fights for survival...Hopelessly bound under Jay's spell, Isobel must discover whether he is her savior, or her nemesis.

This exciting, nail-bitingly gripping read is totally brilliant and which swept me away as I lost myself utterly and completely within Isobel and Jay's heated passionate saga. Heart-pounding, stirring and powerfully dramatic this stunning novel takes you on a sweeping journey of the inner workings of the heart and is an acute character-study. The power of love versus the dynamic feverish bolt of lust are two distinct emotions that continue to amaze; as both lust and love alters and defines our lives in such a way as to become the catalyst for great change - as shown in Isobel's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simmering under the surface 6 Dec 2012
By Hayley
Format:Kindle Edition
A steamy cocktail of modern romance and high drama . There are many novels which fall into this genre but there are very few that offer a new perspective on the heated morality of an illicit ménage a trios . This book asks the reader to consider their own life and how they might approach a similar situation which holds the narrative together .

The key character ,a bored and wealthy housewife Isobel, is pushed to her limits succumbing to the pull of a hedonistic, sexually charged bubble . But will she be able to conquer her fantasy or will the threat of reality stunt her driving passions. An honest and unshrinking seduction that is simultaneously provocative and challenging .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When The Siren Calls was, for me, the perfect escapism from the grey British weather and the daily routine. In fact, I thought it was so ideal for 30-something women (like Isobel - the lead female role in WTSC) that I recommended it to my book group and they're now all reading it (and enjoying it immensely according to the text messages I've been getting from them telling me they've gone to bed early to catch up on the latest happenings in Tuscany!).

This is categorised as a 'romantic business thriller' and it has its fair share of steamy scenes, but all are extremely well written and most definitely not over-the-top. I found myself wishing Isobel would just shake her husband and wake him from his perpetual work daydream, but in the end she didn't need to, he did that all by himself. I'm still unsure whether he actually cheated on her, whether he knew about her love affair with Jay (I think he did on both counts) or why she didn't prolong her time with Jay, but I think she made the right decision in the end. I never really warmed to Jay, although think he must be a fairly troubled soul and imagined him to look like Robert Pattinson...but then again, anyone vaguely gorgeous in a novel these days seems to be R-Patz in my mind! This is the fun thing about this book though and a question I'll be asking the girls at the book group: who would play Jay Brooke in the WTSC film? Other questions will be: Have you ever considered if you're on the right path? Would you be as brave as Isobel and give up the life she was expected to lead, if you were in her circumstances?

I loved 50 Shades of Grey and this has been compared to that, although I think, personally, the fact that it has been written by a man and an Irish born man now living in England, makes it even better...
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Isobel is a rich Surrey housewife adrift in the world of 'husbands, airports and business'. She has it all yet has nothing.

Peter, her alpha male husband, pays more attention to his phone and doing deals for his high powered international business clients than he does to her.

A chance encounter with a suave stranger who saves her from a sticky situation in a Marakesh souk leads Isobel on a sexual and romantic adventure that turns her life on its head.

Egged on by Maria, her adulterous confidante, Isobel swallows her scruples to embark on a steamy affair with Jay, another but very different sort of wheeler-dealer buziness man to her ice-man husband.

Tom Barry's WHEN THE SIREN CALLS chronciles Isobel's erotic liberation and subsequent fall as the net of lies she plunges into closes in around her.

The story-telling is strong throughout with the romantic lives of the players set against the fortunes of a decidedly questionable time-share complex in Tuscany.

The characters are skillfully drawn, especially Isobel, who felt very real in her hopes, ways, flaws and responses.

A couple of the chapters were also richly witty, farcical almost as the characters sought to further their romantic hopes and dreams.

And sex. There is plenty of sex. But this is not primarily an erotic of sexual story because the sex always feels secondary to the charachters' quests for fulfilment. Lucy, the most overtly sexiest player of all wants marriage and children. The main men, Peter, Jay and Andy, are motivated as much by winning their business power plays as by sex. Indeed, the story is as much about male power as sex. But then don't men seek power as a means to achieve sex, too?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Californian getaway
This is often said, but having been a fan of Tom Barry's for a while (see his interesting blog), this book has trumped even his last book: When the Siren Calls. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Robert Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I was given this book as a gift and the title was very appealing. I was taken aback by the details, it is certainly a racy love novel, which I am usually not so keen on. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bvonlewi
4.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I Read This Book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whilst there were no unexpected twists to the plot, it was still riveting and kept me glued to the book unable to put it down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kerry M
3.0 out of 5 stars Racy romance in Tuscany
I'd like to thank Tom Barry and his publishers for giving me this book to review :-)
When i first started reading this book, i knew it was not a book that i would typically... Read more
Published 13 months ago by claire hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A pacy, racy romance that is also an intelligent read
I received this book via Net Galley in exchange for a review. I enjoyed it sufficiently to recommend it to my local bookclub as book of the month. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bridget
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot
This book felt very live, you could imagine yourself in Tuscany, and even captured within the plot which felt so real. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zyrieda Denning
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
really loved this book
a great read
please write more tom barry
i have only been reading since june
love these books
Published 19 months ago by bosso
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much business, not enough romance
I was intrigued at first by the concept of this book, especially the notion of an older woman escaping to Italy for an affair. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Daphne (Winged Reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars G-RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRReat
Not only does this bloke have an absolutely awesome name, he's also an amazing writer. Brilliant debut for Barry; lets hope he continues producing work of this quality.
Published 21 months ago by maffism
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and smart read
I am not normally one for romance novels but I found this to be a really enjoyable read. I found the story to be one that really drew me in and was enjoyable from start to finish. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Oliver
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