When the Siren Calls Paperback – 1 Nov 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 '
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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...Read more ›
Isobel, married for fifteen years to workaholic high-flier, Peter, has a chance meeting in Marrakech with Jay, a wheeler-dealer property investor, who is looking for funding for his dodgy tourist complex in Tuscany. While nothing happens between Isobel and Jay, she finds him hard to forget and, when invited to a presentation of his tourism project, she is unable to resist attending. Her discontent with what she sees as an unsatisfactory marriage, sexually and in respect of her husband's addiction to his work, leaves her vulnerable to Jay's obvious attractions.
Jay's life is an unrelenting mixture of juggling marriage to Rusty and his responsibilities to their children with his mistress, Lucy, and his desire for Isobel, while Isobel is hung up with the whole issue of infidelity at the same time as desiring Jay.
With a brilliant opening in Marrakech, and set in the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and Middle England, these characters play out their lives against rising tension in the Tuscan tourist complex between the local Italian population and the mainly British owners of apartments and houses within the complex, who discover they've been taken for a ride by Jay's property company.
Tightly written and with a cast of strong characters who, while not particularly pleasant are certainly memorable, this novel is a potent and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sex, romance and big, bad business.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Mitchell
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 morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by bvonlewi
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 morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by Kerry M
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
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 morePublished on 19 July 2013 by Bridget
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. Read more
This book felt very live, you could imagine yourself in Tuscany, and even captured within the plot which felt so real. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by Zyrieda Denning
really loved this book
a great read
please write more tom barry
i have only been reading since june
love these books
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. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Lucinda