Review: Siren Reborn by Sophie Oak

siren rebornReviewed by Shelly

This is the 8th installment in Sophie Oak Texas Sirens series. From my last count, this is the 3rd m/m/f ménage. The others have been either m/f/m or m/f with very alpha males and their submissive female.

Kitten, Mason and Cole’s story felt a bit like Julian, Finn and Danielle’s story (Siren Enslaved – Texas Sirens #3) in that there’s a switch who happens to be male. The only comparison that Julian and Cole have is that they’re both Doms, but I still think that Julian is the big bad wolf of the group. As he’s my favorite character in the series, I would luv a sequel to Julian’s story. I do enjoy reading about him in the series, but I want another story with him, Finn and Danielle. That’s the end of my shameless plea. Now on to the review for Kitten’s HEA. There are going to be some things about this review that might suggest that I’m not a fan of this author’s work, which I am, but I still like a good, sound, believable story regardless of who writes it.

Kitten’s been around in a couple of the other books and her story was a long time coming for me – my patience finally paid off. Katherine Taylor started out her life living in a protected and arguably suffocating household to very religious parents. These bad unloving parents had her as a replacement child for one they lost years before. While living at home, Katherine was ignored by both parents – her overzealous father who preaches hell and damnation and her go along to get along mother who doesn’t have either a mouth or her own mind.

One day while she’s away at a small religious college, Katherine is kidnapped and ends up as a sex slave for a sadistic psycho who liked to put his slaves in cages and doled out some pretty severe punishment for whatever indiscretions (or not). Kitten and Nat (Siren Unleashed, Texas Siren, #7) were held for a while. Kitten was a prison for longer than Nat but that’s how they were introduced, bonded and became friends.

I’m not a fan of the way the parents were portrayed – as a matter of fact, I didn’t like that at all because it was cliché and easy. Why couldn’t Kitten have had something bad happen to her? Bad things happen to good people all the time. Kitten was likable enough, she’s learned over the last few years under Julian’s guardianship that she can ask for what she wants. She still has things that she’s anxious about but she’s getting better; then she received a call from the hospital about picking up Mason Scott. Mason Scott is Cole’s ex-lover and ex-submissive. There was some trouble with the last submissive who he and his Dom, Cole, shared that ended with a fatality. I was surprised about how easy it was for these two guys to dismiss their dead submissive. Mason thought she was a b*tch and Cole was too busy being guilty over Mason’s departure to give a rats butt about her death.

Mason is a lawyer by trade but since Cole kicked him out 2 years prior and blackballed him he’s been living in a style that he’s not accustomed to. There were moments when I wanted to feel for Mason because of his unloved childhood but I didn’t. There were moments where I thought he would ‘man up’ suck it up and move on but I didn’t see it. There were lots of moments where I got tired of hearing Cole call him ‘baby’.

Cole is a businessman who’s running his father’s business. Unlike Mason and Kitten, his childhood was lovely and flowery with good feelings and supporting parents. They were so supporting that they allowed Mason to come live with them when he was 18 and was kicked out of his home for being gay. Cole and Mason spent the next ten years of their lives together before the death of one of their submissives after which everything seemed to fall apart.

This is the first story in a long while that I’ve read where the Dom in the relationship only wants to be referred to as ‘Master’ – that’s a power trip I cannot pretend to find agreeable or sexy.

The chemistry between these three was okay but that wasn’t distracting enough for me to not notice the lack of character development that I expect of Oak’s writing. The story itself was okay but I’ve read some excellent stories by Oak and it’s very hard for me to accept anything less. Also, I’m not sure why but there was too much repetitive inner dialogue, I would have been happier with tighter editing and a lower word count.

As with my last review of her work – I still enjoy Oak and the work she’s produced, she’s not taken the series in a direction that I’m not able to follow.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: B-/C+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Siren Reborn
by Sophie Oak
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Siren

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