12 Shades of Surrender Anthology Review: Seven Day Loan (The Original Sinners 0.5) by Tiffany Reisz *spoilers*

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12 Shades of Surrender Anthology Review: Seven Day Loan (The Original Sinners 0.5) by Tiffany Reisz  *spoilers* four-stars
Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #0.5
Published by Harlequin MIRA on September 4, 2012
Genres: BDSM, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 41
Format: eBook
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A trained submissive, Eleanor will do whatever her master commands...even spend a week with a stranger. Daniel has been a recluse since his wife's death, and Eleanor's lover thinks spending time with her will be therapeutic--especially since Daniel is also a Dom.

Despite her defiant streak, Eleanor can't resist giving in to Daniel's erotic demands. But while she'll let him have her body, she's determined to keep a guard around her heart. Even if Daniel wants to make Eleanor his permanently....

Also published as The Gift.

Note: I should call this “The Exorcism of Ellie” rather than a book review. Eleanor’s story really made me sad and the character has lingered in my mind. This is my attempt to excise her presence. Read at your own risk.

Gah! I don’t know what to say about this read. I will say my emotions are conflicted and all over the place.

I first learned of Tiffany Reisz via one of my Goodreads groups. My friends were raving about the book The Siren and it was recommended to me. I saw a comment – can’t remember where – that humiliation, blood and Catholic Priests played large parts in the book…which made me hesitant. Blood and humiliation are really not my thing and I’m Catholic. So I’m all into that guilt thing, though, lol.

Seven Day Loan

I ended up with “Seven Day Loan” because I purchased the 12 Shades of Surrender anthology. I cracked open the anthology and learned that it included a short by Tiffany Reisz. Hmmmm. Initially I decided to skip it…but curiosity encouraged me to read it. Shit, I already owned it.

“Seven Day Loan” is a very well written story. Ms Reisz is a talented writer with a gift for characterization. In no time at all I was emotionally attached to Eleanor and Daniel. I had no idea what Ms Reisz’s Original Sinners series was about (outside of BDSM, blood and Catholic Priests) so I went into this story with no expectations.

“Seven Day Loan” is the story of Eleanor. Eleanor is the 23-year-old trained submissive of [name redacted]. She is loaned to Daniel by this man for a week. During the time Eleanor is with Daniel, she is to behave as his submissive and have sex with him – if he so chooses.

Throughout Eleanor’s time with Daniel the reader learns that Daniel had become a hermit after the death of his submissive wife, not leaving his land for at least 3 years. Eleanor believes that her Dom wants Daniel to fall in love with her so that Daniel would leave his compound when Eleanor has to be returned.

And this is where I start getting sad.

Daniel does fall in love with Eleanor and Eleanor finds something within Daniel that is very attractive – someone that she could love. But Eleanor belongs to someone else – she’s just a loan – and that someone is coming to retrieve her.

And this just broke my heart.

I mentioned earlier that Ms Reisz has a gift for characters/characterization. I was attached to Eleanor. I was attached to Daniel. I felt they would make a wonderful couple…and since I had no information about Ms Reisz’s series, I was rooting for the two to make a go at it. Fuck her Dom, the selfish prick. What kind of fucking man claims “love” when [RANT redacted to not spoil The Siren]. And it sure is sadistic to taunt someone – Eleanor – with the one thing she can’t have: a man who loves her enough to be with her publicly, to give her his nights and mornings.

“I can’t let you ask me,” she said.

Daniel took a half step toward her.

“Why not?”

“Because,” she said looking down at the snow that caked her shoes like white icing. “Im not sure I’ll be able to say ‘no.””

“Why not?” Daniel asked again as he inched another minuscule step forward.

“Who he is and what he is…” She paused and tears flooded her eyes. “Every single second I spend with him I have to steal. I sleep in his bead and know there’s no place in the world I’d rather be but it’s the last place in the world I should be. I get Saturday nights with him, sometimes a Thursday night if I’m lucky. But never the mornings. What I wouldn’t give for a Wednesday or a Sunday morning…”

“You’re in love with [redacted], Eleanor. What did you expect?”

“Not to be in love with [redacted] for starters,” Eleanor said, half laughing, half crying. “every morning this week you made love to me. You’re all mornings and afternoons and evenings and I didn’t have to steal a single second of it. You just have them all to give. So if you ask me to stay… Please, Daniel, don’t ask me to stay.”

That little section really made me cry. 🙁

Sadly, Daniel and Eleanor don’t become a couple. Eleanor stays true to her Dom and she leaves Daniel, even though he tries his best to make her stay.

Eleanor turned to face him. “Seven-day loan. That was the deal.”

Daniel nodded, but it was clear he wasn’t nodding in agreement.
“That was the deal. The deal can change.”

“No. It can’t,” Eleanor said, suddenly angry. It’s not a joke. I’m not a library book. I’m not a part of the permanent collection.”

Daniel said nothing for a long time. “You could be.”

Eleanor just shook her head. “I can’t believe this. You’re his friend and I’m his everything and you’re doing this.”

The ending of “Seven Day Loan” has Eleanor leaving Daniel to return to her Dom. The epilogue states that Daniel leaves his home and starts to travel. He sends Eleanor a postcard but she is still taken. That night I went to bed rather sad. I didn’t get my HEA. 🙁 Eleanor and Daniel didn’t get their HEAs, either.

After reading “Seven Day Loan” I went into a frenzy of review reading. Somewhere, someone was going to tell me that Eleanor was safe, that Eleanor was loved…but every review I read was about “Nora, Nora, Nora!” I was angry. No. I was infuriated – and hurt for Eleanor. Really hurt.

One of the reasons I avoid tear-jerkers and super emo stories is that I’m a bleeding heart. I’m so open and my imagination is so strong and my heart is so on my sleeve that I just can’t. That stuff turns me into a sad mess so I avoid it as much as possible (cause I’m a sensitive flower). So now – knowing that about me – can you even imagine how fucked up I was? My feelings were hurt. (according to Kathleen Hale this means that I should immediately engage stalker mode. /snerk)

This bugged me. I mean, it really bugged me. It got in my head and fucked with me for over a week. OMG. The RAGE I went through being unable to find out what happened to Eleanor was quite stressful.

So I went digging again. And I learned a little more – a lot more, to be honest. I learned that if I had planned to read the first book – The Siren – I’d just had the crap spoiled out of me.

I saw where there will be more books – some to focus on Eleanor so maybe she’ll get that HEA? Some of my friends told me that Ms Reisz doesn’t write the “typical romance books with happy endings.” Well, goody for her. I like my happy endings. I hated the fact that this story made me cry and I got no pay off in the end.

Fuck. 🙁

All in all, I can say this: Ms Reisz is a talented author who writes fascinating books that I will avoid in the future for my own emotional health.

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