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The Gift (The Original Sinners) [Kindle Edition]

Tiffany Reisz
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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….

Previously published as Seven Day Loan.

Follow Eleanor as she struggles with the illicit love of her owner, the wild complications of being a switch and her unbridled passion for writing erotica in Tiffany Reisz's highly acclaimed series, The Original Sinners. Look for The Siren, The Angel and The Prince, available now from Harlequin MIRA.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 189 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (Nov. 19 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UVK28U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Aug. 12 2013
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I love her books, she is one of my fav writers and will read all of her published material always
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miz Reisz wonderfully combines emotion with kink. Adds humor along with the bdsm elements. Nov. 19 2012
By Letitia - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: A- ... Heat: Sizzling

I waivered on how to rate this story. It was a battle of quality versus quantity for me. Is it well written and gripping? Did I enjoy the heck out it? Unequivocally, yes. Is it an extremely short and quick read? Well, at 38 pages, I'd say so. But, ultimately, I had to give the story and Miz Reisz the props deserved. Because this story packs quite a wallop in those 38 pages.

And I loved seeing a younger, dare I say spunkier, Eleanor (our heroine from The Siren). What I wouldn't give for another short set around this same time period - with more Soren. (Please?)

Sigh. Aherm. Anyway, as I was saying, this story focuses on twenty-three year old Eleanor and her seven days with Daniel, a man who hasn't left his house once during the three years since his wife's death. What those two can accomplish in a week is amazing. And hot as hades.

Miz Reisz wonderfully combines emotion with kink. Adds humor along with the bdsm elements (and doesn't sugar coat them, either). And even though she doesn't give us romance or even a HEA, I still want more... And so will you.

If you loved this short story, and haven't yet read The Siren - what are you waiting for?? The Siren is one of my favorite books of 2012. It still haunts me and consumes my thoughts.

Favorite Quote:
"So you," she said, meeting his eyes, "are a librarian. What does that make me then? A seven-day loan?"
Daniel laughed as he set the book aside. He moved toward her and lightly gripped her knees.
"Seven-day loan... I'm not sure I like the thought of giving you back."

-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this as Seven Day Loan. Either way, I love this series and I love Reisz! Dec 15 2012
By Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Published on
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This is a prequel to the Original Sinners series. I read this after the first one. This was still about the time I was freaked out by Soren. And this story definitely shows why. Soren is Eleanor's Dominate. Soren literally loans Eleanor (Nora) to his friend for a week. Soren's friend, Daniel, is a shut in. Ever since the untimely death of his wife, Daniel hasn't left his property in years. But with Nora, Daniel feels a connection with her and wants to keep her with him. But Nora knows that Daniel has issues he needs to figure out. So should she stay with him or try to set him free?

I wasn't sure about how I would feel about this. But when I finished it, I loved it. Reisz is a freaking genius. I loved how this story came together. Nora is a very smart woman, but it is obvious she has a lot of baggage. The connection between her and Daniel was very interesting. I thought it would have been scary at first, but they worked. I felt sorry for Daniel and how things have been for him. He definitely stopped living after his wife died.

There was a lot of emotional baggage from Daniel. That is what made this story for me. Eleanor wants to escape Soren, but doesn't know how. Daniel is too scared to leave and wants to have Nora to himself. So she has to choose between one prison or another. I loved the emotion we got in this and it wasn't just all about sex. As I have said before, I stayed clear from BDSM for a while. But books like this have opened my eyes. Reisz does such a good job with this story. I am glad I read The Siren first before I read this because this wouldn't have made much sense. I had a much better sense of the characters when I got into this; well Soren and Nora. I hope we get the chance to see Daniel sometime down the road. I do have one complaint though. For some that haven't read The Siren first and started with this prequel, this read might be a little much and/or confusing to you.

Overall, this was a great. I absolutely love Tiffany Reisz and her work. She just knows how to get you out of your comfort zone with intriguing stories and interesting characters. Nora is sharp, funny, and isn't afraid of anything (except Soren). She is definitely not your typical heroine. I like to think of this as a new form of therapy because she did help Daniel. I love the ending and I am glad I found the Original Sinners series. This is easily one of my favorite series ever. Glad to say I am enjoying The Prince right now. Such a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book hurt my head. Dec 10 2012
By rameau - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave The Siren two stars mainly because of the quality of the writing--and because I didn't completely hate it. This novella, however, has made me doubt Reisz's basic command of English. The book has to be really, really bad for me to notice its grammar. I'm terrible with commas and all other forms of punctuation but when words sound wrong to me it hurts my head.

This book hurt my head.

Individual words hurt my head.

Words put together hurt my head.

The plot and character arcs of this novella hurt my head.

Having expressed my critical view on Reisz's writing before and having read several other critical reviews, I can't unsee the flaws. I can't turn back time to when I didn't see how everyone had to be beautiful and how everyone had to worship Nora and how she was the saviour of broken things, broken men.

"She obeyed. She was trained to obey, trained to want to obey."
[end quote]

She's a broken thing, a broken soul, and she was made that way by a predator I refuse to fawn over.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired short addition to The Original Sinners series Nov. 20 2012
By Marleen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually write reviews for the short stories I read. Too much hard work when the reviewing could easily take longer than reading the book/story did. But, every rule has its exceptions, and this is one of them.

In this story, which takes place several years before "The Siren" starts, Soren has to go to Rome for a week and decides to loan the twenty-three year old Eleanor to Daniel, a friend of his. Daniel lives in a huge estate in New England, a place he hasn't left for over three years, since his beloved wife died. As a trained submissive Eleanor will do anything her master tells her to do, even if it means giving herself to a complete stranger, but that doesn't mean she has to like it. Over the course of a very cold week Eleanor will draw the very attractive Daniel out if his self-imposed shell. When the week draws to a close Daniel and Eleanor are closer than they could ever have expected. But while Eleanor has come to care for the man a lot, her heart belongs elsewhere.

There is so much to love about this story. First of all, of course, there are the characters. Eleanor is a wonderful character, a submissive with a strong backbone and a smart mouth and mind. Daniel is fascinating, and the transformation he goes through over the course of seven days (or 41 pages) is inspirational. But there is more. While this is a very erotic (and dare I say it, hot) story, this is a story with real content and characters you just have to care for. I loved the fact that Daniel is a librarian with a deep love for books and an obsession when it comes to the way in which his books are organised.

Tiffany Reisz knows how to write and how to do it well. Her characters have become so real for me that I wouldn't be surprised if I ran into them. I miss Soren, Eleanor and all the others when I'm not reading about them and find them popping into my thoughts regularly. The dialogue sparkles and the stories are well thought out.

While this is not a story (or series) for everyone I find myself very grateful to have discovered Tiffany Reisz and the kinky and oh so wonderful world she has created with The Original Sinners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Daniel Jan. 1 2013
By Amanda - Published on
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This book was perfect for a quick bedtime read. As Nora's story continues, she meets Daniel in some circumstances that weren't the most ideal for her, but due to her love for Soren, she made it work. I adored Daniel's character in this short story and he is easily my 2nd favorite of all of the men in Nora's life now.
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