Monday, January 21, 2013

The Gift ~ Tiffany Reisz

You can find the author here and this book on eHarlequin.com

{8756E290-51D4-4FAD-B8C8-3FF850F6F62B}Img100A 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.

I have a love/hate relationship with D/s novels.  All too often they focus on nothing but the physical relationship and that’s a shame because there is a wealth of intense and emotional exchanges going on beneath the surface.  The Gift isn’t like that in any way at all.  Sure, there’s lots of steamy sex between Eleanor and Daniel, but there’s so much more as well.

In less than sixty pages, the author introduces us to Eleanor, the submissive-on-loan, and Daniel, the dormant dominant.  You are brought in and held captive by the dynamic between them.  You are captured by them, intrigued by them, and want to know more about them.  You are left feeling as if you’ve made a new friend or two. 

There’s a slight twist at the end I hadn’t seen coming that knocked me for a bit of a loop – in a good way – one that makes me want to reach out and pick up the first novel in this series.  Probably my favorite part of this novella however was that, despite being a submissive, Eleanor had a bit of a mouth on her.  And Daniel lets her.  I love that she was allowed to get a touch lippy with him and he enjoyed it.  Gave their whole relationship a bit more spice.

Entertaining, steamy, and worlds apart from other similar stories I’ve read, I’d highly recommend The Gift.

From Harlequin’s website:  

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.

Crazy Lady’s Note: This was an eBook languishing on my computer. I purchased it myself for my own enjoyment.

Darkness Rising ~ Lis Wiehl

You can find the author here and her books are available here and at all major retailers.

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The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.

Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.

But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now their focus is on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.

When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.

Picking up where Waking Hours left off, Dani, the forensic psychiatrist, and Tommy, the retired football player, are right back at it.  Something dark and dangerous is going on in East Salem and they’re pretty sure the root of it is at St. Adrian’s Academy.  The darkness knows that they’re onto it and will do anything to stop them from putting it all together…

Finally!  The second installment of the East Salem Trilogy has arrived!  This story just gets more and more interesting as you delve deeper into it.  Dani and Tommy are drawn farther into the darkness surrounding their quiet little town and put everything on the line to solve the mystery.  I love the way the author works Dani’s faith into the story without overwhelming the reader.  I also enjoy the way their faith plays a role in helping them decipher the things going on around them.  The hardest part about having faith is keeping it when everything starts to slide downhill. 

The author has a way with her characters, making them more than just likable.  You really want to go hang out with these guys once the dust has settled.  Her flowing and light writing style is deceptive, however.  Just because her style makes for a fast read doesn’t mean you’re going to be short on excitement, plot or anything else.  A very enjoyable read that I would recommend to any lover of mysteries and thrillers with a darker twist. 

I absolutely cannot wait for the next installment!

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