July 14, 2012

Review: Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners 0.5
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Mills & Boon
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.
Due to the strong sexual content of the story and borrowed quotes, this book and the corresponding review is recommended for readers 18 and up.

I've been in a dark funk lately and I thought a trip down to the dark side will complement this shadow hanging over my head. Accompanied by minor carbo loading, SEVEN DAY LOAN by Tiffany Reisz was a great start. I am slightly averse to BDSM and the practice of this lifestyle BUT what I am interested in are the emotions and what-not that drove the behavior. I find it fascinating, even if it's fictional in my case, how a person would willingly go ahead and participate in a divergent relationship such as this and find more satisfaction out of it than from an average one.
I'm kinky. You don't have to resort to euphemisms - Eleanor
SEVEN DAY LOAN helped me explore this curiosity, it's short and a little graphic but TReisz focused both on the undercurrent emotions between Eleanor and Daniel and the consummation of their affair. The story opens with defiant Eleanor questioning her Dom why he loaned her to his widower friend, Daniel. Eleanor is supposed to help Daniel get over his wife's death and maybe sexual therapy will do the trick. So with much hesitation Eleanor acquiesced and went with the plan. Good for her Daniel was good company and in him she found the attention she's been craving from her Dom.

Outside the Dom-Sub relationship, Eleanor is a strong individual with a sharp tongue and a strong mind one wonders how and why she's a Sub. Daniel, a librarian and formerly married to a high powered attorney, is obviously smart, a little introverted and grief made him vulnerable practically turning him into a hermit. From these basic characteristics one gets a little understanding on the "whys" of their alternative lives.
"I haven't played this game in years," he said, his voice low and forbidding. "That does not mean I've forgotten how."
I can't say that I fell in love with the characters because there's so much that I don't understand, Eleanor in particular is in a relationship with a very disgusting person, but she loves him enough to stay and decided not to pursue Daniel. And Daniel for his part didn't exert enough effort to be with her, or maybe it's a BDSM thing, I don't know. But TReisz played it out well, she effectively showed us Eleanor and Daniel's desperation, they both want to escape but their emotions are tied to their impossible situations. So there was this interesting emotional tug-of-war going on for both of them that we all can relate to: Should I stay with who or what I need or go with someone or something that I want? That's the dilemma Eleanor and Daniel toggled with.
Every morning this week you've made love to me. You're all morning and afternoons and evenings and I didn't have to steal a single second of it. You have them all to give. So if you ask me to stay... Please, Daniel, don't ask me to stay.
SEVEN DAY LOAN was an enjoyable read for me but I have to admit there were parts that made me uncomfortable (fisting is a hard limit) so I just skipped those parts but the emotional damage and their tragic situations are the parts that drew me to the story. It was Eleanor and Daniel's shared intimacy, and not the sex, for seven days that I found most interesting.

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  1. Okay so I also got this book, but I'm so dumb I didn't realize this was the prequel to The Siren and I already knew I wasn't going to be able to stomach that book, just because I like the light and fluffy BDSM lol, but I will definitely read this book, and your review makes me want to read it, because it's awesome! Excellent review!!<3

    1. It's the prequel in the sense that Nora from the Siren is based on Eleanor on this book. I believe this book was written two years ago and though there are some BDSM elements, nobody was beaten to a bloody pulp. I'm the LAST person who'll take pleasure from BDSM so I skipped some of the parts and focused on the heartwrenching emotions. It's a quick read, I think you'll "stomach" this :D

  2. I think this book sounds excellent. I love how BDSM explores all the different aspects of the way some people relate to each other. Plus I like it heated <3 Thanks for this review, I wouldn't have heard of this otherwise. I'm going to check it out right now!

  3. I read The Siren couple of weeks ago and find it fascinating and disturbing at the same time. I want to read this one too. I 'm also trying to understand the "whys" of a D/s relationship. Great review.

    1. Same here, it's the why's that got me going. Usually it's attached to a traumatic and/or violent event but Nora's background seemed normal.

  4. Hi Braine,
    Like "BookaholicCat", I've read "The Siren" first. This book has had a huge impact of me. I was disturbing, full of curiousity and overwhelmed by conflicted emotions. But the writting of Tiffany Reisz was great. So I've decided to put my hands on "Seven Days Loan". I have to admit that I'm glad it was softer but I would have love to change the ending...Daniel was a great character. I will read in a few days "The Angel" another book from this author. Hope it will be an adventure too.
    By the way, I liked your review a lot!


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