With a nod to the classic Story of O, Tiffany Reisz writes a compelling erotic tale of a shut-in librarian and his ‘seven day loan’. This fifteen-thousand word novella commences in the fashion of the Story of O, with a woman arriving at an estate and being left by her lover. However, from that point on, the story takes a different turn. Rather than being schooled in the art of submission, Eleanor’s task is to spend time with Daniel, who is unable to get over the loss of his wife.
If it’s delicious sex you want, it is contained within. But I’d like to think that this is more than just a stroke-story for a reader’s quick indulgence. Daniel and Eleanor are fully three-dimensional characters, strongly relatable because of their vulnerabilities and needs. Eleanor’s quick wit keeps the gloom of the estate and Daniel’s pain at bay, while Daniel starts to return to a semblance of his former self.
“Honest,” he repeated. “Yes, be honest. It’s been over three years for me, you realize. I need you to tell me if it’s something you don’t like.”
“What if. . .” she stopped and took another breath. His hand was on her neck now, his muscular fingers kneading her skin in a way that made her stomach knot up and the flesh between her thighs damp. “What if I do like it?” Daniel smiled at her question and for the first time she thought she caught a glimpse of the man he must have been before the pain burrowed in and made a home out of his heart.
This is intelligent erotica. Even if it is a genre that you wouldn’t normally read, you would do well to make this your introduction.