This one gets a 4-star rating for the sexiest use of library analogies ever used in an erotic short story. Or possibly any story. Ever.
I should probably preface this review by saying that I don’t usually read short stories (erotic or otherwise). To me, character development is the most important aspect of a novel. It's the thing the draws me in and makes me care
. I can overlook an implausible plot, bad dialogue, and even spelling errors, but I refuse to overlook one-dimensional, cardboard cut-out characters. And that's why I usually bypass short stories. I mean, how much character development can an author possibly pack into 40 pages?!
Well, apparently if the author is Tiffany Reisz, the answer is a lot
In my opinion, the three characters in Seven Day Loan
- Eleanor, Daniel, and... let's call him "Sir" - were each fully realized beings; the thoughts, feelings, and desires that Reisz projected onto the page for each of them (from each of them?!) were so well-written as to be practically tangible. Even the power and control exerted by the mostly invisible "Sir" was palpable throughout.
So kudos to Ms. Reisz for changing my mind about the power of short stories!
Verdict: Quick, sexy read that deals with the ideas of power and love in a really interesting way and gives readers a satisfying if nontraditional happily ever after.