The Gift: An Erotic Anniversary Tale by Ishabelle Torry

The Gift: An Erotic Anniversary Tale by Ishabelle Torry
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (16 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When their tenth anniversary comes around, Sheryl wants to make it special for Daniel. Something crazy, extraordinary, and completely out of her persona. Her solution–a nude portrait. But on the way home, self-doubt leaves her wishing she’d stuck to the same old ties and shirts of the past. The painting must go! Only one problem…Daniel’s home earlier than expected! It’s no-holds-barred as Sheryl frantically tries to hide the foolish gift. Can she play distract-the-hubby long enough before he catches a glimpse?

How far would you go to keep your significant other from discovering a titillating surprise?

Sheryl is the queen of over-thinking things. I liked the fact that this tendency of hers was woven into the plot in so many different ways. Not only did it help this reader get to know her better, it also helped to explain why she was so conflicted about whether or not to show Daniel the painting she had commissioned for him. Including so many details about this personality trait of hers was a good choice.

There were some pacing issues in this tale. A disproportionate amount of time was spent introducing the characters and setting up the scene. While I enjoyed learning how Sheryl’s mind works, I would have preferred to jump into the action a little sooner. All of that background information would have worked well in a novella or novel, but it felt out of place for something this length.

The chemistry between Sheryl and Daniel was sizzling hot. To make things even better, it only grew more intense as the plot thickened. They seemed to be the perfect match for each other, and they knew one another so well that they could have almost gone through this whole story without speaking a single word. The scenes that included both of them were my favorite ones. I didn’t want any of them to end.

The Gift: An Erotic Anniversary Tale made me smile. I’d recommend it to anyone in the mood for something romantic and sexy.

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