The Gift

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Isolated by her special talent, Erica Stevens is resigned to live out her life alone. But fate has other plans for her and sends her a hero in the form of a gentleman Texas Ranger.

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Isolated by her special talent, Erica Stevens is resigned to live out her life alone. Focused on her art, she gives back to the community in her own special way when she can. But fate has other plans for her and sends her a hero in the form of a gentleman Texas Ranger.

A divorced, single parent Lieutenant Vince Cooper is disillusioned with love although he hasn’t given up the search for his one, his perfect match. Along the way he has developed a firm belief in the distinct roles of a man and his woman and won’t have it any other way. He meets quirky Erica Stevens during an investigation and instantly sees something special.

Thrust into the midst of a murder investigation, Erica finds herself a psychic witness to the crime and Vince must keep her safe, even if that means taking her over his knee when the situation warrants. Surrounded by intrigue, conspiracy and violence can the heated attraction grow into more between these two unlucky lovers? And can it survive the mysteries of the gift?

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Chapter One

The ear-piercing shriek of the smoke alarm continued to blare despite her frantic fanning with the magazine. Cheese and rice! Why wasn?t it working? Picking up the smoking metal with a potholder, she rushed to the back door and flung it open hoping to release the noxious stench into the backyard and far away from her kitchen. She tossed out the smoking burner cover and squealed as it landed with a clatter on her back porch, barely missing a pair of shiny black boots.

?I?m so sorry. I didn?t know you were standing there.? She took off the oven mitt and fanned it in front of her face. The disgusting odor of burning paint and scorched aluminum was starting to make her sick. Shouting to be heard over the perpetual screeching she asked, ?I didn?t hit you with that, did I??

?No ma?am. I dodged your smoking missile just in the nick of time.? Speaking equally as loud, Lieutenant Vince Cooper smiled at the frazzled woman standing in the smoky doorway. ?Do you need help??

?No thanks. I?ve got this. I turned on the wrong eye on my stove again and scorched another burner cover. I seem to be doing that all the time.? She looked up at the tall, handsome and nicely dressed cowboy standing on her back porch. She frowned. ?May I help you??

?I?m Lieutenant Cooper with the Texas Rangers, ma?am.? He flashed his badge. ?I?d like to ask…? He stopped, because as soon as he flashed his badge, she returned inside and began dragging a kitchen chair across the floor. The next thing he knew she was climbing on it and stretching to remove the cover of the ceiling mounted alarm.

He rushed inside as he saw her wobble unsteadily on the chair. To be heard over the screaming alarm, he shouted, ?Let me get that for you before you fall.? Putting his hands around her waist, he easily lifted her off the chair and set her on her feet out of his way. He moved the chair aside and reached up to remove the cover. Immediately, a welcome silence fell over the room.

?Sweet sugar, that?s a relief. Thank you, Officer. I didn?t mean to be rude but all that noise was driving me nuts.? She waved her hand in front of her face and wrinkled her nose. She had really stunk up her kitchen. ?Now, how can I help you??

Coop watched her brush back the wisps of wavy blonde hair that had fallen out of her hair clip during her minor culinary emergency. She was an attractive woman who looked to be in her late thirties with hazel eyes and fair smooth skin. He eyed her dark purple dress, which was made of a sheer gauzy material and had sparkly metallic threads running through it. The sleeves were loose and flowing. She had on a pair of short black boots that laced up the front and peeked out below her calf-length hemline. He placed her at about 5?6? in her heels. Although the dress was long and loose, the top was gathered and showed off a hint of full breasts and a narrow waist. She reminded him of Stevie Nicks from her Fleetwood Mac days, especially with the lace choker she wore at her throat. There was even new age music playing in the background. And was that pot he smelled beneath the lingering scent of the burning stove cover?

?No Sir, that is not marijuana you smell underneath the lovely aroma of burning metal. It?s just some herbs I had drying near the stove. I think they got singed in the fire.? When he looked at her oddly, she offered to show him.

?That won?t be necessary. You?re Erica Stevens, correct?? She nodded and looked at him expectantly. ?I need to ask you about your neighbor Debra Wilson and her daughter Cheyenne.?

?I?m sorry Inspector, but I?m fairly new to the neighborhood and haven?t met many of my neighbors. What about them??

?It?s Lieutenant, and I?m sorry to have to tell you but your neighbor was murdered and her daughter is missing.?

?Goodness gracious, that?s awful. When-? She stopped abruptly as a familiar sensation of apprehension rushed through her. Oh no, not now, please.

Oblivious to what she was experiencing, Lt. Cooper continued explaining. ?Her body was discovered today by her ex-husband. We don?t know the time of death, but she had been there for a while.?

Erica put a hand to her mouth as a wave of nausea hit her, followed by a vision of a dark haired woman lying in a pool of blood. Her blouse was ripped open and one breast was exposed. She had a gunshot wound in her chest. Another wave of nausea hit and she felt bile rising up in her throat. Hurriedly, she turned to leave the kitchen through the inside door. ?I need to get some air.?

She rushed through her small home and out the front door where she staggered to her porch swing. Sitting, she put her head between her knees, taking deep gulps of air trying to steady her rebellious stomach and stave off the dizziness that was overtaking her. She looked up as her front door opened and Lt. Cooper followed her onto the porch. He reached out and cupped her shoulders in concern.

?Are you all right? You look very pale all of a sudden.?

She nodded, breathing deeply in through her nose and out through her mouth. ?The smell in the kitchen got to me.?

He leaned against the porch railing, watching her focus on her deep breathing until it looked like she had regained control. ?Can I get you a drink of water or a wet cloth??

?No thank you. I?m starting to feel better.? She looked at him and her gaze shifted over his shoulder to the police cruisers parked in front of her neighbor?s home. Lights flashed on an ambulance and a white hearse-like station wagon with medical examiner stenciled on the side. ?She?s dead.?

?Yes. Can you tell me anything about her??

?I never met her. I saw her coming and going and we waved a few times but never spoke.?

?Can I show you some pictures and see if you recognize anyone else??

She nodded and he turned over a picture. It was the woman she had seen in her vision, but she was smiling into the camera. ?That?s my neighbor. I didn?t know her name until you told me.?

He nodded and showed her another picture. It was another of her neighbor only she looked several years younger and was standing with a dark haired man.

?Ever seen him??

?No sir.?

?How about this one; do you recognize this woman?? As he flipped the last picture over she sucked in a deep gulp of air and raised a trembling hand to her mouth.

?You recognize her??

She shook her head, but then nodded as she took the picture to study it closer. ?I don?t know her, but I have seen her before.?

?She lived with her mother.?

She shook her head again. ?I saw her somewhere else.?

?Where??

Cheese and Rice! It was the woman from her dreams. She looked up at the Lieutenant and wondered if he would haul her off to the psych ward if she told him. At the very least he would bring her in for questioning. Maybe he would go the route of writing her off as a crackpot only to have to return at some later date when he needed her help. She had experienced each of the scenarios in equal proportions, and although she risked being thought of as a nut by the first attractive man close to her age she?d met in a very long time, she had to tell the Lieutenant about her dreams.

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30 reviews for The Gift

  1. CS

    Great read. There is a lot of plot in this one, which I love. I also like that this is an early 40\\\’s couple instead of your usual 20 something, refreshing for a change. There is suspense, mystery, action, some violence but still lots of steamy sex and the spankings are HOT. And Vince Cooper… sigh. Do I have to go to Texas to find a man like this. MT does it again. I am a fan.

  2. CS

    Great read. There is a lot of plot in this one, which I love. I also like that this is an early 40’s couple instead of your usual 20 something, refreshing for a change. There is suspense, mystery, action, some violence but still lots of steamy sex and the spankings are HOT. And Vince Cooper… sigh. Do I have to go to Texas to find a man like this. MT does it again. I am a fan.

  3. Faith (verified owner)

    As a fan of Maddie Taylor\\\’s Club Decadence books, I had to check out The Gift (not part of that series). This author once again has a a great plot and strong characters. I love Erika\\\’s quirkiness! Coop is just perfect for her too with his old fashioned ideas about men and women. Yet he is patience and understanding with her, especially concerning her unique gift. Great to see a story with a couple in their 40s.

  4. Faith (verified owner)

    As a fan of Maddie Taylor’s Club Decadence books, I had to check out The Gift (not part of that series). This author once again has a a great plot and strong characters. I love Erika’s quirkiness! Coop is just perfect for her too with his old fashioned ideas about men and women. Yet he is patience and understanding with her, especially concerning her unique gift. Great to see a story with a couple in their 40s.

  5. BR

    Miss Taylor has done it again. The Gift, yes it most certainly is a gift, I will read this one again and again. Coop is my new favorite Hunky Hero, and I envy Erica Scott.
    The plot is interesting, the sex is dynamically HOT! and the love scenes made me literally want to melt. Coop holds nothing back when it comes to truly caring about Erica, even when he finds just cause for turning her over his knee.
    I would highly recommend adding this this little gem to your bookshelf. You\\\’ll find yourself completely captivated as you turn page after compelling page.
    A bit of a warning… you might find you have compelling urges to ride on the back of a Harley after reading this story.

  6. BR

    Miss Taylor has done it again. The Gift, yes it most certainly is a gift, I will read this one again and again. Coop is my new favorite Hunky Hero, and I envy Erica Scott.
    The plot is interesting, the sex is dynamically HOT! and the love scenes made me literally want to melt. Coop holds nothing back when it comes to truly caring about Erica, even when he finds just cause for turning her over his knee.
    I would highly recommend adding this this little gem to your bookshelf. You’ll find yourself completely captivated as you turn page after compelling page.
    A bit of a warning… you might find you have compelling urges to ride on the back of a Harley after reading this story.

  7. Jaycee (verified owner)

    This story was very different from so many of this genre. I really enjoyed the plot line – Erica, a psychic empath – helps Detective Cooper with a case and they develop a full, loving relationship. Like others have stated, it was refreshing to have a couple in their 40\\\’s for a change. Both characters were interesting and well-rounded and the action and mystery were excellent. However, I do like more spankings in my stories than this one offered. There was really only one discipline type spanking and that was quite mild. If you like the more erotic spankings, and lots of sexual scenes, you will enjoy this story.

  8. Jaycee (verified owner)

    This story was very different from so many of this genre. I really enjoyed the plot line – Erica, a psychic empath – helps Detective Cooper with a case and they develop a full, loving relationship. Like others have stated, it was refreshing to have a couple in their 40’s for a change. Both characters were interesting and well-rounded and the action and mystery were excellent. However, I do like more spankings in my stories than this one offered. There was really only one discipline type spanking and that was quite mild. If you like the more erotic spankings, and lots of sexual scenes, you will enjoy this story.

  9. Jill (verified owner)

    I loved this story it was a real story not one with the plot revolving around the spankings. Erica is a empath and Vince is a texas ranger loved the suspense. It was also so neat to have the couple be in their forties (those of us who are older still love romance and sex). Vince\\\’s daughter and parents are part of the story hopefully there will be a sequel with the college age daughter or the other texas ranger O\\\’Reilly. Highly recommend this story will be on my read again list. JL

  10. Jill (verified owner)

    I loved this story it was a real story not one with the plot revolving around the spankings. Erica is a empath and Vince is a texas ranger loved the suspense. It was also so neat to have the couple be in their forties (those of us who are older still love romance and sex). Vince’s daughter and parents are part of the story hopefully there will be a sequel with the college age daughter or the other texas ranger O’Reilly. Highly recommend this story will be on my read again list. JL

  11. anon

    For once I\\\’m In line with the reviewers. This story feels so natural, so real to life. There are people out there over thirties and life determines spankings. Coop\\\’s patiently teaching discipline and Erica is eager to learn. My favorite is the way the couple wallow in their thrill of each other. Such a feel good story.

  12. anon

    For once I’m In line with the reviewers. This story feels so natural, so real to life. There are people out there over thirties and life determines spankings. Coop’s patiently teaching discipline and Erica is eager to learn. My favorite is the way the couple wallow in their thrill of each other. Such a feel good story.

  13. Tara (verified owner)

    Not quite as good as I\\\’ve come to expect from Maddie Taylor, but still a worthwhile read. I appreciated that the relationship and the story had equal importance, and were both fairly convincing.

  14. Tara (verified owner)

    Not quite as good as I’ve come to expect from Maddie Taylor, but still a worthwhile read. I appreciated that the relationship and the story had equal importance, and were both fairly convincing.

  15. Adele (verified owner)

    This was a good story. One of the things i liked was that the couple were a bit older then the norm. There weren\\\’t many spankings which for me was not good. In ways it felt like it could of been part of Club Decadece series. But parts were very sweet and loving.

  16. Adele (verified owner)

    This was a good story. One of the things i liked was that the couple were a bit older then the norm. There weren’t many spankings which for me was not good. In ways it felt like it could of been part of Club Decadece series. But parts were very sweet and loving.

  17. K (verified owner)

    I have yet to go wrong with Maddie Taylor. This is another winner. I loved everything about the story and would have loved for if to be even longer. Well developed and fully kept my interest.

  18. K (verified owner)

    I have yet to go wrong with Maddie Taylor. This is another winner. I loved everything about the story and would have loved for if to be even longer. Well developed and fully kept my interest.

  19. KArc (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story and the wonderful characters within. Coop comes on strong from the beginning. I especially liked that he always treated Erica with respect even when he didn\\\’t believe her. Erica is such a fun character, with her unusual dress and her language. You never know what\\\’s going to come out of her mouth, other than it will be suitable for a 2 year-old to hear. Even with all the crimes going on around them, Coop and Erica\\\’s relationship and their personalities keep the story bright and lively.

  20. KArc (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story and the wonderful characters within. Coop comes on strong from the beginning. I especially liked that he always treated Erica with respect even when he didn’t believe her. Erica is such a fun character, with her unusual dress and her language. You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth, other than it will be suitable for a 2 year-old to hear. Even with all the crimes going on around them, Coop and Erica’s relationship and their personalities keep the story bright and lively.

  21. Keekee (verified owner)

    A fun read. Erica is an empath who has dreams or visions where the people\’s emotions show her events. Coop is a cop who meets her during an investigation. Needs less to say there\’s a romance and some spanking. Simply a nice story.

  22. Keekee (verified owner)

    A fun read. Erica is an empath who has dreams or visions where the people’s emotions show her events. Coop is a cop who meets her during an investigation. Needs less to say there’s a romance and some spanking. Simply a nice story.

  23. Rhonda (verified owner)

    I\\\’ve read this author before so was looking forward to reading another of her stories. I was not disappointed. The characters were realistic and I enjoyed the fact that they were older and more mature than most of the other books I\\\’ve read in the spanking genre.

  24. Rhonda (verified owner)

    I’ve read this author before so was looking forward to reading another of her stories. I was not disappointed. The characters were realistic and I enjoyed the fact that they were older and more mature than most of the other books I’ve read in the spanking genre.

  25. jeanped

    Another home run for Maddie Taylor in my books… This book is less about the spanking and more about the development of the relationship between Erica and Coop. How she is able to use her powers to catch the bad guys… The spanking is not too harsh, as far as I am concerned…
    The length of the book is just right… not too short… and the whole plot is rounded off and cleaned up nicely in the end… meaning that it had a great HEA!!

  26. jeanped

    Another home run for Maddie Taylor in my books… This book is less about the spanking and more about the development of the relationship between Erica and Coop. How she is able to use her powers to catch the bad guys… The spanking is not too harsh, as far as I am concerned…
    The length of the book is just right… not too short… and the whole plot is rounded off and cleaned up nicely in the end… meaning that it had a great HEA!!

  27. DKT

    Another great story by Maddie Taylor. Cooper and Erika meet under unusual circumstances. They soon discover that they need each other in different ways. He is understanding of her gift but strong in his old fashioned way. She craves his protection and he needs to give it. This story has it all mystery, suspense, sex, and of course lots of spankings. A great read!

  28. DKT

    Another great story by Maddie Taylor. Cooper and Erika meet under unusual circumstances. They soon discover that they need each other in different ways. He is understanding of her gift but strong in his old fashioned way. She craves his protection and he needs to give it. This story has it all mystery, suspense, sex, and of course lots of spankings. A great read!

  29. Merna (verified owner)

    I have liked all of Maddie Taylor\\\’s books. I particularly liked in this one that the characters are more mature, and make decisions with more thought, and not so much knee-jerk reactions. Great story.

  30. Merna (verified owner)

    I have liked all of Maddie Taylor’s books. I particularly liked in this one that the characters are more mature, and make decisions with more thought, and not so much knee-jerk reactions. Great story.

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