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SEPARATION GAMES (The Games Duet #2) by C.D. REISS :: REVIEW

A TBB Top Series Recommendation
The stunning conclusion to this powerful, emotional, raw, erotic and moving duet.

THE MARRIAGE DUET 

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Marriage Games Book One 

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Separation Games Book Two 

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SYNOPSIS

These are the unbreakable rules in the game.
Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.

The heart is impulsive.
The heart makes bad decisions.
The heart doesn’t see the long game.

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.


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Spoiler Free Review by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘I was mad that I loved the wrong parts of him, and that I felt closer to a sadist than a kind man. I was mad that he’d opened me up and I couldn’t close the wound without him. I was mad that I could only really cry when he hurt me.’

Once again, in the conclusion to the Games Duet, we found ourselves entangled in a dark intense web, with a real, disturbing, conflicted and intense insight into a marriage where the two people in their each respective way was as messed up as the other. It’s hard to call this a love story because it really was a hard to understand love. Push pull – push pull. It got too much at times and it became a love – hate relationship for us as well as them in some respects.

‘He was making me crazy. He was confusing me. He was yanking me toward him and pushing me away, at the same time. I was angry, frustrated, vulnerable, defensive, and broken.’

However, the passion, the bared souls, the ugly honesty and the addiction translated into a love where love was at times questionable. It’s a very fine line but the many faces of love do not necessarily equate to complete love of body, mind and soul. But love it was, of that there was no question. There were no frills or sugar sweet romance, but then again this is CD Reiss and that is one of the many reasons we fell in love with her writing. It’s hard-hitting, raw and more gritty than pretty. Though, flip the coin and turn the words and it’s incredibly poetic, vivid and thought provoking.

“Your problem isn’t that you don’t love. Your problem is you love so much it scares you.”

Whilst we found the build up quite slow, somewhat detached and cold, the story suddenly took flight and heightened and heated emotions became tangible once more. The writing from that point was flawless and the words literally pulsed on the pages. We re-learnt our love for the characters and felt the connection once more. We shared the confusion, the doubt and the apprehension. We felt the passion, the reluctant vulnerability and the addiction. We felt the love, the need and the unbearable pain of separation.

‘With every move, I aimed for her heart, to go deep enough to touch it, own it, crawl into it and expand it. My life was written there. I wanted to enter her and explode, covering the world in all-consuming fire. Inside. Deep. So deep we became linked at the soul.’

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MARRIAGE GAMES BOOK ONE

“You tell me where you went wrong. Were you not good enough? Or was this just not what I wanted for you.”
25th SYNOPSIS

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.
THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.
THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.
She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.
She’s wrong

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MARRIAGE GAMES (The Games Duet #1) by CD REISS ::

Book One of a duet. Powerful, emotional, raw, erotic and moving.

25th

SYNOPSIS

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.

THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong

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Separation Games (The Conclusion) 

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘I ached. My joints. My head. My heart. I ached with emptiness and helplessness. The pain was physical.’

And THIS, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why we fell in love with CD Reiss’ writing years ago. She’s a master story teller. Her command of the written word can be extraordinary, raw, gritty, poetic, beautiful, powerful, hard, soft and ugly depending on what she’s wanting you to feel, experience and embrace. Demanding your full attention and participation, as her words travel from the pages into your heart and mind.

“You tell me where you went wrong. Were you not good enough? Or was this just not what I wanted for you.”

Marriage Games felt unique and had a -rough feel- deliberately so, we feel. It showcased the layers that make up a person as a whole touching on each yet never fully unravelling to the core. Nearly, but not quite. We suspect the complete naked scrutiny will continue in order to fully expose two people’s very being to understand more of the why’s, the motivations and the stripping down to basic, in order to embrace identity and to grow.

‘She’d become immune to the venom of her detachment, and I kept on asking for the sting.’

Can you truly supress a part of your being and be happy for more than a moment in time? Can you make yourself believe that this hidden side of you won’t transfer into your actions, participation and way of living through behavioural patterns like withdrawal, mood and outward projection? How easy or difficult is it to differentiate between love and need? Can they be one and the same but in different guises?

“Everything’s changed. We aren’t us anymore.” “I don’t know you.” “We were never us.”

Adam knows one way of life, he lives his need- not to be mistaken for love. That is until he meets Diana in a business meeting of high emotions and future consequences.  Adam falls in love, which is a side of him he can’t reconcile with his need and hidden lifestyle. Consequently, Adam lives a lie in order to keep the love of his life, Diana. Appearances can be deceptive, yet at the same time they can be wholly transparent or misleading in their form. Can a secret life or lifestyle ever stay secret or masked? Do we ever show our complete true self to another? Do we ever get to fully know or even understand ourselves? Diana sets in motion a soul searching journey that will change everything or nothing through intense complexities. A journey which has not yet reached its destination.

“You can take that side of yourself and pretend it doesn’t exist. Put it where it can’t hurt you. But all that time, it’s beating down the doors to get out, and it ate at us alive.”

Marriage Games is a story that goes so much deeper than a couple struggling with their vows. It’s the beginning of a personal journey for both Adam and Diana- singularly and as a unit disguised as a challenge, the beginning of a game with the end result being who discovers what about themselves and each other. To instigate a challenge to validate, discover, prove or justify. No easy feat and perhaps too simplistic in description. We loved it yet struggled with aspects of it, which is perhaps the point? It’s like a song. You listen through the build-up and chorus waiting for that high note or that exact moment the song takes flight, making the hairs at the back of your neck stand up, bringing those chills. We never quite got there so we’re hoping the second instalment packs that much needed punch to take us through that crescendo.

 ‘I wanted her to go. I wanted her to stay. I wanted her on my terms. I wanted her on any terms. I wanted to be cured of the disease of love. I wanted to be cured of want.’

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SECRET SINS by C.D. REISS :: REVIEW

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Standalone erotic rock themed romance

18th

SYNOPSIS

Her name is Cinnamon. Cin for short. Band mates Strat and Indy don’t know anything about her except she’s smart as hell and sexy as heaven. They can’t agree who gets her, so they do the only thing two best friends could do. They declare her off limits to both of them.

Margie, AKA Cinnamon-you-can-call-me-Cin, has a thing or two to tell these guys.

Nobody “gets” her. She’ll let them know which one she wants when she can decide between them. Until then, their little pledges and promises aren’t her problem.

Her family is her problem. Her friends. And the world-famous blues rocker who has her cornered. He’s her problem too.

This may be one problem she can’t fix without some help.

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 ‘Dad asked me once why I loved trouble. Why I seemed to enjoy it so much. Why I made my own if I couldn’t find it in the wild. I had no answer. Still didn’t.’

When we pick up a book by CD Reiss we pretty much know what we’re going to get. Beautiful, intelligent and vivid writing with characters that provoke you and makes you question how you feel. When an Author makes you feel very strongly about a story and characters you know they’ve given you an insight into their mind and heart. After all if an Author doesn’t care deeply, a reader won’t either no matter how you end up feeling. As long as you feel, you know you’ve enjoyed the story.

‘Note to self: “Not Feeling” stuff doesn’t mean you’re not feeling it. Being unemotional and cold doesn’t mean you don’t have a pot full of emotions waiting to boil over. It means the heat hasn’t been turned up enough, and the pot just hasn’t been there long enough. It means the pot hasn’t reach capacity. But it will. And your heart will beat so fast and hard you’ll want to die.’

And feel we did, as once again we got caught up in this Author’s words. We followed Margie through two moments in time- a past and present- and got to know an almost hidden secret side of her. Margie, for us, is a very difficult person to warm to. We hold our hands up and say, we don’t fully understand her nor connect to her. Our initial feelings are that she’s cold, clinical and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. In some respects it’s as if she’s devoid of any hint of vulnerability and tact. Rather, she merely exists chasing that exact moment someone will take their time and really dig past the front she puts out there and find her heart which in turn will make her confront herself and accept it.

‘Fuck this. I didn’t know what to do with my body, with my place in the world, my family. I was trapped in all of it.’

We know that her family plays a tremendous part in her situation and being, as well as isolation from certain aspects of life like love and empathy. This woman does not know affection and the basic nature of emotions and how to embrace and accept them. She stands in the world looking in rather than being in the centre of it. She’s a ticking time bomb of pent up avoidance.

‘I hadn’t been loved for the right reasons in a long, long time.’

‘I’d never liked feelings, even before I consciously pushed them away.’

“Feel it, Margie. Feel it.”

As we follow Cin, we meet Indy and Strat from her past and come to know how they’ve shaped her present. Two very important men in Margie’s life who’ve marked her forever and have left quite the impression emotionally, though still at a distance. Forcibly removed. It’s not a common occurrence for us to feel so strongly about a situation and its players whether positive or negative. CD Reiss made us feel indignation one moment, sympathy, love and surprise the next. Well played.

‘I wanted to crawl inside him and live there forever.’

‘I wanted him to like me, to want me, to love Cin again and learn to love Margie.’

4 Stars

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  Although Secret Sins is a standalone, you might want to meet more of the Drazen’s!
SONGS OF CORRUPTION SERIES
One of our favourite Mafia romances. Erotic, gripping.

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SYNOPSIS
 Theresa Drazen can have plenty of guys, but the one she can’t keep away from…. the one she’s just about addicted to, is more than forbidden. With felony-black eyes and a mouth built for lies, loving him is one step away from illegal.
But her body keeps overriding her brain. Maybe it’s time to stop playing by the rules.
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Antonio is obsessed. Theresa’s the last woman he should touch. She’s going to get him killed. She’s dangerous. Poison. The wrong woman.
Except… she’s perfect.And they both figure… one more time. Just one more time.
One more time and they won’t get caught.
One more time and they won’t get killed.
One.
More.
Time…….

SONGS OF PERDITION SERIES
An erotic mind trip into the abyss! With a ton of drug use, and educated men who like dirty sex.

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Kick (Songs of Perdition #1)

SYNOPSIS

Fiona Drazen, sex addict, submissive slave, celebutante, trapped in a mental ward until Dr. Elliot Chapman can help her remember why she’s there. But once she does, she might not want to go home to the Master she tried to kill.


SONGS OF SUBMISSION SERIES 
Meet the delectable Jonathan Drazen in this tempting and teasing erotic series that’s a reader favourite!

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SYNOPSIS

Jonathan Drazen is a known womanizer and a gorgeous piece of man I’m not letting into my heart. Ever.

Yeah, he’s rich, beautiful, charming as hell, and he has a wit as sharp as a double-edged razor… but he’s made it perfectly clear that this is a short-term fuck. Three nights, tops, then we part like sexually satisfied grown-ups.

I believe him when he says he can’t love me. I’m not trying to fall in love, either.

We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done.

Right?

Right.


TB ALSO RECOMMENDS THIS STANDALONE SPORTS ROMANCE by CD REISS

 

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‘I wanted his soul inside me, a melding of skin where we touched, an unbroken circle of pulsing attention and awareness.’

HARDBALL  – SYNOPSIS
Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.
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HARDBALL by CD REISS

Standalone – sports theme romace

HARDBALL by CD REISS
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hard ball 29 marchSYNOPSIS
Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Hard Ball

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘I didn’t know how to exist inside my own contradictions.’

It’s no secret that we absolutely love CD Reiss’ writing style. She just has this way with words that we find absolutely addictive as it never fails to evoke vivid imagery and at times makes us envious of her vocabulary. Once more her hero and heroine both won us over – equally so – as both had a multifaceted personality yet hearts of pure gold. There’s strength in vulnerability and vulnerability in strength.

‘She wasn’t completely broken or completely whole. She was guileless without being naïve. Vulnerable and strong at the same time. A locked box with a tiny window that let me see something shiny inside.’

Vivian was a beautiful character. She lives alone with her stepdad and we absolutely fell in love with their relationship, loving their banter and mutual love for one another. Working as a librarian, Vivian shows her nurturing caring side which translates into her personal life mixed with scepticism and realness. Vivian is an independent realist yet her hearts wants what it wants and overrules her head when it comes to Dash. Though not without a fight.

‘I wanted his soul inside me, a melding of skin where we touched, an unbroken circle of pulsing attention and awareness.’

Dash Wallace is a conflicted soul; a reluctant sports hero who shines on the baseball field and shies away from the limelight. Ruled by routine and superstition he lives a life believing outcomes are dependent on actions. It broke our hearts and whilst some may think this was a sign of arrogance or a disregard of others for personal benefits and gains, we saw it as a vulnerability of personal distress. We fell in love with this sexy well-read hero.

“I was good. I was at home with baseball. But I set my routines, and I need them. I can’t…I can’t play without them.”

We really enjoyed this novel from CD Reiss; although different to what we’ve read before by her and we have to mention that the synopsis does not do this book any justice. It kept us riveted whilst we swooned, laughed and truly felt for the characters. The passion, chemistry and moments of intensity was off the charts! We definitely recommend HardBall.

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RULE – SONGS OF CORRUPTION #3 by C.D. REISS

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Corruption Series

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SYNOPSIS

Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE! 

Theresa and Antonio.
They’ve been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They’re devoted and strong, ready for anything…. 

A Love Tested To The Limit 
And then, someone from Antonio’s past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.

#livetogether
#dietogether

In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ ‘ siamo nel libro d’amore’ stars

“Some things are in the stars. I was meant to protect you. And you were meant to rule.”

Pledge open : il nostro capo e la sua contessa sempre nei nostril cuori.   Our hearts are overflowing! What a series! What a love story! What an author! What a conclusion! Bravo, CD Reiss, Braaavo!

It’s seldom we’re afforded the experience of reading a series which proves to be 5 star read across the board. We either encounter one book that  becomes a filler of some sort or all too often we find somewhere along the way the voices of the characters or the direction of the story changes so dramatically it’s hard to distinguish the characters from those we fell in love with to the ones they become by the end of the story.   Sure we love, admire and relish witnessing a characters growth but we also want to be reminded of why we initially fell in love with them and their story. Well, CD Reiss take a bow because you managed to achieve this and so much more because The Songs of Corruption series delivered and it delivered superbly!

“I want my kiss.”
“Come and get it.”

We’ve run out of accolades to bestow on the extraordinary talent of CD Reiss throughout this series. Her descriptive and vivid prose never fails to astound us. There is a poetic beauty to her writing which leaves us breathless as we hang on and devour her every word.

It’s a doubled edged sword when we come to the end of a series we’ve loved so completely and in Rule we experienced the excitement of seeing the conclusion to Antonio and Theresa’s story together with the sadness of saying goodbye to these two passionate characters whom we’ve falling irrevocably in love with.  Whilst we did find the first 60% of the story dragged a little  now and then this in NO WAY impacted on our overall feelings of how much we loved and enjoyed Rule. We understood the build-up required to the conclusion and the last 40% had us on tenterhooks, sobbing, speechless and clutching our hearts! Such passion, such heart palpitating moments, such suspense and such intense soul searing love, not to mention the treachery, lies and deceit that abounded.

Amor regge senza legge.…love rules without laws. ‘

We reveled in the growth of the characters in this conclusion, Theresa Drazen in particular whose outward grace, poise, elegance and beauty, tinged with an aura of fragility belied the strong, capable and fierce woman beneath. Theresa was a force to be reckoned with and quite the match for the forceful, possessive and determined Antonio Spinelli. She was a revelation!

‘When he smiled, the sky opened and God himself showed his favour.

Antonio Spinelli. Words fail us! Here is a man, and what a man he is, who loves his woman and we mean LOVES her. That alone is reason enough to love him but we also fell in love with his flaws, his heart and his strength.  Yep, this guy is it for us and boy were there moments he even had us in giggles as the inner caveman was exposed! Oh Capo, our Capo!

“Take me,” she breathed. “You crazy, beautiful bastard. Take me.”

The love between our Capo and his Contessa may not have spanned decades but it was no less an EPIC love story.  Time does not equate to intense, soul deep love – feelings do and we FELT every emotional, passionate and intense moment between these two and find ourselves indelibly marked by their love story.  Brilliant! Moving! Intense! Passionate! Evocative! A stunning conclusion to an outstanding series! Pledge closed

“I want what I love, and I love what I want. What I want is you. You came to me as a lady and now you are a queen. I’ve never met a woman lie you. I don’t even deserve you.”

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SONGS OF CORRUPTION SERIES SERIES by C D REISS

SPIN – BOOK ONE
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RUIN – BOOK TWO
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RULE – BOOK THREE
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