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LOST IN BETWEEN (Finding Me #1) by K.L. KREIG :: REVIEW & EXCERPT

Book One of Duet – Steamy with a yummy alpha male!

SYNOPSIS

We all have one.

A price.

That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.

Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.

What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.

What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.

I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.

*If dirty-talking, dominant alphas are not your thing, move along. Mature, 18+ only. Book 1 in a 2-part duet.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 steamy stars

‘…if loving someone – anyone – eventually leads to heartbreak, loss, and mourning, why do we do it? Why do we continue to let people into our lives, our hearts? Steal our very soul out from under us before we realize a vital piece of us is forever missing?’

Clear a space on the top shelf of book boyfriends….there’s a new man claiming a top spot and his name is Shaw Mercer. Bloody Nora, this man had us coming….over…..all unnecessary! We had a feeling we’d love Lost in Between but we had no idea how much until we’d finished, hungrily turning to that last page. Lost in Between is not only sexy and extremely hot, it’s emotional, funny, vulnerable and very clever at times. KL Kreig’s writing is fabulous and her story intriguing and sexy. As far as erotic novel’s go, with a dominant alpha male hero, this is one that hits that spot. We were in the mood for a hot steamy read and that’s just what we got.

‘I’ve decided I will pay whatever it takes to have her. To own her. I think I would give away my own soul.’

For us, this read like an erotic version of the movie Pretty Woman, and we loved that angst that came with the reluctance of giving your heart to another, in fear of breaking and losing your soul. The characters each vulnerable and fearful of their own limitations, whilst displaying their each individual strengths. Living in pretence and hiding their pasts unable to show their true selves.

‘The only thing available on my menu is pleasure. Immense, intense, unimaginable fucking pleasure.’

Shaw Mercer needs a girlfriend and Willow Blackwell needs money, both for reasons out of their control. Their story starts with a crash and develops into quite the sexy and emotional ride. Guarded and reluctant, Shaw and Willow try to deny this intense chemistry that literally sizzles across the pages. Extreme in character there’s never a dull moment and things aren’t always what they seem to be. So much secrecy as well as a twist or two.

‘I want to be someone’s life. I want to be their breath. I want to be their very fucking sustenance.’

We did have one issue and it’s a pet peeve so we have to mention it as it sadly took us out of the story and it was so unnecessary. We wish Authors wouldn’t use other books or book characters in their story, especially incredibly popular ones with specific connotations. It takes us out of the book we are reading and we find ourselves having to get back into it. It’s not necessary and in this case it was such a shame as this story stands just fine on its own two feet without it. Despite this, in a market with copious erotic alpha male books, KL Kreig wrote with a unique flair and originality which made us fall in love and lust. We can’t wait for the second and last instalment in this fabulous duet.

“You feel this thing between us just as much as I do. It’s not going away. It’s going to spread and thicken until it consumes us both, burning so fucking hot and strong it will never be extinguished.”


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM LOST IN BETWEEN


“You look edible,” I whisper, grazing my lips against her cheek.

“Thank you, Drive By.” She doesn’t flinch when I snake my arm around her waist and pull her close, my mouth purposely lingering against her warm flesh for another couple beats.

Yes, motherfuckers, I’m staking my claim, even if it is only temporary.

I reluctantly loosen my hold and pull out a chair to my right, getting her settled before taking my own seat again. Tonight is our first official public outing since she was at my home five days ago. Just a simple dinner. But I’ve made sure it’s a well-known, exclusive haunt not too far from city hall.

Our waitress is Johnny-on-the-spot and has her drink order before I can even ask her how her week has been, which surprisingly I really want the answer to.

“How was your week, Goldilocks?” I quirk my lips when her nose crinkles.

“Are you always going to call me that?”

“What?” I feign, holding my full smile in check. I have no idea why I derive so much enjoyment from getting under her skin because that is not who I am at all. That’s more Noah’s shtick. But I do. Enormously. She is so damn easy to rile, and I love to watch her fire burn. Every poke I make loosens those petrified ashes a bit more so I can fully expose the sleeping volcano underneath.

“You know what. Goldilocks?” She looks so fucking cute with her brows raised and an I’m waiting look on her face. I want to laugh.

“I already told you, Goldilocks, it’s my pet name. So, yes, I do plan on calling you that.”

“It’s stupid,” she laments quietly, breaking eye contact as she places the black cloth napkin on her lap and picks up her menu. I don’t believe she really thinks that, though I’m not about to argue. I grew up with three women. I learned to pick my battles.

“Maybe if you’d give me your real name, I would use it less.”

At that, her brilliant blue eyes snap back to me.

“Did you talk to Ms. Deveraux?” I ask pointedly, holding her glower.

“Yes,” she replies after a brief hesitation.

“And?”

“And, what?” She lowers the menu, giving me all her attention.

“And, what did you decide?”

Biting her lip she looks away, breathing deeply. The waitress interrupts with her glass of red wine but is quickly gone when my stare conveys we need more time. After she takes a sip, her attention returns to me.

“A name is power.”

I’m taken aback, confused. “Power? A name is just a name, Goldilocks.”

“No.” She shakes her head adamantly. “No, it’s more than that, Shaw. It’s giving up control. It’s sharing a piece of yourself that’s only yours to give away. It’s a connection that ties humans together. It’s intimate, even. You curse a name on a roar or whisper it on a breath. You cry it out of unimaginable agony or sheer ecstasy. You use my name and the dynamics between us will shift. This”—she waves her finger back and forth—“becomes personal instead of professional.”

She is an amazing creature. Each enlightening word drew me in further. My beautiful sprite holds a chasm of hurt inside that’s so full it practically bleeds from her pores, so she tightly clutches the reins of every shred of control she can, no matter how small.

And while her little theory has some merit and may be quite necessary in her job, the problem with applying it to us is that in the short time we’ve known each other, we’ve rocketed well past arm’s length. This already is personal. I know it. She knows it. She just doesn’t want to acknowledge it, and I’m not sure why.

Leaning close, I palm her cheek. My thumb moves reflexively in circles across her soft skin. I want to kiss her. I want to fucking inhale her. In a low voice, I tell her, “I know you don’t want to believe this, sweetheart, but regardless of whether I know your real name or not, I assure you my feelings for you are entirely unprofessional.”


TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS THE BLACK SWAN AFFAIR by K.L. KREIG
A 5 Star standalone breathlessly beautiful, angsty and passionate love story.

‘Where Killian is ruthless, Kael is compassionate. Kael is outgoing and chatty, Killian more reserved. He’s serious to Kael’s fun loving personality. And where Killian would apparently do anything for himself, Kael would do anything for me.’

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SYNOPSIS

I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.

The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.

Killian Shepard.

Shep.

We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.

He’d be back.

He was always meant to be mine.

He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.

So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.

I got my revenge.

I married his brother, Kael.

Now we’re one big happy fucking family.

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GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars #2) by J.M. DARHOWER :: REVIEW

Conclusion to the Scarlet Scars Duet. Gritty, suspense Mafia anti hero romance.

THE SCARLET SCARS DUET by J.M. DARHOWER

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.

Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she’s not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious they call Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know—the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.

But fairy tales aren’t real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can’t slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she’s forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But there’s a white knight in combat boots out there that isn’t afraid of monsters.

You see, it’s impossible to be afraid of something you see every day in the mirror.


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Grievous

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 fabulous stars!

‘She wants the fairy tale with the happy ending. All I have are bullet holes in a house with no soul.’

And…..breathe! Well, that was one suspense laden ride! What a thrilling end to a fabulous duet. The Scarlet Scars Duet started with the more mellow Menace and culminated in the heart stopping, gritty edge of your seat conclusion, Grievous.  What a bloody fantastic read this was!

J M Darhower really knows how to thrill and entertain a reader. Whether we’re grinning like fools over the banter between a Stars Wars addicted, puzzle loving, orange obsessed insomniac antihero, and a tenacious, formidable heroine who both completely stole our hearts, or reading with one hand over our eyes as she takes us to the brink of anxiousness and back. This lady sure does know how to tell an addictive and unputdownable story. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; in our eyes, this author is unquestionably up there as the Queen of Mafia Romance.  J.M. Darhower can do no wrong!

“Sometimes you’ve gotta play the part, Scarlet. You know that. When most people think of guys like me, they imagine someone like Michael Corleone, so that’s why they get it. It’s kind of funny, really. They’re more terrified of me in a suit with shiny dress shoes than they are when I’m wearing combat boots and carrying a loaded gun.” (Lorenzo)
“Maybe they’re not more terrified….If they’re trembling, heart racing, sweating, I’m saying there’s a chance they might be turned on.”
(Scarlet)
“Do you piss your pants when you get turned on, too?”
(Lorenzo)
“Depends on how turned on I am.”
(Scarlet)

Grievous picks up from the end of Menace, so if you’ve read that, you know that it set up this book perfectly. And if you haven’t read it, then you absolutely must! Don’t worry, we’re not going to ruin any part of this duet with our review of Grievous because we know you love surprises as much as we do.

What we will say is; strap yourselves in for one suspenseful, gripping, unsettling and gritty read. It isn’t pretty, at times it’s downright chilling, but at its heart is a man dealing with the chaos surrounding him, as well as the alien chaotic feelings in his heart, together with a woman who faces her past and who’ll go to any lengths for those she loves. These two are intense, passionate and captivating in their own unique way.

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddamn toxic every touch is just too much.”

Lorenzo Gambini is one colourful character. An antihero in every sense of the word. Menacing, lovable, intolerant, unapologetic – a formidable yet highly amusing man. Lorenzo was such a richly nuanced character and we couldn’t get enough of him. His interaction and connection with us as readers was so spot on, we found ourselves answering him back when he narrated to us. He really was so believable.

“There’s something about you, Lorenzo…Sometimes I think you might just be human. ”
“You’re making shit weird again, Scarlet.”

J.M. Darhower is a master storyteller. She brought these two damaged souls to life and led us willingly into her world. She transfixed us, she teased us and she even tortured us, but she somehow managed to do this with us grinning from ear to ear with her unique brand of humour, vivid descriptiveness, chilling villains, lovable good guys, and heart in your mouth suspense and a story we never wanted to end.  No wonder she’s an instant 1Click for us. All the time, every time!

Grievous

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him–a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.


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MENACE (Scarlet Scars #1) by J.M. DARHOWER :: REVIEW

First book in the Scarlet Scars Duet. A gritty, powerful anti hero Mafia romance.

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him–a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.

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Menace Review

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

4.5 engrossing stars!

“You got me?”
“I got you.”

J.M. Darhower has again delivered an enthralling story that set our hearts racing at a million miles an hour Hollywood needs to make her Mafia romances into a movie, because her words are so visually captivating, we can imagine it playing out before our eyes, as we did with Menace.  We were once again captivated by her story, fascinated and madly in love with an antihero with a ‘couldn’t give a fuck attitude’, and a feisty, strong heroine who had us championing them both at every turn.

We first met Lorenzo Gabini in Target On Our Back, and were beyond excited when we realised he was the central character in Menace. You can absolutely go into this duet as standalone’s as Menace/Grievous are essentially Lorenzo and Morgan’s story with JM Darhower doing a fabulous job of getting us up to speed without wasting a precious moment of actual story.

‘Nobody trusts their gut anymore, but they ought to. Sometimes wires get crossed in the brain, things get all jumbled, everything gets confused, and your heart…..you can’t fucking trust that son of a bitch. It’ll be the first to betray you. It’ll make you feel like the world is a beautiful place. It’ll make you forget all the darkness. It’ll make you hope, and believe, and then it’ll destroy you, just when you start to think maybe it’s okay to not be so goddamn frigid.’

What an exhilarating, exciting start to this duet. As usual with this authors stories, she grabbed us from the very first page and never let us go. There’s something so incredibly addictive about her stories, and Menace is no exception.  The Mafia, the Bratva, a troubled girl and man with a thirst for revenge, all went into making this one a totally addictive winner and we need the next book!

“What do I smell like?”
“Like sex and shame….and something distinctly vanilla.”
“It’ll fade. It’s just my lotion…vanilla orchid. The sex, well, I’m afraid you’ll have to wash that off.”
And the shame?”
I ask, strolling toward her. “How long until that fades.”
She laughs dryly. “I’ll let you know if it ever happens.”

Lorenzo Gambini, is the epitome of the antihero. He’s the guy you would expect to hate but can’t. He’s brutal, pragmatic, unforgiving, has a short fuse and is intolerant of most people except his brother Leo, who he will protect at all costs. He’s also bored and completely unapologetic about his lifestyle and his thirst for violence. He loves oranges and is one engaging, witty and snarky narrator injecting humour amidst the mayhem. Seriously, this guy had us in fits with his internal monologue. At times it was as though he was arguing with the reader. It was priceless! His outlook is ‘it is what it is and I don’t give a fuck’ in the world according to Lorenzo and yup, we fell in love with him!

Lorenzo quite literally bumps into Morgan Myers, a ballsy, troubled young woman with a price on her head who is hoarding many secrets. Just what and who is she running from/to and why? Lorenzo’s boredom soon turns to intense interest when it registers with him that Morgan has pulled one over on him by stealing his wallet. No one gets one over on Lorenzo Gambini! He seeks her out and soon realises Morgan needs help when it comes to light that she has somehow pissed off the Russian Mafia.

‘I used to read all these fairy tales, and I just think about how fucked up it is to realize that heroes are make-believe but monsters are real.’

The story is told in dual pov’s with an interesting pov added in which kept us guessing as it heartbreakingly unfolded throughout the story.  J.M. Darhower never fails to breathe life into every new book she produces, despite a similar theme being woven throughout. We couldn’t look away from this book for a second and we need Grievous now! What a gritty, dark, sexy, heartbreaking and engrossing ride and we’re not done yet!

“Who broke you?”

 

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MONSTER IN HIS EYES SERIES by J M DARHOWER

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Torture To Her Soul Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Target on Our Backs Book Three ::our review|  amazon us | amazon uk


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THE OVER DUET by J.A. DeROUEN :: LOW OVER HIGH (#1) and EVER OVER AFTER (#2) :: REVIEW

An intense story of first love and second chances. 

‘My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.’
‘My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.’

LOW OVER HIGH BOOK ONE 

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LOW OVER HIGH BOOK ONE
SYNOPSIS

I fancy myself a purveyor of truth, a sifter of lies, a cutter of bullshit. It’s not a gift, but rather, all skill, honed to a razor’s edge after one too many trips down the rabbit hole.

Some may dismiss my talent as misplaced and misguided cynicism, but they’d be wrong. Cliches about hope and faith in mankind are concocted unicorn farts, an effort to keep the dreamers dreaming. Experiences don’t lie—people do.

While I’m not proud of the circumstances that led me to this way of thinking, I respect the journey. The road to enlightenment can be dark and foreboding, but the destination makes it all worthwhile.

But funny thing about the past—it’s a defiant child refusing to stay in time out. No matter how deeply buried, it can always pop up when least expected, and sink its fucking claws into the flesh of your heart. No, not my heart—I no longer have one. I foolishly gave it away years ago, but I still feel the ripping in my chest as I fist the crumpled note left on my porch.

I’ve avoided this day, ran from it, for the past eight years.
And still we meet again.

But to truly understand … to feel my dread and fear my future as I do, it’s important to know what happened in my past.

Or who…

My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY 18+
Warning: This book contains graphic content which may not be suitable for sensitive readers.


EVER OVER AFTER BOOK TWO
SYNOPSIS

Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me.

Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure.
And now I’m back to sift through the rubble.

Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers.
Answers and Low.
Always Low.

My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.


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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘Love changes over time. The edges may dull, the butterflies hibernate… but sometimes, the best things sharpen and flourish as years pass.’

The Over Duet is our first foray into the work of J.A. DeRouen and it’s safe to say, we’ll be checking out more of her work in the future because we both loved this story. The drama element was intense though not prolonged for unnecessary reasons, the wit between the characters lightened the load when needed, J.A. DeRouen’s prose ensured we instantly connected with her writing and fell in love with her characters, all playing a part to tell the story of Low and Ever, and what a story!

This is a spoiler free review for the complete Duet and it’s imperative you read Low Over High first as the story in Ever Over After continues on, eight years down the track from the events that unfolded in book one, with Low (Marlo) and Ever (Everett’s) story concluding in book two.

“Time passes, memories fade, but feelings are forever.”

Low Over High begins with a gripping prologue set in the present when a very disillusioned and bitter Low tells us how she is sworn off relationships, has a cynical outlook on love and is, in general, quite disgruntled and not at all interested in seeking a relationship. The prologue ensured we voraciously turned the pages to find out what transpired all those years ago to make Low resentful.

The story then flicks back to eight years when a then 17 year old Low is about to leave her loving Dad, Nana and brother, Declan in Texas to attend her Senior year in New Orleans in order to reconnect with her mother, who had left Low and Declan when they were very small children.

It is at Orleans Academy Low meets Ever, the quintessential sullen ‘lost boy’, and the nephew of the Dean of the school. Ever is a 17 year old boy fighting many demons and heartache.

An accidental meeting has them taking an instant dislike to one another, though over a four month period, we lay witness to the growth of their relationship, their first love and the tragic incidents that would see Low disappear one day, never to return. This part of the story was heartbreakingly sad on both accounts and presented tough and tragic time for both Low and Ever individually.

“Please stay…even if my heart is scarred and my soul is dirty. Please stay….”

The build of the relationship was beautifully executed, and although the time span was relatively short, these two had dealt with a lot in their young years, and so we felt their love at first was very innocent, very real and beautiful. Those four month would shape their lives in many different ways, essentially determining who they are when we meet them again eight years later in book two.

‘He’s the creation and the rapture. Every good and bad thing all wrapped up into one. And now, after all these years, he may just be my resurrection.’

During their time apart we felt the characters had developed, matured and grown individually and felt the infinite pull that lead them back to one another. However, hidden secrets, unspoken words, and memories unearthed from the past lay beneath their hearts. What consequences will bringing them to the surface ultimately be and could Low and Ever rediscover the love they had?

“I’m a better man when I’m loving you. I don’t think I can stop, even you beg me to.”

J.A. DeRouen delivered a heartfelt, believable and beautifully moving story and she did so without the melancholy that could have so easily brought it down. Yes, she deals with some very heavy subject matter in this duet, and yes we felt the emotional and mental fallout from this, but it was handled sensitively.  We met a bunch of friendly, outgoing and wonderful characters who burrowed into our hearts, who, together with Low and Ever, ensured we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this first love, love second chance story with friendships, family and loyalty at its heart. Grab this one!

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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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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.”
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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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