Our Review

‘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 whatabout 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.’

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

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

THE CANDLE PALACE (Jamison Valley #6) by DEVNEY PERRY

REVIEW: ‘Maybe his feelings for me weren’t as strong as mine were for him, but he wanted me to stay. That was something. That was everything.’

CHERRY BEATS by VICKI JAMES

REVIEW: “Nothing tells you what a girl really wants to say like the song she’s begging you to listen to.”
“Don’t forget what this journey is about: the music, Presley. Always the music.”

 

TBB WEEKLY ROUND UP POST

REVIEW:  Welcome back! We hope you’ve read some fabulous books this month – we’ve read some fab ones! Check out these and much, much more!

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by EVIE DUNMORE

REVIEW: “This is not a game to be won.”
“Well, it certainly seems like a tremendous defeat to let you go.”

‘Don’t let me go.’

YOU CAN HAVE MANHATTAN by P DANGELICO

REVIEW:  “I don’t want your pity, Scott.”
“You don’t have it,” he said softly. “You have my admiration.’
“I’ll always find you,” he murmured.

 

Latest News

Upcoming Releases

Be sure to keep updated on all the books headed our way by visiting our TBB Upcoming Releases Page.

Latest New Releases

We’ve got all the latest releases, so be sure to head on over to our New Releases Page!

Sales

We’ve got some amazing books currently on sale! Be sure to hop on over to our sales page and check them out!

TotallyBooked Shop

Have you checked out the fabulous items available in our shop? The Tote Bag is perfect for book signings! <3

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Follow me on Twitter

The Totally Booked Blog Shop

Browse Our Shop »

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Follow me on Twitter

Keep In Touch!

Subscribe For Updates

Subscribe for Updates