Burn

Burn by CD Reiss

4 stars

“What we have isn’t something we made. It’s something that existed before we even met.”

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It’s been a while since I last sank my teeth into the Songs of Submission series, for some reason I stopped in the middle and didn’t pick it up. Well, I’m baaaacccckkkkk and loving Jonathon and all of his domineering and stalkerish ways (that just seem to work in this series).

So if you haven’t read this series there will be mild spoilers. If you have… well you already know lol.

Burn is about Monica and Jonathon, a couple that started out as just sex but has turned into so much more. Monica has fought for years to make it in the music industry and she comes to realize her relationship with Jonathon could jeopardize that before it even begins. Jonathon wants Monica in his life, but only when she comes to him.

“When this ice cube melts, I’m going to make love to you so slow, everyone in this hotel is going to know my name. It won’t be play. It’s going to be dead serious.”

It was very easy to get back into the swing of this series even though it had been a long time since I read the previous books. Reiss is a very eloquent writer and I could read this book without any breaks in the flow. I love how LA has such a strong presence in this series, it’s my hometown and CD nails it! (Probably because she lives here too).

The angst was delicious and the tension palpable. I just wish the plot was a little bit more focused, some of it seems all over the place with the side characters. But still a great, unique series with characters I love to read about. I need to get my shit together and finish this wonderful series.

“I feel your hands on your phone when you read my texts. I go to the Stock after your shifts just to stand where you’ve stood. I fall asleep on the pillow you used when you were in my bed. I need to share whatever piece of the world you’re in. Tell me you don’t feel the same.”

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The Queen

The Queen (The Original Sinners #8) by Tiffany Reisz

4 stars!

Well this is it. The end of the Sinners. At least until TR writes some more right? The Queen is the story of Nora and Soren in their time “apart”, broken up with each other and all around broken. Soren wants his Eleanor back, and Nora wishes to be accepted for who she is now, Mistress Nora. Both are at a stalemate as they cannot change their wants and needs. This book details the years before the beginning of The Siren.

Anyways, I really enjoyed this final book. Perhaps what I loved the most was the insight it provided me with on the events that took place before The Siren. I feel like I need a reread of that book because my views of all of the dynamics would change immensely.

I loved Tiffany’s writing as always, and I really did enjoy this book, but I didn’t love it. With these books the focus is so much on one or two characters only, that we lost side characters I love such as Griffin, Michael, and more that got shifted aside. It’s what I loved so much about the first 4 books was the character dynamics on a wide spectrum instead of focused.

Having said that I am so glad TR wrote this spinoff/prequel series and I enjoyed every single minute of it!

ARC kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Deviant

Deviant (Blood & Roses #1) by Callie Hart

4 stars!

“You think I’m right out of a horror film, don’t you?”
“Well this is hardly a fairy tale, is it?”

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Why am I only just discovering this series now? I seem to be behind on all of the good dark stories!

Sloane is on a mission to find her sister after her sister was taken off the side of the road. To help find her Sloane had to make deals, and she made a deal to sleep with a stranger. One night with a stranger in that dark and Sloane is changed forever. Little does she know, so is the man she was with.

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If I could say anything about this book it would be this:

No seriously. This book was dang hot! But it wasn’t all just smutty goodness. The base of a great series plot is there with Sloane’s search for her sister and Zeth’s rooting out corruption. So a short review for this one, but I highly recommend and am going to continue on in this series soon 🙂

Submit

Submit (Songs of Submission #3) by CD Reiss

4.5 stars!

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These books just keep getting better and better! I know I’m a bit late to the game with this series, but I am so glad I read them. They don’t fit the mold of a typical bdsm/erotica novel which I appreciate greatly. *Kicks self for not reading CD Reiss sooner*

Jonathan and Monica continue to navigate their relationship and the going has not been easy. A vindictive ex-wife and personal emotional issues stand in the way of them taking their relationship to the next step. Plus tragedy strikes and Monica realizes she may need to lean on Jonathan more than she originally wanted to. Monica also personally struggles with the notion that she is indeed a submissive; it brings on a plethora of fears and thoughts about what it means about herself, and the actions that will result of being dominated.

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I loved reading Monica’s struggle, how she tried to see the difference between being submissive without being debased, a legitimate fear. Losing control is a huge issue for her based on bad past relationships where losing her control meant losing herself. I like how Jonathan stepped up in this book and was present in Monica’s life. A rock for her to lean on, someone to care about her wellbeing.

^^^And hats off to CD Reiss! I went from rating the first book 3 stars to rating the third book 5 stars. That doesn’t happen every day! A very talented author, I love this story she has to tell.

Tease

Tease (Songs of Submission #2) by CD Reiss

4 stars!

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Yay!! This is what I was hoping for in the first book.

Tease picks up just after the two weeks where Jonathan went away to Korea for business. Monica and him continue their sexual relationship but with conditions. Jonathan is still in love with his ex-wife and refuses to love another. Monica wishes to focus on her singing career and refuses to be with anyone who does not support it. By chance the two of them must attend an art exhibit in which both of their exes are showing/selling their art, so the two of them decide to go together.

I really like how the story has progressed so far. Monica and Jonathan seem to have a level of respect for each other that is needed for whatever relationship they have together to work. It’s also been interesting meeting their exes and seeing how those people molded both of them into who they are presently. Kevin seems like a douche and Jessica a bitch, but we will see.