ARC Review: Rule by CD Reiss

24 Aug 2015

Book Title: Rule
Author: CD Reiss
Series: The Corruption Series #3
Release Date: August 24th, 2015
Genres: Erotic Suspense
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.


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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Let me preface my review with highly recommending you re-read the last 20% or so of RUIN to re-acclimate yourself to the events that took place as RULE jumps right back into that timeline following the wedding explosion/fire. If you haven't read RUIN, I caution you to not read further in my review as there's mild plot spoilers for that book.

RULE takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of events following the wedding explosion. Antonio and Theresa are missing, feared dead within the tunnels beneath LA. Daniel vows to get save her if she's possibly alive. He drove her into Antonio's arms with his betrayal and if he has to lose his incumbent seat in the Mayor's office saving her, he will do it. Donna Maria Carloni, head of the Sicilian mafia of LA, is out for vengeance against Antonio...if he's alive he won't be for long...

Of the three Songs of Corruption novels, RULE was most suspenseful for me. There's a huge plot revelation that I had no clue of prior and this is very much a central focus in the book. Antonio and Theresa remain a steadfast team to stay alive amidst the threats that lurk at every dark corner. There's huge bounties for both their heads. Can Antonio restore order in his Capo kingdom and still remain alive? Truths come out in that period of "being dead." Can their relationship survive the fallout?

Theresa Drazen, from day one, has accepted Antonio Spinelli in all his outlaw Capo ways. Antonio knows he's bad for her; it risks her life just being involved with him but their love is polarizing. As much as he tries to walk away, to free her, he just can't. She understands him. And as much as walking away can protect her, she needs his protection as well. The woman has no fear and I think Antonio fears for her safety BECAUSE of that. She doesn't fear him, accepts him, cripples him in his love for her.

That’s the idea of who I am. I want a life with you, because you accept me. All of me. I am whole with you. Only you.”

Reiss doesn't fail in constructing a flawless canvas of underground LA mafia corruption. With each twist and turn the reader anxiously anticipates the next shooter lurking in the shadows. Her writing style is artistic and beautifully poetic.

Antonio does not fail to exhibit his dominant Capo prowess with Theresa. Didn't seem anything kept that man's libido at bay. Life on the line need to run versus balls-to-the-wall sex with his Contessa...his Contessa always won.

Reiss captured me as a loyal reader with her Songs of Submission Series and I do have to admit I cherished every tiny snippet of this plotline that brought us back to Jonathan Drazen- those life-on-the-line times in Sequoia Hospital with him waiting to die for his heart transplant. The love story within the SoS series will never be surpassed for me. Or at least it hasn't thus far. Although I truly enjoyed Theresa and Antonio, I didn't feel their love in the pit of my stomach like I did SoS. I'm a sucker for angst though, and let me say, the last few chapters in RULE connected me to the love story that is Antonio and Theresa. Albeit gritty, animalistic, and everything's a love story at that. This quote by Antonio completely captures their relationship for me....

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And all-around great conclusion to the Songs of Corruption Series. Bravo! Looking forward to more from the Drazen clan. Now where are these bonus scenes of Jonathan and Rachel?

RULE is book three within the Songs of Corruption Series. It is NOT to be read as a standalone. 
It is a spin-off series of the Songs of Submission Series and I'd highly recommend starting with that series first. Because it is awesome. 

 **Quotes/teasers taken from pre-published copy and may change in the finished product.**

 Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my HONEST review.


CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets. 

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles. 

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood. 

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 

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