ARC Review: Separation Games by CD Reiss

10 Jan 2017

Book Title: Separation Games
Author: CD Reiss
Series: The Games Duet #2
Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Genres: Erotica Romance
The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

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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Separation Games is the second and final installment in the Games series. Adam and Diana were a seemingly happily married, albeit vanilla, power couple when Diana left the letter on the counter asking for a divorce. Completely taken aback, Adam agrees to her divorce and business demands under one condition... thirty days. Thirty days with him, revisiting their feelings and deciding if they've truly fallen out of love. What he doesn't bank on is the resurrection of his long-hidden Dominant side...and the revelation of Diana's inner submissive. Let the games begin...

Separation Games has that angsty push and pull that feverishly embarks the reader on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It's a true experience in self discovery for both characters. Adam is one sexy Dominant but has never truly embraced that side of himself with Diana...for reasons. But the more Diana awakens to her new-found need for his dominance and control, the more Adam seems to push back. Push. Pull. Can they both ever get on the same page emotionally and sexually? Can they have a healthy D/s relationship and still be happily in love? Is this the component to their marriage they were truly missing?

I must admit, sometimes I was a bit frustrated with the push/pull on both their parts. When one was pushing the other was pulling away and vice versa. Do you love me or love me not? Adam was a mess of confusion in this installment whereas Diana was the mess of confusion in Marriage Games.

"Either love me or set me free."

The Games duet is a erotically steamy duet written with CD Reiss's signature artistic, poetic prose. She has a gift in eroticism and has the market on writing strong, dominant men. Diana doesn't stand a chance resisting her "sir.' It's written in 1st person point of view- predominately Diana but we also get into Adam's head towards the end. Which was really needed for me to understand his wishy-washy indecision.

A fantastic, erotic journey into self discovery and rekindling of love...

Advanced review copy received by the 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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