Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[Blog Tour + Review] Separation Games by CD Reiss


Separation Games by CD Reiss
Series: The Games Duet # 2 
Release Date: January 3, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance 

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"CD Reiss writes the best erotica I have ever read." -Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hacker Series




SYNOPSIS:
 
The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

There’s one, unbreakable rule 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.




PURCHASE LINKS:


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EXCERPT:

He took my hand, putting it in his lap as if it was finally home. “What are we doing?” he asked.
“Screwing up.”
“Like it’s our job.”
“If you’re going to do something, I say, do it all the way.”
He squeezed my hand. I was jarred by the way he looked in the direction of the window, but not through it. He didn’t look like the commanding Dominant who had been my partner for the past few weeks. As handsome as ever, and graceful and sharp, a leader and a decider, but not the same.
He faced me. “I don’t know how to fix this.”
The streetlights glinted off the light in one eye and his jaw locked, catching things he’d never say. He looked like a man I knew and abandoned. Manhattan Adam.
“We can’t fix it,” I said, putting his hand in my lap, watching our clasped hands make a new form. I rubbed the outside of his thumb with mine, feeling it’s familiar shape, the strength of the knuckle and the texture of his skin on mine. “We have to build something new. And we can.” I looked up from our hands to his face.
Could I make him feel my optimism? Could I take a piece of it onto a fork and lift it to his lips? Would they part? Would he let me lay it on his tongue? Would he chew and swallow, saying “I do. I do believe we can, I do.”
He didn’t say that. He didn’t believe, but his lips needed to touch my belief and his tongue needed to taste my hope.
I don’t know if I kissed him or if he kissed me, but it felt like a first kiss, with full quivering that left me paralyzed at his nearness. The act of two tongues tasting each other was so intimate between strangers, so taken for granted over time, and so rarely is the wonder of it felt through to the bone.
He was licorice. Fennel and leather. And he moved like cool water, reacting to my movements, countering with his hands and his mouth, covering me with his attention. The kiss was the sway of sex, the smell of it, the carnal desire without the promise of anything but another dance.





MY REVIEW:


5 Stars!

 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.A Game Well Played

While I was wishy-washy with my feelings for Marriage Games, I can say without a doubt, I loved Separation Games. It was everything I thought it would be and more. C.D. Reiss not only gives her readers a sexy book, but a book that makes you think.. This review may spoil book one.

"Fourteen more days, and I didn't have a plan."

In book two we pick up right where we left off with Diana and Adam, she's home and the divorce is still on. Diana is lost. She's had a taste of something new, something exciting, something that may win her husband back, yet she has no idea what to do with it now. In a world like Adam's, trust is a huge issue and she only trusts him. A man that wants nothing to do with her now. A man that is still her husband.

Adam is ready to move on, or so he thinks. Diana isn't what he wants right now. She left the note. She was done with him, not the other way around. Sure she's playing the part well, but if and when it came down to it, she couldn't handle what he wants to give her. That said, he doesn't want anybody else to have her either. Which puts him in quite the predicament.

"If I was going to play a game of cat and mouse with Adam, then I had to make sure I was the only mouse worth chasing. He had to see only me through a field of hundreds of beautiful, submissive women who could satisfy his every need."

The game. Boy it was a doozy and I absolutely loved it. These two were interesting and annoying all at the same time. I really didn't know if I wanted them back together or to call it quits and move on. They were constantly a jumbled mess of emotion and as the pieces started to fall into place, it made more sense and I realised once again, what a fantastic storyteller C.D. Reiss is.

"I don't know how to fix this."
"We can't fix it. We have to build something new. And we can."

What an emotional, angsty rollercoaster this book was. Written primarily from Diana's point of view, with Adam getting his say at the end. Separation Games was clever and I liked that. It was a book that made you think after all was said and done. Again, I did skim the BDSM-y scenes, as they aren't my cup of tea anymore, however it didn't make me like the book any less. This was a well written series and it would be interesting to peek in on these two a few years down the road.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. 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 give her a big enough ego to write novels.

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 chop a cord of wood.

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

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