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Series: The Games Duet #2
Published by Flip City Media Inc on January 3rd 2017
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, D/s, Erotic Romance
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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.
WARNING: While I did not have an issue with it and I thought that Reiss handled the scene and characters with care, there is a scene between Adam and Diana that some readers may not be comfortable with. While I would not call it a simulated rape scene it does push the line that some readers may not want to experience.
CD Reiss never fails to leave me feeling emotionally drained and satisfied all at the same time. I have been waiting for Separation Games since I was 50% into Marriage Games.
Diana and Adam are two wonderfully broken people. They lived five years of marriage together never really being their true selves or the real couple they could have been. After Diana left Adam they both woke the fuck up. After 30 days of pain, pleasure and heartache they finally know each other. They EARNED their HEA. Their story gutted me, made me smile, cry and just had me in awe the whole time I was reading.
If you think Adam is this asshole Dome that likes to beat women because he was sexually abused, YOU ARE WRONG. If you think that Diana is a doormat or whiny little girl, YOU ARE WRONG. This story is not the same old run of the mill Fifty Shades kind of story. This is a married couple trying to find their way back to each other. Their pain is beautiful and eye opening. You do not have to be into kink of any kind to understand the real struggle Adam and Diana go through. They could be as vanilla as a Taylor Swift song and still have issues that a marriage can go through. The kink elements just elevate the emotions and let a reader like me safety experience how “other side” lives.
If you want some heart with your kink, love with your lust, submission with your power then you need to pick up a C.D. Reiss title and I highly recommend The Games Duet. It truly takes two books to tell this couple’s journey.
The only thing I missed this time around was the voices of Elena Wolfe and Sebastian York so of course, I will grab the audio of Separation Games at some point.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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