Author: C.D. Reiss

Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss

Posted June 30, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of one or more of the following: sexual abuse, violence against women/children, drug use, trigger issues such as rape or simulated rape.
Shuttergirl by C.D. ReissShuttergirl by C.D. Reiss
Narrator: Christian Fox, Jo Raylan
Published by Audible Studios on 01-19-16
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
three-half-flames

I never forgot her. Not for one minute. Not from the last time I saw her, at 17, to today. I measured all women against her, and all women came up short. But being with her was unfeasible in high school, and it's taboo now. I see her sometimes, but I've never spoken to her. She runs, or I run. We're in the same town, on the same block, in the same building, and the gulf between us has been just too wide to cross. Until tonight.

He was my high school crush, back when I lived in a world that didn't want me. He was the perfect boy, and I was the outcast kid from the other side of town. And when he held my hand, I thought I could fit in just a little. I thought I could be his, and he could be mine. Then he left, and my life fell apart. Now we are the king and queen of opposite sides of Hollywood. And we haven't spoken a word to each other. Until tonight.

               
C.D. Reiss is my go to author for dark and complicated romances. Jo Raylan is a go to narrator for sexy and emotional deliveries. When these two ladies work on a book together its pure magic!

Shuttergirl is a story about a girl and a guy with a high school history. The usual class separation romance. She (Lane) a girl who bounced between foster homes and he (Michael) a popular and rich guy with famous actors for parents. Fast forward a few years and she is taking his picture. He grew up to be an actor and she a paparazzi.

Lane is use to being the one behind the camera, not the one in front of it. At least that’s what she would have the world think. There was a time when she was the one having her picture taken. But those were by two sick guys using a teenage Lane as their sex toy.

Shuttergirl is a romance about two people finding each other again where one of them has a broken past.

Reiss and Raylan delivers another emotionally charged story about how dark the world can be, but if you let it, love can help shine some light in the darkness.

Even thought most of Shuttergirl is told from Lane’s POV (and narrated by Jo), Christian Fox was the perfect Michael. Fox is a raising start in the narration game. He delivers a great performance and I look for to listening to more of his work.

 

About Jo Raylan

There is no shame in pleasure, or enjoying a hard-won happy ending.

Jo has extensive experience bringing the romance genre to life through her natural and intimate delivery, and commitment to the characters’ journey together.

Jo Raylan is known for engaging first person POV, credible delivery of male characters, delivery of suggestive humor, and deft handling of intimate scenes. Her voice has been described as “slow whiskey and chocolate,” and her work on the Submission series by CD Reiss was nominated for an Audie Award.

About C.D. Reiss

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 give her a big enough ego to try her hand at books.

She’s been nicknamed the “Shakespeare of Smut,” 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.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

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Bombshell by CD Reiss

Bombshell by CD Reiss

Posted May 5, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

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Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

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Posted January 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

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Excerpt Reveal: Separation Games by CD Reiss

Excerpt Reveal: Separation Games by CD Reiss

Posted December 29, 2016 by Jennifer in Misc | 0 Comments

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Cover Reveal Separation Games by CD Reiss

Posted December 15, 2016 by Jennifer in Misc | 0 Comments

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Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss

Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss

Posted November 12, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Series Catch Up: The Submission Series by CD Reiss

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Posted October 7, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

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Posted February 11, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 11 Comments

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