Author: C.D. Reiss
Series: Songs of Submission #1-3
Release Date: November 23, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars
This novella is the first in a series.
My name is Monica. I’m a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.
I’ve stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I’ll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it’s gotten in the way of my career. I won’t do it again.
But there’s Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.
When Jonathan was gone I couldn’t stop thinking about him, and the first thing he did when he got back was demand more of me. I’m willing to give him my orgasms and my time, but I find myself giving up pieces of my heart.
My career is on track, and even though I can’t write a thing, I can sing. So I’ll go to the art opening with him, because his ex wife will be there. I feel this need to protect him from hurt, though in bed, his domination brings me to my knees.
This man is going to break me into a million little pieces.
"You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you."
No. God, no.
My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.
The first sequence in the Songs of Submission series has got me ALL tangled up and confused, and frankly- loving every bit of it. Beg Tease and Submit as a package is simply flawless from a readers standpoint, yet a bit screwy from a real world aspect. These novellas dealt with some major traumatic experiences that gripped my heart so tight. It wouldn't have been so bad if Ms. Reiss hadn't made me fall so in love with the characters only to give them an even further shitty hand in life. However, Jonathan and Monica have already been through the ringer before, I think they both thrive off the challenges life throws at them. You take the erotic and peculiar relationship of Jonathan and Monica coupled with the emotional blitzes in all three novellas and I was left with my head spinning and wondering how in the world I made it this long without Jonathan Drazen in my life.
Let's expand on our dear and beloved Jonathan. He's definitely got some skeletons in his closet, and a past he just can't let go of. I'm positive we will see more of his demons in the later books. Side note: Holy hell this man is hot. As in alpha, down and dirty, sex god hot. Monica, on the other hand, is just trying to make her break in the music world. While she tries to act like an Ice Queen, she melts even at the sight of Jonathan (who can blame her?), and is eventually twisted up in several different webs of half truths, lies, and deceit. It'll be a miracle if they can both continue down this road fairly unscathed. From the get-go I wanted Jonathan and Monica to drop the aloof act they were laying out. I mean they screwed each others brains out but, they'd never let it go further. In comes a few third parties who are trying to play cat and mouse with the couple. Suffice it to say there's a shit storm or two. Throughout the entirety of this set I couldn't pinpoint where it was going next. I enjoyed most of the surprises but, a few of them almost hurt too much to read. But, I got through it. One thing you can always count on CD Reiss for, is to never give you a cookie cutter book. She's not capable of it. Her books give mind fuckery a good name.
These novellas simply rocked my world. I devoured them, and can't wait to get my hands on the next set as well. I love when I can read a book and feel like I'm experiencing everything for the first time. The world of Monica and Jonathan is so unlike my world and any other world I have ever read. It's dark and light, bad and good. I can never solidify my feelings when I'm reading these books. It's the ultimate escape. To get personal for a second, I had one of the worst weeks ever last week. This book was able to absorb my full attention, and I got an extremely needed and blissful break from reality. I'm not sure many other books would have been able to do that. So for that, I thank you Ms. Reiss. In short, I recommend this set, series, etc to the moon and back. It's a one-of-a-kind gem that I enjoyed thoroughly!
*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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