Author: CD Reiss
Publisher/Year: Christine Demaio 3/11/14
Length: 197 Pages
Series: Songs of Corruption #1
Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.
Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.
And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.
I discovered I was a savage, too.
After reading the Songs of Submission series by CD Reiss, i’ve realized that i like where these stories take us, not only because of the heat and passion that we get from this author, but because the character relationships themselves are really nicely evolved.
In this story, we focus on Theresa who is Jonathan’s sister. What’s nice about this story is that it’s happening while Songs of Submission happens, so it’s not like one comes before the other, they are really parallel stories. we get a glimpse into snippets of the other series, but it’s not at all necessary to have read the other to get what’s going on here.
Anyhow, we meet Theresa who is wealthy because of her family, but successful on her own. She’s an accountant for a top talent agency in Hollywood, who also has a knack for the minute details. She’s also recently come out of a relationship with Daniel who’s running for LA mayor, and this breakup is because he cheated on her. There’s still a lot of love there though, and that’s an undercurrent of this story.
Where Theresa meets Spin, the title character is outside a bar one night when Maggie, Theresa’s sister gets drunk and somewhat attacked. Spin and his friend Paulie come to their rescue and from that night on, Theresa’s life is changed for ever. maybe for the good , and maybe not. See, Spin has ties to something that’s not quite illegal but not really legal either. Meaning, he’s involved in mafia type activities and leads one of the families in a sense.
We are taken on the journey with Theresa and Spin, and Daniel for that matter, trying to see what can be salvaged and what can evolve, all the while allowing Theresa to come into her own and realize that she’s much stronger and dark than even she knew.
Through a series of events, Theresa puts her ‘big girl pants’ on, to defend herself to Daniel, to defend herself to Spin, to come to the aid of her best friend and roommate Katerina and to admit that she’s been holding back from men and relationships in the past and knows what she wants now. She asks for it and demands it of Spin.
The question of where this story takes us isn’t a new one – it’s obvious really – will Theresa allow herself to go into something new and unknown, or will she continue to be drawn back to the safety that Daniel offers? He does a great job of pulling her back in over and over again and makes he question things. The other question is whether Spin can offer her what she needs, and if he’ll even allow himself to do it. We see the battle between them and that makes for a lot of steam, heat and passion when they come together.
CD Reiss doesn’t disappoint in the sense that we get really heated scening, great passion and chemistry that cannot be contained. It’s volatile and that’s exactly what you need in a first installment to a series. It sounds like the intention of this series is to be a trilogy, so i’ll keep my eyes open for the next installments. I hope that you guys give it a try – it’s a great segue from Songs of Submission. Enjoy!
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