Book Review Double Header: Kick/Use (Songs of Perdition #1 and #2) by CD Reiss


Title: Kick (Songs of Perdition #1)
Author: CD Reiss
Genre: Erotica, BDSM
Length: 120 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Fiona Drazen, sex addict, submissive slave, celebutante, trapped in a mental ward until Dr. Elliot Chapman can help her remember why she’s there.  But once she does, she might not want to go home to the Master she tried to kill.

***Author warning: This is the first of a serial. It’s about 120 pages and ends in a cliffhanger, because that’s how I roll.  There’s also a ton of drug use, and educated men who like dirty sex, because that’s also how I roll***

My Review
Welcome to the crazy train! Anyone else hearing Ozzy?

This story focuses on Fiona Drazen, Jonathan’s older sister.  Have a lost you already?  Have you not read Songs of Submission, aka SoS?!?

Time wise, this story takes place before SoS, so you won’t be lost if you haven’t read that series before.  But really now?  Get with the program.

As a reader, we are immediately transported into Fiona’s crazy world. Where is she?  How did she get there?  And Fiona is just as confused as you are about her state.

Through this novella, we are given bits and pieces of what happened between her and her Master, Deacon Bruce.  In an effort to jog her memory, her therapist, Elliot Chapman, uses hypnosis, giving us a hint into her lifestyle.  One filled with lots and lots of sex.  Fiona puts it bluntly, she is a whore, a fuckdoll to be used for pleasure and pain. Her Master practices the art of shibari, a Japanese form of bondage.
Kick teaser
Told in Fiona’s POV, we see how lust drives her.  Although she isn’t diagnosed as such, she seems to be a sex addict – always on the edge of an orgasm, and willing to get it by any means possible.  Her sole purpose is to get off.  If you read SoS, then you already know the author’s skills in turning you on thru her words.  I’m not ashamed to admit that Fiona’s lust made me horny.

Given the length of the story, we don’t get enough of her situation and why she did what she did to Deacon.  But it’s clear that she has some anger management issues.  She’s a ginger after all – yes, as a fellow ginger, I have the right to call it like it is, we gingers have a bad temper.

The relationship brewing between Fiona and Elliott is interesting, but not fully exposed.  As the author warned, there is an abrupt ending, so I was left with the following questions.

What the fuck happened between Fiona and Deacon?!?  CD, you are such a tease!
What will happen with Fiona and Elliott, if anything?
Is Fiona truly crazy?

Thankfully, book 2 is out and hopefully will give us some answers.



Warning: It is recommended that you don’t read the following review, as it will contain spoilers.  If you’ve already read book 1, then carry on. ; )


Title: Use (Songs of Perdition #2)
Author: CD Reiss
Genre: Erotica, BDSM
Length: 151 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fuck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?

It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fuckers. We fuck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fucker. I fuck.”

My Review
Book 2 pretty much starts off where the last one left off, only Fiona is losing more control rather than improving.  This can partially be blamed on the switch in therapists and medication.  The decision to keep Flora at Westonwood was made because the facts of her case were still unknown.  But the changes to her treatment weren’t helping anything.

I’ll admit, I was pissed at Elliot for his decisions and how clueless the institution seemed to be about her treatment.  Despite my anger with Elliott, I loved that this book alternated POVs between Fiona and himself.  Being inside their heads, we get to see the developing feelings and longing they have for one another.  Even though they are unable to act on this longing, that is not to say that this book is any less sensual.


Elliott’s will-power is tested when they are forced together once again and her erotic thoughts consume him.  Mr. Vanilla might not be so vanilla after all.

In this novella, we also get the appearance of Jonathan.

praising kitten

Only he’s not a King, yet.  He’s a teenager who’s broken like Fiona, but for different reasons.
Honestly, that Drazen family is a mess. *gives their father the stink eye*  And we learn more about Rachel.  Did you dislike her in SoS? Well . . . I’m thinking of a word that begins with a ‘C’. . .

Do we finally find out what happened between Fiona and Deacon? YES!!!  The way the truth is uncovered is all kinds of saucy.  Shoelaces? Really?

This story, like the first, ends abruptly.  What will become of Fiona’s relationship with Deacon and/or Elliott?  Your guess is as good as mine.  My head and heart are uncertain what to think and who to cheer for.  I’m not Team Deacon or Team Elliott, yet.  Both have something to offer Fiona, but who is the right one for her, I haven’t figured out.  (Side note: there is no love triangle in this book, just a lust triangle).  What I do know for sure is that I’m NOT Team Rachel or Team Jana.  Bye Bitches!



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