Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Separation Games by CD Reiss

Title: Separation Games
Author: CD Reiss @cdreisswriter
Reviewers: @Michelle6803 @MrsJCintron @miriumm25
Series: The Games Duet # 2
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance

“CD Reiss writes the best erotica I have ever read.”

Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hacker Series

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

There’s one, unbreakable rule 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.

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Triple Threat Review by Michelle, Yaya & Miri
Michelle’s Rating: 5 Stars
Yaya’s Rating: 5 Stars
Miri’s Rating: 5 Stars

It has been a HOT minute since I had a chance to buddy read with Yaya and Miri.  I’ve told this story plenty of times, but I will share with you all.  We all met on Twitter back in 2013 for our love for another Queen (Tiffany Reisz) when C.D. came into our lives with King Jonathan from her Songs of Submission Series.  C.D. loved the banter and arguments of who was going to claim King Jonathan as their King. We’re still debating that argument. (He belongs to Yaya) Fast forward to 2016 and many books later, C.D. has done it again with Marriage Games and Separation Games.  If you haven’t read Marriage Games (here’s my review), you really cannot read Separation Games.

“He’d agreed to an easy divorce if I gave him thirty days.  Sixteen were gone.  It had taken me that long to love him again.

I couldn’t wait to dive into Separation Games as I was left so bereft after Marriage Games with a slight book hangover.  This author really did a number on my emotions and I loved every minute of it.  Would Diana get Adam back?  Can Adam really love a submissive? “You’re leaving me because you asked me to submit to you and I love it.”  I will say this much, Diana has some balls!  She is what they would call a bratty sub in the BDSM world, but boy did I love seeing her push Adam’s buttons.  Although her insecurities at times annoyed me, but Adam’s back and forth annoyed me more.

But that annoyance with Adam will not enough to not to love him, because boy did I love him.  “Your problem isn’t that you don’t love.  Your problem is you love so much it scares you.”  Spot on Diana, spot on.  I’m still not a fan of Serena, but surprised of her outcome, Stefan’s too for that matter.  I am intrigued by another character that was mentioned, but I will let you read the book, you might be intrigued by him as well.

Christine Reiss gave me everything that I wanted from her in Marriage Games and Separation Games.  She can write a BDSM scene like no one’s business!  The love story, the angst … it showed, and I felt every minute of it while reading.

After Marriage Games all I wanted was for Diana to go get what belonged to her. Wasn’t going to be easy with how stubborn her husband Adam was. The man who couldn’t love a sub. Like really? Why the hell not? He lights a fire in this woman and expects her to what, walk into a firehouse and have the firemen hose her down? I’m surprised the poor woman didn’t vaginally combust. I’d be like a fur baby scratching its butt on the rug. He didn’t even hand her a BDSM guideline or a 1-800 number for in case of an emergency. Oh no, the bastard just dismisses her and wants her to forget it all. Oh yes, like you could show a lion a steak and think it’s going to want a salad instead. Adam, you’re an asshole.

So what does my girl Diana do? She uses her new submissive techniques, along with her brilliant business etiquettes and powerful persuasions to come up with some plans and try and break through that wall of a man. Seriously, certain moments made me want to punch a wall or throw my kindle out the window. The power of angst. Then I’d be cheering for Diana like I was at the end of a marathon. Go Diana go. You’re almost there. Push harder. But that Adam. Gggrrrrrrrrr. And Serena. Ay Dios Mio, don’t get me started. I can probably write up a whole review on that little brat. I also think Miri and Michelle rolled their eyes when I said it’d be nice for her to have a little story. Hold your comments for a later day. Introvert. Yes, please and thank you. Stefan, on your knees while Usher plays “You got it bad.”

I had a lot of fun with this duet. If anyone can get a rise out of us, it’s definitely CD. If anyone deserves an award for household gadgets used in a BDSM scene, it’s CD.  You thought King Jonathan was spontaneous, pfft, Adam is like Inspector Gadget. *hums theme song* Inspector Adam…hoot hoot!

Great ending to an amazing beginning.

I had so much fun reading Separation Games with Michelle and Yaya. It reminded me of the time when we read King Jonathan. I’m so damn glad I was able to read this with these two. Because I sure needed to vent out some things while reading this series.

I LOVE LOVE Adam and Diana. In this second book we finally figured out why Adam can’t love a Sub. This continuation was  everything.

Adam Steinbeck … this man will leave you breathless and satisfied with his words. He is absolutely amazing in my opinion. Diana and Adam are truly meant to be. They deserve each other. I love how passionate Adam was with Diana. I know at times he was frustrating, but I loved him then too. I love everything about Adam. How he is so damn calm most of the time.  How confident he is.  How creative he is with Diana . How he loves Diana. Yeah, pretty much everything.

I love Diana in this story too.  She’s stubborn, sassy, determined and so in love with Adam. While Adam was dismissive at times … Diana was persistent when it came to wanting her husband back. She went all in to get Adam back.

I didn’t want this story to end. There’s not many books about married couples or married couples living in the BDSM lifestyle. This book was so damn refreshing and amazing. CD gave me what I wanted with these two characters. She made me fall in love with two people instead of one. Adam and Diana’s passion is felt in this book. I totally recommend this story. One of the best series I’ve read in 2016.

I love CD Reiss. This woman has a way to make you consume her books.

That’s all folks, Shorties approved!

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.


He took my hand, putting it in his lap as if it was finally home. “What are we doing?” he asked.

“Screwing up.”

“Like it’s our job.”

“If you’re going to do something, I say, do it all the way.”

He squeezed my hand. I was jarred by the way he looked in the direction of the window, but not through it. He didn’t look like the commanding Dominant who had been my partner for the past few weeks. As handsome as ever, and graceful and sharp, a leader and a decider, but not the same.

He faced me. “I don’t know how to fix this.”

The streetlights glinted off the light in one eye and his jaw locked, catching things he’d never say. He looked like a man I knew and abandoned. Manhattan Adam.

“We can’t fix it,” I said, putting his hand in my lap, watching our clasped hands make a new form. I rubbed the outside of his thumb with mine, feeling it’s familiar shape, the strength of the knuckle and the texture of his skin on mine. “We have to build something new. And we can.” I looked up from our hands to his face.

Could I make him feel my optimism? Could I take a piece of it onto a fork and lift it to his lips? Would they part? Would he let me lay it on his tongue? Would he chew and swallow, saying “I do. I do believe we can, I do.”

He didn’t say that. He didn’t believe, but his lips needed to touch my belief and his tongue needed to taste my hope.

I don’t know if I kissed him or if he kissed me, but it felt like a first kiss, with full quivering that left me paralyzed at his nearness. The act of two tongues tasting each other was so intimate between strangers, so taken for granted over time, and so rarely is the wonder of it felt through to the bone.

He was licorice. Fennel and leather. And he moved like cool water, reacting to my movements, countering with his hands and his mouth, covering me with his attention. The kiss was the sway of sex, the smell of it, the carnal desire without the promise of anything but another dance.

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. 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 write novels.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” 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.

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