Title: Ruin (Songs of Corruption, #2)
Author: CD Reiss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Design: Paradox Book Cover Designs
Release Date: Oct. 14th 2014
:::: Synopsis ::::
WARNING: This book contains delicious sex scenes with a hot man dirty-talking in Italian; women handling firearms and explosives; and scenes of violence with a crystal Virgin Mary cigarette lighter.
What happens when a mob capo falls for a lawful woman?
Does he ruin her, or does she ruin him?
Do they live together, or die together?
This is Antonio Spinelli's story
:::: Becs’ Review ::::
Antonio, the catalyst for my dissolution, the destroyer of my façade, put his lips to the back of my neck. I didn’t know who I was anymore, but I was his.
And I wept.
Outstanding in every possible way and arguably CD Reiss’s greatest writing achievement to date, Ruin is unleashed upon us in a torrent of love, sex, betrayal and revenge. This is a beautifully paced, grippingly written and overwhelmingly well crafted gem of a book that will be forever engraved on my memory as it slowly, inextricably builds towards its pulsating conclusion.
The whole narrative has an exquisite film noir quality to it as we pick up with our Capo and his Contessa directly after the events of the first novel with Spin suffocatingly protective of Theresa, scared to death of losing her. He loves her purity but fears that he is tainting her by association and he feels that he should be putting himself between her and danger but this woman is fiercely independent and isn’t prepared to do as she’s told. The greatest threat to her safety is her relationship with him and we begin with Antonio Spinelli as a very conflicted man. He loves Theresa wholeheartedly but knows that the only way to guarantee her safety, her future happiness is walk away from her.
She was my second chance to be whole and clean, and to have a life I’d failed at.
Their relationship can only be described as feral, their attraction to one another overwhelming to the point of forsaking all else. It overrides everything, all good intentions falling by the wayside as Spin knows he should be walking away for her sake but finds it impossible to leave her. She is his destruction and he is hers.
At the heart of all the the twists and turns, the divided loyalties, the betrayal and the fucking is just a beautiful love story, quite unsurpassed by anything else I have seen in erotic romance. There is absolutely no doubt just how much our Capo loves his Contessa or just how far he will go to protect her. He would die for her and he may yet! The highly carnal sex scenes are just seamlessly interwoven with the deadly plotline and the whole novel hangs in a fog of desperation as the situation they find themselves in spirals ever further out of their control.
It’s hard to find a moment in this book that isn’t great as CD Reiss, almost unnoticed, slips in small details that place the reader right into the heart of the action – the creak of a leather jacket, the dusty skies of Los Angeles. I could almost smell, feel and touch the city as the story unravelled before me. With it’s brooding atmosphere, dynamic plot and scorching hot sex scenes between Spin and Theresa, I think this may well be CD Reiss’s best work to date. It pulsates with love, betrayal and vengeance in a way that could only be considered Shakespearean. Her writing is just sublime and almost orgasmic. It washes over you and you experience it rather than read it. She's intoxicatingly good and spoils you for your next read. It’s hard to move on from a novel of this magnitude.
To share plot details would be to spoil the story but I am curious about one thing. As an avid fan of this author, I slavishly read every single instalment of Songs of Submission as they were released and, of course, know all of Jonathan’s story and was very aware of Paulie Patalano and the part he had to play and the whole time I was reading Ruin, I waited with an air of anticipation knowing what we were headed towards as the stories run concurrently. I did wonder, if my experience would have been different if I’d never read Jonathon and Monica’s story before and knew nothing about what was to come. This knowledge didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book, rather it lended it an air of fatalism as I knew a little of what was to come.
I will add that it is an absolute necessity to have read Spin before reading Ruin but it you haven’t dipped your toes into this incredibly addictive and emotional series, then I can highly recommend it.
5 magnum opus stars
:::: Songs of Corruption Series Reading Order ::::
Book 3 – Untitled
:::::FB RELEASE EVENT ON OCTOBER 15th:::::
::::MEET CD 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 embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
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 give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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