After Dark New Release ~ Nina reviews Use by C.D. Reiss ~

After Dark New Release ~ Nina reviews Use by C.D. Reiss ~

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Use Synopsis

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.”

goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47Nina's Review 1

So unless you have been living under a rock, you know that less than 24 hours ago, Use (book 2 in the Songs of Perdition series) by CD Reiss went live. The fans went crazy, scooped it up, sent her up the charts of the Amazon best sellers list and now the world is a bit more right because we all finally have our copies. We can get lost in the world of Fiona Drazen for a little while and then pine away for book 3. Honestly, I thought it was brilliant. I really just wish I could leave it at that and hopefully not screw it up by adding my thoughts in the review below, because as many of you bloggers know, writing a review for a book that makes you feel the way I felt while reading Use is just fucking tough.

First off I need to talk about what a genius writer CD Reiss is…..yes I am going to blow some sunshine up her ass because honestly, I think she deserves it. If you haven’t read any of her books, be warned – she can take you out of your seat and put you into the pages of her book in a nanosecond. There is never any doubt as to what is happening or what characters are feeling because you are flawlessly put into the story. She sees things and infiltrates them into her pages that most people don’t think about. They are subtle pieces but add so much to the moment. There are times as I am reading any of CD’s work that I am like how the fuck did you remember to think about that….seriously the Worker’s Comp posters in the break room?!?!? She just brings where ever you are in her story to life. People are in the barn, I swear to God I smell horse shit. She sticks her finger with the fork, I promise you I have phantom tine marks on my finger. I think I too hate a Brazilian blowout now. Fiona rubs her clit raw and is in pain because of it…well you get what I am trying to say. She doesn’t cut corners even in books that are the length hers are. I know I maybe preaching to the choir, but people I. Am. In. Awe.

I would love to spend a bit of time in CD’s writing space….she has to have maps, and pins, and strings charting all the crazy Drazen’s and their stories put up somewhere. I love how we meet them in this book, but also in other books at different times in their lives. This clan of 8’s love for each other is unwavering and sacred and every time I get to be with them and see their interactions, I fall that much harder for them. Seeing Jonathon in Use and how it captures him as a young boy before the Songs of Submission series was brilliant.

Today, CD posted a twitter question, #teamdeacon #teamelliott #teamfiona. I will tell you all my first thought is that how do you choose, especially when it comes to these two men? Deacon is the sadist, who until midway in this book has only been with us in Fiona’s mind. My God this man is amazing….poised, controlled, sexy, unwavering, and totally in love with Fiona. Yes, when he talks about Fiona my heart hurts and my eyes prick with tears. This man gets her. Truly. 100%. He might love in a way not everyone understands, but he loves her and seeing it and feeling it is an experience in and of itself. Then you have Elliott, the vanilla Doctor who finds that being around Fiona awakens a bit of his naughty side he didn’t even know he had. Now Elliott is falling for Fiona too and his sheer ethics and integrity as he fights it will break you. He is a rule follower….he is black and white, there are no shades of grey within Elliott and as he tries to follow the rules, he learns that what his mind logically tells him, what his heart tells him, and what his dick tells him are three very different things. Elliott’s walk in this book was such an amazing one to follow. So yeah, I still have no idea who I choose.

And then we have Fiona. Her give-a-shit meter just simply does not exist. She has no qualms as to who she is or what she does or even what people think of her….until she gets within the office walls of the good doctor and decides to play ball. As she opens her mind, her heart and her soul to Elliott she learns that maybe she wants more out of life, maybe she wants normalcy, and maybe she just wants to live her life a little fuller. As I am a voyeur to their sessions you almost want to push her in the direction you think she should go. You know her past as sordid and vivid as it is, and I know there isn’t one reader out there who wouldn’t bring Fiona home and try to fix her or at the very least party with her. As fucked up as she is, you still love her.

At the very end of the book, you almost get a sense of peace of what is going to transpire. You know that Fiona is going to finally do the right thing. You just know that she is going to make the best decision for her. And guess what…..she finally does. So, in closing I will say it again. I. Am. In. Awe. You won me over again Christine. It was perfect.

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About 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.

twitter: @CDReisswriter



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