After Dark: Terilyn reviews Ruin by C.D.Reiss.

After Dark: Terilyn reviews Ruin by C.D.Reiss.



Synopsis 1


Antonio is a killer.

He’s beautiful, educated, a prodigy of a thief and as violent a motherfucker as ever came of the boat from Napoli.

Theresa knows it, but that doesn’t stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe, she got it in her head that she can protect him.

But it’s not her job to save him, and she’s just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes.

It’s almost as if…well, he’d never admit this….but it’s almost as if protecting her the way he does is the one thing he should stop. As if the only way he’s ever going to find a moment’s peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature.

But he’d never do that. Not this violent motherfucker.

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.



guest review


** 5 Corrupted Stars **

“This is my Neapolitan camorra. These are my rituals, my sold souls, my men of honor. This is my Los Angeles.”

C.D. Reiss pens a novel like no other writer. Each tale she tells twists, corrupts, and layers the pages with enticing plots, intriguing characters, and red-hot passion. Each love story told from a point of view both logical and illogical but never straying from the raw truth and honesty of her characters. Reading a Reiss book likens itself to watching a good film. Each plot becomes acutely more tragic than the next. My journey on the Reiss train began a little over a year ago and I’m pleased to find I’m still taking the trip, more and more excited at every stop her train makes.

Ruin proves to another classically phenomenal, tragically nuanced C.D. Reiss tale of corrupt savagery, unbridled passion, and tainted triumph. Like a modern, Reiss-style Shakespearian story, the beauty of the love between Antonio and Theresa is found in the tragedy. Her writing draws you into their story full force waiting with bated breath. It’s complex and simple all at once, her writing – much like her plots. It’s the understanding of the knowledge she gives that enlightens us to their present, to the bond these characters share. The story leaves us with questions, doubts, and worries yet still, we hopelessly believe.

The beautifully flawed love story of Antonio Spinelli and Theresa Drazen enamors the reader in a way only C.D. Reiss can enamor her readers. The way that leaves us panting through every sordid paragraph of the love her characters fight to preserve. Antonio’s love for Theresa compounds throughout the story so much so the reader wants to earn it in the ways Theresa earns it. Antonio wants to atone for his sins while loving her. Is Theresa his atonement? Will his sins be forgiven with the purity of her love? Or will he be punished further? Theresa – gorgeous, unscathed by life, brilliant beyond words – is she a savior? A savage? Or Both? Will she convince Antonio she can be a part of his life? Will the beautifully protective man believe her? And my most favorite question I asked from the book: Will her corruption ultimately save them or destroy them? I still don’t know the answer and I don’t care to know. I’m a willing participant in the games of Reiss’s mind. I trust this author implicitly to take me there, to answer my questions in her way on her own time.

“I prayed God would forgive me for loving her, and feared only the devil would answer.”

Their broken these two. Broken in a way only each other can fix. Each fighting to save the soul of the other; to save the innate goodness they believe each other possesses. Too bad time stands in their way. Antonio’s flawed past lurks around every corner. Theresa’s past creeps around seemingly tarnishing her life. Too bad the ordinary events that brought them together led to extraordinary events catastrophically changing each of them. Antonio Spinelli and Theresa Drazen are bound by an unexpected, beautiful love. They dance with the devil as they sing with the angels – a simple jig combined with a chaotic aria. It’s a juxtaposition of tragedy vs. victory; good vs. evil. What prevails? Who judges which path is the right choice? Will these choices pave way for the demons surrounding Antonio & Theresa to rip them apart? Or will those choices lead to the promised land? I have not one damn clue. But I look forward, as always, to when the Reiss train starts moving again because I can’t fucking wait to find out.



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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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