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Erotic Romance Serial Joint Review: Songs of Submission 1-7 by CD Reiss

Songs of Submission #1-7 by CD Reiss


Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Monica. I’m a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.
I’ve stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I’ll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it’s gotten in the way of my career. I won’t do it again.

But there’s Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.


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I don't quite know how to describe this serial. Bloody poetic, intense, beautiful, violent, addictive. I saw it mentioned at Claire's Book Corner, and I know she has the same taste in erotica as I do, so I had to dive in.

CD Reiss explores BDSM without resorting to toys and dungeons. It's not sleazy or fluffy and it rides on pure emotions, especially once you hit fifth novella in the serial, Burn, when the writing jumps from just good to spectacular.

I think you’ve described it perfectly K.! It is poetic indeed and addicting to boot. I picked up this serial based on recommendation from friends (you know who you are ladies), whose tastes and opinions I trust, and I decided to dive in as well. I’ve read the first sequence awhile back and having reviewed it on Zemfirka Blogs then, set it aside deciding to pick it up sometime later. And then I spied you reading them, Karina; I couldn’t stop myself, of course I had to read them too or rather devour them in what seemed like a breath – they were quite fabulous!

I will say I’m not a fan of the serial format but CD Reiss just might make me a convert, because it works here. And let me warn you, these novellas are insanely hot, sexy, sensual, and absolutely addicting. Every time I turned my Kindle on I just wanted to shut the world out and just read… because they are really that good. Yes, it's that same story but done exquisitely well: a billionaire playboy with a veiled past, a struggling young musician, independent and self sufficient; you’d think these two cannot be a match, yet they are drawn to each other and when they are… boom! Fireworks!

Fireworks is a mild word for it, Vika! *grinning*

There are two aspects of this serial which I perhaps enjoyed the most. First one is how strong both characters are. Jonathan has been through a lot of crap in his life, first with his father, then with his wife, and his heart is fragile, which is why he guards it so hard.

Monica had a couple of long term relationships and is determined to keep her love life on a back burner so it would not interfere with her musical career. She is insanely loyal to her best friend, a depressed pianist, and is very level headed and talented.

Second aspect, is CD Reiss's way with words. She has a way to make something harsh sound poetic, and don't let me start on Monica's song writing. It's freaking amazing! Both don't mince words and both admit how they feel, they just don't want to give in to each other and lose what they think is important to them.

“When I met you, I thought you were an asshole.”
He smiled. “You did not.”
"I did. A gorgeous asshole.”
Oh, Kara! I absolutely agree. The dynamic between Monica and Jonathan is great and I loved the fact that these books were not simply about sex, although a great deal of time is spent on it (not that I minded). *blushing* There is a grand story arc interweaved throughout the serial, but each novella is also complete in itself. The characters are well fleshed out and by the end I couldn’t help but fall for Jonathan. And how could you not? Jonathan oozes charisma and self-assurance. He does come off as an asshole at first, but his public persona (like Karina says) is a response to his troubled past and a barrier against the world, until Monica comes along and slowly peels away the layers he’s built for so long. But no matter the nature of their relation, Jonathan and Monica are both strong characters, each in their own way. I also loved their determination and passion, in love, relations, family, and their professional lives.

All in all, I was surprised by how much I loved this series. I generally approach erotica genre with hesitation, but my mind is totally blown by CD Reiss and I have an insatiable desire to read more of her books. I’ve recently read a review of her newest book, Spin by KT Book Reviews and have to agree with them that “Reiss writes the most amazing book crack!” So you’ve been warned: read at your own risk, Songs of Submission are known to cause binge-reading behaviour. It’s 9/10 for me.

That's an apt description! This series not only addictive and heady, it can be absolutely heart-wrenching. I would recommend to skip shorts between novellas because they don't add anything to the plot apart from the last one, Monica. 9/10 from me as well, a powerful read!

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Насколько мне не нравится популярный среди издателей сейчас сериальный формат, противиться Песням Подчинения я не смогла и купила всё, что автор по этому сериалу выпустила. Честно говоря, я теряюсь, как же точно мне описать прочитаное... Поэтичное, тёмное, полное ярости и красоты, страданий и шикарных постельных сцен... Это произведение по чувственности зашкаливает все датчики, и на него основательно подсеваешь.

Джонатан и Моника - оба хорошо выписанные и очень волевые персонажи, несмотря на то, что в их отношениях он доминирующая сторона, а она подчиняющаяся.  Как это часто случается в качественных романах БДСМ - эта сторона сексуальности описывается психологическими играми и нахождением индивидуальных граней между болью и наслаждением без прибегания к помощи игрушек или донжонов. Поймите меня правильно, я ничего не имею против последних, если автор знает о чём пишет. Однако из-за массовой популярности продукта после 50 Оттенков, огромное количество авторов бросились писать в этом жанре... и теперь очень сложно отделить бисер от свиней. Грубо говоря, С.Д.  Рейсс - это бисер. *смеясь*

Карина, я думаю что ты прекрасно описала эту серию. Песни Подчинения действительно поэтичны, и оторваться от них просто невозможно - я читала практически на одном дыхании.

Честно скажу, я не поклонница этого формата и самого жанра даже, но устоять не смогла. С.Д. Рейсс просто мастерица и ее герои, а также истории, захватывают своей эмоциональностью, сексуальностью, и чувственностью. Читая, хочется погрузиться в их мир. Да, это привычная сказка про любовь: он, богатый плейбой, с завуалированным прошлым; она, молода и независима, с голосом ангела, но ее карьера еще только набирает пыл. Их миры кажутся настолько разными, но обстоятельства сближают их, и тут уже просто всплеск красочных эмоций!

Два аспекта в этом сериале понравились мне больше всего.

Первый - это то, что и Джонатан и Моника не смягчают слова, когда разговаривают друг с другом. Я терпеть не могу героев, которые никогда не произносят слова "f*ck" кроме прямого контекста. Это настолько общепринятое ругательство, что практически каждый второй ругается как сапожник, и в разговорной речи это воспринимается совершенно нормально. Спасибо, С.Д. Рейсс, за то, что она превратила обыденные слова в пронзительную поэзию, благодаря двум волевым и прямолинейным персонажам.

Второй аспект - это музыка Моники. Её песни пронизывают все новеллы и во многом определяют глубину её чувств к Джонатану, и они стали прекрасной частью этой истории. В общем, от меня 9/10 - рекомендую любому поклоннику жанра, так как написано замечательно!

О, Кара! Я абсолютно с тобой согласна и даже немного удивлена насколько мне понравилась вся серия. У меня немного предвзятое отношение к этому жанру, но С.Д. Рейс очень талантливо все описывает. Тут и динамика между главными героями и их характеризация  - все хорошо. История изящна и насыщенна, и не только сексом, хотя этому уделено немало времени (да и не то что бы я возражала). Так что, любителям жанра обязательно рекомендую. Читайте, а от меня тоже 9/10.

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