Book Review: Marriage Games

Title:  Marriage Games

Author:  CD Reiss

Series:  The Games Duet – Book 1

Release Date:  October 22, 2016

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Audiobook:  Narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe

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That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong.

My thoughts:  I’m going to forego my usual attempt to sum a book up into a neat little box. Marriage Games refuses to conform to those constraints. The storytelling is complex. The characters are complex. But most important, it elicits complex feelings. I’m still reeling. I was actually speechless after reading this book. I needed a drink, a Xanax, and a deep tissue massage when I finished it. That’s how invested I was in this narrative!  Major feelings were felt peeps! I was completely slayed!

Some of my favorite GR buddies posted awesome reviews of Marriage Games, so I was super-excited to dive into this one.

I’ve been on an Audible kick lately, therefore I decided to listen vs. read. My excitement increased exponentially once I checked audible and realized Sebastian York is the audiobook narrator. Cuz…yum!  I would definitely recommend the audio version. It took me a little time to get used to the duet narration, but it eventually grew on me. York was fantastic as always!

The story itself is very intriguing. It felt like listening to my friends detail their marriage struggles. However, the execution did trip me up a bit. I’m not a fan of back and forth timelines. I had to focus way too hard to keep up with the present vs. past tense narrative. I also felt it got a little wordy at times – like an introduction manual to BDSM. I stayed up super late to finish, so that was a bit of a struggle. Other than those issues, I was thoroughly impressed!!

Now for the whammy!! The end totally SLAYED. I saw it coming, but still couldn’t protect my heart. I have no words. Well maybe a few, but I’m trying to keep this review clean. So needless to say, I’ll be anxiously awaiting Separation Games. Until Jan 11th…

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