Published: October 22, 2016
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.
I can’t believe that this is my first experience with the writings of CD Reiss but it definitely won’t be the last and let me tell you why.
Not only was this book filled with inferno hot, steamy sex but it was an emotional roller coaster ride of two people who spent years together and yet drift apart.
Diana leaves Adam a note telling him that she doesn’t love him any more and he is beyond devastated. He has loved her from the moment they met.
At first, he doesn’t accept what she’s telling him and tries to get her to come back only to have her refuse him at every turn.
Some background here would be helpful – Adam was a Dom and belonged to a sex club and owned a house where he would take submissive to break them before he met Diana. Diana, on the other hand, was prim and proper and totally vanilla and since he had never been able to love a sub, he did not want to introduce her to the life style.
After years of marriage and working together Diana feels something is missing and that Adam’s head is somewhere else when they have sex. She’s right. Adam wants to be a Dominant again but loves Diana too much to bring that into the bedroom.
The saying goes, it takes two to tango. That’s because they spent years together without ever revealing their true selves. It’s difficult to love someone else if you’re not truly embracing yourself. With Adam’s fear of showing his dominance with Diana, he held so much of himself back. Denying his true self was his biggest mistake and once he regains the control he’s ignored for so long, he begins to feel free and euphoric. Dominant Adam was way intense and a major turn on!! ( and don’t get me started on the male narrator, Sebastian York and his dominant voice, OMG, he could have been reading a phone book and my blood still would have churned)
I didn’t care for Diana until the POV of the story switched to her and the reader saw where she was coming from. Each of them had things they weren’t sharing with the other and it was their downfall.
Adam proposes that Diana give herself over to him for 30 days and let him show her his Dominant side. He’s always believed he could never combine love with his dominant lifestyle. That is until he offers up this deal to his soon-to-be ex-wife. Thirty days in a cottage together. Thirty days to return to his old self and hopefully in the process, fall out of love with Diana so that he can move on with his heart still relatively in one piece.
Along the way Diana discovers that she IS a submissive and has been craving what a Dom can give her even though she didn’t know it, but Adam discovers that by breaking Diana sexually he now doesn’t love her in the same way.
The tables have turned and now Diana is the one trying to put their marriage back together and Adam is the one walking away.
The follow-up book, SEPARATION GAMES, comes out in January and I can not wait.
This book is extremely sexual, describing explicit sex and using very explicit language. Reader beware.
Five stars *****