Sunday, January 1, 2017

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’– Marriage Games ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’


                                   MARRIAGE GAMES

                                                     BY CD REISS

THIRTY DAYS
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.

THIRTY DAYS
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. 

THIRTY DAYS
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.




                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR



CD Reiss is a New York Times 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 gave her a big enough ego to try her hand at novels. She’ll tell you all about it out back, where a cord of wood awaits.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

 MY REVIEW: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

There's struggle in Diana's heart . The relationship is turning over.
There's a letter at the kitchen counter . Adam is blindsided. 
Dear Adam: I don’t know how to say this.....

A marriage is either completely straightforward or completely complicated . It's supposed to be a communion of souls. Alone love can't suffice and guarantee longevity. The bonds are love , honesty and respect. A wedding can be based on love but a marriage survives only on honesty. 
And that's what's lacking in Adam and Diana's marriage. Love is in abundance but there's a piece missing, their hugs are not full bodied , their cuddles are distant, their lovemaking is a farce. Passion is there, lust is there but the edge of devoration is missing.
Why .............
I'm so amazed and left astounded by the nuances and watching the tiny threads coming loose in this story, threatening to unravel everything. Marriage, business, club, past, present, future!!!
I keep falling deeper in love with Christine's writing. One book at a time !
It's such a delicate and fragile subject , which could've gone either way.
Adam is completely disbanded when his life changes with Diana's note. He falls back to his safe place, his Club -Cellar and his Dominant tendencies that he had buried deep within him to get close to Diana.

He fought against his basic nature . The natural instinct to dominate, his sadism and pleasure from pain is his second skin. But he cloaks it with vanilla scent because he keeps his subs and love separate. And they don't cross ever. He falls in love with Diana and he doesn't want to make her his sub because Dom-Sub relationship is pure cut and dry, give and take, with no room for love and Diana he wants to attach to, belong to . 

Trying to get Diana in the same room for a dialogue fails, so he has almost prepared himself to give up. Both can't walk away damaged so he tries to find his own Centre of gravity first , then try to support Diana.

I stepped onto the street in my flat-bottomed shoes, the melting ice creating new treacheries, and I knew I wouldn’t fall. ☜ what a brilliant line. He's found his solid footing and now get can support Diana...Amazing!<--- a="" beautiful="" div="" line="" nbsp="" what="">

Then there is Detached Diana. She seems cold. Calculated . She's been working on the note for quite some time. 

She’d become immune to the venom of her detachment, and I kept on asking for the sting.
 There's no action or reaction from her, it's as if she can't wait to run....
How is this derailed train going to get back on track ?
Million dollar question. 
Adam wants a second chance . 

You're mine for Thirty Days 

 At the end of the stipulated time, they'll both walk away with clean sliced lives. 
What happens in the first two weeks is mind boggling
WTF ! She didn't even know what she wanted out of life out of her marriage . These 14 days open HER eyes and they manage to spark the missing fire .
But wait, Christine's not done yet.......
Adam is constantly losing his footing while trying to balance on the marriage beam. Things happen that push them together and they bounce back.....apart ! 

 I couldn't enter the room
I just couldn't.
It's plain essential offended me. It's not-mineness. Nothing about about it reflected me or my personality it could be anyone's room. 
The same could be said of the house . Not mine  
The same of my husband whoever he was . Not mine 
He wasn't even the man I married anymore. That guy had slowly faded into memory I missed him and never wanted to see him again at the same time 

His old world is looming like a dark storm pulling him in. And his battle within of sub vs love is growing like a raging hulk . 
What to do ? ......what !
His purge is also his weakness, a kind of confession  
His soul finds closure , but at what cost. ?
He's backing down while Diana is stepping closer 

I dropped my eyes to his shoes not being able to look at him.
I couldn't see what he was doing or tell he was feeling it was disconcerting and at the same time the mystery was sensual. I listened .
I felt as though I paid more attention  
This was the man he'd been holding back .The man he had tried not to be all those years for my sake He was Pure Power . Pure control .A fucking God .
 because he's beating a woman ? . No , because she needs it and he's a God who delivers it

I couldn't stop reading it , couldn't stop looking at the inevitable crash....
Beautiful is her writing , and poetic is her language. Christine is a genius. 
Look at the end carefully.
There's struggle in Diana's heart . The relationship is turning over.
There's a letter at the kitchen counter . Adam is blindsided. 
Dear Adam: I don’t know how to say this.....


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