Review: USE by CD Reiss

June 24, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Review: USE by CD Reiss


CD Reiss

Series: Songs of Perdition Book 2

Published on June 22, 2014

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark, Erotic Romance, Romance
In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fuck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?

It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fuckers. We fuck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fucker. I fuck.”

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USE kills it from page 1. Okay, fine, it was on page 2 that I started highlighting. Fiona is missing Elliot and fantasizing about them meeting again. In her fantasy, they bump into each other in a coffee shop and he always takes the time to sit with her. A decidedly tame fantasy from a sex addict, and it guts me.

This girl, her pain. She’s a mess and I can’t stop feeling for her. Parts of her past are revealed and I’m riveted. Did she create her environment or did her environment create her?

There’s a triangle here, Deacon vs. Elliott. I see the appeal of both of them, I do. Yet… Elliot. There’s just something about him. Bits of Deacon and Fiona’s past are revealed and he’s been a lifeline for Fiona, I believe he loves her and would do anything for her. Yet I’m pinning for Elliot. A man who is unavailable, the repercussions both personal and professional. I do not care.

Has the author really given me any reason to be so steadfast in my loyalty to Elliot over Deacon? Maybe not, but I can’t shake feeling like Elliot wants more for Fiona. That he believes in Fiona in a way that no one else ever has.

This story is so much more than Deacon vs. Elliot though. It’s really Fiona’s story, the decisions that got her to this place. I don’t know that life just happened to Fiona. I think she created some of her own problems but that’s what makes her such an interesting character, one that makes you think and feel long after the book is over.

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About CD Reiss

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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.


One Response to “Review: USE by CD Reiss”

  1. Jules

    You nailed that story. Deacon has appeal, Fiona’s a white hot mess, and there is just something about Elliot that I can’t resist!

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