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Did you want a pat little ending about Jonathan and I riding off into the sunset? Did you want flowers and stars? Man, I wish it was all soft filters and violins. I wish we could fight about who cleaned the bathroom or who was cooking dinner. But I knew I was never destined for simple contentment.
I almost committed murder for him. I almost tore us apart to save him. How do you get back on the horse after that? Because, I promise you, nothing is the same. Nothing.
I’ve earned our happily ever after. Now I have to survive it.
It is with a very somber note that I write this review – not because the book was less than amazing – not because it kept me up all night into the wee hours of morning on the 18th that my eyes were swollen, not just from exhaustion. But it’s with a heavy hand that I type the last review for a Songs of Submission book by this amazingly talented author.
Jonathan and Monica were the first couple I became seriously obsessed with – devouring every single book I could find about them through this series. I could not put it down. This author’s work is a constant on my top ten lists since I started this blog – but this couple, Jonathan and Monica were by far my favorite.
Maybe it’s because Jonathan fought so long against who he really was and it was Monica to bring that dominate side out of him, full force – without regret. She allowed him to be who he was and loved him for it – craved it and needed it more than she ever thought. And it’s a truly beautiful thing when two people that feel so out of control come together and make something that’s raw – lustful and above all hot-as-fuck leap off the pages.
When I read that CD Reiss was FINALLY releasing Coda – I screamed – SCREAMED of excitement. I knew it would be the last book in the series and give Jonathan & Monica the proper send off they deserve. And she did not disappoint.
After everything that happened in Sing – a whirlwind of emotions good looooooord, Jonathan is at home – healing, trying to get comfortable again in his own skin, but the beating heart of another man within him. Monica is hoping her husband – the man she’s loved, craved and needed is still there inside him somewhere – but these two are lost. They’re truly lost and neither of them can figure out how to make their way back to one another. With caring for him, allowing him to heal – the differences in his personality since his surgery – it’s a very interesting perspective to read how Jonathan deals with everything.
The heart keeping him alive – beating beneath his chest makes him feel different – makes him feel detached from who he’s always been, causing distance between he and Monica – Monica ever the caretaker loving her husband, making sure his meds are taken, he’s jogging, eating better – but not his slave any longer. Because even though they’re both thankful for the heart he was given – the surgery a success, they both are morning the man he use to be – and the relationship they once had. And it’s very real – raw and devastating.
C.D. Reiss illustrates a relationship like no other – a hunger, a need so powerful it sucks you in and won’t let you go.
Mr. & Mrs. Drazen will not be a story you will forget any time soon – they’re real – raw and powerful. The imagery C.D. Reiss creates so flawlessly leaves you wanton and desperate for more – throughout the entire.fucking.series.
CODA isn’t just the cherry on top – it is a continuation and conclusion of two people so captured by one another you’ll want to devour it, like I did, in one sitting.
CODA Is live everywhere – and check out my series review of Songs of Submission
“You can’t leave me until I destroy you,” he said. “If you destroy me, I’ll never leave.”
“My purpose in life had been simple up until then. Live. Just live. Now I had a resolution. Love her until she believed it.”