Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE!
Theresa and Antonio.
They’ve been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They’re devoted and strong, ready for anything…
A Love Tested To The Limit
And then, someone from Antonio’s past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.
In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.
Beware -this is a series FINALE review and there maybe spoilers if you haven’t read Book 1 or 2.
You’ve been warned!
“Antonio straightened like a shot, straddling me. He took my hands from my face and filled my vision. The eye of the storm: a place of peace and calm, and the most dangerous space to be in. The eye made you complacent and comfortable, and the next minute, while you were enjoying the cloudless sky, you’d be swept into a violent wind.”
This book – Jesus. It was non-stop fucking action from beginning to end. We pick up right where we left off in Ruin – Antonio & Theresa are in Mexico – on the run – trying to figure out what their next move is when they get the news about Jonathan. He’s in the hospital. And anyone who has read the Songs of Submission series know’s why. So now, Theresa and Antonio need to get back to the USA – under cover, why? Because they’re presumed dead. And honestly, wanted to stay that way until things blew over. Not gonna happen now –
“There is no world without you in it. Nothing. I’m not talking about despair. I’ve lost people. This isn’t me being a child. There is one universe. Just one. And it’s between us. If you destroy that universe, you destroy me. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
No matter the issues running a muck in the Drazen family – the siblings are ALWAYS there for each other. So when Theresa finds out Jonathan is in the ICU – and isn’t doing well at all, she has to make the decision to head back to Los Angeles and face whatever obstacles she and Antonio left behind…. ones, that may cost Theresa her freedom and or both of them their lives.
I wanted to sit down and devour this book in one sitting – like I typically do with all of CD Reiss’s books. You can’t just pick up and stop whenever you want too with her characters – she has the ability to suck you in, digging her illustrating claws into you and not letting go. I was going nuts just 10% into this book and I may or may not have thrown it across my room a time or two. But I also wanted to savor it – because, this is the last in the series, the finale of which I have both been anxiously awaiting and dreading. I can’t say goodbye to Antonio – my Capo….. how is that even possible?
“Some things are in the stars. I was meant to protect you. And you were meant to rule.”
There is so much delicious-action-packed drama going on in this finale. Just when you think things can’t get anymore complex as Theresa & Antonio are trying to dodge bullets left and right – both figuratively and literally, more ghosts from the past come creeping in and throw everything into upheaval. Ghosts that can both satisfy and destroy Antonio…… and Theresa.
“My fingers memorized his face, the textures and lines, to the tempo of his rising urgency. I love you I trust you I love you I trust you. Warm pleasure spread over my body like spilled milk, until I was covered in it, toes curling, back arching, legs stiffening,. I held back a cry and came for him, only him.”
Their bond is stronger than ever as they weave through the chaos, and Antonio always trying to keep Theresa, his Contessa safe realizes she’s not someone he can keep behind him, she’s safer at his side and as this story unfolds, he realizes she may be more dangerous than he ever imagined.
“Was I made for Antonio by dint of my genetics? Was I an animal from birth? Had the ream me been dormant all this time?”
Theresa really finds herself in this finale – comes into her own if you will. This has been building all along as CD Reiss writes the best-strongest-most fucked up heroines. Theresa is all these things and more – beautiful – dangerous – frightened but truly brave and steady as she’s determined to bring her Capo out of the mess they’ve found themselves in – both of them with a price on their head, they’re in it together – through life ….. even if it means their death. She refuses to leave his side. Determined to fight along side him, for him, and to protect him as viciously as he protects her.
“She wanted defiance in her face, and I wanted to wipe it away with a fuck so hard we’d both break.”
Antonio has a hard time feeling Theresa’s strength build – she is his equal in every way but he can’t stop himself from wanting to keep her away from every dangerous thing surround them – even if it costs him his life – he’s constantly remind her that she must be strong – strong enough to go on with out him should he not make it out of this alive, yet he knows that if he were to lose her? It would utterly destroy him – she is his entire world – even when his past comes crashing back into his life with the force of a tsunami – he knows, without a doubt that Theresa Drazen is his soul mate – his entire world revolves around this crimson haired beauty who has brought him back to life.
“He took my hands, holding them between us. “Please, just do this for me. Don’t ask questions.” he turned my hand over and kissed my palms. “Don’t ask to be hurt. Don’t fight. Just love me.” His voice was soft enough to turn stone to putty, and all desire to defy him left me.”
I can’t gush enough about the perfection of this novel – it was so much more than I ever imagined and the absolute perfect ending to this amazing trilogy. The action – the lust – the fucking raw passion of two people who want one another so much I’m surprise my Kindle didn’t melt away in my hands.
About the Author, C.D. Reiss
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 erotica 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 her 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.