Book 3 in C.D. Reiss’s Songs of Perdition Series.
You can purchase book three, Break on it’s own – exclusively at Amazon
And if you haven’t met Fiona Drazen yet?
~ Synopsis ~
Everything about Fiona is forbidden.
She’s a party girl with dark desires.
She’s beautiful, irresponsible, irresistible.
She’s my patient.
I’m her therapist.
I’m past wanting her. Past possessing her. Past bedding her or protecting her.
I’m willing to be self-destructive, negligent, brave, audacious, and stronger than I ever believed possible.
She’s blunt force trauma to the heart.
And she calls another man Master.
(Forbidden contains Kick, Use, and Break from the Perdition Series. It is the ENTIRE STORY with a complete beginning, middle and end. If you read Kick and Use, Break is easily found in the table of contents, and it’s a full length novel.)
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this book for a very long time. (not rubbing it in Christine.) Fiona Drazen has been my absolutely FAVORITE Drazen since she popped on in CD Reiss’s Songs of Submission Series with her foul mouth and insane antics. She’s the sister who knows and proudly admits she’s the fuck up of the family – the junkie, the party girl, the whore. She is brutally – painfully honest about herself and the things she does, wearing them like a badge of honor. And this may scare away some, but for me? It’s the very reason I adore her.
In Break we pick up right where we left off in Use. Fiona is out of the hospital, back with Deacon and trying to cope with everything that happened while she was in the institution. Between Elliot and Warren Chilton – our girl is seriously scattered and if possible, a little more broken than she was when she went in – which is saying a lot.
Fucking Warren Chilton – the entire time I read his name, it made me think of Hannibal Lector’s nemesis when he was locked up in an institution. Hannibal ate him for dinner later on and I hoped for the same outcome of this Chilton too.
Then of course is Elliot and Master Deacon… Jesus. The things Fiona gets into. These two men couldn’t be more opposite from one another. Elliot, psychiatrist in residence at the institution Fiona just left – wanting to help her, wanting to get her through everything she’s suffering from; mostly herself…. and Deacon, wanting the same things, just in his own ways through control and dominance. Deacon knows deep down that Fiona isn’t a true submissive – but she submits for him, he controls her, he owns her. But now, after everything, Fiona isn’t sure she needs or wants it anymore.
This story was a kick to the gut – it hurt me, I broke more than once reading it. Fiona is an open wound, festering un-apologetically for everyone to see – and Elliot definitely sees.
“Isn’t there some kind of rule about not talking about your patients?”
“I break rules with you. I’d break more. I’d break them all.”
And just when you think things can’t get anymore complicated for Fiona – BAM! You get kicked right in the feels all over again, adding a whole other chapter to this story. One, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about at first, but ended up being beautiful for so many different reasons.
This was the end for Fiona – her life a culmination of disastrous choices – a life definitely lived, but perhaps not always for the better? She finally stops to question that – only to discover that her life is worth living and maybe…. just maybe she’ll get her happily ever after…. ?
“You make people think of you for a living. You remind them you exist.”
There couldn’t be a more poetic way to describe Fiona – than in those very words.
I was both happy and sad when I finished this story – it’s bittersweet saying goodbye to one of your favorite characters, and I must have read the last chapter a dozen times afterwards. The perfection is indescribable.
I would have waited another year for this book –
Check out my other reviews in the Series!
Book 1: Kick
Book 2: Use
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 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 her bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or her 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.