Series: Songs of Corruption #2
Published by Fido Publishing
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Also by this author: Spin, Coda
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Antonio is a killer.
He's beautiful, educated, a prodigy of a thief and as violent a motherfucker as ever came of the boat from Napoli.
Theresa knows it, but that doesn't stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe, she got it in her head that she can protect him.
But it's not her job to save him, and she's just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes.
It's almost as if...well, he'd never admit this....but it's almost as if protecting her the way he does is the one thing he should stop. As if the only way he's ever going to find a moment's peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature.
But he'd never do that. Not this violent motherfucker.
WARNING: This book contains delicious sex scenes with a hot man dirty-talking in Italian; women handling firearms and explosives; and scenes of violence with a crystal Virgin Mary cigarette lighter.
“I prayed God would forgive me for loving her, and feared only the devil would answer.”
Holy fuck! Sorry for my un-lady like response but no words can describe my immediate reaction to Ruin. I don’t believe that I have ever used the highlight function on my Kindle as much as I have for this book. CD Reiss blew me away with the second book in the Songs of Corruption series. Not only is the writing gorgeous, and there really isn’t a word to encompass the beauty of her words, but the dimensional characters and 100mph plot had me in awe. If there is one thing I can say to ever convince someone to pick up any book by CD it’s that there is proof that erotica can be more than just sexy-times and cheap thrills.
“You’re a loaded gun. Do you see that? You’re from a different world, but you smell like home to me. I haven’t been to Napoli in ten years, but whenever you’re near me, I smell olive flowers. My heart gets sick with thirst, but the water is poison.”
Theresa and Antonio are a very modern and dangerous pair of star-crossed lovers. Damned if they do but damned if they don’t, both fight their instincts to protect one another with considerable fallout. Theresa, the once very prim and proper Drazen, is now resembling a feral cat. She bites and scratches and fights like hell to fit in her world and stand next to Antonio in his. And Antonio, the deceptively cool and calculated Capo is trying to defy the ultimate powers that be to keep Theresa safe from harm and in his life. Every encounter between them is sexually tinged with violence and desperation but layered with an undercurrent of deep affection and love. Between the meddlings of the Mob, the Drazens, and Theresa’s douchebag ex-fiance, this couple is either one step away from salvation or two steps past destruction.
“She was going to be the death of me, and I was suicidal. I would kill for her, or I’d be killed by her, but no matter what, someone was getting anointed in oil and put in a pine box.”
Besides the brilliance of Theresa and Antonio’s characters, their explosive coupling and the non-stop heart-pounding action, there are two distinct elements of the story that just alter this series into favorites of all time territory. First is the timeline and how it syncs up with Songs of Submission. Not only is it expertly crafted, but it enriches an already rich storyline for both series. I have re-read SOS at least 3 times since my first go and I immediately wanted to pick it back up after learning what was going on with Theresa. The fact that CD can cohesively piece together each storyline in the way she does just goes to show her true weight as an author.I, for one, had my mind blown. And the second element, is CD’s version of California. It is gritty and raw and so complex in politics, legal and otherwise, it’s became the third star in this series. If this version of California existed, I would book a one-way ticket, consequences be damned. I have no idea how the conclusion of Theresa and Antonio’s story will play out but I will be waiting on pins and needles till then.