Review + Giveaway: CODA by C.D. Reiss

Posted March 18, 2015 by Bethany in Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review + Giveaway: CODA by C.D. Reiss

Coda Review + Giveaway: CODA by C.D. Reissby CD Reiss
on March 18, 2015
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Genres: Erotica, Romance
Series: Songs of Submission #9
Pages: 201

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.


If you have not read books 1-8 of the Songs of Submission series, please know that this review WILL contain spoilers for the first 8 books. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and one-click The Complete Submission series (1-8) because it is really f’n good, then come back and tell us what you thought. 🙂

My first thoughts were, that does title “Coda” mean? So, I googled the definitions and here’s what showed up:

Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
a concluding section or part, especially one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.
So, I guess that means this is the conclusion to Monica and Jonathan’s journey. *sniff, sniff* It has been a not-so-pretty and difficult journey for them, from dealing with Jonathan’s family drama, suffering through Monica’s best friend, Gabby’s death, the impromptu wedding, to Jonathan’s heart transplant. Coda starts about six months after Jonathan’s heart surgery.
“Your ass is mine, whether I warn you or not. Do you understand?”
This book had a rough start for me, however I ended up really enjoying it. The sex scenes at the beginning were pretty brutal. I totally understand the purpose, the reclaiming, and that was what the couple needed to find each other again. After Jonathan’s traumatic near death heart attack and recovery, they have to find a way to back to the essence of their relationship. And let’s face it, these two really get off on rough sex.
“I’m going to die before you,” he said, taking a last nip before putting his face to mine. “Way before you. You want to spend the time worrying? Or fucking?”
This author’s writing is always raw, gritty, and intense. Coda is no exception. This book was sometimes hard to get through because I felt every single ounce of their pain, passion, struggles, heartbreak, and love. There is always love, and that is what makes everything else worth it. Ms. Reiss makes her readers feel all the characters’ emotions so deeply and ardently. Their pain was my pain. Their passion was my passion. Their struggles were my struggles. Their heartbreak was my heartbreak. Their love was my love.
 “I own you. Like the sky owns the stars. You are mine.”
The end of this series is bittersweet, but I am glad I read this. I am completely satisfied with how it ended. Jonathan will always be a favorite book boyfriend, and this couple will always hold a special place in my heart.


“You know what, Monica, you don’t even know yourself. Look at you. I haven’t seen you this relaxed in months. The only time you let your worry go is when you give me control. And your worry is what keeps you from being honest.”

I swallowed. Blinked. A torrent of wetness welled behind my eyes, “I don’t want to break the scene.”

“Stay still. Stay naked. Speak your mind.”

“I almost died with you a hundred times. That recovery room, they had you in this induced coma and you looked dead. There were bags of blood. Bags, hanging over you and you were all opened up. And, I’m sorry, I haven’t said this because you’re the one who went through it.” I swallowed a gallon of tears. “I don’t want to see you like that again. But I think about it all the time. I dream about it. I see it when I close my eyes. I want you to live, so I do what I think is going to make you happy and I always get it wrong. Stay or go. I give you attention or none. It’s always wrong.”

“What about your happiness?”

“It doesn’t matter. Not as much as yours. It’s not life or death.”

“It is, Monica. It is.”

I shook my head. “You can’t convince me of that. We can do this hurtful honesty thing all day. You’re the priority and I’m okay with that. Deal with it.”

He nodded, looking down for a blink, then up at me. He reached for my wrists.

“These go behind your back.”

I did as instructed.

“Now, get on your knees.”

I bent them. With my hands behind my back, it was hard to balance.

“Do you need some help?” he asked.


I thought he’d take me gently by the elbow, but dragged me down. He was right. I was relaxed, totally submitting and trusting him, loving every bit of discomfort he dished out.

“Spread your knees apart.”

I did, too slowly for him. He kicked them wide.

“Do you remember your safeword?” He asked, unbuckling his belt.

“Yes.” A tingling rush went down my spine with the promise of his dominance and the way it made me forget how fragile he really was.

His cock was out in the next second. “Open. Your. Mouth.”



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About CD 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 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.



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