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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blog Tour! Separation Games by CD Reiss

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

There’s one, unbreakable rule in the game.

Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.

The heart is impulsive.

The heart makes bad decisions.

The heart doesn’t see the long game.

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.

Separation Games

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He took my hand, putting it in his lap as if it was finally home. “What are we doing?” he asked.
“Screwing up.”
“Like it’s our job.”
“If you’re going to do something, I say, do it all the way.”
He squeezed my hand. I was jarred by the way he looked in the direction of the window, but not through it. He didn’t look like the commanding Dominant who had been my partner for the past few weeks. As handsome as ever, and graceful and sharp, a leader and a decider, but not the same.
He faced me. “I don’t know how to fix this.”
The streetlights glinted off the light in one eye and his jaw locked, catching things he’d never say. He looked like a man I knew and abandoned. Manhattan Adam.
“We can’t fix it,” I said, putting his hand in my lap, watching our clasped hands make a new form. I rubbed the outside of his thumb with mine, feeling it’s familiar shape, the strength of the knuckle and the texture of his skin on mine. “We have to build something new. And we can.” I looked up from our hands to his face.
Could I make him feel my optimism? Could I take a piece of it onto a fork and lift it to his lips? Would they part? Would he let me lay it on his tongue? Would he chew and swallow, saying “I do. I do believe we can, I do.”
He didn’t say that. He didn’t believe, but his lips needed to touch my belief and his tongue needed to taste my hope.
I don’t know if I kissed him or if he kissed me, but it felt like a first kiss, with full quivering that left me paralyzed at his nearness. The act of two tongues tasting each other was so intimate between strangers, so taken for granted over time, and so rarely is the wonder of it felt through to the bone.
He was licorice. Fennel and leather. And he moved like cool water, reacting to my movements, countering with his hands and his mouth, covering me with his attention. The kiss was the sway of sex, the smell of it, the carnal desire without the promise of anything but another dance.



So, all of that happened. And, now the book is finished, and it has been a couple of days, and I still haven't let Adam and Diana go...I still think about the story and the events.

The story is amazing. Adam and Diana are compelling and the story keeps your heart in your throat for the times, beating in your chest as you turn pages to see what happens next. As your heart breaks for them, and heals a bit with them, and then breaks again. And then heals.

Here is the thing...CD Reiss is an amazing writer. There are authors, there are people who can tell a good story...and then there are writers. People who tell a story in such a way that you highlight the passages (which I never do) and pause while reading because the phrase strikes a chord within you, because it is a truth so beautifully written that it makes you pause for a second.

Adam has more to lose. Diana is finding out who she is...but Adam is finding out who he isn't. And this the draw of the book, the appeal, the hook if you will. That they each need to take a different journey in order to end up in the same place. That they both want to end up there, but are not sure they can exist there or if they can come together.

Adam needs to find a way to learn that he can love Diana and also allow her to be who she needs to be, even though he thinks it is not going to work for him. This is the journey of the book, and of the characters. And it is also the journey of the reader, to watch them get to this point, and to be able to connect with one another, and who they each are both separately and in their marriage.

I recommend this book...and would give it 6 stars if I could.

I have been eagerly anticipating Separation Games from the moment I finishes Marriage Games. This book had me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat from almost the first line. If I could rate this more than 5 stars I would do so without hesitation-it’s just that good.

Separation Games picks up immediately where Marriage Games ended, which allows us to view inside Diana’s mind as she tries to navigate the side of herself that Adam has awakened. She’s learning about her true self, about what she needs from Adam, and is determined to prove to him that he can love the woman she’s discovering herself to be. I felt her frustration and longing down to my bones.

But Adam. My God, Adam. The moment that this book switches POV is perfect. I literally sat up straighter in bed and knew there was no way in hell I was putting my kindle away without finishing-no matter how bloodshot my eyes would be at work. Without seeing whether or not Adam would learn if he could love all the parts and pieces that made Diana, Diana. He was so set in his ways that he was setting himself up to lose the very best of himself and Diana, all because he was stuck in his headspace. But in his mind, he was right. The moment the lightbulb clicks for him had me closing my eyes in satisfaction and relief.

The resolution these two characters come to is so immensely satisfying. I found this story to be so unique, the perspective so fresh that I was just hooked. I know this is a book I will read over and over and that each time I do I’ll find a new line/phrase to highlight and ponder. I can’t recommend this series enough.

About the Author 

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. 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 give her a big enough ego to write novels.

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 chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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