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Friday, February 6, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: CD Reiss' BEG TEASE SUBMIT (Songs of Submission, Sequence One)

Series:  The Songs of Submission, Sequence One
Author:  CD Reiss
Narrator:  Jo Raylan
Release Date:  12/27/14
Price:  $13.97
Publisher:  Flip City Media Inc
Length:  8 hrs 47 min
Format:  Audible Edition
Purchase at Audible or Amazon

My Ratings

Plot:  4.5/5
Setting:  5/5
Writing:  4.5/5
Originality of Plot:  4.5/5
Characters Development:  5/5
Ending:  5/5

Heat Level: 5/5
Cover Art:  4/5
Narration:  4.5/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  47/50 =  94%


Jonathan Drazen is a known womanizer and a gorgeous piece of man I'm not letting into my heart. Ever. Yeah, he's rich, beautiful, charming as hell, and he has a wit as sharp as a double-edged razor... but he's made it perfectly clear that this is a short-term f--k. Three nights, tops, then we part like sexually satisfied grown-ups. I believe him when he says he can't love me. I'm not trying to fall in love, either. We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done. Right? Right.

My name is Monica. I'm a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

I've stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I'll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it's gotten in the way of my career. I won't do it again.

But there's Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more...

©2013 CD Reiss (P)2014 CD Reiss


I want to start out by saying, this is possible one of the best Erotic Romance audiobooks, that I have ever listened to!  CD Reiss grabbed from the first chapter, and I just couldn't let it go.  Her characters are smart, snarky, and sexy as hell.  But most of all, they felt real.  They are far from perfect, and carry enough baggage to sink a small ship.  I couldn't help, but become emotionally invested in these characters lives.  I didn't want to put this audiobook down.  I devoured it in just a matter of days.

I loved digging deep down into Monica's character.  She's just so smart, talented, and driven.  I really appreciate that she allows herself to be dominated, with out becoming a needy, whiny, annoying girl.  And Jonathan can be dominate in the sack, without being a controlling jerk in public.  I like how upfront he is with her.  He tells her what he can handle emotionally, and lets her decide if she can live with that or not.  The electricity between these two is evident right from the start.  These two really go through a very emotional journey in sequence one.

Unlike other books in the genre, I think that the author really took the time to make this story authentic.  She had a totally fresh take on Erotic Romance.  These characters are tragically broken, and the story is all the better for it.  I'm so happy that CD Reiss didn't let the sex overwhelm the book, even though it's amazing.  The story allowed the characters to be fully flushed out.  And the reader is allowed to crawl around inside these characters heads.

Jo Raylan's narration of this book was spot on!  She had a deep, sultry quality to her voice that lends well to the story.  She was able to capture the profound emotional nature of the storyline.  Also, she created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tended to forget she is reading all of the parts herself.  I was moved to tear by this story, and I think that was largely do to Jo's amazing performance. Not to mention she handled the singing parts of the audiobook very well.  That has to be terrifying, for someone who's first job isn't as singing.  I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!

I really appreciate that this author released Parts 1-3 as one audiobook.  I felt that the three individual stories flowed so naturally, that it reads like one complete book.  Plus, I love that I got to devour three parts all at once. I cannot wait for the second sequence, because the first left me begging for more.  This is a must read for those who are looking for little more substance in their Erotic Romance.  Bravo CD Reiss and Jo Raylan on creating an truly emotion audio experience!      

***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review*** 

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