Thirty days. That's all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife. Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he'll sign her divorce papers and give her their company.
That's how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The dominant master he hid when he fell in love with her five years before.
She wants their production company badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.
She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.
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I loved this book. The depth of character was so beautifully developed through the narration, and the story was layered so well it never dragged even as we tripped through different times/tenses.
Very clever, but also very poignant. Roll on January (for the release of Book 2)!
"Long Live the Queen-Move Over Jonathan! 5 Stars!"
I first met CD Reiss through the Songs of Submission audios narrated by the incredible Jo Raylan and Christian Fox and I was blown away, luckily able to buy the whole series one after another. I devoured them even though they weren't in my regular wheelhouse for romance audio (with BDSM and intense emotions (eek)). I listened to most of CD's other audios and they were very good, but none had the impact of Songs of Submission...until now.
Marriage Games hits all the notes. A marriage in trouble, not due to unfaithfulness to their marriage but to themselves. The struggle between Adam and Diana is palpable and relatable. There are moments you want them together and apart, the pain and past between them sometime seeming insurmountable.Yes, this book contains BDSM but as usual with CD, it's not the entire story. Many stories about the "lifestyle" are about the shock value and primarily porn, which is fine if that's what you like. CD makes it a very relatable human issue about consenting adults finding what fulfills them from their very core without judgment.
The narration? Absolutely perfect. Two of my favorite narrators performing duet (or conversational) narration. Elena Wolfe's performance is flawless as usual and she makes Diana relatable, fragile and sympathetic as well as strong and fearless. You feel her struggle in every word. Sebastian York, my favorite alpha male narrator, has cornered the market on loving dominants with this book. When he says "get on your hands and knees" you want to just do it, thankfully. But the softness and love he brings to Adam just sends this performance over the top.
Is it a cliffhanger? Yes. Does that usually stop me? Yes. Adam and Diana's story is complicated and this cliffhanger is mild and worth every moment of it. I can't wait for Separation Games and to relisten to Marriage Games as well. Give them the Audie now!!
"I think i'm in Love"
WOW!!! I loved this book! I really liked how it goes back and forth between "then and now", it helped me get a better understanding of the characters. Adam might be my new favorite Dom, He is so calm even when things are freaking him out, that makes him super sexy to me because I love a Dom that is always in control (even of himself). From the beginning this book grabbed me and now I can't stop thinking about it! And it was hot hot hot!!
I love that they are married when the story starts, that is huge for me because I felt their connection from page 1. The author does an awesome job writing these characters and their story, you will love them both even if you try not too. I wanted to dislike Diana in the beginning because of "the note", I wanted to dislike Adam because he hid who he was from his wife which to me is lying but I didn't stand a chance against either of them. I am so sad that I have to wait until January 3rd for the next book :'( Yes this book has a cliffhanger but it's not a mid sentence cliffy at least.
The narration was perfect!!!
"C. D. Reiss is the Queen of Smart Hot Sexy Kink!!"
Adam Steinbeck fell in love with Diana Barnes over a conference table when he
Bought controlling interest in her family’s floundering publishing company. He
Married her all the while he kept a very dominant part of his personality hidden.
Side by side they brought the company back till the day he got a “Dear Adam”
Letter that Diana left him requesting a divorce. His proposal to her – 30 days in a
Private house on Montauk where she will submit to him and he will sign over the
Company to her. What occurs when Adam reacquaints himself to his dominant
Side and awakens a side of Diana she had always stifled? A lot can happen to a couple
In 30 days… The Audible version is narrated by the always extraordinary Elena Wolfe and I
Believe this is with no qualification one of Sebastian York’s best performances EVER. A MUST read book and an Absolutely even better one to listen to. Can’t wait for Book 2.
"Total Mind F*ck (and I loved it!)"
CD Reiss's screenwriting experience is such a breath of fresh air in this genre. I loved the alternating timeline of the storytelling and the descriptive language made it so easy to visualize ... yummm!
I completely fell in love with the protagonists, Adam and Diana, through the personal details like naming their daughter before she was even conceived. The fact that they are married as the story begins proves that the Dom-Sub relationship they eventually develop is beyond physical. Poor Adam... typical man in denial.
On a side note, I felt that Diana's character was pretty flat at the beginning, mostly because Adam had most of the narration in the beginning of the book. Will this flip in the next one? Can't wait to find out!
OMFG can NOT wait until January. Damn you CD Reiss. You have killed me.
"Loved the Narration"
Great book that makes you think. It's written so that you can see the struggles and mistakes by both parties. They both have demons they need to acknowledge. Can't wait to continue the struggle and my hope is that they both find peace
"THIS DUET IS BETTER THAN EBONY & IVORY"
This was an excellent story and a even better listen. I normally don't enjoy the duet style of narration because it normally sounds like one person reading over a tape not this book it was like real conversations. I loved every minute of it. These narrators are excellent alone but as a duet it's masterful . NOTE TO AUDIO CASTING AGENTS AND AUTHORS!!! WHEN NARRATORS ARE THIS GREAT IT CAN MAKES YOUR BOOK A MASTERPIECE. I LOVED IT👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
"Let the games begin..."
I was challenged by its writing that felt so complex for me.
It was a very well written book that had me think twice about every line I read.
The storyline was amazing as well.
Everything that he did and went through to get Diane back.
To show her who he really was and that he was hiding it all from her in belief that was what she wanted and needed from him.
I simply can not pick just one.
I love too many.
This is clear as the day itself....ADAM :)
"TWO HOURS TOO LONG"
I get the push to cash in on Fifty Shades of Gray (s/m). The premise here is promising, but the author seems to think that one of the ways to torture your estranged spouse is to make her wait, and wait. Well, that's what the reader does. Ultimately, I wound up not liking anyone in the story. They were all self-posessed and selfish to a fault.
No real satisfaction as the story turned toward the end.
They were the reason I stuck with it. Both were great, but they can't change the book.
No way. Way too boring.
Another case where two strong actors make a story more interesting than it really is. PS....enough with the S/M.
"No warmth or chemistry"
I didn't care what happened with three hours left. I couldn't finish it. I didn't like either character. I found Diana to be childish and spoiled, and never rallied around Adam either. Despite being married I didn't feel like there was any warmth or chemistry between the two. Perhaps I just don't like stories centered around the scene Adam is into.
"Couldn't put it down Cried like a baby"
I couldn't put the books down, I wanted to see what was going to happen I felt very attached to Adam and I actually felt a NEED to follow his as much as a want.
I have to say initially I was very surprised at the change in point of view so as I hadn't read the book hearing the change in narration was quite surprising. I worried it would change my feelings towards the story. It did - I felt more involved in the characters and found myself talking to them, telling them off, advising them... Was very strange, I've never done it before.
Finally and another first for me at the end I cried like a baby it was so credible and believable I felt as though I was inside with them. I can't wait for the sequel.
The narrators voices suited both the book and the characters. I recommend this to anyone and everyone if you love CD Reiss or just think you might like to try the books seriously do it.
"major cliff hanger"
Good book, liked the characters and how mixed up they both were.
Did not like the cliff hanger and having to wait for the book to be released!!
i was a bit unsure but once i started tge reading i couldn't stop give you a different view on past books.. really love it can't wait fir the next one.
"This is the most amazing Performance!"
Sizzling, sexy, heartbreaking
I think the way the performers interacted within different chapters. It was like you was in the room with them. Very intimate/.
I can't praise Sebastian York's high enough, as he did the bulk of the work.This is the first time I've listened to Elena Wolfe, and I enjoyed her performance.
I had it on all day with earphones, it made the performance very intimate.
This was an amazing and intimate performance, and I have to wait until Jan for the 2nd half.
"Loved this one!"
An unusual take on the typical DS novel. Well constructed characters for the genre.
Excellent narrators which bring the book to life.
Can't wait for the second part!
Wow what a well written and exceptionally well narrated story. Went through so many emotions while listening, shock, anger and sadness. Great cliff hanger, can't wait to see what happens next.
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