Series: Songs of Corruption
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Published by: Fido Publishing
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Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.
Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal. And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us. I discovered I was a savage, too.
I am so excited and happy that I finally picked up a book written by C. D. Reiss! It definitely won't be the only one. Spin is the dark romance tale between a wealthy, educated woman from high society and a tough, street smart and passionate man from the underbelly of California. Once Spin lays eyes on Theresa, it's already too late for her to save herself. Spin takes the reader on an emotional journey through character growth, zoning in on the themes of trust and discovering what your true self wants and needs.
Theresa isn't only from money. She's from an imporatant family that goes back generations. She has recently broken off her engagement to a mayoral candidate, David, who wants her back mostly for political reasons. Theresa's a good girl - shes doesn't cause scenes, she acts appropriately according to her breeding, and she hates foul language.
Through a chance encounter at a night club, Theresa meets Antonio Spinelli, the dark haired, beautiful Italian immigrant who has no problems roughing people up. He dresses in designer suite, but it is clear that he has a wildness beneath the veneer. Spin is immediately smitten with Theresa, but he plays it cool. He eventually chases her and wiggles his was into her life.
One motif that runs through this book is the Madonna/Whore concept. Spin isn't necessarily looking for an untouched virgin, but he does want someone who is mentally innocent. He likes Theresa in part because her life experiences are relatively clean. Spin is a bad dude. He is involved in countless illegal activities. He doesn't want to come home to a woman who has experienced the same kind of darkness that he has. Theresa definitely changes by the end of this book and it is detrimental to the way Spin views her.
I loved Theresa and Spin when they were actually together. They were not constantly together in this book, which is a good thing as it allowed Theresa to decide what and whom she really wanted. Once Theresa decides what she wants, she pursues it fiercely. Unfortunately, there are too many times earlier where Theresa is wishy-washy about Spin. It takes her a while to accept what her heart wants. And the sex scenes! Woah! Smoking. Hot. Spin is sensuous and passionate. It really comes across on the pages.
One thing I didn't care for was the absence of Spin's point of view. He disappears from time to time and the reader has no idea what he thinks or feels for Theresa. We hear second-hand from his associates that he's "crazy" over Theresa, and Spin even says she makes him weak. But we don't see or even hear about his decisions and actions when he's being "crazy" about Theresa. I would have enjoyed more of that.
There is a lot of tension at the end between Theresa and Spin. Spin does a lot of fighting himself, and I felt my heart breaking for Theresa. She gets duped into a situation where she makes the wrong decision that sends Spin reeling. I enjoyed the ending overall, though, quite a bit. This does not end in what I would consider a big cliff hanger, although promises are made that will carry over into the next book. Reiss keeps us on the edge - as much as I felt better about the direction of this story, I can't bring myself to believe that things will be easier for Theresa and Spin. Spin lives in a dark and dangerous world - it's not his nature to completely share his life with anyone, and I'm not sure Theresa would accept everything that I expect will transpire between them. There is no smooth sailing for this couple. I foresee more misunderstandings, more heartahce and more character transformations.
You can tell when I really like a book because my reviews tend to go on and on. So it's pretty obvious that I loved this one and am highly intrigued by it. I recommend this book to all dark contemporary romance fans who love damaged alpha males and strong female leads. This is planned as a trilogy (thank goodness because I thought this book could have been longer) so hold onto your seats! I think this is going to be one long, sexy and angsty story - just what I love!