His Dark Game: The Complete Games Duet Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Contains both New York Times best sellers and the Audie Award-winning Marriage Games.
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands, then he’ll sign her divorce papers, give her his half of their company, and walk away.
He has 30 days to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with the woman who would leave him five years later.
Diana wants the company they built badly enough to go to the cottage with him.
She’ll 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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|Listening Length||17 hours and 16 minutes|
|Narrator||Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 24, 2019|
|Publisher||Flip City Media|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,264 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,204 in Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,601 in New Adult & College Romance (Books)
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The dominant was way too whiny for being a dom. Sex scenes are vague and extremely non descriptive.
I feel like the author is embarrassed to write about the bedroom scenes. I’ve bought a couple of her other books and they’re all the same when it comes to time for the sex scenes...non-existent. I won’t be buying anymore.
The first half of the book you get Adam's point of view. I always like getting the male point of view The second part is from Diana's point of view.
The story kicks off with Adam finding a note one morning telling him that Diana wants a divorce and their company. This book goes back and forth from past tense to the present. It tells you about how Diana and Adam met.
"The first time I saw her, I had to hold my breath. The first time she spoke, I exhaled."
You fall hard for Adam. You see how much he loves his wife.
You feel the hurt, the anger, the frustration.
Adam tells her he will give her shares in the company in exchange for thirty days in a secluded cabin. He needs to show her who she really married.
"Do you hate your husband?"
"I never hated him."
"You're about to."
The question is- what happens when a person does a 180 degree turn and gives up everything they know themselves to be to love someone else? Adam was that man. He lived his adult life as a dominant who needed a submissive woman he could break, but not love. His wife, his only love, Diana, was not that woman, so rather than try to change her and most likely lose her in the process, he gave up his true self for her and loses himself instead. Only thing- she had no idea and would be horrified if she did.
The result of his sacrifice came back to bite him while their marriage and life together fell apart. What would he do to get his wife and happiness back? You'll have to read this duet to find out.
This is a long, introspective, character driven story that puts you right inside the minds of this couple. There are stretches of chapters dedicated to just Adam, then Diana, then back. Hearing their POV often made me want to scream but a good story will wring things from you, won't they? I could feel for both of them and it was hard to watch their mistakes sometimes. I wondered many times- how will this situation ever resolve itself? Can it???
This book has very descriptive, kinky sex scenes that some could find offensive so don't read it if this bothers you. C.D. Reiss has a unique style I love and doesn't do boring, that's for sure! She goes where that dark mind leads and I'm always glad to tag along for the wild and steamy ride.
Adam, thirty-one, is a self-made man. He buys businesses and real estate, and has every intention of buying a failing publishing house at a great price and breaking it apart to sell off the pieces at a profit. Until he sees Diana.
Diana is twenty-three and heiress to the family publishing business. She dropped out of college when her mom got sick, and remained by her ailing father's side when her mother died. She was groomed to take over the business and has every intention of keeping it in the family.
When Adam wants to buy the company, Diana convinces him to build the company back up with her instead. Their attraction was instant, and one year later they married. But after five years together, without a hint of warning, Adam finds a note from Diana telling him their marriage is over.
Adam wants to either win Diana back or have the chance to get over his undying love for her, and she wants the Jag, the condo, and her family business. Those things mean little to Adam in comparison to his love for Diana, so he proposes games for her to earn them, which give him the time he needs with her.
This story unfolds by beginning with Adam's POV, then switching one third through to Diana's before ending in Adam's. A 50/50 split. It was nice to get deeply into one character's head, but by switching off and then back at the end, it allowed the reader to get immersed with each character while still seeing the marriage from both sides. Both were less than honest. Both failed to communicate effectively.
Trying to dissect what went wrong takes a good portion of the book, and the games take up the bulk of the rest. But in the games, there is a big tug of war. While Diana reconsiders her decision, Adam pulls away, and vice versa. This began to get old after a while, which is why I gave the book just four stars. I would have given it 4.5 if possible. I really wanted to give it five stars - it was that good!
I loved the character development. The story was complex, but somewhat realistic and not over the top, aside from the wealth (which wasn't flaunted) and the dom/sub scene.
I haven't read a bdsm book in quite awhile, and I don't read a lot of stories with preformed couples. They pull at you in a different way. They go deeper, stronger, the bonds are different. The fall is further and the results can be more extreme. I love this and slap me if I ever wait so long to read a CD Reiss book again.
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Now off to read everything else Reiss has ever written!