Separation Games by C.D. Reiss
Series: The Games Duet #2
Published by Flip City Media on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.
These are the unbreakable rules 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.
Can a marriage ever be a game? This question haunted me several times throughout this story. While Marriage Games (ironically) had me spell-bound, I wasn’t as enraptured during Separation Games. Yes, it was smoking hot and edgy, but there were also times when I felt as left out as Adam and Diana were when it came to connecting to each other.
There was so much to love about their story. The pain and uncertainty were both succinctly articulated. Their brief breakthrough moments were short-lived, though, which while it came across as being reflective of the time span, it did take away from the suspense aspect to the story that I loved in the first book. In the times they were apart, Diana’s frustration, anger, hurt and confusion were tangible. What I didn’t feel as much was Adam’s struggle. Yes, his jealousy was never in doubt, but what I missed was the breakdown of his inner feelings along the way. We do get them at the end and snippets within in the story but not to the extent I needed to accept his reactions at the time I was reading them.
“I don’t fit in that box anymore, and you don’t love me outside it. Fuck you. Either love me or set me free.
The story raised an interesting dilemma. Diana and Adam’s love for each other hinged on being themselves. The trouble was neither truly understood or accepted who they were. I wondered whether Diana was acting out of desperation and need. Adam had me questioning whether he embraced being a Dom. I understood why he had reservations, at the same time it was abundantly clear he was out of sorts because he held Diana in the highest of esteem.
Overall, this is a story I loved and am happy to have read. The minor issues that caused me to think twice as to what degree I enjoyed Separation Games was clearly a comparison to the first book, Marriage Games, which I included in my 2016 Favourites List. What I am clear on is I want to continue with this series and can’t wait to read Night Games, Chris’s novella next!
Rating: 3.5 Sultry Stars
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