Kick by CD Reiss

December 10, 2015 Angela Erotica, Mystery, Reviews

Kick by CD ReissKick (Songs of Perdition, #1) by CD Reiss
Series: Songs of Perdition #1
Published by Flip City Media Inc. on May 19th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Mystery
Pages: 120
four-stars

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You do not need to read Songs of Submission or Songs of Corruption to enjoy Songs of Perdition

You know what a celebutante is?

It's a Paris Hilton. A Kim Kardashian. Someone who's famous for existing.
That's me, and in case you were wondering what it's like...trust me, it's the best shit ever.

I like coke and I like sex. I have the money to buy the first and the looks to get the second. No one needs to know where I am for days at a time and no one gives a fuck. That's just the way I like it.

You got issue with that?

Good.

Because you think I have problems, and I don't. A problem would be defined as some situation in my life I didn't arrange. Like having no money. That's a problem, and I don't have it. Like having a ton of sex I don't totally enjoy. Also not my problem.

Now that we understand each other, you and me, and we understand that my life is exactly how I want it, you have to know that you don't have the right to hold me here.

Right?

Right.

***This is the first of a serial. It's about 120-130 pages and ends in a cliffhanger, because that's how I roll. There's also a ton of drug use, and educated men who like dirty sex, because that's also how I roll***

I feel conflicted about Kick. On the one hand, the writing is amazing: engaging, exciting, intense, and evocative. On the other hand, the main character, Fiona, deeply disturbs me. The fact that this is a novella with a well-rounded plot and a multi-dimensional main character, let alone a short story that causes discordant emotions, is a testament to CD Reiss’s skill as a writer.

The story opens when Fiona Drazen wakes up incarcerated in a mental institution without any recollection of the events that preceded her arrest. Fiona is a celebrity who is famous just for being an heiress. She’s addicted to drugs and sex, and she’s in love with her dom, Deacon. She makes no apologies for who she is. She has no shame.

Fiona is treated at a mental facility for the wealthy by Dr. Elliott. The psychologist has 72 hours to evaluate Fiona and determine whether or not she is a threat to herself or others. At the end of that time period, she will either be released or sentenced to an extended stay. Elliott uses hypnosis to help Fiona recall the events that led to her arrest and it’s through hypnosis that we relive her past.

We learn a little bit about Fiona’s history of drug abuse, but not how or why it started. We find out how she meets Deacon and we get glimpses of their BDSM relationship and I’ve got to say that Fiona’s level of willing debasement made me uncomfortable. Fiona’s life is ruled by her need for sex. I’ve read books where characters are sex addicts before and I’ve had a vague understanding of the concept. However, in this book I could feel Fiona’s cravings. Her degree of desperation for sex, both in the past and present, repulsed me and made me ashamed on her behalf. However, it also created in me great compassion. As I said, I had mixed emotions.

Conflicted or not, Kick ends on one heck of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read what happens next in Use.

four-stars

About CD Reiss

CD Reiss

CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.


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