Series: Corruption #1
Published by Self-Published on March 10th 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Theresa Drazen can have plenty of guys, but the one she can't keep away from....the one she's just about addicted to, is more than forbidden. With felony-black eyes and a mouth built for lies, loving him is one step away from illegal.
But her body keeps overriding her brain. Maybe it's time to stop playing by the rules.
Antonio is obsessed. Theresa's the last woman he should touch. She's going to get him killed. She's dangerous. Poison. The wrong woman.
And they both figure...one more time. Just one more time.
One more time and they won't get killed.
One more time and they won't get caught.
**MATURE AUDIENCES--Rough sex. Dirty talk. Criminal activity. Cursing. Fisticuffs. Closed course. Professional driver. Do not try this at home.**
Although Spin isn’t a 5 star read for me, I can say it is the start of a new favorite series.
We were introduced to Theresa Drazen briefly in the Songs of Submission series when she goes to Frontage with her brother, Jonathan, to hear Monica sing. However, you do not need to read the Songs of Submission to enjoy this book. Theresa is wealthy, poised, intelligent, classy, and loyal. She is also still in love with her ex-fiancé, Daniel Brower, the District Attorney and mayoral candidate. Now she feels directionless and unsatisfied in her job as the accounting director for one of L.A.’s top entertainment management agencies.
Theresa and her sister find themselves in a dangerous situation when cornered in an alley one evening. They are rescued in a vicious yet oddly sexy manner by a gorgeous man with a commanding presence – Antonio Spinelli, Esq. (aka Spin). The sexual tension is palpable, but Theresa’s not over Daniel – and he wants her back. Her roommate thinks it’s time for Theresa to move on and urges her to contact Antonio.
“You need a man,” she said. “A rebound cock to fuck the sad right out of you.”
Although it’s completely out of character for Theresa, she begins a torrid affair with the sexy Italian immigrant who is essentially a stranger. Sex with Antonio is hot and dirty, and way better than she ever had with her ex, but she has nagging suspicions. Neither trusts the other and it doesn’t help matters that Antonio has one rule: no questions. When Daniel warns her that Antonio is the head of a crime organization and accuses him of murder, she begins her own covert investigation. Before long, Theresa finds herself drawn into Antonio’s world where everyday life consists of danger, intrigue, murder, backstabbing, revenge, and passion. Knowing they will bring each other down, can they stay away? Will she get back together with Daniel? Will Theresa turn into someone she doesn’t recognize?
“I have a problem, my Contessa. It’s been eating me alive since I kissed you. I want you and I don’t know how to have you. I want you beside me. I want my world and your world to be one. To see you laugh in the morning. To see you weep my name at night. I am not ever afraid, but with you, I am. I’m afraid I won’t have you, and I’m afraid I will.”
While Theresa’s transformation is fascinating to me, this book is all about Antonio (Capo). Only CD Reiss could make me fall in love with a violent mafia boss. The man is hawt! He has traits that would normally turn me off, but for some reason I couldn’t get enough of him. Maybe it’s the fact that he speaks Italian throughout the book and that I can practically hear his accent. It could be his dirty-talking fierce bedroom skills. Perhaps it’s the way he is gentle with Theresa but turns lethal if anyone breathes on her the wrong way. It might be his air of mystery. I don’t know exactly what it is that makes him so appealing. Whatever it is, I want bottle it up, keep it in my pocket, sell the leftovers to the masses and make a fortune because ladies, I guarantee when you meet Capo you will love him.
However, I do feel there are some shortcomings which make the book fall short of a 5 star read. The plot is overly ambitious in that there’s just too much happening. There’s the mafia with all the drama surrounding Theresa and Antonio; a struggling film production; a mayoral race. Don’t even get me started on the number of crime family members whose names, relationships, and back stories I can’t keep straight. I also take issue with Capo’s treatment towards Theresa. While I appreciate the difficulty of being in a relationship with her, I got whiplash from his repeatedly wanting to be with her one minute and telling her to stay away the next.
All things considered though, the fact that CD Reiss has created three series (Songs of Submission, Songs of Perdition, and now Corruption) that have made my list of top favorite series is commendable.
Spin is part one in the Corruption trilogy.