by CD Reiss
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Spin (Songs of Corruption, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Spin by CD Reiss was the last book I read in 2014. I was looking to end the year with a thrill and figured a mafia read might just be the way to do it. Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars - Worth a few minutes before bedtime. In an overall way I liked Spin, it was that mafia read I was looking for. There was angst and suspense and all those things I like in a good mafia read. Yet, there were also quite a few things that just slowly drove me nuts. The first problem would have to be our heroine, Theresa. She was quite possibly the dumbest smart person I've ever had the non pleasure of reading. Theresa continuously tells us how she's the best in her field, rich, and all around just perfect, but she's really a moron. Plus she has to be the easiest turned on women in the history of romance books, and that's saying something. Every time Theresa even thinks Spin's name she feels it between her legs. To the point it drips down. Ewww, buy a dildo woman. Plus when Theresa isn't vocally being turned on by Spin we have to go on her little mind trips with her. You know the ones where she wants him, but she doesn't want him, but she just can't help herself she wants him. So rational explanation... stalking. After Theresa finally figures out who Spin is (the Mafia boss) she calls him Capo, like it's some dirty word that turns her on. I started to think she just liked his wild side. Spin/ Antonia/ Capo and I had a weird relationship. I went back and forth between liking him to not liking him so much. Spin was crazy, but in the beginning I liked it. He did a great job of chasing our heroine (before she went all crazy). He's possessive, willing to love her, all those great things we like. Then Spin goes through a period where he's kind of a jerk, he's trying to protect our heroine, but I wasn't feeling it. Finally Spin gets it together and becomes lovey and swoony, but it didn't happen until after 60% or so. It was just a little too late for me by that point. And there were a few things with the writing that I just found off. In the beginning of the story Theresa hears bangs everywhere, in random places and random times. I couldn't tell if she was nervous, this was foreshadowing to him being involved with guns, or if there were random gun shots going off in the background. Lots of them are explained (like Spin hitting the vending machine), but the symbolism and wording was used so many times I began to question if it had some higher meaning or something. Also there are some weird metaphors in this book. I feel like the last few books I've read have had some weird things in them, but Spin takes the cake. Here are three of my favorites. My mouth tasted as if a piece of week-old roast beef had been folded into it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Something was up, and finding out was akin to stroking a snake to feel the click of the scales. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The look on his face melted me, as if fissures had opened and he was trying desperately to keep the lava from pouring out. A metaphor here or there is great, but there were so many of them and they were so strange I couldn't help but start taking notice of them. And not in a good way. I guess, in the end, Spin was okay. I liked it, but I didn't love it. For a large part of my reading I felt like the flow was off. It was missing something to bring all the events together. I spent a decent amount of time just wondering what the heck was going on and I never really fell in love with either of our main characters. I don't know. Lots of you out there love this story, so I'm going to chalk it up to it being me, not the book. Book two, Ruin continues the story and I'm sure we'll get answers to all the questions I had, but I'm not sure if I'm going to read it. Even for what I thought it was lacking, Spin is a high paced Mafia read with some good bedroom scenes. If you haven't read it yet it is still something I might suggest to those readers who like a good mafia alpha read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I don't giveaway stars easily, and when I say a book is a must read,  I REALLY mean it. Well, Spin by C.D. Reiss is a must read! When I read the teaser for Spin by C.D. Reiss, I thought it was going to be her best work yet, and I was right. Reiss can write sexy love scenes that pop like water in a hot skillet, and she doesn't forget that there needs to be  a plot and a lucid, compelling story beyond and between those love scenes. Her writing is erudite and her attention to detail is amazing. Her description of various sensations--smell and touch not just sight--add so much  to the reader's experience. I could smell Antonio's cologne. I could hear Pam's rhythmic tapping on her stapler.  I could feel the velvety petals of the roses. This book shone a spotlight on the author's ability to incorporate humor and smoldering anticipation into the same scene. I loved how Reiss tied in tidbits and story lines from her previous books. This book isn't just a spin-off of her prior series, Songs of Submission; this story starts a new series with a timeline that is parallel to the last series but focuses on the sister(s) of Jonathan Drazen (much loved male lead of Songs of Submission). Reiss weaves these story lines together like a crofter on the Isle of Harris weaving tweed. We get a little insight to Margie, but the focus is Theresa Drazen, heiress, socialite and accountant to WDE talent agency and ex-girlfriend of mayoral candidate, Daniel Browser. Antonio Spinelli lights Theresa's passion, and she finds there is life beyond debits and credits. Antonio finds his reason to live, to love, to commit and to fight. While there are descriptive sex scenes, they're not graphically  written merely for shock-value. They are a slow, sweaty, humid afternoon without A.C.; they are fireworks bursting on a warm July night.
Book_Sojourner More than 1 year ago
I suspect that CD Reiss somehow laced my e-reader with a powerful narcotic, because when it comes to her books, there is a very addicting quality to them. I read the Songs of Submission series a couple of months ago, and was completely engrossed by them. Reading Spin (Theresa's spinoff) was just as addicting, but a story and characters completely different. Since I can't prove she's slipped me some highly addictive drug, I'm left with the simple fact that Reiss is a brilliant writer. The way she strings sentences, scenes, thoughts, and emotions together truly brings you into another world and hooks you into whatever journey she's taking you on. If you are familiar with Reiss's books, then you know she holds nothing back, and her books are not for the light romance reader. If you are unfamiliar, be prepared for an intense, erotic read. As for the story itself, I found the developing relationship between Theresa and Antonio absolutely fascinating. Between their off-the-charts chemistry, their spiraling and intermingling personalities, the opposition of their worlds, and their whirlwind erotic romance, they are a couple that is not easily forgotten. Add into that Theresa's mayoral candidate ex-fiancé, Theresa's director friend who gets herself into a whole lot of trouble, Antonio's sketchy and mysterious resume, and Antonio's questionable associates, and you've got yourself a story full of action and intrigue that flows non-stop from beginning to end, not a dull moment in sight. As for the sex, as you might have expected, the sex is rough, it's dirty, it's erotic. You've been warned. But it somehow fits these two characters and their dynamic completely. The romance is well-written, and though the sex is detailed, it's not excessive and overly verbose. I do confess that the shower scene was a bit of a stretch (pun intended) for me, and I found myself laughing when the scene wasn't funny. But other than that, this crazy romance was oddly believable and definitely hot. And there is just something beautiful and sensual about Antonio and Theresa that comes across the pages, even when they're being rough. Overall, Spin is a highly addictive and wild ride, filled with suspense, danger, and sex. Antonio and Theresa are off-the-charts in more ways than one (hot, smart, a bit crazy). The writing will draw you in and keep your attention from start to finish. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but more a here's-where-they-are-for-now, but you'll be okay with that until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love the way CD Reiss writes. I love the descriptiveness as well as the vocabulary she uses. I'm always itching to read the next page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know its good when you can't put it down
10520406 More than 1 year ago
Anything CD Reiss writes, I'll read. I wasn't sure what to expect with the first book in this series, as I'm not a big fan of books with mafia connections or things that will cause anxiety in the reader. However, like I mentioned, it's by CD Reiss, which means I must give it a chance. Reiss writes with such intensity, her words suck you in. This story is about yet another of the many Drazen children, L.A.'s version of an Irish Catholic Kennedy family, complete with scandal. If you've read Songs of Submission series, about the only boy sibling, Jonathan Drazen, you'll be familiar with his many sisters. Theresa is the star of this series. 34 year old Theresa is still single, recently dissolving her engagement to an ambitious man with an eye on the Los Angeles Mayor position, because he had a roving eye and acted upon it. She happens to meet Antonio Spinelli in an unlikely place and from there, everything she never expected and never knew she wanted, comes to fruition. Antonio falls for the beautiful red-haired Theresa, even though he knows he should never expose her to his life in an organized crime family. Twists and turns keep the story flowing and this reader, had to go right onto the next book! (less)
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Spin took me a bit to get into; first I was like, “what is this and why on earth did I buy it?”  I had to go back and read the blurb, because the start of the book is NOT what I normally enjoy; Reiss’ writing style also took a bit getting used to.  She likes writing in similes A LOT. “His eyes were black as a felony…” When I first heard that, I was like “WTF?”  I moved on; however, the story is chalked full of this type of descriptive writing that doesn’t always make sense, or it makes sense in an abstract way.  Not my forte; I’m a straight forward kind of gal, just say his eyes are dark or black, or blue or whatever.  I don’t want to have to guess at what you are writing about.  This type of story is one of my favorite; I love bad boy stories where the bad boy is so extremely protective and likable you just want to love him. Yet, I didn’t fall in love with Theresa, that much; she kinda got on my nerves., especially with the name calling during sex.  I mean what’s with that?  Give a guy a complex already.  I LOVED Antonio: I just can’t decide if I want them to make it or not, since I haven’t fallen in love with Theresa. With Antonio being the type of man he is; he’s not accustomed to strong independent women and his hands are full with her.  I loved how crazy he was for her.  Theresa did start to redeem herself towards the end of the story, but I still like Antonio more.  Mindy Kennedy did a superb job narrating the story and I will be looking for more work read by her.  Overall, Spin is a great start to a new Mafia Romance Series; I have already purchased the second audio book.  It’s fast paced, steamy, erotic story with an uber hot Italian bad boy; the accent is sexy too.  Yummy!...Sara
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly don't understand all of the five star ratings. I liked the premise, but it fell very flat. It was at times confusing and with a heroine who was unbelievable. Who would run to their cheating ex fiance's beck and call, no matter he's in a political race? Then go from "I can't be with someone who is a criminal and can't tell me what is going on", to calling him Capo and chasing him down like a hound? No emotional connection between them either. I simply read to the end because I paid for it. Deflated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first to in a 8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last few chapters is actually when the story got exciting then the story ended unless you go to the next book.
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MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Spin by CD Reiss 3 out of 5 Stars Antonio Spinelli, Spin, is a hard, sexy, intense, threatening man that makes Theresa's blah world finally come alive.  His mafia connections and animalistic sexuality make him completely opposite of everything she's set her life up to be.  Cheated on by her DA fiance, while fast tracking at her accounting job is the perfect life for an heiress of LA notoriety.  But the heat and vitality she feels when with Spin keep her coming back for more, that and his claim that she belongs to him. Overall I thought the plot was interesting and flowed nicely, however I didn't like the constant need for the sex to be violent and hurtful.  But that's a personal thing....others might enjoy that more.  I don't believe I will continue with the series. *a copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Pippa, My Secret Book Spot
Bronxgal More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This was my first C.D. Reiss book and I really enjoyed it. I was glad I was able to jump into this series at the beginning and without reading her Songs of Submission series. Now of course I NEED to read that series.  Theresa is attracted to a man that she knows nothing about. She becomes even more attracted to this stranger when he helps her sister and then keeps running into him at every turn. Nobody can deny their attraction because their chemistry is undeniable. Things get complicated when Theresa’s ex resurfaces and she learns Antonio Spinelli isn’t who she thought. I liked Theresa as a character and enjoyed her interactions with her siblings. Her emotions over Daniel and trying to move on are very believable. IMO one of the most emotional scenes was when she finally admitted to herself that she wants Spin. ANNDDD who can forget about Antonio Spinelli? NOBODY!!! Damn that man has one of the filthiest mouths going….and I LOVE IT! Definitely looking forward to starting Ruin.  - “I tried to stay away,” he said. “I’ve never wanted a woman this much in my life. I’d burn cities to have you. I’d fight armies. I’d commit murder to take you right now.”
LisaMiller More than 1 year ago
C.D. Reiss has proved once again, that this is her calling. I had a hard time putting this book down because I needed to know what was going to happen to Capo and Contessa. They came from two different worlds but they turned their world's upside down for their love of each other. I would like to tell you how it ends but that would deprive you of reading a book that keeps you on the edge, it is full of traditions that aren't suppose to be broken. I like how C.D. has started with one family member, and now we are on the third member, each one has their own story to tell, I can't wait to know all of their secrets. So if you haven't read anything of C.D.'s, then you start now.
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I loved this book like all of her others I liked the way some sceans overlaped from beg can't wait for the next one a must read for C.D Riess fans
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I usually wait unhook all books are out before starting a series. But had doubts that I would really get into this type of story line. Wrong! Please hurry with the next one!!! Can't stand it!
clpetit56 More than 1 year ago
The Songs of Submission series is unique and a little on the dark side but Spin, the first book in the Songs of Dominance series had me on a roller coaster of emotions. The only thing I hated about this book was the ending. It left the story open with more questions and no answers. I was completely speechless after reading this incredible book and can't wait to read more about Theresa and Antonio.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
     Theresa is in a bit of a tailspin. Having just discovered her fiance has been cheating on her, Theresa isn’t in the mood for any new men in her life. Adrift in her romantic life with a job that is lackluster, Theresa finds herself transformed when she meets Antonio.       Raw, violent, passionate and emotional, Antonio brings out facets of Theresa she never knew existed. When she discovers that Antonio may be more than just a pretty face, maybe even a crime boss in the mafia, she has to decide if having him in her life is worth the pain she may have to endure or the passion she knows will overrule.     I have a hard time describing this book. While I finished it, I will admit I almost didn’t. The story itself held promise but the execution of the idea fell short of its mark. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking half the time, so I was continually flipping back to even understand what was happening.      While the story was fast paced and a superb amount of heat if you know what I mean, the actual tale itself seemed choppy and uneven. It looks like the author is planning two more titles in the series and I’ll probably pick up number two to see what happens. I enjoyed the characters, just not the actual story telling.
Clo2117 More than 1 year ago
In Songs of Corruption we meet Antonio and Theresa. Both of these characters are defined in my opinion as Superior, Political, Intelligent, and Noble.  Superior: • Theresa is one of the oldest children in the Drazen family. She also her ex is the District Attorney. Her family is well known for their past discretions. • Antonio is well known in Naples and with various organizations in California. He is also known as Capo. Let’s just say he takes care of business and could make you sleep with the fishes. Political/Pervasive: • Theresa’s ex is currently campaigning for Mayor and previously she was helping with the campaign until he became her ex. Theresa’s ex is everywhere in the media because of his high power job and his campaign. • Theresa is unclear if she still wants to be with the man whom she stills sees in her mind cheating on her. But when she meets Antonio, she is shocked with how pert he is with her. It is Antonio’s perfect body, swagger, and perilous aura that he exudes that has Theresa hot for him. • Antonio has to be seen a dominating force. He must earn respect from those in the organization that may challenge him.  • Antonio sees Theresa and knows he has to have her. He is smitten by her and is very persistent in finding ways to see her. Intelligent: • Theresa is very knowledgeable of her job as an Accountant and does not have to work, as she is wealthy but does because she enjoys what she does. • Antonio is a lawyer and is very savvy with his business skills and recent acquisitions. Noble: • Theresa sticks by her family through all cost. They are all very close, eight kids, and she is very noble with her ex. Once she gets to know Capo, she is Noble to him. • Antonio is an honorable man who will do anything for family and the people he cares for. When Theresa becomes tangled in the middle of these two categories, family and people he cares for, it becomes a struggle for Antonio. You may have found this review to be a tad…boring, well this is all I could give you without given too much information. This book was fantastic and I am so looking forward to many more in this series. My review is just breaking down the characters and how I believe they can be described in on word definitions with the title  being the bases of the review. If you have read Ms. C.D. Reiss’ books and you believe it cannot get any better than Songs of Submission, you are wrong. I really believe she present a completely new dynamic/story to the Drazen family. I was truly shocked that I enjoyed a story abate Monica and Jonathan as lead characters. The strength in these two characters really made all the supporting characters sightly not needed. I was so focused on their dialogue and their interactions that I did not care if any of them were present. I literally had tunnel vision for their relationship. Seriously, the way Theresa calls Antonio, “Capo” and when Antonio calls Theresa, “Contessa”, it really is exactly similar to what C. D. Reiss says in Tease, “… a complementary voice in a symphony.” That is what Capo and Contessa are to me in this book. Music. They can be sweet, raw, creative, damaging, and vibrant. I feel as though I have said too much but not enough. I shall leave it as is. This book has the romance, the passion (wiggling my eyebrows), the suspense, and an OMG moment. It has it all, so what are you waiting for?  Happy reading.