TeriLyn's thoughts: Doesn’t that quote so aptly describe what C.D. Reiss does with every new look into the life of Jonathan Drazen and his Goddess? Just destroys readers with her erotically romantic, beautiful words. Oh if ever a real live Jonathan Drazen would come calling….
The story of Breathe isn’t long, a short snack, a novella but so immensely satisfying allowing us to spend some additional time with these two beloved characters. Told mainly from Monica’s point of view with snippets of Jonathan thrown in reminding us of his power, his dominance over not only Monica but over Reiss’s readers as well. In Breathe we see Monica struggling with her craft and Jonathan understanding her needs to make the struggle less for her. It reads like Reiss picked up exactly where she left off with these two with her fluid prose jumping off the pages like the scenes from a movie. Her words such as this:
”Monica’s voice went straight from her throat to my higher self. It’s vibrations were coded to the wavelengths of my heart.”
Such power in those words making us feel that rock solid, soul deep connection between this man and this woman. Words reminding you of all the crucial moments in their coupling; all the love and loss, pain and joy shared between them. It takes one of my favorite parts from Control and emphasizes on the importance of this moment happening in Breathe to Monica’s life. How far she’s come. Who she is in her sacred relationship with Jonathan and more importantly – who she isn’t. It’s a reminder for her of the ownership and love in her life, of the balance and need for him.
The Songs of Submission series hails as one of my all-time favorites. Jonathan Drazen my favorite ginger sadist with a heart for Monica so big it’s a wonder it stays beating at all rather than bursting. They balance each other out in a way that’s always been so mesmerizing to me. Like a dream from which you don’t want to wake. Its borderline embarrassing the amount of times I’ve read their stories but I love them and this snippet from their lives, Breathe, satisfied me greatly. If you’re a fan of the series you don’t want to miss this novella.