Book Review: Separation Games

Separation Games (The Games Duet #2)

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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.

's review 
Dec 29, 2016

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2016

**Separation Games generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

"I'd fall off the edge...." Stars

C.D. Reiss clawed her way into my reading soul with Separation Games. It was a hard fought battle won with persistence, beauty, growth, and strength in both of her main characters and in her writing. There's such magnetism flowing through the passionate love story of Adam and Diana. Even during the moments where you want to scream "WTF?!?" you cannot look away. And when you have to break for real life commitments Adam and Diana float through your mind continuously. They stick for a variety of reasons - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright glorious.

Emboldened and stark in her storytelling, Reiss showcased a crumbling yet loving marriage built on false notions as she led it to an unexpected and gruesome death only to resurrect the ultimate power and trust from it's shadowy depth's. She, quite simply, mesmerized me.

The Steinbecks. Lots of preconceived ideas from these two about who they are individually and as a couple. Bound by the sanctity of their marriage and the fear of their thoughts, Adam and Diana reach a crossroads in their shared life in Marriage Games. In Separation Games those bindings stretch to their limits revealing pleasures and pains neither deemed possible in their relationship.

Diana fights the match of her life. She made me crazy in doing so. She made me question her validity in her own life and in Adam's. She made me want to shake her. She made me wonder. She made me ADORE her. Yep, I said it, ADORE her. Her motivations, her passions, and her thoughts were completely founded. The justification of Diana holds in the fact that she's a tenacious woman with bold ideas and fearless passions. All of this gets easily twisted in her mind and she needed the outlet, understanding and patience to work with her needs. She flounders and flourishes in this book and it was a delight to read.

Adam Steinbeck. His needs are clear yet the reasoning behind them are not. The subtle unraveling of his motivations left me in awe. I love this character. I love what he needs and I love the confusion it causes him before the dawning of his answers come. I even loved him when I wanted to strangle him. Adam's life is evolving rapidly and watching this formidable man ebb with those changes thrilled me. The way he meshes so seamlessly with Diana even as he's holding back but especially when he's not worked so well for me.

In my opinion, these two represent, on a larger and maybe unreachable scale for some, the struggles of sexual exploration within a marriage. You get comfortable in marriage. Comfort turns to laziness and the spark you once had can now flicker with boredom. Whether the exploration leads to something more adventurous or a simple change and re-discovery, it's a pure and unashamed feeling to passionately want within your partnership. Adam and Diana want so very much from each other but don't voice it. How that plays out in Separation Games with Adam and Diana's needs and wants being exposed in a variety of ways remind us of the trust and love we need in our own relationships and how those things can get us what we want.

This duet was perfect for me. Separation Games gets the edge of the better of the two from me personally. Reiss's words were polarizing, poignant, and audacious. I think it must of took a good bit of courage to write this story. Marriage isn't something the masses "play games" with as it's an institution of virtue and purity. This duet tips the scales on that virtue and purity. Turns them belly up. It sullies those paragons while cleansing their souls and creating new meanings for them in a whole different way. It's a rise from the ashes type of love story that will leave you reeling and satisfied.

Bravo to you once again, C.D. Reiss, the gift of your strong and brilliant story telling knows no bounds - thank god for that. 

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Lori L. Clark

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