Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Prince Roman by CD Reisz - Release Day Review and Excerpt


From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, comes the sexy and passionate title…PRINCE ROMAN, a new novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights

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Author:  CD Reiss
Publication Date:  7 November 2017
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc
Series: Standalone, linked to King of Code 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~

Book Description:

Rules for my new job: 

1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again). 

2) Do not break Rule #1

I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.

He’s also in the office across the hall.

Two broken rules waiting to happen. I can’t lose this job over some guy. But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.


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My Review:

Another great book from the 1,001 Dark Nights team.  I will admit to being a bit nervous going into this.  I had read and enjoyed King of Code, where we are first introduced to our heroine Raven, not too long before this and though I enjoyed it I was bogged down at times in the 'jargon' used so I worried that I would have the same challenges going into Prince Roman.  Thankfully this was not the case for me, there are some technical aspects that if you aren't in the corporate world may make you scratch your head a bit but it doesn't take away from the overall story at all.  Now while I find that aspect being a bit challenging let me say that I love how CD Reiss incorporates the information into her books.  It gives the 'world' that she builds legitimacy and makes you feel as if you are truly in the office watching the lives of her characters unfold.

Another aspect that I knew I would find going into this book was the strength of the heroine.  Raven is not going to be pushed around.  She is a strong passionate woman who will fight her own battles and who will make her way to the top through her work ethic and drive.  You may think something different after reading the books synopsis but do not get confused, Raven is one powerful woman and se didn't become that way through her beauty or sexuality.  On that note however, she does have both those things going for her.  She is a gorgeous woman who knows what she wants inside the bedroom as much as inside a boardroom and Roman is just the man to give her what she needs inside both.

Roman is the perfect match for Raven, he's alpha through and through but he's also man enough to know that Raven doesn't need a controlling hand, that she needs to make her own way and fight her own battles.  He recognizes that she will take what she wants but also that at times she needs to be able to let go of the control and allow someone else to take over.

This little novella is a jammed packed story that will keep you engrossed until the very end, an end that you may not see playing out the way it does..until it does.  Prince Roman is an interesting look into the corporate world and the politics that are played in the highest towers.  It is a story that will have you rooting for the couple all the while waiting for the 'discovery' and ultimate downfall of the relationship and just hoping that Raven and Roman can come out happily together on the other end because we all know it has to go bad before it can really be good!

This is only my second book from CD Reiss, but I understand it is in her usual story telling style, some seriously steamy romance, strong characters, detailed storylines, inner workings, a little angst, and of course an HEA so if you are a fan of hers this will be one you will want to pick up.  If you have never read one of Ms. Reiss's books before don't worry when I mention that this heroine was first introduced in another book, you won't be lost at all.  There is some talk of her past but this story is truly hers and Romans, a complete standalone.  One of my favorite things as I have mentioned in the past is that with a 1,001 Dark Nights book you can feel confident in picking up an author you've never read and getting a peek with you going all in.  Though I will tell you there isn't one of these novellas that I have read and just walked away from, I always end up going all in, hahaha!




 She hurried down the hall as if she’d just dodged three painful minutes in my company. I shook it off. What was the difference? What was I trying to do here? Get my ass fired? Get her fired? There were dozens of women I could take to bed and absolutely no reason to focus on the one who could make my life and my job miserable. But that body. The way she walked. The swing of her black hair across her back. A female voice came from behind me. “There are rumors about that one.” It was Marie Siska. Founding partner at Siska + Welton. She was in her early fifties and had her brown hair up in a tidy twist. She was a former litigator who had argued in front of the Ninth and had a way of knowing the intricacies of every case we handled. “What kind of rumors?” “The unsubstantiated kind.” She invited me into my own office and closed the door behind us. I sat in front of my own desk, in one of the two guest chairs. Marie’s lavender pants suit was custom made and she never sat down. She put her hands on the back of the second guest chair, pulling herself up a little as if she wanted to look taller. “Barney and I have made a decision about you.” I tried to look completely calm, but there was a pretty good chance my face froze over in the attempt. “Let’s hear it.” “Alexander Burke and Neuronet are your catch. If you go, he goes with you. That’s a plus in the senior partner column.” I’d played MMPORGs with Burke way back in the day. All the zombie shooting had paid off. He was also a great guy and a badass gamer. “But we’re a recent contract,” she continued. “And it’s short term. He can cut us loose any time for another outside contractor or to keep it all in-house. It’s fine. It’s part of the business, but a long-term retainer could be big for us. One third of future billing.” “And my name would be one third of the ones on the letterhead.” She did something she never did. She sat down in front of me. “I’ve wanted to be a lawyer ever since I saw a Senate debate on C-SPAN. We’re a small, classy operation with a stellar reputation. Classy and stellar were the goal, but small wasn’t. We should be litigating in front of the Supreme Court, and the reason we’re not is because we have to scratch and claw every quarter. We can’t take the chances we need to. I have ten or fifteen more years of active participation in this business before I can’t keep up, and it’s coming at me fast. We’ve tried to grow and it’s never stuck. This is our chance to turn this firm into what I dreamed about when I was ten. You are our chance.” “No pressure.”    



About CD Reiss: C.D. Reiss is a USA Today 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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