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- Book 9 of 9 in Songs of Submission
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- File size : 1138 KB
- Publisher : Flip City Media Inc. (March 18, 2015)
- Print length : 182 pages
- Publication date : March 18, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00UNLC5Z4
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- Best Sellers Rank: #600,570 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought the Submission Series was done. It was over. I had already said my goodbyes to Jonathon and Monica. I feared that another book would make it harder to say goodbye again. The first time was difficult enough, as it was.
Once I started reading CODA, I found that this is not your normal wrap-up of the HEA that we all knew they already had. No, this was so much more. This was a view into their every day world. The joys and heartaches that happen after the HEA. Disagreeing and compromise over a house they bought - feelings about Jonathan's health that were bottled up and stowed away, until that bottle nearly explodes are just a few examples.
Amongst all of these day-to-day life struggles, there are poignant moments that Jonathan and Monica experience: shared laughs, Insanely sensual sexual exploits, an intensely heart-breaking loss. Yes, we all get another HEA at the end, but not the kind you expect. Their HEA is something you can imagine, in your head, every time you think of them. CODA is an unanticipated finale to a song, that allows the music to reverberate with you long after the song is over. This ending will allow me to cal up imagery and feelings for the remainder of my days. That brings this book right up there with the literary classics, a timeless story that makes you think, wonder and feel without end.
I would like to add a personal note to this review thanking CD Reiss for a particular event in the book (no spoilers). The way you described this event was a cathartic experience for me. Were tears shed? Yes. Lots of them. Did it bring up feelings that I often wish I could forget? Of course. But, just like life, I pushed through the experience and came out the other side with at least some of that void filled. Filled with your words, inspired by the beauty of the story, and knowing life is still a fantastical journey with many more experiences ahead, some of our choosing, some outside of our control. I just wanted to say thank you to CD for helping me in a way more than anything else has, with a few carefully placed words, phrases, and chapters that brought back the music, the symphony in my head.
So I imagined we were getting a sweet little Happily Ever After with this final book. Two hundred pages of babies & puppies & and a rocking sex life in a magical land where babies never cry and no one argues over why the dog peed on the carpet again.
Um, not so much.
Nope. Coda is a real book. Gut wrenchingly real. Painfully real. Honestly real. And for that, thank you. Because we've all read the swan song finale books that are in the end, not that satisfying. Because we think we want 200 pages of unicorns, but when we get them, we end up kinda shrugging and saying, well that book wasn't really necessary.
No one will say that about Coda. This final book made me fall in love with Jonathan and Monica as a couple all over again. I will miss them, but I'm very content with their ride into the sunset.
Obviously, this review will contain spoilers for previous books, so reader beware. It can go without saying that this has been one of my most anticipated books to come out this year. Where we left Monica and Jonathan in Sing things were as good as they could be. Jonathan had just had his transplant and was living but it'd be a lie to think it was a happily ever after. No, because you have the 10 year timeline for a heart transplant patient hanging over our heads, and yes, I include myself in this because the thought of Jonathan Drazen not living in 10 years (fictional or otherwise) is just blasphemous to me. So sure there was joy in his life but there is this ticking clock that follows Monica around day in, day out.
"You can't leave me until I destroy you," he said. "If you destroy me, I'll never leave."
It's very real, the fear, in which Monica lives. Their lives have been drastically changed, in such a short time, and this is their new normal. But Jonathan refuses to be less of a man, a Dom, a husband, a King, to Monica. He is ever the cruel lover in Coda. I mean he is just on another level and his brand of love is what makes you fall for the two of them. Instead of focusing on this 10 year time bomb just hovering in the horizon, he forces you to stop and be in the now. But every good love story is good because of it's pain, it's suffering, it's sorrow, and that is something Monica and Jonathan are no strangers to.
"This was our time. However long it was, it belonged to us."
As much as I would love this story to be never-ending, it isn't. The only true Happily Ever After for Monica and Jonathan would be if they became immortal and were blessed with the fortune of nothing bad ever happening to them. But that is not reality for Monica and Jonathan, these two incredibly amazing characters that are so real to me that I refuse to think differently. What CD Reiss gave us was better; hope.
Top reviews from other countries
Songs of Submission series left such an impression on me, when I first read it. It was my first novella series, and the story was completely unique to me. I was totally enraptured by the gritty, erotic tale, of an beautiful singer, with incredible determination to succeed in the music world. And the powerful, dominant, and obscenely rich man. Who interrupted her focus.
I'm not going to crazy on the summarising of 8 other books before this finale. There is a lot of amazing content, and if you are reading this review, then more than likely you have read them already.
So that brings me to Coda. Book 9. After quite a long break after the end of Sing, I had forgotten quite a lot of detail in the series. So I had to have a re-read first. The whole series was just as captivating and addictive, as it was the first time.
So I was able to go in to coda, refreshed on the storyline. Which is why this review took a little longer to get to.
Again, I couldn't possibly summarise Coda. Not without spoiling 8 books worth of amazing content. This is definitely a story you have to read for yourself, right from the start.
What I will say is, it was most definitely worth the wait. Another chapter in Monica and Jonathan's story would of been fantastic. But to get a full story, when you think it's all done and dusted, was an amazing treat.
It flows straight back in where the story left off in Sing. Even if I hadn't re-read the series before, I wouldn't of found it difficult to pick back up. The characters were still addictive and hadn't lost their edge. The story was just as intense as before. This time with different hurdles being thrown at Jonathan and Monica.
I did feel on the edge of my seat for quite a bit of this story. Knowing something had to be around the corner, to rock their world, and not in a good way. But not knowing what it would be. It left me quite nervous whilst reading. I will admit, there was something thrown in, to have me stupidly crying, I knew there would be, and I'd like to say I was prepared for it. But, I wasn't.
After the drama surrounding a huge portion of the books before Coda, I knew that they weren't ready for their Happy Ever After just yet. They hadn't had it easy getting to where they were now, so I know their would be another hurdle.
It was all written incredibly beautifully, although it was pure pain, and sadness. Like every other part of this series, it was written in such a way, to rip you apart, before you could feel content again. I sniffed and snotted my way through a huge portion, but upon reaching the end, I felt stupidly satisfied. Well, as satisfied as I could feel, knowing the end had actually been reached this time.
A lot of issues had been resolved for Monica and Jonathan by the end, although I am still wondering over one large issue within their story, but I guess we will never know the answer to that particular question, and I'm okay with that. These stories have all been written in a way, where although you are left on the edge, you just don't mind. So many other feelings and emotions have wiped you out, that you're left kind of numb.
Now, I couldn't review this book without mentioning just how incredibly hot, some of the scenes were. It actually felt like they had jumped up in intensity since reading Sing, but maybe I had just not read anything as hot till now. Some of these scenes blew my mind, and of course made me want a Jonathan Drazen of my own, yeah not gonna happen. So I'll just have to keep reading these books, and dreaming.
C.D. Reiss has been one of my favorite authors, since I first came across the SOS series, it left a huge impression on me, and I've jumped at anything else she has written. But, Monica and Jonathon's story started my love for her books, and this final chapter in their story just proved what an incredible author she is. I felt stupidly satisfied with this final story in the Songs of Submission series, and will miss all the characters. Waiting patiently (or not) for another Drazen sibling to get my fix!
Perfect story, perfect series, hugely recommended.
5 satisfied stars!!
It's been a while since I read Songs of Submission but it was of no consequence because as soon as I began reading all the emotions of their romance came back to me in a tidal wave. My heart remembered the ache I felt for their situation.... and the fact that I longed for more, for both them and myself.
"I’ve earned our happily ever after. Now I have to survive it."
I'm completely invested in and emotionally connected to Jonathon and Monica's story and, because I'm an emotional reader, despite the push and pull of their worries and the fact that not a great deal develops until near the end, this story has my heart, irrevocably. Jonathan and Monica are embedded in my psyche. I could read about them shopping and still enjoy it, largely due to the well executed and beautiful prose of the author.
The climax of the emotional content is tender and heartbreaking and irrational. The irrationality totally and truly reflects real life. Sometimes we let our raw emotions rule us, sometimes we need to hang onto some form of control and if that makes us irrational, it also makes us human.
Once again CD Reiss sprinkled her magic writing dust on Songs of Submission and gave us the final episode we thought we may never see. It's beautiful, erotic and lovely and I'm so glad I got to experience the love story of Jonathan and Monica once again.
Jonathan and Monica's love spoke loud and clear in this book seriously the one thing that I felt throughout reading this long epilogue of sorts is their LOVE and NEED for each other.
So back in Sing Jonathan gets a new heart transplant and in that comes with lots of worries on both parts. They have had a vanilla relationship for the past 6 months lots of sex yes lots of touching yes again and lots of caring yes yes except they aren't a traditional couple, this couple is about sooo much more so Jonathan recognises that his wife is not happy. Monica is taking the world on her shoulders she worries not only about Jon and what he can and can't do but there's that 10 year life span of his heart and time is of essence time of how long they have together and how do they exist in that time?!!!
I just love this couple for how they exceed in needing each other, they are Dom and sub and Jonathan recognises how he's not given Monica what she needs how he brakes her down and opens her up, starts to get her to open up to him make her Trust her Husband and rely on him to know his own body, to trust how he won't brake if they push the need that they both require.
Love is love but with them it is powerful and thirst quenching Beautiful and heart braking, but they need to Trust each other daily in order to live, that's the one aspect of a Dom/sub relationship that I admire and adore and to
Trust each other is most definitely a 100% requirement for Jonathan and Monica.
This is one Emotional Roller-coaster of a journey, this last instalment was the icing on the cake but there was trials and tribulations that they needed to overcome to get to that end line. Monica is the most unselfish heroine that I EVER read period I mean she is willing to have a Vanilla relationship as long as her Dom and husband is happy as long as she gets to be with him, she puts Jonathan first Every. Single.Time. When she travels with her singing she wants him by her side but she always understands if he can't come with her and again put herself last, how she makes sure his health is ok and he's happy before herself and how she just mulls through life the way she's been given at this point.
But when Jonathan see's her need for more he starts to get her to open up to be herself and to eventually be the sub she certainly is, it's how she survives and it's what gives her peace.
Enter Dominant Jonathan
Well well he comes back in full force lets say he knows his wife well and he also knows what his sub needs, he is Strong, powerful, Dominant and he doesn't take NO for an answer it's not an option.
He walks she walks, he runs she runs, she sings he follows, she needs he gives.
Above all what I enjoyed and was gripped to was that this book this final instalment was solely about THEM there's no airs and graces they're an open book and their LOVE was unique and special.
I suppose for me they were the first couple and books of CD REISS that I read and for that this one was an emotional ride, I will never forget them and I will most definitely be reading this again and again...
Lastly I just want to say CD thank you sooo much for giving us this couple they will stay forever with me.
Jonathon and Monica had their world rocked in a big way. Life was never going to be the same again. The couple were severely scarred by the memories of their darkest days and consumed with worry for their future together. Monica and Jonathan had so many thoughts and concerns between them that they were no longer the same couple that I knew and loved. "Coda" is the story of how Jonathon and Monica dealt with the aftermath of their life changing experience and how they fought to save their marriage and adapt to the new life that Jonathan had been given.
I loved this final part in Jonathon and Monica's story. It was a journey that felt real and was one that I could easily relate to. Jonathon and Monica were determined to work together to regain their fire and passion. They wanted their mojo back! I loved everything about this book and once again fell in love with the couple. They were so gorgeous together. There was never any doubts in my mind that Jonathan and Monica could survive anything that was thrown at them, their love for each was unbreakable.
Monica and Jonathan are one of my favourite book couple's. I adore Monica's character. She has always been a fabulous female character but in this story, she has excelled herself . She demonstrated such strengh, courage and loyalty towards her king. Monica was the perfect heroine and the perfect match for the hero of the series, Jonathan Drazen. Jonathan has always been a strong, confident and extremely sexy man but following the turmoil that he had been through, Jonathan was left lacking in some of his more powerful traits. Where had my king gone? Thankfully, Jonathon was not the type of man to sit back and let his relationship with Monica fall apart. Despite his anxiety, he knew that he needed to regain his dominant persona and fight for his goddess. The king was set to return and I couldn't wait!
I have loved this series with a fierce passion. It is one of those stories that makes me want to shout and rave about it until everyone has met Jonathan and Monica. It is an absolute must read and I am so thankful to C.D. Reiss for writing one last part and giving me another opportunity to step into Jonathan and Monica's world. "Coda" was a brilliant finale to the couple's story and as I finished their beautiful epilouge, I felt a little teary because I had reached the end. I think I could quite happily read about the king and his goddess for many years to come and never once become bored.
If you are a fan of the "Songs of Submission" series and have not yet read "Coda" I strongly recommend that you get clicking. You will not be disappointed. And if you are a newbie to this series, I urge you to get it on your kindle today. You don't know what you are missing!!!!
The continuing story between Monica and Jonathan just gets better. Upon reading the first chapter I started to get a little worried about Jonathan losing his edge and crazily, Monica letting him. But, that is not CD Reiss's style. Back with a vengeance, Jonathan once again become Monica's King, showing an even more dominant side than ever before.
No matter what situation arises between the two, they seem to power through and come out the other side, not always unscathed, but ready to take on the world together.
I am sad that the series has come to an end, but ready to read about Jonathan's family.