When I finished ‘Marriage Games’, I immediately started ‘Separation Games’. After everything that transpired between Adam and Diane, I couldn’t believe how things ended between them at the end of the first book. I definitely had some whiplash.
Part of me felt like Diane was served a good helping of karma. At the same time, my heart broke for her. I was angry with Adam for his lack of sensitivity and his disregard for her feelings. After all, this was the guy who professed to love his wife and was supposedly devastated by her decision to end their marriage. WTF?
While ‘Marriage Games’ had Adam initially fighting to win back his wife, ‘Separation Games’ has the tables turning on Diane. Now that she’s finally discovered her submissive inclinations, she wants to save her marriage to Adam. Now that he’s discovered his wife’s submissive side, he’s no longer interested. I guess it is true that you always want what you can’t have.
In ‘Separation Games’ we get to explore a bit more of Adam’s psyche. The reasons that he feels that he cannot love a submissive are finally fleshed out and his youth is explored, giving readers a more complete picture of this complex hero. I can’t say that I liked him much for most of this series, but there was definitely something about him that called to me. He was one of the broodiest, most conflicted characters that I’ve read about in a while. He was wounded, while not coming across as too “damaged” or pitiful.
I enjoyed watching Adam struggle with Diane’s newfound sexual appetites. Despite being unwilling to explore this new side of her any further, he certainly wasn’t willing to consider her exploring her tastes elsewhere. His contradictory actions created a lot of push and pull, which kept the story engaging.
This time around, I felt like the story became much more emotional. Both Adam and Diane are devastated in their own right and have a lot of work to do to come to terms with everything that transpired in book one. Things will get worse before they get better.
Overall, I thought that this was a fantastic story. I enjoyed the different spin that C. D. Reiss put on a BDSM romance. It was unlike any that I’ve read before and I appreciated the originality. I love angst and stories that are incredibly emotional. This story did not disappoint. It tore my heart up and then slowly pieced it back together again.