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"You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you."

No. God, no.

My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.

175 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 17, 2013

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C.D. Reiss

81 books9,206 followers
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. 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.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping a single cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.


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Profile Image for Alex is The Romance Fox.
1,461 reviews1,081 followers
June 23, 2017
Book #3 of what is fast becoming one of my favorite erotic series!!!! It just keeps getting better and better with each installment!!!
“My name is Monica, and I am not submissive. I stand six feet tall in heels. I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion. I am not owned. I am music.”
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I absolutely adore Monica – she’s a totally unforgettable heroine. Jonathan has told her that she’s a submissive and this is something that she struggles with…she has always been the opposite in her life, hasn’t she????
“You're both the best and worst submissive I've never met." "And you're the only dominant I've ever met." "I want to be your last. I want to ruin you for other men." "Better get cracking then, Drazen." "Sir." "Drazen, sir." He smirked.”
Jonathan is growing on me….I am totally seduced by this hot, gorgeous and sexy man………
“Today, you are the goddess my universe revolves around.”
Okay, he does have some weird and dark issues……
“Why do you want to know?” he asked.
“I hate secrets.”
“I have secrets I may never tell you.”
…..which just makes it so much more interesting …what things happened in his life that made him become a dominant????? I want to know!!!!!

What I also like is the way their relationship is developing….it’s not just the sexual chemistry – which is incredible and sensual and fabulous
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but the emotional connection they have as well.
“My life would be the same in all the surface ways. I'd live in the same house and have the same friends. But somehow I'd changed. He'd woken me from a dreamless sleep, and I couldn't roll over and close my eyes, because, in my wakefulness I'd started dreaming.”
Something really sad happens in this story, which in some way, brings Jonathan and Monica closer to each other.
“I knew in every cough and sob, every hitched breath and chest spasm, that he’d hold me together. Whatever fell apart, he’d put right.”
t’s incredible that so much is packed into this story in such a few pages. How well she does in developing her characters so well.

If you are a lover of a well-written erotic series, then this one is for you!
Profile Image for SueBee★bring me an alpha!★.
2,417 reviews13.9k followers
August 15, 2017
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★★★★★! SUBMIT, part 3 of 7.5. Playboy & mogul Jonathan Drazen’s seduction of aspiring singer Monica Faulkner!

“The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you.”

Songs of Submission is the whirlwind saga of aspiring singer Monica Faulkner and hotelier and real estate magnate Jonathan Drazen. Books/novellas should be read in order:
Book 1: Beg
Book 2: Tease
Book 3: Submit
Book 3.5: Jessica & Sharon
Book 4: Control
Book 5: Burn
Book 5.5: Rachel
Book 6: Resist
Book 7: Sing
Book 7.5: Monica
Book 8: Dominance
Book 9: Coda
Book 10: Breathe

In Beg, book 1 waitress and aspiring singer Monica Faulkner meets hotelier Jonathan Drazen and they have an instant attraction, but both have demons in their pasts. Whereas Jonathan is open for no-strings-attached sex, Monica is more looking to focus on her career. So Jonathan turns to seduction…

In Tease, book 2 Jonathan and Monica have hooked up for some off-the-charts sex and have come to an agreement that since neither is available they will just enjoy each other casually….

Submit, book 3 is very much a journey for both Jonathan and Monica! Their relationship is evolving and sex is not enough, yet….

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Seven words to describe Jonathan Drazen: Captivating, enigmatic, private, relentless, in-control, caring and memorable.

“Why do you want to know?” he asked.
“I hate secrets.”
“I have secrets I may never tell you.”

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Seven words to describe Monica Faulkner: Focused, talented, loyal, interesting, endearing, witty and strong.

“I knew in every cough and sob, every hitched breath and chest spasm, that he’d hold me together. Whatever fell apart, he’d put right.”

I love everything about this series; Jonathan and Monica and the progression of their relationship! Part 3 ends abruptly, but no worries as part 4 is available. But before reading I recommend part 3.5, Jessica & Sharon , a short novella that ties into their story.

Spellbinding storytelling! Compelling characters! Scorching sex scenes! I am hooked!!!

“Our relationship was too serious to forget and move on, and too casual to get upset over him fucking his…”

Hero rating: 5+ stars
Heroine rating: 5+ stars
Sex scenes rating: 5+ stars
Sex scenes frequency: 5 stars
Storyline concept rating: 5+ stars
Storytelling skills rating: 5+ stars
Story ending rating: N/A
Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): 5 stars
Overall rating: 5+ stars

Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Yes.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

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ARC provided to me by author in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Rachel Reads Ravenously.
1,804 reviews2,158 followers
September 2, 2015
4.5 stars!

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These books just keep getting better and better! I know I'm a bit late to the game with this series, but I am so glad I read them. They don't fit the mold of a typical bdsm/erotica novel which I appreciate greatly. *Kicks self for not reading CD Reiss sooner*

Jonathan and Monica continue to navigate their relationship and the going has not been easy. A vindictive ex-wife and personal emotional issues stand in the way of them taking their relationship to the next step. Plus tragedy strikes and Monica realizes she may need to lean on Jonathan more than she originally wanted to. Monica also personally struggles with the notion that she is indeed a submissive; it brings on a plethora of fears and thoughts about what it means about herself, and the actions that will result of being dominated.

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I loved reading Monica's struggle, how she tried to see the difference between being submissive without being debased, a legitimate fear. Losing control is a huge issue for her based on bad past relationships where losing her control meant losing herself. I like how Jonathan stepped up in this book and was present in Monica's life. A rock for her to lean on, someone to care about her wellbeing.

^^^And hats off to CD Reiss! I went from rating the first book 3 stars to rating the third book 5 stars. That doesn't happen every day! A very talented author, I love this story she has to tell.
Profile Image for "That's All" Ash.
158 reviews1,920 followers
September 30, 2013
I have a secret.

And it’s the kind of secret that whenever one of my friends mentions Christian Grey, or Gideon Cross, or James Cavendish, or Damien Stark… I just smile.

Because I know someone better.

“You can’t. You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you.”

And his name is Jonathan Drazen.

Jonathan knows about lust the way white knuckles know a fist.
He knows about control the way your lungs exhale carbon dioxide.
He knows the anatomy of those with xx chromosomes the way your tongue knows taste.
And he’ll fuck you senseless until your wishes are starless.

And he wants Monica.

My name is Monica, and I am not submissive.
I stand six feet tall in heels.
I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion.
I am not owned.
I am music.

So what do ya think? Will Monica stand her ground, or will she succumb to everything Jonathan? Can she make a deal against the dealer while her heart becomes the ante… Or does the house always win?

Find out.

Because this series isn’t just a soap opera with the sex scenes left in.
It WILL get you *hook*, line, and sinker.

And if you don’t think so?

Well… I’ll call that bluff. :)

That's all.
August 9, 2016
**Spoiler free review, apart from direct quotes**

Jonathan is sex on a page.... 5 Stars....just saying...

"You obeying is what turns me on. Don't deny me."

The writing is getting better and better, developing along with the characters, and let me tell you it’s stunningly exquisite….. Subtle in its beauty….. Delicious in its eroticism.

"How deep was the kink?"


“…you promised me your body…”

"I want to feel you."

It’s no secret that I love Jonathan’s book character…. Book man fantasy heaven is what Jonathan is, but Monica is embedded deep in my heart also… I adore her character… She’s witty and strong… Feisty and independent…. She knows her own mind and is not afraid to voice it…. She’s a beautiful person who’s able to show her vulnerabilities and flaws….. She's the type of girl I'd be friends with, which makes her the perfect book heroine, in my opinion.

The chemistry between Jonathan and Monica is sizzling!!!!
“He moved his mouth away when I was a hot, shuddering mess.”

“My eyes went half-mast and a burst of pleasure blossomed between my legs.”

We have revelations and sadness; I shed tears…….

The story gave me that sinking feeling……. It made my stomach lurch a few times which shows how much I now care about these characters.

Can they be satisfied with what they have to offer each other.....? Will other people come into the equation, an ex-wife, ex-lovers; will they cloud the situation??

“I had to make him tell me everything…”

The past....??? What's in his past???? There are still secrets to discover…. The story is developing and layering and drawing me in deeper and deeper and deeper….. It’s wonderful!!!!

♥ Br with my Beautiful Besties

Arc generously provided for an honest review

Profile Image for Sophia Triad.
2,239 reviews3,436 followers
May 6, 2018
With his face beneath me, falling apart under his own pleasure, I knew something for sure, and I whispered it to myself as he came. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Oh this is getting better and better!

This book has both a tragic storyline and a funny storyline.

1. Gabrielle should know that she can't mix medication with alcohol.
2. Monica should know that it is not the worst thing in the world being a submissive.

Jonathan will take of her and now I have started liking him.

"You’re not using me. You’re mine. You are my own personal goddess. It’s my job to make sure you’re happy. And if I can’t make you happy, I won’t feel right if you’re not taken care of as best as I can."

Ah...Long deep sigh...
October 2, 2013
Another awesome, sexy page turner! It just keeps getting better and better.......

The continued "mini-series" of snarky musician/waitress Monica and her "fuck buddy" real estate mogul, hotelier Jonathon Drazen. Their draw to each other is crazy strong, their chemistry combustible....but can they keep feelings out of it? Jonathan doesn't let anyone else in, not after being hurt and cheated on by his ex wife. Monica wants her focus on her music but she's fearful she's falling in love with this very emotionally unavailable man......

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I seriously am devouring this series. I sat here trying to come up with WHY I set it apart with so many other books in the genre and I've come to the conclusion, above all else, that it's most realistic I guess to real life. We are so riddled with books who the heroine has never once had any sense of a BDSM relationship and suddenly she's this perfect submissive, being handcuffed, flogged, publicly displayed, shared.....RIGHT! Not gonna happen. These two just seem "real" to me.

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Monica had made a list of all things about being submissive she was terrified of (in addition to the thought of actually being termed submissive). She starts to cross off all the things she's not "down with" which was 90% of it- and he was FINE WITH IT. It's real, it's supposed to be enjoyment. Loved this quote.....perfect snarky fun loving Monica....

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Jonathan brings out something in Monica that she's denied for years. She loves to be under his control but fears he will hurt her in the end. Can she resist him? Can she trust this thing they have is exclusive when his ex-wife clearly hasn't given up on him?

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Jonathan is just.... endearing. I know, what a strange way to describe a Dominant but he's got this sense of humor to him, a great heart, but still that alpha quality we fall head over heels for. He doesn't play mind games, except for the confusion in his head. He's upfront about everything and sooooo ENDEARING to me! Gah!

Cannot wait to get in his head in the next book. What's he hiding? Does he still love Jessica? Who's this Sharon? Moving on......

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Profile Image for Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾.
2,000 reviews11.8k followers
October 29, 2013
5 I'm pretty sure I'd beg to submit to Jonathan Stars

Jesus, the motherfucker sucked away my reserve and turned it into orgasms.

I wish I could give you a long and lengthy review that this book rightfully deserves, but I can't. One, because I can't seem to tear myself away from reading the next book and two, well because nothing I say will simply give it justice.

Book three in the SoS series picks up immediately where Tease left off. We get answers to some of the questions we were left with immediately at the end of Tease. But at the same time, left with many more questions.

C.D. Reiss has an incredible gift with words. The woman is able to weave and spin words to build an incredibly erotic picture in your mind. It's genius. It's brilliant. It's addicting.
You’re both the best and worst submissive I’ve ever met."
"And you’re the only dominant I’ve ever met."
"I want to be your last. I want to ruin you for other men."

In Submit, Monica finds herself struggling between friendship and the growth of her career. But she also finds that a lot of her thoughts are dominated by a certain sexy millionaire.

Jonathan is absolutely amazing. With each new book, I just fall for him harder and harder. He is sexy as hell, yet also incredibly sweet. He has a very dominant presence, yet never comes off as domineering or overly possessive. He is, for lack of a better word, delicious.

Monica can try to fight it all she wants, but you just can't walk away from a man like that. You'd have to be crazy.

Now jumping straight into Control.

Book 1: Beg (my review)
Book 2: Tease (my review)

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Profile Image for Crystal~BIG book addict~.
278 reviews206 followers
December 18, 2013
Oooo, Jessica, I am not liking you one bit.

After a misunderstanding between Jonathan and Monica, which Jessica caused, Monica finally agrees to talk to Jonathan about it. And of course by talking, I mean going at each other and talking during sex to get everything "worked out."

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Their feelings for each other continue to grow despite the knowledge that Monica wants to focus on her music career and Jonathan incapable of loving anyone.

"Tell me you're mine," he whispered. "Say it."

Monica knows she is falling for him but can't seem to stop herself. Tragedy strikes in Monica's life so she needs someone she can lean on.

"But how am I supposed to walk away?"
"You can't. You're mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You're a natural submissive."

Oops, wrong thing to say Jonathan. Monica in no way, shape or form considers herself a submissive. She is a strong woman. It scares her more than anything.

"You're mine. Your orgasms are mine. Your pleasure is mine to give."

Can they get past another hurdle in their relationship?

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709 reviews2,108 followers
March 20, 2013
What if he collars me? Slaps me? Spanks me? Bites me? Fucks me in the ass? Whips me? Hurts me? Displays me? Gags me? Blindfolds me? Shares me? Humiliates me? Ties me down? Makes me bleed? Fucks me up? Chocks my mouth open. Pulls my hair. Fucks my face. Calls me whore. Tells me to lick the floor. Destroys me. Makes me hate myself. Turns me into an animal.

We re-join Monica in this one right where we left her in Tease. After promising her that they were exclusive, Jonathan has seemingly betrayed her within hours of that promise and Monica is left reeling, distraught and angry. She’s promised herself to get out of their ‘arrangement’ before they get hurt but it seems that she’s too late.

This was a far more emotional instalment than Beg or Tease as Monica’s feelings for Jonathan have intensified beyond what she can control and she feels desperately hurt by his actions. There’s also going to be a real gasp out loud shocking moment that I totally didn’t see coming. I think maybe I should have but it leads to an extremely sorrowful and angsty ride for the second half of the book.

Monica spends a whole lot of this novella suffering from semantic struggles – what she sees as a submissive absolutely horrifies her despite the fact that she’s been willingly submitting to Jonathan and she can’t get past the meaning and what it implies. To her it means degradation, humiliation, a loss of humanity – the word repulses her. To Jonathan it means something beautiful and he’s shocked by her reaction to his use of the word.

As we’ve come to expect now, CD Reiss really does deliver with pantie-melting, delicious sex scenes and there’s plenty more here only this time they’re laced with far more emotion than we’ve seen before. What started off as an arrangement for great sex and mutual orgasms is becoming far more intense and far more personal. As Jonathan helps Monica through the aftermath of the events of this novella, we’re beginning to see a more sensitive side to him than we’ve seen before and it’s obvious that the feelings they both share are deepening.

Submit is probably my favourite of the series so far as Sequence One draws to a close and we’re left with a fair few questions as yet unanswered which will set us up nicely for Sequence Two. I’m getting far more involved with all of the characters, I really love the writing style and am dying to know what’s next for them. I adore the covers to – they’re a thing of beauty.

4 stars

It’s worth mentioning that this series was originally called Los Angeles Nights but the author has changed the name to Songs of Submission in between publishing book two and book three – just to clear up any confusion.

Series Reading Order

Sequence 1

1. Beg

2. Tease

3.. Submit

Sequence 2

4 Control – tentative release date May 24th

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Profile Image for  ♥  Barb ♥.
155 reviews203 followers
October 29, 2013
5...YOU.ARE.MINE... stars

"When I tell you to go upstairs and be ready, this is what I mean, okay?"
"Yes sir."

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He pushed into my throat, my tongue stroking the underside of his throbbing, hot cock. He squeezed my wrists and thrust hard and fast, holding my head still."

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"He moaned into me, and I knew that meant I was allowed to come. And he didn't stop or pause long enough for me to stop the freight train of my orgasm. I tried to keep my body still, but toward the end, as the sucking felt as though his mouth was pulling every last bit of pleasure from me, I lost control of my body.'

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"You're mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You're a natural submissive."

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Book 3 in the Songs of Submission series....and I can't stop reading. These books are very addicting. I can't get enough...now on to the next book...Control! LOVING sexy, hot Jonathan ♥

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you CD...Brilliant!

**The BR continues...you know who you are. Muah xx
Profile Image for Mo.
1,351 reviews2 followers
October 28, 2013
verb: submit; 3rd person present: submits; past tense: submitted; past participle: submitted; gerund or present participle: submitting
1. 1. 
 accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.

"the original settlers were forced to submit to Bulgarian rule"
2. synonyms: give in, yield, give way, back down, cave in, bow, capitulate, relent, defer, agree, consent, accede, conform, acquiesce, comply, accept;


Still enjoying the story of Monica and Jonathan. More detailed storyline as the books continue.

Did I want him? Jesus Fucking Christ, I’d never wanted anything so badly


Off to start …

March 25, 2015
After having to deal with what Jessica implied when she came to the club, Monica isn't exactly happy to talk to Jonathan. In fact, she makes him work to smooth things over.

Unfortunately, Monica is having a few other problems in her life as well. Gabby's acting more and more depressed and her happiness literally hangs on to whether or not they get signed by an agency. Things literally could not get any worse. I did not see what happened coming and poor Monica is just devastated.

She also has to deal with her ex-boyfriend, Kevin. After the showing and what he did, she needs some answers, it just might have not been the answers she wanted.


There's also some revelations about Darren and he also acts out his grief. Sadly, things didn't work out the best for him but Monica comes to the rescue. And luckily for Monica, she has Jonathan and he takes care of things...emotionally and physically!

Another story that ends with Monica overhearing Jonathan talking to Jessica....sheeesshhhh. Next book please!

♦ FYI, these stories are short and most have some type of cliffhanger. You will probably want the next one or two ready!


Favorite quote:

♥ “Monica, this should be fun. If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong.”
Profile Image for Shurrn.
559 reviews835 followers
August 10, 2016
The third book in the Songs of Submission Series is absolutely stunning. I think I'm still recovering from the overwhelming amount of FEELs packed into a mere 175 pages.

"...let’s talk about the rest later. Today, you are the goddess my universe revolves around."
The urge to drop spoilers is nearly overwhelming, but I will not succumb!
Here's a Non-Spoilery Breakdown of Submit:
Monica must face the revelations from the previous book,
We learn more about Jonathan's mysterious past,
Monica gets an opportunity to prove herself,
& one event will make or break the fragile balance between the two...

If you can manage to read through the first three books of this series and NOT find yourself caught in C.D. Reiss's amazing web of characters,

I'm off to read Jessica & Sharon!

Some of My Favorite Moments:

My Full Reviews in the Songs of Submission Series:
(I will update links as more reviews become available)
1 --- Beg - Read my review here
2 --- Tease - Read my review here
3 --- Submit - YOU'RE READING IT
3.5 - Jessica & Sharon - Read my review here
4 --- Control - Read my review here
5 --- Burn - Read my review here
5.5 - Rachel - Read my review here
6 --- Resist - Read my review here
7 --- Sing - Read my review here
7.5 - Monica - Read my review here

My Reviews of the Songs of Submission Sequences:
Songs of Submission: Sequence One - Read my review here
Songs of Submission: Sequence Two - Read my review here

My Reviews of the Songs of Dominance Duo:
1 - Jessica - Read my review here
2 - Sharon - Read my review here

Profile Image for Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️.
813 reviews832 followers
October 29, 2013
5 Continuing FABULOUS Stars

The incredible BR read continues....and every new book seals the deal more and more!!

I'm not sure if you are aware but I LOVE Jonathan and Monica. If you only want a sexual relationship great, but when you both are flawed and really and truly get each other....there is gonna be some drama until your heads get knocked around and you figure out that you both are PERFECT for each other. I don't know for sure they end up together but after 4 books, I am damn sure they belong together.

Monica and Jonathan..
This minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You're a natural submissive.
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He'd woken me from a dreamless sleep, and I couldn't rollover and close my eyes, because in my wakefulness, I'd started dreaming.

But in Monica's mine...
I am not submissive.
I am not submissive.
I am not submissive.

No one is there to tell them that communication is the key. Monica has no idea what a true submissive is and is scared and completely overwhelmed with the idea. There are also evil forces amongst them in the name of their ex's. Kevin, who really never had closure from their relationship has resurfaced. I'm thinking that he has other issues than just closure. Monica also deals with immense tragedy in this book. When Jonathan reaches out to her she texts....
-I need you-

What Jonathan does for Monica is truly beautiful and done for me out of deep respect and being the romantic that I am......LOVE. Even if they don't want it, it is there!! Monica also learn of one of Jonathan's deep dark secrets and must hold it close to her heart along with the ideas of what a submissive really is.....and in all this madness, Monica loses her voice.

What if he collars me? Slaps me? Spanks me? Bites me? Fucks me in the ass? Whips me? Hurts me? Displays me? Gags me? Blindfolds me? Share me? Humiliates me? Ties me down? Makes me bleed? Fucks me up?....Turns me into an animal........I was afraid of turning into something subhuman, not just to him or to the people around me, but to myself.

Monica decides to try "being a submissive" and once again their "reunion" is hot....
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and in the end....one of the most divine scenes...

BR with my beautiful besties and love that LKay and Mo have joined us on our epic adventure.

ARC kindly provided for my honest review

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346 reviews131 followers
April 24, 2013

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So this is the final book in this sequence and may I just say.....HOLY SHIT..... That's was an emotional roller coaster of a ride.......WOW....

If you read my review for the second book in this sequence; 'Tease', then you'll know I was more than a tad angry with some of the characters so I started this book spoiling for a fight but OMG I didn't expect my anger to turn to tears and my heart to feel it was being ripped from chest.

If you haven't read any of this series yet, let me explain.... this is the final book in this sequence of short novellas. The author has cleverly designed it so it feels like you are watching a TV series, with each book sequence feeling like an episode, so this was the third episode thus far.

So in this book we take off right from where we left Monica in the last episode, with her feelings hurt when Jonathan's bitch face ex eludes to the fact that Jonathan's had got jiggy with her only hours after he promised Monica his exclusivity, and shes feeling confused because her ex Kevin seems to be sniffing around her like a dog on heat.

I'm not going to tell you too much more about this story because I don't want to spoil it for you but what has amazed me about this series is the emotions the author has managed to get out of me. In book one (Beg) I was left a massive ball of pent up horniness and sexual frustration, in book 2 (Tease) I was an angry, massive ball of pent up horniness and sexual frustration and then in this book (Submit) I was left an emotional wreck of pent up horniness and sexual frustration. The author managed to pull out so many emotions for me; anger, hurt, denial, devastation, excitement, hope....... One minute I was crying the next I was turned the hell on????? So many emotions in such a short book, I couldn't help feeling slightly like.....

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I had never read any books by this author before I picked up 'Beg' and now I'm left wondering.....why the hell not??? How did this author only just come to my attention??? With this series I had everything on my checklist; I had the dominant and controlling, sexy alpha male. I had the feisty yet vulnerable heroine, I had the totally hot and erotic sex scenes, I had the 'sit on the edge of my seat' angst and drama.......the only thing I hate is the wait until the next episode.....this is where I wish it was a TV series and I could just fast forward through all the adverts and hey presto it's May 10th and I can immerse myself in the next one!!!!!

If you haven't read anything by this author yet, I urge you to do so. The writing style is fantastic, the story just flows and although on a basic level it is a story about a wealthy businessman with a need to control and dominate, and a vulnerable yet feisty working class girl with a natural talent as a sub, it does not feel anything like the mass produced erotic fifty shades/crossfire rip offs that have recently flooded our book shelves. Seriously this author is able to write really beautiful and erotic as hell love scenes, between characters you can't help but feel some kind of emotional connection to, and a story line that grips you from start to finish.

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509 reviews785 followers
October 20, 2014
When I grow up, I want to be C.D.Reiss! For real!

Talk about having a knack for weaving a great story filled with fantastic characters!!! Seriously! C.D.'s novellas read like 400+ pages novels because her writing style is that brilliant & she doesn't seem to waste her (and ours!) time filling pages with irrelevant content for the sake of filling them. She manages to get her story across by not beating around the bush and getting straight to the point.

Adore Monica.

Jonathan S Drazen III ... 'nuff said!

I may be totally off when it comes to Kevin but does he give off a bad vibe or what??

Gabby :(

Darren bats for the other team now??? I laughed out loud when Monica said she'd turn lesbian if Darren and Kevin end up hooking up! LOL! Too funny.

And inquiring minds want to know: was [any] part of the [sex] scene in chapter 4 (at Loft Club) based on real life experience?? *evil grin* The glass of water on the chest thing was super hot ... just sayin' ...

Can't wait for the next sequence!!!
Profile Image for Duchess Nicole.
1,258 reviews1,517 followers
October 22, 2013
Started and finished this right quick last night...it was kind of impossible to stop reading.

There are a couple of things that really impress me about this series so far:

1. I very much like both the hero AND the heroine. Not only together, but as separate people, and it's amazing the difference that makes in my reading experience. Jonathan is the proverbial rich guy with a Very Important Job and a slew of expensive cars, a gorgeous home, and servants to take care of his every need. BUT...he also is ridiculously down to earth, comfortable in his own skin, doesn't ever act like he's putting on a show, can roll around and giggle and have fun along with being quite dominating and stoic at times. He just seems to be a very well rounded person. And Monica, despite her somewhat abrasive attitude at times, is very much herself, at all times. She's not trying to change for anyone...not Jonathan, not her friends, not her boss. She's a good person, but not so good that it feels forced.

2. The natural feel of character interactions. Even though this could be construed as NA...maybe due to the character's ages, I wouldn't call it that at all. All of these characters act like normal, rational adults...well, all meaning all that are supposed to act rational :D:D: No OTT reactions, no loony bins running around on legs. I like how this crown is artsy and introspective...their train of thought is very much an emotional one, and they all tend to be fairly empathetic toward each other. Also, this means that not everything has to be spelled out. Some feeling and thought is left up to the reader.

3. Each installment packs quite the punch. I feel like each book is jammed so FULL...especially books two and three...I put each of them down feeling like I'd just read an entire full length book. Maybe it's the emotions, maybe it's the ease of which I relate to Monica, but they all feel like quite the journey.

Now, this book in particular drives the story forward by leaps. The ex wife situation is a large part of this story, as is the ex boyfriend. BDSM elements are most definitely introduced here. There is also some tragedy and some unexpected developments that sort of change the direction that I thought it was going in.

In all, I'm more than pleased with how much I'm enjoying this series. It's hard to put down.
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Author 10 books363 followers
September 7, 2022

This is the book of epiphanies in which Jonathan realizes how much he wants Monica. If that wasn’t bombshell enough he told her she was a natural submissive.

Which for an independent girl in the mid nineties this was pretty much an insult. So as you can imagine this sent Monica running.

And then everything goes to fucking hell because when it rains it pours. And the worst thing that could happen, happened.

I really enjoyed the power play in this one. Both of them are learning how to play each other like a fiddle and by the end I’d say Monica is winning as Jonathan’s desperation grows.
Profile Image for Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover.
865 reviews552 followers
March 27, 2015
☆☆4.5 It's Getting Hot in Here Stars!☆☆

Whew! This just keeps getting better and better. Jonathan is probably going to end up being a book husband for me. Gosh everything he says and does is just sinfully, wickedly, enticingly hot. So move over Christian and Gideon...Jonathan is slowly claiming my heart.
Profile Image for Amy | Foxy Blogs.
1,373 reviews963 followers
October 7, 2013
**3.75 stars**

Submit is part 3 of the 7 part mini-series.

Jonathan wants Monica as his submissive.
I am not submissive. My name is Monica, and I am not submissive. I stand six feet tall in heels. I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I can sing, like an angel, and growl like a lion. I am not owned. I am music.

Monica fears if she submits she'll lose herself.
What if he ...

Beg (Songs of Submission, #1) by C.D. Reiss Tease (Songs of Submission, #2) by C.D. Reiss Submit (Songs of Submission, #3) by C.D. Reiss Control (Songs of Submission, #4) by C.D. Reiss Burn (Songs of Submission, #5) by C.D. Reiss Resist (Songs of Submission, #6) by C.D. Reiss Sing (Songs of Submission, #7) by C.D. Reiss
7 part mini-series

Jessica and Sharon (Songs of Submission, #3.5, Songs of Dominance, #1-2) by C.D. Reiss Rachel (Songs of Submission, #5.5) by C.D. Reiss

**Buddy reading this series with my girlie, Sanaa**
Profile Image for Jen.
1,654 reviews985 followers
October 13, 2013
This is the third installment in the series, and it ends "Sequence #1." How this series works is that there are three short stories in each Sequence; when the third story is finished there is one very short novella before the next Sequence of three more stories continue.
"Submit" has been my favorite book so far, and mainly because the story took me on quite the journey where all of my emotions came out at different times during the book. I am amazed at how much of a story there is considering the short length of each novella.

In this installment, Monica ended up battling with the idea that Jonathon planted in her head, that said she was a natural submissive. This really bothered Monica, and more than a few times she had made the decision that she should just cut her losses and move on. Jonathon doesn't want to let her go though, and he is determined to hold on to her. The sex between these two is beyond HOT! I mean, it is OFF THE CHARTS SIZZLING!!! This is the kind of sex that is rough, adventerous, and animalistic. I love every minute of it, and I can't wait to see what the future books hold for this couple in the carnal department!

We get updated on Monica's good friends as well. There are some big reveals, and then there is an extremely emotional event that takes place. I was feeling Monica's pain right along side her, as well as her sorrow.
I am fully engaged in this series and I can't wait to see what is in store for all of my favorite characters! They are all growing on me and they have become like my own friends! I am so glad that I gave this series a chance, and I am eager to continue on this intriguing journey!
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2,082 reviews856 followers
July 24, 2014
My name is Monica, and I am not submissive. I stand six feet tall in heels. I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion. I am not owned. I am music.

Well let's just say that Submit has to be my favorite of the series so far. At 40% I was tossed quite a curve ball. I had expected this at some point...just not now; somewhere distant in the future. But wow that sure did have an impact on the story.

So Jonathan has returned and knows that his ex said something to Monica, just not what. And does he sure do a piss-poor job of trying to explain what he now wants from Monica. She fights it, but she caves. There is a draw to him that makes her want to belong to him. She may not be that way with anyone else..but with him - it's there. He owns her.

I can't wait for this to continue. I wish this was just a single released book because I don't have the patience to have to wait. I know that Kevin showing up is going to be an issue. I expect the ex has some of Jonathan's skeletons that she will want to let loose. And I just know that part 4 will end in the midst of something big...

I also have to say I love these covers. They are beautiful yet simple. So many use the same covers or similar styles - there is just something very sexy about these. If I had seen these on a shelf at a store, I would have bought them onsite without a second thought.
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942 reviews573 followers
March 12, 2014
*****5 Sensual Stars*****
(BR with Shannon)

As I continue to fall in love/lust with Jonathan and Monica's story I must admit that this book was very emotional for me, what I'd been fearing happened; but as much as my heart broke for Monica and her friend I was so amazed at how Jonathan came through for her, I adore the man, he's definitely book husband material.

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2,645 reviews3,215 followers
August 30, 2013
4.5 Empowering,Relinquishing,Freeing Stars * * * */*

The Blurb:
You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you."
No. God, no.
My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.

In most romance stories, we see the emotions, questions of committment, the pledging of every lasting love and people have these epilogues with everything tied up in pretty bows.

In Submit, Songs of Submission part 3, we are moved deeper into this tale of love and its many forms.
We are told more about the characters, life changing experiences happen and the story deepens into multiple layers.

Here the emotions can be overwhelming and cautionary. Committment can mean relinqushing more than I won't go to the movies without you. And pledging everlasting love may mean the freeing experience of being tied up with a bow waiting for permission for your release.

The beauty of C.D. Reiss' writing is that it is musical and rhythmic in parts. It sneaks up every once in awhile when you least expect it.

This series doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is... and what it is takes you on a ride which suprises the shit out of you... it reveals more to the reader about themselves, I think, and that is its' power.

The first 3 parts are consider a sequence, the next part of the series is Control.

C.D. Reiss has made me Submit and she has all of the Control.

Profile Image for Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog.
1,260 reviews9,931 followers
October 27, 2013
Buddy Read with Melissa ;)
This is definitely an addictive series!!!

I'm loving Jonathan a little more after reading each book.
What a Hot & Confident Alpha Male!!

We see a different side of Jonathan in this installment.
His tender side.
The man knows how to take care of his woman and I believe not only has Monica fallen in love with him, but that he feels the same.

"I'm on the brink of being completely infatuated with you. I need to know if you feel the same." - Jonathan

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Jonathan is there to comfort and care for Monica during a tragedy.
Earlier on he had asked her to become his submissive and this completely freaked her out, but she might be coming around to the idea.
The man does have skills when it comes to sex.
I'm sure tons of women would take him up on his offer!!!

"You're not using me. You're mine. You are my own personal goddess. It's my job to make sure you're happy. And if I can't make you happy, I won't feel right if you're not taken care of as best as I can." - Jonathan

This one ends with Jonathan and Monica growing closer emotionally.
I'm a little worried about Jessica's phone call to Jonathan and his reaction to it.
Also we get a little clue into his past and there's something disturbing there.

I've enjoyed this series so far.
It's definitely a 4 Star read for me.
Thoroughly entertaining!!!!!!
Profile Image for Akanksha❤ Søren♰.
654 reviews2,614 followers
November 2, 2013
The intensity level is gradually rising in this series.
First book - Beg = 3 Stars
Second Book - Tease = 3.5 Stars
Third Book - Submit = 4 Stars

I cannot wait for more books, Hope they come out asap!! Because shit just got real :O :O
The rest are going to blow the top!! I can feel it ;)

My name is Monica, and I am not submissive. I stand six feet tall in heels. I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion. I am not owned. I am music.


"You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you."

The characters are ALL oh so very compelling, the way the book is written is very capturing. The author has done a brilliant job with this story, the powerful quotes, the intensity and I like how she's written it.
The story feels unique, like you cannot predict the twist and turns in this book, they all come to you like "WOAH"

I want to lean more, see what happens next; I'm excited and eagerly waiting for the rest of the books which will be a part of Sequence Two.

If your worried about the novella sizes, they are pretty big.. As each book passes, the size increases.. :P
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