After having consumed roughly 3000 romance stories, I can safely say that I have never read anything remotely resembling the Songs of Submission series by CD Reiss.
For a while "good girls gone bad" plots were all the rage - a trope I tried to avoid at all costs. Then, as the genre progressed, sexually confident women found their way into erotic romances. But more often than not, those women were full of bodily issues and insecurities, but abracadabra were able to loose their inhibitions with the "right" man. Monica Faulkner - this splendid series' heroine - is with no doubt my number one character when it comes to a truly intelligent, her sexuality embracing - and loving - woman. She is such a fresh breath of air, it is hard to give her wonderful character justice in a review with a view measly words. As her submission to Jonathan progresses, she experiences all the lows and highs that come with this kind of sexual fulfilment she has never experienced before. But she is a strong woman who doesn't need a man to talk sense into her. She takes an honest look at herself and her cravings and commits herself full-heartedly to this relationship. And let me tell you, the sex in this story is gloriously sexy and steamy, highly original and – my personal favourite – with little to no BDSM paraphernalia. Frankly, I prefer BDSM romances without the fetish gear, clubs, truck load of toys and special furniture. Jonathan is very creative with his hands – and is definitely a dom without the need for the whole get-up.
The fly in the ointment when it comes to my personal satisfaction with this story, is Jonathan's illness, which is the main subject in the final instalment of this romance story. Due to severe heart problems Jonathan receives a heart transplant. And let me tell you, this plot turn just about gave me my very own heart attack. I absolutely HATE reading about such stuff in my romances, especially about transplants. Its life span may be ten to fifteen years with excellent care. The amount of medicaments that are necessary in order for the body not to repulse the organ is horrendous and constantly weakens the immune system. And let's not start on the ethical question which is a completely different story. But I loved Monica's way of dealing with the situation. She is incredibly strong and would literally comit murder in order to save the love of her life.
Needless to say, I am not completely satisfied with the ending which is all the more sad as the Songs of Submission series definitely makes the top five of my all-time favourite romances. Because of this my final grade for the series is a B- and not an A+.