I am in love with this series. You don’t understand how invested I got in these characters. For 24 hours, I literally felt like I was on a mind-crippling, gut-wrenching, crazy insanity train with them. The title says it like it is because you will honestly feel like you are on the edge. It’s a minefield out there and C.D. Reiss is a master. The worst part of this entire situation is how I have a final tomorrow and I’ve put it on the back burner for Caden and Greyson.
Not my best moment.
Moving along, I’ve decided to make one review about all of them simply because I didn’t have enough self control to give myself at least 30 minutes between each story. It didn’t help that dissociative identity disorder (DID) was present in each book. The entire concept of DID is so freaking interesting to me, so how could I possibly ever stop myself? It’s too tempting.
Well, if you’re in this for the long haul, I have a lot to say, so grab a snack, kick back and relax.
From the very beginning we meet Caden St. John, a surgeon, and Greyson, a psychiatrist; two people who found each other during the throes of war. Both suffering from PTSD and childhood trauma, yet not quick to admit it.
Caden, however, is the first to lose himself when he begins feeling watched.
“Something was there with us, in the room, and it wanted me. If I’d been in a cave with a hungry lion, I’d be just as sure, except the lion didn’t growl. It breathed in a throaty rattle with the shushing of the ventilator.”
The sense of paranoia grows more and more as each day passes until it becomes a voice in his head. A voice that wants Greyson which does not sit well with Caden.
These pent up frustrations lead to some smutty sexy times that went slightly off the deep end, but consent was always a priority. Actually, I loved how he and Greyson would always give each other cues and be vocal about what they wanted and didn’t want. I never felt an ounce of discomfort which is a thumbs up in my book.
Of course there were moments when I was like…are you guys sure about this? But hey, they’re two consenting adults who know what they want and would rather die than hurt each other.
However, Caden wasn’t always Caden. That voice became louder and louder until he could no longer ignore its existence. Even Greyson couldn’t keep him at bay which lead to the split.
One second Caden, the ever present cold and calculating side of him, was there, the next Damon appeared, the sensitive and soft version of his psyche. The day husband was Caden and the night husband was Damon. Never wholly himself, only pieces floating around.
Greyson didn’t realize he was going to split until it happened. She thought it was a case of PTSD at first until Caden’s entire personality changed. She tried helping him through it in the beginning, but everything was in a slow motion downward spiral.
Blackthorne, a private special sector of the military, became the answer when Greyson was told Caden was basically the perfect candidate. That takes off and it’s kinda like the calm right before the storm. You know it’s not going to be perfect and might (probably will) create more tension in an increasingly unstable thread of glass holding Caden and Greyson together.
In the process of becoming a test subject, Caden had to sign some forms that would label him as a reserve officer (?). At least I think that’s what it’s called where you have a good chance of not being called. You can guess how that turned out.
So I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll move on to Greyson.
Greyson is the one person you always expect to have a clear head and a stable psyche. Well, that changes in the last part when she does something rather stupid, yet understandable. I won’t say what because you won’t see it coming, but ugh. It just makes a complete 180 of the situation at hand.
Ughhh, the one thing you should take away from this review is me yelling through a megaphone on the streets of some city telling you to read it because boy is it worth it. You won’t know what hit you until you’re up at 4am and you only have four hours before your alarm goes off. It’s rough.
Why Read This?
If you want lots of smutty scenes then you’ve come to the right place because there’s a lot of them. Usually I’m not a big fan when there’s too many sex scenes, but I didn’t mind most of them. They were written well and didn’t give me any second thoughts.
Caden & Greyson
These two honestly make you feel like true love exists. They never give up on each other even when the times get tough (and not just tough, but tough).
They also have some moments when they banter which is sweet and adorable. I love it. They make me smile.
That moment when Caden tells Greyson that he wouldn’t desert her even though she was throwing some serious shade his way along with some rocks and boulders, simply beautiful.
Caden and his Words
“I see what you’re trying to do.”
“Did you dissect your dog?”
“Yeah. I jerked off into the open carcass of my dead fucking dog. But I never, ever fucking said shit to you like you just said to me.”
This scene right here was one of my favorite ones. I don’t know why. I wish it wasn’t. But I can’t help how many times I reread it. Especially what goes on right before. Now that was the bomb that set off the explosion.
Overall, READ THIS RIGHT NOW. DON’T LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING STOP YOU!!!