Crowne Rules by CD Reiss

Overall: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 🤔👥😏🤨🙄🥰

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Location: California
MC age range: Late 20s, early 30s
Lead: Mandy
Love interest(s): Dante
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes (with epilogue)

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 357
Publisher: Self published
Audible: Yes
Series: Stand Alone Series
1. Iron Crowne – released 11/15/19 – E2L
2. Crowne of Lies – released 2/28/20 – Marriage of conv.
3. Crowne Rules – released 9/29/20 – Forced prox.

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, anal
Possible triggers: forced proximity, sub/dom, name-calling, rough sex

The Quick and Dirty: Socialite escapes to a friend’s family cabin to avoid paparazzi only to run into one of the brothers. She’s desperate to avoid going back to LA and agrees to his conditions.

Overall a decent read but I felt like if you had taken out the steamy scenes, the storyline needed more on its own. The story arc and character development was a bit weak — Mandy is running from a scandal in LA and runs into Dante at her friend’s (who happens to be Dante’s SiL) cabin. Dante demands she leave since it’s his family’s cabin but she insists on staying because she’s not ready to face the shitstorm back home. Dante tells her if she stays she basically has to do everything he says. Mild sub/dom relationship ensues. Obviously, they end up together, but of all of CD Reiss’s books, this one felt lighter in substance and development than some of her others. There was a lot of emphasis put on Mandy and Dante’s childhood “seven minutes in heaven” moment together that was meant to set the stage for their proclivities but it fell kind of flat for me. All that being said, if you’re a fan of West Coast/SoCal romances and seriously steamy scenes, this was a quick and easy read.  

Years ago we spent seven minutes in heaven, locked in a closet.
Now Dante Crowne and I are hidden away in his remote cottage. And he wants much more than seven minutes.
He wants everything.
All I needed was a place to hide from the paparazzi.
My best friend has just the place. No Internet. No phone. A deep bathtub I’m soaking in when HE shows up.
My best friend’s brother–broody, solitary Dante Crowne. Rich as a cardinal sin and handsome enough to piss off the devil. A man with a reputation for unforgettable bedroom games. And after those seven minutes in a closet, I can tell you they’re all true.
His first instinct is to kick me out, but the memory of those seven minutes inspires him to make me an offer.
If I want to stay, I have to work.
If I make a mistake, I’ll be corrected with pink hand prints on my backside.
That’s the deal. I can beg for it or leave it.
I’m not sure which of us is more surprised when I get on my knees. Even more shocking? How much I like his punishment.
But we can’t stay in paradise forever.
Los Angeles awaits.
And when an old nemesis sets his sights on tearing us apart, Dante may be the one left begging.


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 that cord of wood.

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