In Carrie Drazen’s diamond-studded world, beauty is everything: a blessing, a commodity, and a curse. Her beauty got her past the velvet ropes and into high society, but it ripped her away from the man she loved and chained her to an unbearable life.
Then, in a single night, a song played by a mysterious and secretive musician carries her back to a past ripe with possibilities, when love could open any door.
Who is this anonymous performer?
How can a man she’s never met tell such a precise story of a boy she loved?
She needs to know. But sometimes masks exist for a reason, and this unveiling could scar them both.
Love these Drazen’s
I can’t get enough of these Drazen’s!!! Each story has me engrossed and Carries was no different. It’s a second chance love story about Carrie and her first love Gabriel. They first fall in love when Carrie hears Gabriel playing the Violin on campus. It really only took one note.
My heart broke for the main characters so many times throughout the book. I wanted to reach into the story and just hug Carrie. If you love Margie as much as I do, she makes an appearance in this book, and she’s just fabulous.
I’ll always one click a CD Reiss book and this story is a great reminder of why. It delivers on all levels. I can’t wait for more Drazen books.
*. ARC received in exchange for an honest review**
Scars are beautiful.
Gabriel & Carrie have an immediate connection, and I felt it from the beginning. CD Reiss just knows how to pull me in from the beginning. Then she casually dropped twists that made me gasp, and I didn’t want to stop reading. The juxtaposition between a chapter that has taken place in the past then a chapter that is taking place in the present are beautifully heartbreaking, but I am not going to give away any more than that. I have only read some of the Drazen books by CD Reiss, & even though Carrie is a Drazen this book is a stand-alone. This book crazy, beautiful, brilliant, and you should read it! I received a copy of this ebook from Social Butterfly PR for my honest review.
4.5 stars for Denunciations and Promises
Standing ovation for CD for creating the Dreaded Dramatic Drazens
This family just keeps on giving. Princess is locked away in a castle and the fire breathing, all burning Dragon Drazen is playing Godfather.
"Having access to as much money as I wanted granted me just enough freedom to blind me to the fact that I was a captive to it. Legally, I was a grown woman. Realistically, I was a ward of the Drazen family. In particular, my father, who couldn’t have planned a more perfect way to delay the onset of mature self-determination."
Frustrating and tenacious, this story just wants to jump hurdles and bypass blockages in this thing called life..manages to get some respite too. But the puppet master destroys everything
Carrie is Princess Drazen, a family asset suffering from a Pretty Girl Syndrome
Only her Knight is violin playing Gabriel Marlowe.
But for every Prince to save the Princess he has to run through a gauntlet of fire...sometimes the Prince wins...sometimes the Dragon!.
“The truth is a weapon. It neutralizes whatever’s being held against you. Some people… a certain kind of person… they get vicious when disarmed. There’s no harm in protecting yourself.”
Reading a CD book is always a joy. She's a nuanced writer, acutely detailed storyteller. Unapologetic in narration and plot, she manages to engross readers with her mesmerising words, regardless of tropes. Gabriel and Carrie became mine from page one and I wasn't letting them go of them so easily. So I persisted and persevered with them...for them.
One particular scene was outstanding.
The Library scene!
Her fingers playing on spines of books very aptly titled, his looking at door to escape. Three big steps and outstretched arms and the kiss.....omg the kiss!! And then he plays her like an instrument **le sigh**😍
It flows smoothly like a violin melody, touches heart like a cello tune.
Intoxicating tale of love set amongst dreadful violence and fiefdom politics it's jaw dropping good!