Series: Asking for It #2
Published by Berkley on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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The provocative author of Asking for It once again explores the dark side of erotic obsession, and the secrets that make it as dangerous as it is irresistible.
Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.
Jonah and VivienneÔÇÖs erotic bondÔÇöliving out raw scenarios of captivity and forceÔÇöbegan as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but itÔÇÖs a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.
A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of JonahÔÇÖs ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when JonahÔÇÖs stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her loverÔÇÖs broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...
****** 6 STARS ******
There aren’t many books that I can barely wait to get my hands on as there is always enough to read.
Begging For It by Lilah Pace had me more impatient than a kid on Christmas morning. After reading Asking For It, I had to know how the story continues. I was itching to find out what happens next, totally in awe of Lilah Pace’s creativity and originality that she breathed into the story.
Having now finished Begging For It, I can say that it’s just as fantastic as the first book. It even managed to be more intense, more heart-breaking and so emotional and gritty that I was holding my breath throughout.
The story picks up a few weeks after Jonah and Vivienne went their separate ways. After Vivienne revealed her secret, Jonah had a hard time dealing with the games they played. He attempts to stay away, but the bond they share goes far beyond their dark desires. It’s more than just the sex. Somewhere between all the sexy games they played, they managed to fall for one another.
I was so relieved that they don’t take their connection for granted and resumed their relationship. That came with its own complications. Jonah’s guilt for his dark fantasies and his fear of becoming a monster forces them to redefine their relationship as well as their priorities. Yet, they seem to make it work. But life rarely goes according to plan and when Jonah becomes a suspect in a serial rapist case, Vivienne must choose if their relationship is worth weathering the storm that is brewing.
To make matters worse, Jonah’s waste-of-a-space stepfather plots against Jonah, knocking him off balance, making him question his own personality, goodness and worthiness.
I loved how in this book, the roles between Jonah and Vivienne were slightly reversed. Sure, Jonah was still a strong, intense and impressive man, but this time around, it’s Vivienne who offers him strength, support and a shoulder to lean onÔÇöthe same things he offered her not too long ago. It makes them equal partners. Neither of them is the weak one, neither of them truly dominates the relationship – at least not outside the bedroom.
Jonah’s vulnerability broke my heart into tiny pieces, his dark past proving to be more horrific than I thought. A past that keeps on bleeding into his present. He is such a tortured and broken man, yet so kind and protective. I wanted to hug him, to strangle everyone who hurt him and then I wanted to get naughty with him.
As for Vivienne, I was so happy to see her tap into her inner strength and to really stand up for herself. She stops allowing people to make her feel weak or like a freak. She even stands up to Jonah. Finally, she owns who she is and what she wants, despite being scared of the reactions.
Despite all the ugliness they had to deal with, their chemistry was off the charts and the sex was hot. So scorching hot. It shouldn’t have been considering their pasts, but damn, if it didn’t leave me panting.
The dynamics between them felt real, honest and raw. And the twists left me breathless.
This is so much more than kink and erotica. It’s a story about two people who have been broken by their pasts and who find a way to let go and to heal themselves and each other.
They conquered their demons as best as they could and chose love over pain and hate.
Now the only thing I could wish for is for some characters to get their own stories: Maddox, Rebecca, Elise, and Geordie. Pretty please.
6 healing-the-broken stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)