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BEGGING FOR IT – ASKING FOR IT #2 by LILAH PACE

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SYNOPSIS

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 Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s 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 Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is..

Begging for It (1)

✯✯✯✯ Stars

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“Since when did life start giving us what we deserved?”

We loved the first book in this two book series so were eager to see how it was all going to end up for Jonah and Vivienne. This series is quite emotionally charged and hard to read at times. However, the writing is so incredibly beautiful and vividly expressed that you can’t not keep reading, wanting these two characters to heal themselves as well as each other.

“I don’t want to leave you. I don’t even think I could, unless it’s the only way to keep you safe. Make you whole.”

It’s hard to know who to feel sorry for more but all the way through we couldn’t help but feel that Jonah had the biggest mountain to climb in overcoming an absolutely horrific childhood. We have to say that we didn’t feel that Jonah’s character development was all that apparent in this instalment. He had suffered tremendously and his sexual needs were not fully explored nor delved into all that much. We didn’t feel that he was given the same attention and chance of healing and self-realisation as Vivienne did. This saddened us as we felt so incredibly sorry for him.

‘He always wants to endure his pain alone, I realize. He doesn’t think about protecting himself, only protecting others.’

Relationships are hard to begin with yet when you add the extra emotional baggage of a horrendous past which ties in with sexual depravity there’s no question it will play a huge part in making it that much more difficult. Jonah and Vivienne are suffering still; yet together they have a release albeit it plagued with guilt, remorse and confusion.

‘His eyes are glazed like a man in a trance, and he’s started shaking harder than me. “Silver”, he says. “Silver.”

Vivienne went through the biggest change insofar as realising and overcoming the huge stumbling block evident from how her past plays out in her future; albeit not fully life altering change. She did however experience a setback which in turn turned out to be an eye opening discovery on the whys of her needs and wants.

“You and I, what we have together, it’s more than this. And yet this is a part of us. It always will be.”

Whilst we certainly did enjoy this instalment and fully appreciated where the Author eventually went, we did feel that Jonah was somewhat ignored as a character and that he didn’t get what he needed to heal and feel ‘safe’ in his own skin as well as in his relationship with Vivienne. We also felt that not a lot actually happened development wise in the story and through character growth. Saying that though; there’s no denying that this Author is an incredibly talented and evocative writer! We definitely recommend this series.

“We’re intertwined now, you and I. Our lives aren’t separate.”

THE ASKING FOR IT SERIES by LILA PACE

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ASKING FOR IT – BOOK ONE
Our review
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BEGGING FOR IT – BOOK TWO
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ASKING FOR IT – BOOK ONE by LILAH PACE

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SYNOPSIS

“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.” 

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker…

WARNING:  READER ADVISORY: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.

Asking for it

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars

‘The fantasy dominates me – it’s sick, and it’s twisted, but it’s not going away. Fighting it hasn’t done any good. So I’m giving in. Surrendering.’

WOW! We couldn’t put this book down. We were gripped from the very first chapter, allured by the story yet feeling as though we should be a little uncomfortable given its very dark theme. We were completely fascinated with the way this story unfolded and how it took us through a gauntlet of emotions.

“I don’t just fuck you, Jonah. I bare my soul to you. “

Imagine your deepest darkest sexual fantasies being so inappropriate, so degrading to some that you question yourself for thinking them in the first place? Imagine voicing them? Then imagine the thrill, the fear, the exhilaration, the hesitation, the possible feeling of shame you could experience if you acted them out?

‘My fantasies were one thing. Reality was another.’

Vivienne Charles has dark sexual fantasies of participating in forced sexual situations. She has a need to be overpowered in order to fulfil her sexually. Finding a man you trust enough to be a willing participant in your fantasy could be holding yourself up for ridicule or rejection, but what if it was with a stranger? A stranger who desires mirror your own? Vivienne was such a beautiful yet broken character. Her past surfaced early on in the story and it was heartbreaking. This strong, loyal woman’s vulnerability regarding her past and her dark desires evoked much emotion from us. We really felt Vivienne’s conflicted emotions.

“You know the line between dream and reality. So do I.”

Vivienne had resigned herself to the fact her fantasies would remain just that…fantasies, until a chance meeting with Jonah Marks, a Professor at the University where Vivienne works gives her the exhilarating thrill that her fantasies could quite possibly become a reality when he responds to the sexual needs Vivienne harbours. Handsome, intelligent, overpowering Jonah was a fascinating character for us. He was so guarded and had us desperately flicking through pages needing to know more about this man and his story.  Jonah delivers the dirty, degrading sex Vivienne lusts after yet there is softness to this man that stole our hearts. Beneath it all though there an undertone of darkness to Jonah we couldn’t wait to explore. Never could we have envisaged the secrets this beautiful man was hiding.

‘This is a man who could be broken, I think. But he’d be more likely to break you first.’

Trust played a huge part in this fantasy between both characters and their actions. Would they release the demons of their past and find salvation and healing, or were they igniting a fuse that would threaten to shatter them?

‘My fragility, his strength.’

We were thoroughly invested in Vivienne and Jonah’s story. The passion, the heartbreak, the tenacity of these two had us voraciously turning every page. The story of two damaged souls exploring their darker sides held us captive until the end and gasping for more! We’re excited to read the sequel because we NEED MORE!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Berkeley NAL Publishing with thanks**

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THE ASKING FOR IT SERIES by LILA PACE

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ASKING FOR IT – BOOK ONE
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BEGGING FOR IT – BOOK TWO
Releasing 1st September – Available now for Pre Order
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