Series: Asking for It #2
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Dark Erotica
Source: Copy provided for honest review
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...
I think what I will take away most from Begging for It, is the thought that not all relationships are the same. And what may be a happy coupling for some, is vastly different to what others have or need. Society has a historic mold but that simply doesn't work for all, maybe it doesn't even work for most anymore.
I'm not saying that Vivienne's need to imagine being taken by force is healthy. But I think Pace did a great job of showing that maybe it's not entirely unhealthy either. It gave Vivienne a sense of control, something that she didn't have her first time. And...I guess, I just can't see that as a bad thing. Who am I, or who is society for that matter, to judge someone on HOW they heal from a trauma? She's not harming anyone else, so why look down on her for needing a rape fantasy to get off?
This is turning into something more like a psychoanalysis and less like a book review, isn't it?
I think maybe that's okay though. The Asking for It series should provoke thought on such a taboo subject. Mission accomplished, in my case.
As for the story:
I loved how Pace reconciled Vivienne and Jonah's relationship. I loved that she let Vivienne stand up for herself, how she didn't just let Jonah walk away. She stood by him, she weathered his emotions and his confusions.
Also, I loved that Jonah became such a rock in helping Vivienne move on from her past.
This is truly a tender story about what you do for someone you really love. Sometimes you struggle with what that is, maybe it's leaving them for good, maybe it's sticking it out. Pace lets you see it a few different ways. As thought provoking as it is, it's also just a very good written, intriguing story and I look forward to more works from this author.