by Lilah Pace
Series: Asking for It #2
Published by Berkley on September 1, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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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...
Since this is a sequel to Asking for It (see my review here), this review will contain spoilers.
*** SPOILERS BEGIN ***
Asking for It really affected me. I thought about it for days and days after I read it. I was so invested in the characters, but I knew I had to wait months for the sequel. There are some things I didn’t love about Begging for It, but now that the story is complete, I’m happy with its resolution overall.
Begging for It picks up right where the first book left off. Jonah has put distance between him and Vivienne because the sexual games they play have become too real. Jonah’s still dealing with his dark, traumatic past, as is Vivienne. But it’s Jonah who has separated himself emotionally.
We had looked into each other’s souls. Finally we saw too much.
Meanwhile, someone is terrorizing the women in the city of Austin. A serial rapist has everyone on edge, but worst of all is that police have named Jonah as a person of interest.
Here’s where the story started to falter for me. It turned into a police procedural for a bit. And while I love Law & Order: SVU, this isn’t exactly what I want an erotic romance to be. Despite this, it’s an interesting storyline–but I wasn’t crazy about how it was ultimately wrapped up. The climax of this part of the book felt a bit too convenient for me. I was happy that Vivienne faces her demons once and for all, but there’s something about the sequence of events that struck me as formulaic.
There’s also a ton of family drama in this book, even more so than in the first book. Jonah and Vivienne have some seriously dysfunctional relatives.
We’ve traveled parallel paths, he and I. We were betrayed by those who should have protected us. We’ve fought for our sanity and won.
As far as the relationship between Jonah and Vivienne goes, they truly progress over the course of the book. By the end, they’re in a healthier place–less dependent on dark fantasy, but no less passionate and committed to each other. In fact, the events in this book have solidified their love. The ending was bittersweet for me because I wanted more details about the healthier parts of their relationship. We got so much information about the taboo parts, but I really would have liked to see them figuring things out in a more secure place.
Jonah and I own our fantasy in all its dark glory. But it will never own us again.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy the book. Of the two, I think I liked the first one more, just because it resonated with me on a deeper level. But I still recommend this one to anyone who liked the first book.
Rating: 4 stars