Begging for It by Lilah Pace
Series: Asking for It #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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...
Lilah Pace absolutely blew my mind with Asking for It. It pushed me to think differently and gave me one of the toughest book hangovers I’ve had to date. The ending kind of wrecked me and I was really nervous (but eager) to find out what would happen with Vivienne and Jonah. Needless to say, I jumped right into Begging for It the minute I got access to the review copy. This book had a different feel for me than Asking for It did. I knew it would be difficult to recreate the magic of the first book, but I had high hopes. I wasn’t disappointed.
Where, to me, the first book was more focused on the physical connection between Vivienne and Jonah, and her coming to terms with what she really desired, this book was more about the after.There are a lot of unanswered questions going into this book – and, honestly, for a good portion of the book. Is it possible for Vivienne and Jonah to have a real relationship? There’s no doubt they have a connection that’s stronger than their shared kink, but can they make it work? Can they both come to terms with the events of their pasts to share a future together? What’s the truth behind the ugly incidents happening around the campus?
I won’t get spoilery in my review. What I will say is that I liked the character growth of both Vivienne and Jonah during this book. This book is focused more on the mental than the physical – not to say there weren’t some incredibly hot scenes – as both Vivienne and Jonah continue to come to terms with the parts of their pasts that make them who they are today. They’re both broken, and despite the fear that being together will weaken them, I actually found the opposite. They were stronger together and I was rooting for them to let go and make a real go of it.
This series was incredible. The characters were complex and amazing. I loved the honest look at consent and desire and the strength it took for each of these characters to step up and declare their needs. I loved the growth and the challenges. It made me think, it made me feel and took me by surprise in a lot of ways. I don’t know what Lilah’s plans are for future books, but I’m already ridiculously excited to find out. I’m a big fan.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.