New Release (Book Review): Begging For It by Lilah Pace

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Title: Begging For It (Asking For It #2)
Author: Lilah Pace @LilahPace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 342 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review

A unique and suspenseful conclusion to the series!

I loved book one and with that cliffhanger, was dying for book two. And then I read the synopsis. . . . I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this second book. For some reason, the plot seems over the top. But let me tell you, it absolutely works. This author takes an extremely sensitive subject, that may be more than some can handle, and develops a thought provoking story. Beyond the erotic fantasy, this story was complex and carefully woven. While the plot is elaborate, how it all unfolds was unexpected and believable, specifically how someone could take this extreme fantasy and make accusations that would be hard to fight. It just made sense.

This book dives deaper into the fantasy that Vivienne and Jonah share. Was it wrong that I was imensely turned on while reading their erotic games? The first scene alone had me like this:

While I continued to question why these two did what they did, there is no denying, their initimate moments were scorchingly hot.

“Panting for it already, you little whore? Maybe I ought to make you beg.”

Even more intriguing was the tenderness they share after the cruelty. It was clear the harsh words Jonah spewed were only part of the game, and something special was building between them, beyond the shared fantasy.

He punishes me and protects me, that’s the paradox of the man.

This book reminds me a bit of the reaction to BDSM. For those that don’t understand it, they make immediate judgements and claim it to be abusive. If someone was to walk into one Viv and Jonah’s scenes, they’d have him arrested on the spot, despite everything being consensual. And that is why the plot of this campus rapist on the lose and the accusations against Jonah, all made sense.

I’ll admit, Jonah scared me a bit in book one, maybe becasue I didn’t understand him well. But this book dives deeper into his past and his struggle with the fantasy. I actually felt bad for him, and could see how real his distress was, fearing that he was becoming his Step-father.

. . . when people push beyond their boundaries, we have to discover what lies on the other side.

Speaking of that scum, the level of evil in this man is unreal. It was heartbreaking to hear how much he hurt Jonah and his family. But I applauded how they stood up against him. A very brave moment.

While there were a lot of sub-plots in this book, the heart of this story was the relationship between Jonah and Viv and whether they could find a way to control the fantasy. The path they take is bumpy and there is a lot of heartache, but the connection they have built is too strong to keep them apart. I loved how real their recoveries were, not immediate, but a little bit each day.

If you can handle this subject matter, this book will keep you engaged from beginning to end. I applaud the author for taking on a challenging subject and handling it with care.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Review of book one => http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2015/06/02/book-review-asking-for-it-by-lilah-pace/

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