Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Begging for It (Asking for It #2) by Lilah Pace: ARC Review

Blurb:

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...


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About the Author:

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling YA author. This is her first adult novel.

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Review by Yvette:

While I’ve never been a huge fan of cliffhangers, the one at the end of Asking for It by Lilah Pace wasn’t particularly worrisome because it left protagonists, Jonah and Vivienne, at a somewhat stable place. That being said, I was anxious to return to their story with Begging for It, in the hopes of getting some much-needed resolution regarding their relationship. Begging for It is a fast-paced page-turner, setting a more menacing tone than its predecessor as the narrative shifts to unveil more of Jonah’s backstory. Hauntingly dark (almost to the point of being disturbing) and intensely erotic, Begging for It is relentless in its quest to push its characters' emotional and sexual boundaries. I thought Asking for It was twisted and gut-wrenchingly raw, yet Begging for It takes Jonah and Vivienne’s journey to a whole new level.

What strikes me as noteworthy about this series is its careful, yet straightforward handling of a taboo subject matter. The sexual interactions between Jonah and Vivienne present a fascinating dichotomy: fantasy versus reality, degradation versus empowerment, and control versus helplessness. For these characters, rape as a fantasy holds elements of danger and excitement, although the emerging feelings of comfort and familiarity between them add an unexpected challenge to their relationship. The book’s casual and upfront manor in which it tackled Jonah and Vivienne’s sexual encounters made me painstakingly aware of the divide between their private lives and their public lives. These encounters built a strong connection between them because they are something shared only between them as a way of dealing with their demons. I felt like a voyeur, intruding on their intimate moments, which was admittedly part of the appeal of reading this book.

While Asking for It focused primarily on the sexual progression of Jonah and Vivienne’s evolving relationship along with Vivienne’s backstory, Begging for It delves deeper into their emotional connection and explores the skeletons in Jonah’s closet. Every gasp-worthy and jaw-dropping revelation about Jonah’s past helped me to better understand his mindset as to why he acts the way he does, which is especially important considering the narrative is written solely through Vivienne’s perspective. The narrative presents a new start for them, one in which their hopes and their fears are out in the open, and one in which they can willingly communicate and remain honest with each other. Between Jonah and Vivienne’s unconventional romance, the shocking revelations from Jonah’s past, and the unexpected element of suspense via a subplot, Begging for It is a book that will keep you on your toes. If you're looking for something different than your feel-good contemporary romance and want to explore a darker subject matter, I recommend setting aside any preconceived notions about what Jonah and Vivienne’s story may be about and giving this series a shot.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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