“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”
Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.
Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker…
Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.
So this book is based on taboo issues. If you can’t handle rape and/or violence then this book might not be for you. It deals with some very dark subject matter, but also can be quite humorous. I’m looking forward to finishing the story of Jonah and Vivienne in the next installment, Begging For It.
Jonah is very calm and mysterious and keeps to himself most days and nights. When he overhears a conversation between Vivienne and her ex boyfriend he’s immediately intrigued and wants to know more about the woman who shares his fantasy. I do believe that there’s more to Jonah than meets the eye and I’m hoping to find more out about him in the next installment. He comes from wealth however does not associate with his family. He is a professor in earth science and studies volcanoes, but that is just a tiny bit of who he is. I do like him but found it hard to connect with him. He did not swoon me
Vivienne struck me as an intelligent woman at first, but when I read how she related to her family she just seemed to lose it for me. She more or less turned into a doormat for her Sister and Mother. Although her fantasy is pretty fucked up, I actually found it incredibly intriguing and have thought about it myself, however I do not have a past like her and feel that she needs way more therapy then she’s getting. I liked her but did not love her.
The supporting character cast in this story is, okay. I liked Vivienne’s friends and the drama that they brought to the story. Her family were the ones who actually made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I just can’t see family treating family the way they did. It broke my heart. I mean… when you tell your girls something, aren’t they suppose to believe you, support you, and go to bat for you? Not those two! Bitches!
The book subject matter is not too dark, but not too light-hearted either. The characters were somewhat relatable but I still seemed to struggle to connect to them. The writing style was, eh, ok. I felt at times like it took a little too long to get to the point. The pacing was ok, definitely not fast paced. I liked this book, but it didn’t wooo me! I felt that there wasn’t enough tension leading up to the climax. Onto book #2, Begging For It.
Coming soon to an eReader near you…
Begging For it
STALK THE AUTHOR
Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.
She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).
And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.