Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book Review: ASKING FOR IT by Lilah Pace

Genre: Dark Romance / Erotica
Publication Date: 2 June 2015


“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.



What a ride this book was, talk about twisted fantasies! Before diving into my review, I have to say that this book might not be for everyone. Not because it's dark but because it deals with rape as a sexual fantasy (always in a consensual manner) but also as a reality of itself. Knowing that, I would just say proceed with caution. . .

“I don’t get off unless I’m imagining being raped.”

That was Vivienne Charles, a graduate student who fantasizes about being taken by force, about being rapped. Those desires go so deep for her that they been haunting her for a long time and up to now she hasn't been able to fulfill them or let them go. But one night when she finds herself stranded with a flat tire in the middle of the night, a stranger comes to her rescue. This stranger helps her and nothing else yet their meeting couldn't be more electrifying and unforgettable. It's until later when they reconnect again that Vivienne finds out that her memorable stranger is no other than a professor in her same university and he's very interested in fulfilling her dark fantasies.

“It’s your fantasy, and mine. Chances like this don’t come along often—two people twisted in the exact same way.”

The way these two go into their arrangement without knowing much about each other brought high thrill and danger into the story. They only thing they knew from the start was what they wanted out of their encounters and with their boundaries set, it all seems to work for them. Together they find an erotism that is risky, twisted, but completely satisfying to them and that's exactly what they've always been longing for. Their story was engrossing, its shock factor and thrilling anticipation made me not want to stop reading. And with every chapter it was exciting to unfold their twisted romance. How they move from a physical connection to a more deeper one; one where there's is no longer room for their own dark secrets.

“As Jonah and I dig further into my darkest fantasies, we might be getting closer to the fuse.”

I really liked the raw intimacy that Vivienne and Jonah shared. Even before all their secrets were out or before they realized they felt more than lust for each other, they gave themselves completely to one another by trusting, understanding, protecting, and caring for the other unconditionally. And to come front that kind of intimacy and then add feelings and very deep scars to the mix, they couldn't be more bound to each other even if they tried and that on its own was beautiful to witness.

“How did this man with the power to terrify me also become the one person who truly makes me feel safe?”

As you can see this story is not your typical fall-in-love kind of story, no, here you'll find two damaged yet strong characters that deliver a romance full of thrill, darkness, and kink. I personally enjoyed the ride they took me in and since this book ends on a cliffhanger, I'm really looking forward to Begging For It. :)


Connect with Lilah Pace on:

#1 - Asking For It: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#2 - Begging For It: Amazon US * Amazon UK

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