Review: Begging for It by Lilah Pace

Review: Begging for It by Lilah PaceBegging For It by Lilah Pace
Series: Asking For It #2
Published by Penguin September 1, 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Also in this series: Asking For It
Also by this author: Asking For It
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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...

 

I think what I will take away most from Begging for It, is the thought that not all relationships are the same. And what may be a happy coupling for some, is vastly different to what others have or need.  Society has a historic mold but that simply doesn’t work for all, maybe it doesn’t even work for most anymore.
 
I’m not saying that Vivienne’s need to imagine being taken by force is healthy. But I think Pace did a great job of showing that maybe it’s not entirely unhealthy either. It gave Vivienne a sense of control, something that she didn’t have her first time.  And…I guess, I just can’t see that as a bad thing. Who am I, or who is society for that matter, to judge someone on HOW they heal from a trauma? She’s not harming anyone else, so why look down on her for needing a rape fantasy to get off?
 
This is turning into something more like a psychoanalysis and less like a book review, isn’t it?
 
I think maybe that’s okay though. The Asking for It series should provoke thought on such a taboo subject.  Mission accomplished, in my case.
 
As for the story:
 
I loved how Pace reconciled Vivienne and Jonah’s relationship. I loved that she let Vivienne stand up for herself, how she didn’t just let Jonah walk away.  She stood by him, she weathered his emotions and his confusions.
 
Also, I loved that Jonah became such a rock in helping Vivienne move on from her past.
 
This is truly a tender story about what you do for someone you really love. Sometimes you struggle with what that is, maybe it’s leaving them for good, maybe it’s sticking it out. Pace lets you see it a few different ways.  As thought provoking as it is, it’s also just a very good written, intriguing story and I look forward to more works from this author.

 

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About Lilah Pace

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.


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Review: Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Review: Asking For It by Lilah PaceAsking For It by Lilah Pace
Series: Asking For It #1
Published by Berkley June 2, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotica
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Begging For It
Also by this author: Begging For It
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“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.

Asking For It pushes the boundaries of twisted and dark erotica by seating the reader soundly in the middle of sexual uncomfortableness, hopeful romanticism and psychological curiosities.
 
Vivienne Charles is perhaps the most interesting character I’ve read all year.  The path that leads to her fantasies and how those fantasies rule such a major part of her life, was beyond intriguing. She doesn’t want to think the things she does, she certainly doesn’t want her body to respond to those thoughts with so much passion. She lives in secret, trusting people with such dark desires isn’t easy.
 
Jonah understands Vivienne’s plight. He has some depraved wants of his own. The difference between Vivienne and Jonah is that Asking for It is written in Vivienne’s point of view. So, we get to understand where her desires stem from. Maybe understand is too strong of a word. Regardless, we don’t get that with Jonah. He’s a mystery for a good portion of the book.  But no less interesting and appealing.
 
When the secrets all begin to unravel and the emotions taking place outside of the fantasy play, hit…that’s when it becomes all the more heartbreaking.
 
Asking for It is not a standalone, but I’m thankful for that. I don’t think the issues these two have, with themselves and each other, would be easily tidied up in one book.  The life and times of Vivienne and Jonah is, at best, bone jarring.  That shit takes time to mend.
 
I had a hard time setting this story down to live my own life. I was so curious as to how any real, sustainable relationship could come out of something so deeply personal and terrifying.  Asking for It is a strange mix of sadness, tenderness, tragedy and sexuality – told by a tender hand.
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About Lilah Pace

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.


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