Asking For It
By: Lilah Pace
Release Date: June 2, 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.
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book as provocative, intense, and thought provoking as Asking For It by Lilah Pace. It definitely pushes the limits a bit, and probably isn’t for the faint of heart, but do not let that deter you one bit from this phenomenal book. It is heated beyond measure, exceptionally written, and tells a unique story laced with so many glorious and superbly crafted emotions.
That is just part of what makes this book a truly exceptional read.
The moment I began this book, I was captivated by every enrapturing word, and I could not resist the effervescent pull of it. From start to finish I was hooked into the darkly laced world this book creates, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with what this book and its characters gave me as I read it.
This book will consume you. It will pull you into its enthralling world, and you will be thinking about this story long after you’ve finished it because it is that good. Asking For It will make you question what is happening in this story, what is okay and what might not be so okay, and it’ll break through every single thought you had on the topics and ideas covered in this utterly magnificent book.
Asking For It tells the story of Vivienne, a twenty something who fantasizes about being taken by force. She wants to be dominated. Owned. Claimed. This author does an extraordinary job of showing the many facets to Vivienne’s desires and fantasies. She explains the how and the why, and you just get it. I cannot say enough good things about how outstandingly this author explores the fantasies that Vivienne has, and the many reasoning’s behind them.
As you delve into the thoughtfully crafted pages of Vivienne’s story, you get to know more about her and where her fantasies stem from. I have to say that I found Vivienne’s character to be extremely authentic and downright refreshing because of how honest and open her character is in this book. In Asking For It, you get to see Vivienne at her most vulnerable, in her rawest and truest form, and that is truly remarkable to experience.
There were so many instances in this book where my heart just went to Vivienne because of what she was experiencing, what she was thinking, and what she was going through and feeling as the events of this book and the past unfolded. I loved her, was intrigued by her, felt for her, and just wanted to know everything I could about her as I got to know her character. The more I learned about her, the more I felt so immensely connected to her as she navigates the murky waters of what happens when she finally finds the person who can fulfill those dark fantasies she has.
That’s when Jonah Marks comes into the story, and let me tell you right now that you will not be able to resist the magnetic pull from that man. From the instant you meet his character you will be drawn to the force and power that is him, just like Vivienne is. Jonah is mysterious as all get out, sexy as hell, and he will have you reaching for your fan in no time, but more than that, Jonah is an enigmatic character that will get your heart beating rapidly and your mind moving just as fast.
The moment you meet Jonah, you’ll want to know more about him. You’ll want to know why he is so drawn to Vivienne and the fantasies that she has. You’ll want to know what in life has lead him to sharing similar desires. You’ll also want to know more about his past, who he really is, and why he is that way. Basically, the more you experience Jonah’s strong and seriously engaging character, the more you will want to know every single thing you can about him, and the dark and twisty path that got him to the present of this story.
While this book is told solely from Vivienne’s perspective, I felt that this author really gave me the chance to see the many sides to Jonah’s character in addition to hers. Through the heart racing events that take place in this book, you learn more about him, his motives, and you see the vulnerable side to him as well. The raw, honest, and extremely real side that you see of him in Asking For It is nothing short of wonderful, and allows you some very real glimpses into who in the world Jonah Marks is.
When Vivienne and Jonah begin to explore their fantasies together it is extremely heated. It’s explosive, a bit on the dark side, and filled with the perfect amount of fire, desire, and roughness. The connection between these two characters is magnetic to say the least. It’s vibrant and powerful, and soon they find themselves having more of an emotional connection than they ever expected. They start to really feel things, very real things and very real emotions, and where those feelings takes Vivienne and Jonah is mind blowing and heart pulling.
Their relationship will definitely make you think. A lot. It will make you want to know how the dynamics of it all work. It’ll have you biting your nails like crazy as you wait to see where it’s all headed. It’ll have your heart practically thumping out of your chest as you become more and more consumed by what they’re sharing. Their relationship is different to say the least, but the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and reactions it brings out over the course of this story in them and in you as the reader will completely leave you in awe.
Sheer, all consuming, heart palpating, unadulterated, mind bending awe.
The more I read this book, the more I loved every phenomenal word, feeling, and reaction that it gave me. Asking For It brought up so many thoughts in my mind, and it took over every available space in my brain and heart during and after reading it. That is just one of the many things that reiterated how utterly fantastic this book is in every way, shape, and form.
Asking For It allowed me so many different experiences too. It gave me a plethora of varied and thoughtfully crafted emotions to experience through all of the twist and turns in this story. It gave me so many intense moments, and some seriously shocking “oh my goodness” moments too. (Believe me, there are many moments in this book that will make your jaw drop, and I don’t mean because of the fantasies Jonah and Vivienne are sharing.) It also gave me two dynamic characters and a multitude of outstanding supporting characters that made this story something I truly could not get enough of.
This book definitely pushes the boundaries, but that is just part of what makes it so exceptional. Lilah Pace takes on many twisty, dark, and intriguing topics in this book, and she does so with a superb level of writing, character development, and storytelling. I cannot wait to get my hands on the follow up to this novel. I so look forward to being consumed once again by Vivienne, Jonah, and their intensely consuming story.
Take a leap of faith, and read this phenomenally captivating book. Let it bend your mind a bit, and let it give you something to think about, something to feel whole heartedly, and something that is sure to set your heart on fire repeatedly. It’ll blow you away if you let it. That leap of faith is so immensely worth it, and will give you a story unlike any other. Trust me.
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