Book Review: Asking For It

Asking for It (Asking for It #1)
by Lilah Pace

“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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Asking for It generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

When I received an invitation to request Asking for It on Netgalley the blurb and the warning to the readers intrigued me. I enjoy reading about the taboo side of sexual relationships and think Lilah Pace wrote a very intriguing first novel. The delicacy in which sexual fantasies regarding rape come with certain perceptions on how they are to be handled. Whatever your personal opinions on the matter are make no difference in the world of fiction as written by an author - it's their take. Ms. Pace very tastefully handles this taboo matter never, ever demeaning rape or down playing the effects of this heinous act. Rather she explores the effects of having overt sexual feelings about being taken against one's will in a situation of their choosing.

The heroine of this story, Vivienne, vividly fantasizes about being taken advantage of sexually. The story is told from Vivienne's point of view and throughout the novel she volleys back and forth with her feelings of being high from the rush she gets with the fantasy and the shame she feels because of it. There came a point in the story, even though I felt for her and understood her motivation, that the back and forth became cumbersome for me. In the interest of preserving the plot, I don't want to say much about the hero of this story. The plot was uniquely crafted and the histories of both characters, the aloofness of the hero, the way they meet, everything really are plot points that need to be savored by the reader. However, I will say I wish the heroine had taken bigger strides in being honest about her life in correlation to her fantasies which presented an issue for me while reading deeper into the story.

There is no doubt I enjoyed the writing of Lilah Pace as well as her carefully constructed plot. The taboo nature of the book was quite thrilling honestly. I think she did leave a lot of room for the heroine to grow in the next book and I think she needs to in order to make subject matter of her fantasies just that, more fantasy. Since this book ends with the promise of more to come between these two there is an excitement to see what will happen next. I look forward to reading more of this series and from this author.

**If you're not a fan of taboo subject matter, rough sex, or rape fantasy - this book is NOT for you. I strongly suggest you heed the author/publisher warning about the content before reading.**

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