Published by: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley NAL / Signet Romance DAW
on June 2, 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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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.
One of the best books I’ve read this year! Enticing, seductive, and fascinating! This dark erotic romance will have you pondering your own dark fantasies. Asking For It by Lilah Pace will hold you hostage until the very end, leaving you in a state of wonder and hope. Two people. One forbidden fantasy. Feelings were never supposed to be involved…until they were. When fantasy and reality merge, it’s only a matter of time before a heart breaks, a soul shatters, and everything becomes too much.
“You destroy me every time. Completely.”
The feelings, the emotions, the down right ache in my chest was enough to leave me curled up in a ball, rocking myself, telling myself it will all be okay. Be warned that this book, this magnificent story will affect you in some way. Since I received an early copy, I read this quite a while ago, and I’m still astounded by how much I think about this story and these amazing, beautifully tortured characters. Asking For It is a different animal. It deals with the fantasy of rape by both parties involved. A woman who craves it and a man who craves to give it just as much. It’s a tangled arrangement, a unique arrangement, and arrangement that will change them in every possible way.
“…savagery is beauty.”
It’s seductive, brutal, passionate, savage, and quite powerful! You will become so attached to these characters. You will feel scared for them. You will feel compassion. You will feel their struggles and their convictions. This is as authentic, vivid, and brave as it gets. Lilah Pace is an incredible writer who knows her stuff. The character development, the growth, the acceptance, everything was perfectly done. It’s not everyday you come across a book with no faults. But today, I’m telling you, THIS…THIS is that book! NONE of the plot should be given away. This work of art needs to be experience with no hold-backs whatsoever. This is Lilah Pace’s first adult novel, and she KILLED it! Asking For It should NOT be missed!
Quarter ’til ten.
Keiko’s pottery – put that away. Breakables have no place out in the open, not tonight. What about the lamp? If I move it to the center of the table, that’s probably okay.
I took a shower just after a light dinner of toast and eggs, plus the last of the peaches I bought a few days ago. The juice was still sticky on my chin and fingers as I stood under the hot spray of water, rubbing in something that promises to be “ultra-moisturizing.” My skin feels soft, anyway, and the faint lavender scent lingers.
I wonder if Jonah will even notice. Probably not. If tonight goes according to plan, his mind should be on other things.
“Unlock your door at ten p.m. No earlier. I don’t want you to do anything unsafe.”
Protecting me as he plans to terrorize me. This is the paradox of Jonah Marks.
Nearly everything that could break during a struggle has been put away. Now what? Lights on or off? He’ll want to see me – and I want to see him – but the dark would sharpen the edge of my fear. Finally I turn down one of the floor lamps in the far corner of my living room, so only a faint shadow of amber-tinted light falls across my bedroom floor.
“I should warn you,” I said. “When I said I’ll fight, I meant it.”
Jonah’s low voice made me shudder. “Struggle all you want. It won’t matter.”
My hair is down. Wearing makeup would be sort of ridiculous, but if I went to bed like it really was any other night, I might have acne cream on my chin. Let’s not. I settle for clean-scrubbed skin and cherry Chapstick. My shoes have all found their places in my closet, instead of their usual line near the side of my bed. This tank top is a soft shade of apricot – seemed like a good idea on the clearance rack, but it doesn’t really match anything else I own. It’s been sleepwear for a while now. My nipples are just visible through the thin ribbed cotton.
Simple cotton panties. If they get torn, so be it.
I should probably shop at the Salvation Army for more clothes I wouldn’t mind being destroyed.
“If I haven’t come in by 10:30, something’s held me up. Lock your door and wait for me to call.”
Five until ten. On the back of my bedroom door, I’ve hung a series of hooks, which gives me a handy place to keep belts, scarves, accessories like that. I run my hands through the scarves, feeling the various fabrics against my skin – then close my fingers around pale pink cotton. This scarf is sturdy enough to stand up to some abuse. Yet thin enough to serve as a makeshift rope – if that’s something Jonah wants.
I’m about to find out.
“You remember the rules I gave you, back when we began? About what I didn’t want the first time?” I put my hand to my chest, as if my touch could slow my fluttering heart. “You can consider those suspended.”
Jonah growled, “Good.”
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