Series: Surrender Trilogy #1
Published by Berkley Trade Release date : February 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicist | Format: Paperback
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Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.
Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.
When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.
I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was so excited when I was contacted about reading and reviewing, Taking it All (Surrender Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks. At the time, I was under the assumption that since this was a series, the first two should be read first. So, the publicist send me all three books. Awesome right?
I wanted to love this. I have heard so many good things about Maya Banks. Maybe this wasn’t the best series to start with? I don’t know. I just couldn’t get into this book and called it quits at about page 150.
The world of BDSM isn’t new to me – I read a lot of it. Some people, like me, find it fascinating how they live their life, while others.. don’t. So for me, this wasn’t an introduction to the world. But it was written as one. The main character, Jose, has needs, desires and wants. But she is nervous about he lifestyle, since she has never lived it. So, there we get the details, explained by Dash, her late husband’s best friend.
This is what bored me. The two talked and talked and talked. Which is good – considering the life style change for Jose and the unique situation with Dash and all. But it was the same conversation over and over again. I got it the first time – why wouldn’t they?
The other aspect of the novel that I thought I would like, was the fact the Dash has been in love with Jose for years. Waiting out his time to act since the death of Carter. I can’t imagine that turmoil, watching the person you love married to your best friend. He never acted on his affections, but it wasn’t a secret between the two either. But what I found odd was Jose’s acceptance so quickly. Almost like she was taking advantage of the fact that Dash cared for her, would teach her, and she could eat her cake too. Personally, I would need time to process this – but she took it and went with it, almost jumping into their agreement instantly. I couldn’t fathom that.
Anyway, not much else came to light in what I read. I was told that these can be read as a standalone, so I am going to jump right into book 3 (Taking it All) and hope for the best. Plus, book two is Kylie’s book, and I have no desire to read her story.
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