Series: Surrender Trilogy #3
Published by Berkley Trade Release date : August 5th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance
Source: Publicist | Format: Paperback
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Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all
Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.
But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love
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.
After DNF the first book in the series, Letting Go, I went into this one with low expectations. Honestly, I still feel that this wasn’t the best series of Maya Banks to start out with. I know plently of others that love her books, but I can’t jump on that ship.
The two main things that bothered me about Letting Go, are the main issues I had with Taking It All as well. The repetitive narrative, #1. It’s so frustrating to read the same conversations and same monologue over and over. If you take out all that bull shit – this book would have been 100 pages, max. The other is how utterly bored I was. I had no connect to the characters, the writing was flat and the overall story ARC didn’t sit right with me at all.
Let us start with the characters. First of all, the voice of Chessy and Tate are one and the same. Throw in a few extra FUCKS and SHITS for Tate. This has always been a peeve of mine, when both characters in the story are so similar, I can’t tell who is who. I know Chessy is a sub – and some could look into this type of relationship as call it weakness – but she was weak. The dynamics of a dom/sub relationship focus on trust and loyalty, which I can see, but for Chessy? Not at all. I can’t fathom why someone would/could completely give up their life for their spouse. Quitting their job and solely relying on the other to take care of you. Granted, this may be a thing in the dom/sub relationship, but she was damn well feeling the repercussions of that.
She is also weak because I can’t fathom how someone feels like they can’t survive without another person. I love my husband, and while I would like to say I am a romantic at heart and say that I couldn’t live without him. But I am a strong, independent woman and I know that I could. This goes beyond trust and dedication, it’s stupidity. I can brush all this aside, because I don’t live this lifestyle, I don’t full understand it and who am I to judge? But the last straw was when she took Tate back after their disastrous night at The House. I will place a spoiler tag – View Spoiler » Tate walked away from Chessy when she was tied up and raped by another man who HE trusted for their little night of fun. She was SCREAMING her safe word, and it took way too long for Tate to intervene. That to me, is unforgivable. Not only did he take a work call while the man he choose did sexual acts to his wife, he left her vulnerable to his sadistic ways. NO FUCKIN WAY. « Hide Spoiler
After that disastrous and heartbreaking night, I couldn’t think of one single thing that would cause Chessy to forgive Tate and bring them back together. I should have know what it was going to be, but I can believe that card was played. Unreal.
What I did enjoy – were the scenes with Joss and Kylie. I said before that I wasn’t interested in Kylie’s story, and I now taking that back. I am not sure if I am going to go back and read her story – but I am tempted.
Overall I can’t say I enjoyed this one. I will try out another series by Maya Banks before I can say with 100% certainty that her writing is not for me. I am hesitant to recommend this one, because I feel like that scene in particular could be a trigger for some.
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