Review: Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Posted June 2, 2015 by Erin in Recommendations, Reviews / 3 Comments

Asking For It Review: Asking For It by Lilah Paceby Lilah Pace
on June 2nd 2015
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five-stars
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Series: Asking For It #1
Pages: 336

“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.

Bethany’s Review

6 STARS! TOP FAVORITE OF 2015!

First, I’d like to start off by stating I was highly hesitant to read this book. I read the blurb and the warning, and I flat out decided not to read it. Why? Rape play and fantasy does not turn me on. I have read a couple of books in the past with this theme, and I did not like them at all. To me, rape is so heinous; sometimes I’ve thought rape could be worse than murder in many ways. I always wondered how anyone could take pleasure in recreating something that is so horrific and life damaging. After seeing some spectacular early reviews on Goodreads I decided to finally give Asking For It a shot.

“And you think our broken edges would fit together, make us whole?” He looks so sad. So lost. “It doesn’t work that way. I wish it did.”

This novel completely changed my outlook about rape fantasy and the ways victims cope and deal with living their lives after surviving the worst life altering event imaginable. The way in which the author writes and handles such a delicate subject matter amazes me. This book sucked me in completely, and I could not put it down or stop thinking about it. Actually, I don’t see myself stopping thinking about it for days. I never once thought the author made light of the sensitive subject matter nor did she make the scenes brutal to where it was hard to read.

This book has teeth and digs deep into the characters and their inner demons. The romance is not rushed – it builds beautifully. Vivienne and Jonah are extremely well-developed, multi-layered main characters. One of the most beautiful aspects of romance is when two deeply damaged people can find each other and help each other to heal. Gotta be honest here, I would marry Jonah in a heartbeat! Yes he’s damaged, but he’s also intelligent, protective, broody strong, and caring. Book Husband Alert!

I am rating Asking For It 6 STARS, and it is a top favorite book of 2015! This love story reached inside and touched my soul. I can’t even describe to you how well-written it is, the pacing is perfect, and the character development is some of the best I have ever read.

Erin’s Review

3.5 Stars

“The point was to remain strangers. Wasn’t it? To keep it…raw.”

This is going to be a hard review to write. I felt like I liked the book and I didn’t. Just to warn you this book deals with some very explicit sex and fantasies. If any sort non-consensual fantasy bothers you then do not go any further!

Asking For It, is about Vivienne and Jonah. It’s almost like fate brought them together, so they could live out their mutual fantasy. This was well written, and the characters were likable, but it all just felt above the surface. I wanted a little bit more from Jonah. I can be ok with this topic, as long as I get some of the emotional connection too.

Now, mind you this is a series, and it it very well maybe the build up to a very deep connection, I just didn’t feel it in this book. I think a lot of my book buddies will love this book, Jonah is pretty smokin HOT!

“There is something about the way he speaks-and its not just his mesmerizing voice. Every single word seems to have been rationed. Measured. He reveals nothing he doesn’t want to reveal. No emotion slips through unless he allows it. The totality of his control, his command of himself…its even more intoxicating now that I know the intensity he’s just barely holding back. And it reminds me how fucking incredible it felt when he took control of me.”

Pretty sure I will be reading book 2, to see where these characters will go.

Kristi’s Review

3 Stars

I want to start out by saying that my non-love for this book is a case of ‘it’s not you, its me.” I may be one of the few people that didn’t fully connect with it. I’m a huge fan of books that deal with taboo, gritty and tragic themes and although the storyline was well written, it just didn’t fully deliver for me.

Vivienne is a Graduate student in the arts and has sexual fantasies that make her feel shameful. She has Shame for the taboo theme of them but also because of earlier childhood trauma. How can she enjoy this? Why is this the only way she can feel pleasure? How does she share these fantasies with a partner without feeling like a freak? These are questions that torment her. As a reader, I totally understood Vivienne’s struggle. The unconventional way for her to deal with it was a, for lack of a better word, refreshing and realistic take on this topic. Her deep seated fantasies, her internal struggle about them, why she is the way she is, all of it made sense to me and had my heart aching for this woman.

“I hate this about myself. I hate it. I’ve tried to change so many times; I’ve always failed…maybe it doesn’t matter. Lots of people have sexual fantasies they’d never act on, whether they’re violent or perverse, silly or flat-out biologically impossible. If it’s all in my head, and it makes me come, what’s the harm?”

Jonah is a Science professor at the same university as Vivienne. He is broody, private and has fantasies of his own.  He’s able to help Vivienne explore her fantasies in safe way. The two of them strike up a deal that is mutually beneficial l to both of them but also have very clear boundries. No personal info, no emotion, no friendship, just fantasy. But is it that easy to take all the other stuff out while engaging in such a personal journey?

“With a boyfriend you can pretend – but it’s a joke really. A game. Not the fantasy you really want. Me? I’m nearly a stranger. I can do more than fuck you. I can scare you a little. Just a little. Enough to make it what you really want…it’s your fantasy, and mine. Chances like this don’t come along often – two people twisted in the exact same way.”

Jonah is also very mysterious and we don’t get a lot of back story about him. I honestly felt no connection to him during this book. I think I would have liked a little more story about him, just something to help me relate. His actions felt mechanical to me and maybe that was what the author wanted. However, I do have a feeling that we’ll be getting a lot more from him in book 2.

Overall, I really did enjoy the book. The plot was well paced with a fresh storyline. Lilah Pace left a lot room for growth for both the characters and the story and I look forward to reading it in book two.

 

 

About Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.

She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).

And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.

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3 responses to “Review: Asking For It by Lilah Pace

  1. Wow! You guys differ in your opinion. I think I’ve convinced myself to read this. I’m not scared to read it, I read dark books. But I worry whether or not I will like it because I’m really sensitive to rape storylines and how they’re dealt with in books. I’m not sure I would be comfortable with this possibly romanticized version (I’m not saying it is romanticized—I haven’t read it).

    Bethany, considering you had some reservations and still liked it convincing me even more to pick it up.

    Erin and Kristy – Your reviews have me worried. LOL! I am big on feeling the character’s connection. Hmm…
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    • Megan, I felt this was only a slightly dark read. Even though the book dealt with a dark subject, the author doesn’t make the heavy scenes hard to read, neither did she make light of the subject. I think you will be impressed with her writing skills.

      The girls and I usually aren’t special split about a book so it made it extra fun to chat about. 🙂 I didn’t have trouble connecting with the H. He just can across as mysterious and broody which made me like him even more.

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