|Asking for it
This is not my usual book at ALL.
And it might not be for you either. Just because I loved it doesn't mean you will. Please be advised of the book's warning...
Asking For It deals with a female character who has sexual rape fantasies. Vivienne Charles is a TA graduate student. She is smart and very damaged. She has recently come back to her apartment after being away on break. She's still friendly with her ex-boyfriend who couldn't deal with what she wanted sexually. Unfortunately, after a party and too many drinks, part of her secret is out and Jonah, a professor, is now aware of her desires. When he offers to help her with them, she finds herself saying yes.
“I’m not a masochist; I don’t get off on that kind of thing.”
“I’m not a sadist, so that works.”
Jonah Marks has secrets of his own. He's smart, quiet, sexy and with a dominant personality.
But, for how long can an arrangement with so much trust involved remain impersonal???
This book blew me away. I was terrified to read it since it was going to be so out of my comfort zone. I had so many preconceived ideas before I even started it. So glad I gave it a chance....
Vivienne is smart, independent, with determined goals in life. However, she feels ashamed of her fantasies. She revealed her darker desires to her ex-boyfriend and it ended their relationship. She was strong enough to realize therapy was going to help her and when we meet her she has had years of it. Vivienne's pain was tangible. So raw. There was no way I couldn't like her.
“Tonight, I actually am. I’m asking for it.”
I thought Jonah was the answer to her prayers. With him she felt safe and he never disappointed me. He relished her vulnerability and he always took care of her. He was sensitive to her needs and I'm talking about the ones outside their sexual relationship. And when we learn his secrets it only made me love him a little bit more.
“Even though I still wonder what kind of man Jonah is—even though the roots of his fantasy continue to puzzle and unnerve me—I am already bound to Jonah Marks.”
Can't wait to see how the story continues...
“Sometimes life is like a video game. When things get harder, and the obstacles get tougher, it just means you leveled up.”
Cliffhanger: yes (September)
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.