Monday, April 21, 2014

Review | "Giving In" by Maya Banks

Giving In by Maya banks
Adult Romance published May 6, 2014
Berkeley Trade
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.
My Thoughts...
I had a feeling I would like this book better than the first one and I was right.  I liked Jensen from the minute he made his first appearance in Letting Go.  I wasn't quite a Kylie fan in that book, but getting to know her through this book made me one.  This was a pretty solid 4 stars for me considering that I read an uncorrected proof of the book.  There were a few issues, but I am sure those were ironed out prior to publishing.

So we met Kylie and Jensen in the last book and all we really know about Jensen, from that book, is that he is intense, he's into the same sort of dominant thing that Dash and Tate are, he's a great businessman and he's hot.  We know that Kylie is Jocelyn's sister in law and like her brother she suffered at the hands of an abusive father.  Now that Carson is gone the only people she has in her life are Joss, Dash and their friends.  She is still young, but she's smart and Jensen sees this. 

While Joss and Dash are on their honeymoon Jensen and Kylie are taking care of the business.  Jensen decides to give her a little more responsibility to test her as a potential partner for the firm and gives her a case to work on.  They get to know each other in the process and she begins to see him as someone she could possibly get close to.  Because of what she's been through it's clear that it will take some time, but Jensen cares for her and he's not going to give up.  Jensen knew the minute he laid eyes on her that he wanted her and he is willing to give up his need for dominance in order to have her.  He just has to get her to trust him and that's not going to be easy.  What Kylie doesn't know is that they have much more in common than she could imagine.

I think that overall this story was better than the first one.  I think that there was some repetition and some somewhat sappy lines, but what romance book doesn't have that these days?  There is one more book in the series and I am anxious to see how Maya handles this one since they couple in it are already married.  I am looking forward to see what she does with their story.  This book did seem to have fewer love scenes in it, and while they are detailed they aren't quite as crazy as some of her's that I have read!

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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