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I Belong

Review: Giving In by Maya Banks

giving-inTitle: Giving In

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Surrender Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425272966 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425272961 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. Now, the story continues as one woman, haunted by the shadows of the past, explores the possibilities of a new beginning in ways she never could have imagined…

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

Quick & Dirty: Can two damaged people get over the demons of their past and find love?

Opening Sentence: “You look like hell,” Jensen Tucker said bluntly from the doorway of Kyle Breckenridge’s office.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kylie is broken, guarded and unwilling to have a relationship with anyone due to the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her father. She is finally coming to terms with the fact that she hasn’t dealt with the death of her brother all that well, and she didn’t handle Joss moving on very well either. Jensen, as you may remember, is the new partner at the firm. He also makes Kyle highly uncomfortable, partly because he is dominant, but also because he is highly intuitive. Jensen also rocks Kylie to her core when he approaches her about taking on a new contract and helping come up with ideas to restructure and eliminate money being wasted for a new client.

They meet for dinner to discuss her ideas, and Kylie once again is blown away when Jensen agrees with her ideas and compliments her on them. She is shocked when he tells her that he would like to see her become an additional partner in the firm. However, when she sees a man who reminds her of her father, Kylie has an immediate panic attack and is sure that Jensen will be completely scared away from her. To her dismay, he doesn’t abandon her and helps her through it. She finds herself trusting him more and more and actually think about the possibility of a relationship.

However, Jensen has his own secrets and when he gets in deeper and deeper with Kylie to address her issues, he begins to show more and more destructive ways. When his demons rise in the most unexpected way, will Kylie be able to get pass what happened? Will Jensen be able to forgive himself? Will they be able to trust each other?

You don’t necessarily have to read all the books in this series, however, I suggest that you do read them in order. You get introduced to all the major players in book one, you also get a good sense of what is going on. I have really enjoyed this series, I love the friendships and the couples. For the most part, even though this book is about dominant/submissive, it’s really light compared to other books within that genre. In this particular book, it’s almost non-existence as Jensen is more than willing to put aside all of those behaviors in order to make Kyle comfortable.

Overall, I enjoyed Kylie and Jensen as a couple. I felt that they dealt with their issues in a mostly good way, but that lacked something when delivering the issues. I would say there are Trigger warnings about this book, it does contain descriptions of abuse, incest, and rape. I did enjoy the book and look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy.

Notable Scene:

Terror blistered through her eyes and her breath quickened. her pulse stuttered and panic slammed into her. He could see her struggling for breath, her nostrils flaring with the effort.

“Listen to me, Kyle. I understand you far better than you think. You value control in all things, because you once had that control taken from you. I’m going to give that back to you. Tonight. I’m going to sleep here, with you, so that you know you’re safe. I want you to rest. One night without dreams, or at the very least someone to comfort you when the dreams torture you. And so you are in absolute control and so you know have nothing to fear, you’re going to tie my hands to your bedpost so that I am, in effect, helpless.”

Surrender Trilogy:

1. Letting Go

2. Giving In

3. Taking it All


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Giving In. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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