Book Review: Giving In by: Maya Banks


Rating: 2/5

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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 all, and that to submit fully to him will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

Series: Letting Go (1), Giving In (2), Taking It All (3)

Review: Kylie Breckenridge is an emotionally fragile woman with a strong heart and loyalty for friends and family. Jensen Tucker is a Dominant, but for a woman like Kylie he’s willing to forgo physical dominance for something so much sweeter – her emotional surrender. Kylie’s very unsure of Jensen and how he makes her feel. She doesn’t want dominance…does she? Jensen sees so much potential in Kylie – as a colleague and as a mate. Yet he knows to win her heart, he’ll have to give up control and earn her trust. Kylie’s not sure she can trust herself, let alone a powerful man like Jensen. Maybe it’s time to try…

GIVING IN is the second book in the Surrender Trilogy and features Kylie and Jensen. I wasn’t as entranced by their story, their chemistry, or their relationship. I felt for Kylie and everything she went through. I just felt their relationship was a bit rushed. If someone had acted like Jensen did toward me if I had Kylie’s history I wouldn’t have been happy about it. GIVING IN has some sweet, some spice, and of course, the happily ever after. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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