Book Review: Taking It All by: Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

Series: Surrender Trilogy

Review: TAKING IT ALL is the third book of the Surrender Trilogy and the one I was most anticipating. I was highly disappointed, unfortunately. Chessy’s put up with her husband, Tate, and the fact his business has taken up so much of his time for quite awhile. She’s tired and hurt, wanting her relationship back to where it was before. I was not happy with Chessy for letting herself be hurt and unhappy for so long. She should have talked to Tate long before about how she was feeling. If you’re unhappy in your relationship, you have to talk thing through right away. Once Tate knew how Chessy felt, he tried to make it up to her but his best laid plans go terribly awry. Chessy, rightly, walks away but Tate is determined to win her back. I thought TAKING IT ALL could have been so much better. I couldn’t stand either character by the end, which really broke my heart.

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