Giving In

Author: Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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As children, Kylie Breckenridge and her brother were abused by their father and abandoned by their mother. Now her brother is dead and she is the office manager at the company he once co-owned. She has noticed the looks being given to her by the new partner, Jensen, who took her brother’s place at the company. But she is not even ready to date after her horrific past, much less to a dominant man like him. Kylie has witnessed the relationships her two friends have with their dominant husbands, but the idea of dominance strikes fear in her heart more than anything else does.  She tries to avoid him whenever she can, but when the other partner, Dash, leaves on his honeymoon with her friend, Joss, Kylie is forced to spend time with him. She knows everything there is to know about the company and she can’t resist when he offers her the chance for a partnership at the company her brother helped start.

Due to Jensen’s past, he is all too familiar with abuse and can see the effects in Kylie’s eyes. Although being dominant is in his very nature, he would give it up to be with her. Jensen knows he has to tread lightly with Kylie, but though he longs for her body, it is her emotional surrender that he longs for most of all.

When Kylie breaks down during a dinner business meeting with Jensen and then he witnesses her in the midst of her nightly nightmares, she figures he will lose all interest in her. But he hangs in there, desperate to make her see that true dominance doesn’t involve pain, bondage or discipline and that submitting to him will fulfill her in ways she never dreamed. Will she give up control and submit to Jensen and the dominance she fears most of all?

An emotion-packed, erotically-charged tale, GIVING IN, the second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maya Banks’ SURRENDER trilogy, is a poignant contemporary romance that will sweep you up and not let you go until the very last page. Kylie and Jensen are both vulnerable people and have suffered horrendous pasts. Throughout the story Jensen proved to have a patient, tender side, despite his stalwart demeanor to everyone, except Kylie. Readers will not be able to help falling for this guy. Kylie’s struggle to overcome the abuse at the hands of her father and the death of her brother will touch your heart. As these two come together to test the boundaries of desire, they will take your breath away. The addition of the secondary characters, Kylie’s two friends; Chessy and Josslyn, adds even more depth to the story.

This riveting story of abuse, grief, dominance, friendship, healing, romance and love is just an example of why Ms. Banks remains a constant on my list of must-read authors. After reading the first two stories, I cannot wait to experience Chessy and Tate’s story, TAKING IT IN, the final book in this delectable series, which is due to be released in August 2014. For an exceptionally hot story with loveable, realistic characters, emotional situations and healing, pick up a copy of GIVING IN. While you are at it, be sure to also pick up a copy of the first book in this wonderful series, LETTING GO.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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