Maya Banks: Taking It All

This is book 3 of the Surrender Trilogy.

Lately I have been reading a lot of these BDSM novels. One scenario that I hamaya banks taking it alld yet to discover was how that dynamic would work in an already established, committed relationship.

Chessy and Tate have been married for five years. Tate is the dominant and Chessy is the submissive. Lately, Chessy is not feeling the love and security that she usually gets from Tate and her friend have noticed the strain that it has on her. Tate is distracted and obsessed with work and has stopped taking care of Chessy emotionally and physically, though he is there for her financially. Chessy does not care about being financially secure; she would rather have her attentive, loving husband back.

You really need to read the first two books in the series in order to understand all the dynamics of this story (which I promise to post). Maya goes right for the heart from the very start. She does a perfect job of letting us into the hearts and minds of Chessy and Tate from the very start. My heart was even crying when they cried – she really made me care. I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction and not real, but that just kind of takes the fun out of it.

After a ‘come to Jesus’ moment, Tate begins to understand that his marriage to Chessy is in danger and that it is up to him to do everything in his power to show her that he still loves her. It all comes to a (pretty predictable) climax when in the middle of a scene, Tate’s lack of attention leads to Chessy’s life being endangered.

As Chessy contemplates a permanent split from Tate, Tate does his best to hang on to his wife and correct the errors of his ways.

Taking It All is my favorite of the Surrender Trilogy. It is a short and quick read that goes by even faster because you will not want to put the book down.

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Maya Banks: Sweet Addiction

Sweet Addiction is book 6 of the Sweet series so I strongly suggest you read the first 5 books before you get to this one!

As a connoisseur of romance novels, I have come to expect that novels will flow in a certain pattern. First, the two leads meet. It might be love at first sight, or they might hate each other from the get go.

Sweet Addiction Maya BanksAfter a bit of back and forth, they begin their relationship and slowly (in the realm of the romance novel), but surely fall in love. Predictably something, or someone, from one or both of the leads past comes to introduce drama and doubt to the leads. They get scared and/or feel the need to give up on their relationship for the safety of the other person and then run off. Either that or they fight and break up. In the end they come to their senses and figure out that they love each other and are stronger together than apart.

What I love about Maya Banks Sweet Addiction is that is was unpredictable and it kept me guessing.

I’m used to novels where the two main perspectives are those of the leads I am meant to like, and if there is a third perspective, it is that of the creeper stalker person who has nefarious designs on the couple.

Having read the previous books in the series (I promise to upload those later!), I knew which characters I was meant to like. The female lead was likeable enough so that was not an issue. It was the third ‘lead’ that was a surprise to me and shows Maya’s mastery in creating her world.

Cole and Ren have a past. He was her dominant until he walked away from her for her own good. Fast forward 10 years and Ren catches Cole’s eye again, but this time she is in a relationship with Lucas. For some odd reason Lucas gives Ren to Cole for two weeks – something about making sure she was happy with him. At the end of the two weeks Cole and Lucas expect Ren to make a decision between the two men.

I found myself eager to get to the end of the novel – in a good way. I wanted to know what decisions would be made because where I usually have some idea of what I would like the end result to be, in this I had no expectations. I was sympathized with the decision that the female lead had to make. I was conflicted when she was and I was sad when she was.

If I absolutely had to pick on something that bothered me about this book it was that there was just too many sex scenes. I know. It was a complete hardship to read.

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