New Release Review: Begging for It by Lilah Pace

Begging for It

Begging for It by Lilah Pace
Book #2 Asking for It
Genre: Dark Erotica
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
ARC provided by Berkley and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.

Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they’re taking are far more dangerous than they’d imagined.

A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is…

Angie’s Review – 2 Skulls – D

Admittedly, Begging for It had some pretty big shoes to fill from its predecessor. Asking for It was not only one of my favorite reads of the year thus far, it was also innovative, exhilarating, and left me breathless for more. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of those feelings with Begging for It. Where Asking for It felt brand new and swept me off my feet, I felt like I’ve read Begging for It a dozen different times in a dozen different books.

Two stars simply for the characters, Jonah and Vivienne. While I still enjoy them, I feel as though Jonah changed significantly in this one. He lost all mystery here, and I think that’s due in part to the storyline, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. There were so many places this book could have gone, and it was disappointing to see it go the route it did. The side story taking place in Austin felt forced to me—just a convenient way to bring Vivienne closer to Jonah’s way of thinking and bring them back together. It did a huge disservice to both characters. The emotion that was brimming in the first book was lacking here. It had a clinical feel to it, as if an outsider was describing things to the reader instead of the reader experiencing them along with the characters. As for Vivienne, I wish we’d seen more backbone from her as far as her own life and issues go. It was great to see her be there for Jonah, but I was hoping she’d finally level with her father and get some vindication by having at least one member of her family on her side. Instead, it was the same old, same old with her family, only it ended in a much worse place, because now her relationship with her niece is tenuous.

Jonah’s family and the way their upbringing shaped all of them and strengthened their bond was intriguing. I feel as though we may have been set up to read more of them, but I’m not sure I want to. The ending to Johan and Vivienne’s story felt rushed with no real character growth, and I need more than just an account of what the characters are going through.

Asking for It remains one of my favorite reads of the year, and it’s a book I know I’ll read again. This one just didn’t do the characters justice.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. Asking for It
2. Begging for It

Thank you to BERKLEY and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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