Taking It All

I apologize for not posting this way sooner since I finished it forever ago.  However, new class schedule, work, plus small travels life got a little hectic.  But here it is now!

Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy, #3)

“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” (good reads book bio)

Maya Banks’ final installment in her Surrender Trilogy brings everything together with a nice little bow.  With appearances of characters from Letting Go and Giving In this third novel does not disappoint.

Personally, I have never read a book that followed an already married couple.  I more often read the first-meeting and fall-in-love-then-get-married kind.  So this was new.

This change of pace brought on a new understanding of Romance for me.  Like many people say when married, “never stop dating” it is nothing but true.  While Chessy and Tate struggle to reconnect  they are hit with tough blows that bring them almost to call it quits.  But like every strong willed man Tate fights for his wife and the love he knows is there. With rekindling of steamy love and emotions flying high Chessy and Tate will have you easily reading this book in 24 hours.  But most of all Banks’ uses Chessy and Tate to remind us that life needs to slow down in order for us to not forget one another.  This book will have you a lil teary eyed and angry at some of the crazy things that happen.  So go grab a copy and see how it all ends!

Be on the look out for Banks’ new series: Slow Burn.  Coming our way in October!

More form the author:

http://mayabanks.com/       @maya_banks

 

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Bared To You

I realize that I am a lil behind on reading this one but, it has occurred now so yeaaah.  Author Sylvia Day has been writing for some time and has received some great recognition for her works.  I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick up one of her books but I finally have.

Bared To You, book one from the Crossfire Series, has been an interesting journey for me as a Romance reader and “enjoyer.”

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)

“Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…” (good reads book bio).

Like every good Romance novel that centers around a hot billionaire there comes certain appeal, and this one sounded awesome.  However, much to my odd understanding, I had heard roomers that some arguing was going around.  Giving the time that Bare To You made it release I should have known sooner that it was coming up in the shadow of Fifty Shades. So for a while I refused to read a similar story.  As much as I refused, I kept seeing it just chilling there glistening against the fluorescent lights of every book store… I could see it mocking me, calling my name.  I gave in, which is why I am here now writing this post.  It’s quite funny actually, I am currently in the third of the series but am just now able to blog because I have been trying to think for so long, “How am I gonna write this one?!”

To be honest, and I can’t believe I am going to say this now, I hated it! (please, read post all the way through) I MEAN WHAT!? Let me explain. This hardly ever happens because I normally get so engrossed in the text that I am emotionally involved.  And as the story began and characters developed I became angrier and angrier, you could almost say I became CROSS (haha), I digress,  at Gideon and Eva that I wanted to slap them.  Never in my life have I ever wanted two characters to just call it quits because they are terrible for each other.

Let me paint it this way.  *Some possible SPOILERS, maybe!*

Gideon and Eva meet>instant connection= “sounds good”

They want each other>play hard to get= “i like it”

Give in>steamy hot banging= “love it”

She wants more he doesn’t>they compromise= “how mature of them”

He keeps secrets and is bat shit crazy>she is jealous, a lil bitchy, and has secrets of her own>they argue and talk in circles= “I’M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!”

These two are overwhelming and should just quit.  They do great for a lil then fliippin Eva says or brings up something that pisses Gideon off and they argue…again.  Oh! and of course Eva is SOOOOO attracted to Gideon that when they are arguing about their both very dark just sick past that she still wants to bang him.  Girl, keep it in your pants.  I have found too what makes me so angry is how Gideon will say something sweet, while arguing, and Eva will be like “oh my god he so cares” and completely forget about the serious issue at hand, and he wins.  Girl, keep you head on.  I mean never in my life have I LOVED TWO CHARACTERS MORE!  Haha! BAM! Had you fooled!

What I have been forgetting is that, while reading, my emotion doesn’t have to be happy or completely in “Aw” of a novel and it’s characters.  It is how I am reacting to it in general!  Anger is an emotion, annoyance is an emotion.  I learned what they were like and how they operate and found myself saying, “Oh my god, way to go Eva, that is just like you…”

This book and characters has been an almost new revaluation for me, in the perception of books.  I mean I know books can make laugh, cry, mad, and happy but this perception is different.  Bared To You‘s title is fitting due to characters connection but also the readers connection to them in return.  You can’t run!  They will suck you in and you will continue your journey with them no matter how angry you become.

(As for Fifty Shades there are some SMALL similarities (billionaire, dominance, secrets) but it is nothing alike in my personal opinion.  Different perception and characters.)

I am very impressed with Day’s writing development of Gideon and Eva.  How easily related can there relationship be?  How often do men sometimes do the worst in the relationships?  And how often to women become overly jealous and bitchy?  Not only that but Day has packed so much into one text that the books pick up right at the end of the other and it just continues to roll taking you with it.  Kudos to Day and Bared To You.

For more:  http://www.sylviaday.com/    and    @SylDay

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