Review: Giving In by: Maya Banks

Giving In

Author: Maya Banks

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group

Format: Print copy

Rating: 5 Stars


In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. Now, the story continues as one woman, haunted by the shadows of the past, explores the possibilities of a new beginning in ways she never could have imagined…

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit fully to him will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

My Thoughts:

Whenever I hear about a series or trilogy I have come to expect or rather assume that the second book will pick up where the first one left off. Most of the books I have read that are in a set have been just that. However SURPRISE!! Maya Banks doesn’t conform to everyone else and I love it!! One of the big things that struck me when I started reading this one is that it wasn’t about the main characters in the first book. Main characters changed because these characters were in the first book and are friends it’s a continuation of the previous.

Let me recap the first a little so that you understand where I am coming from. The first book was about a girl named Josslyn who had lost her husband three years earlier when she finally decided to try to move on and regain her life only to find out that her husbands best friend has been in love with her this whole time and yes with her husbands knowledge. Josslyn also has two main best friends named Kylie who is not only her best friend but her dead husbands sister and Chessy who is married to a guy named Tate. The first book is all about Josslyn and finding that something that was missing in her relationship with her husband with his best friend. I won’t go into many details because that isn’t this book. However in the first book she talks to her friends and they help her throughout the book.

Which brings me to this book. Rather then continuing in Josslyn’s story Maya captures one of her best friend and sister in laws story Kylie. Kylie’s background is one of torture and she doesn’t understand why Josslyn has chosen the lifestyle that she has… Until….. Jensen comes along. It puts another perspective into Dominant and Submissiveness but it also allows us to better understand more then just the one set of main characters. By getting to know Kylie you better understand how her and Josslyn’s friendship works. You get a different dynamic on the story.

Final Thoughts:

Kylie’s love journey is just as touching as Josslyn’s. Just like all of us Kylie has different demons to fight. Different fears to face. It’s just as inspiring and touching as the first book. It reminds me that everyone faces their own demons in their own time. We all grow, and change in our own ways in our time but we all get to where we are suppose to go. It’s all in the journey of discovering ourselves and finding love in the process!! Way to go Maya for another Great Book!!! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!!!

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