Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review | Taking It All by Maya Banks

Review | Taking It All by Maya Banks" class="ubb-image alignleft">Taking It All by Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #3
Published by Berkley Trade on August 5, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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.

I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This book was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I strongly believe in trying things at least once. While it wasn’t my usual book of choice, I found myself engaged in the storyline, but not 100% loving it. Just like any book you decide to give a chance, there will be things you like and things you don’t. That’s okay! Not everyone is the same and while it’s not a book I would have picked up and read on my own, I’m glad I gave it a shot. 

Taking It All is the third book in the Surrender Trilogy by Maya Banks. However, in my opinion, it stands alone. I have no read the other two books in the trilogy, but I feel the author provided enough background information in this book to allow me to continue reading without feeling confused or as if I need to go back and read the first two just to get through this one.

I adored the relationships in this books. Especially the friendship between Chessy, Joss, and Kylie. I thought all of the characters were very well developed and gave their own special spark to the story. Of course, there were moments where I wanted to grab Tate by the collar, and not in a good way. It was obvious his wife loved him and tried to do anything and everything for him to make his life a walk in the park, but he hardly did anything for her. Sure, providing a stable financial life is important, but there is much more to a marriage/relationship than just money in the bank. 

I applauded Chessy for speaking up and being willing to talk about things/repair their relationship. Of course, it wasn’t a problem solved instantly, but she was willing to give it a shot and try. 

Now, this is a very steamy read and one that I wouldn’t recommend to just anyone. It’s most certainly for mature audiences. And like I said, it’s not one I would have picked up off the shelf to read on my own, but I am glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone and gave it a shot. I enjoyed the writing and development of the characters a whole lot. And of course, the ending. A very swoon-worthy ending for those romantics out there. 🙂

Overall, I’d give it three out of five stars.

Happy reading.

One Response to “Review | Taking It All by Maya Banks”

  1. tonyalee

    I am currently reading the first book, and I am not sure I like her writing so I’m glad this one can be read as a standalone. I asked for the other two books before reading this one – but if I can skip them I will.

    It’s always nice to step out of our comfort zones and do something different. Honestly, the first book is pretty light (for me).
    tonyalee recently posted…My Week in Books (8/9/14)

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