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Erotic Romance Review: Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Asking For It by Lilah Pace (Asking For It #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised. 

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Trigger warning: the plot revolves around rape fantasy. Do not read further if you are sensitive to the topic.

That out of the way, this is one clever, insightful and incredible book. You know, I don't review erotic romance often, and if I do it has to be extraordinary. Asking For It has been reviewed and nominated by many prominent bloggers, and they have all been right - it's a remarkable read.

It's not rainbows and unicorns but it also isn't a dark romance. It's a story of two fragile, deeply scarred individuals who chose to fight their demons by meeting and embracing those head on.

Vivienne is a graduate student and a talented artist who just got out of a long-term relationship which fell apart after she finally admitted to her partner that she really wanted to do a rape fantasy. She has been raped in her teens and has been in therapy ever since, but her mind chose to cope with trauma by making her desire the fantasy for a true sexual release. She's been fighting against it, but ultimately this is what she craves.

Jonas  is a professor in the same university, but thankfully in an area of study which has nothing to do with Vivienne. There is abuse in his childhood which created its own convoluted craving - to scene as a perpetrator in a rape fantasy. He overhears Vivienne with her ex and these two find each other and choose to explore their dark desires.

Ultimately everything in Asking for It is about psychoanalysis. The scenes have an exquisite amount of control, safety and attention to detail which is extremely important to both Jonas and Vivienne. At the same time they are insanely hot. There is a powerful attraction between these two, and there is something mesmerizing in seeing them get what they crave, and then crash and burn. Who is the most messed up? Who wants to turn their arrangement into something more conventional? Who will run first? How else will they confront their past?

Like many good authors Lilah Pace makes you question yourself, she makes you think. She also makes you sweat. *grins* A fantastic read, highly recommended.

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Внимание, триггер: эта книга затрагивает фантазию изнасилования, так что, если вы избегаете этой темы, лучше вам её в руки не брать.

Ну всё, теперь можно обсудить насколько эта книга блестяща, многослойна и храбра. Многие широко известные блоггеры оставили высокие отзывы  на Прося об Этом, и не зря. Я читаю и рекомендую эротический роман довольно редко, но когда книга действительна хороша, пройти мимо неё я не могу.

Прося об Этом - это не сплошные радуги и единороги, но это также и не тёмный роман, который я так не переношу. Это история двух хрупких, душевно истерзанных характеров, которые предпочли не прятаться от своих демонов, а встретить их лицом к лицу.

Вивиен - выпускная студентка и талантливая гравировщица. После изнасилования в подростковом возрасте и постоянной терапии, она устала бороться с самой собой. Почему-то её мозг решил превратит травму в сексуальный возбудитель, и она постоянно мечтает обыграть фантазию насилия. Когда она наконец-то набирается храбрости и просит бойфренда в этом ей помочь, тот не выдерживает и разрывает с Вивьен отношения.

Джонас - профессор университета, где учится и работает Вивьен. Он также подвёргся насилию в юном возрасте, и теперь мечтает осуществить ту же самую фантазию, но со стороны насильника. Когда он случайно слышит разговор Вивиен с её бывшим бойфрендом он предлагает той свои услуги.

В общем-то вся книга - это сплошной психоанализ. Почему? Как? Зачем? Фантазии тщательно спланированы, безопасны и контролируются до малейших деталей. В то же время они страстны до безумия. Вивьен и Джонас - пара шикарная, и страсть друг к другу их просто пожирает изнутри. То, что начинается как простая сделка перерастает в сложные отношения, границы которых постоянно меняются. И неизвестно, кто сломается первым? Кто сбежит? Кто кого спасёт?

Как и все хорошие авторы, Лила Пэйс, заставляет нас думать и анализировать самих себя. Мне очень понравилось. Рекомендую.

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