“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.
"The intensity of the pleasure I had with Jonah buoys me up. Even more important, though— I faced down my demons. I claimed what I really wanted. All these years I thought that fantasy would burn me. Instead I walked through the fire unscathed."
Vivienne Charles has lived in the shadow of shame ever since she was young girl. She can’t explain why she feels the need to be overpowered, she only knows that in the moment that she is, she can finally let go.
One night at a party, her ex-boyfriend drunkenly reveals her secret and he is overheard by the one man who isn’t afraid to help her explore her limits. Together, they enter into a game so powerful and incendiary that it has the power to ruin lives and to heal broken souls.
Jonah Marks is an enigma that no one can seem to figure out. Besides being wickedly intelligent and gorgeous, he seems to have wealth beyond what his position as a Professor can provide.
He knows exactly what Viv wants and gives it to her in a way where she not only feels safe, but also desired. But they both never expect what happens when they peel back that layers and expose their secrets that they find that their hearts are now on the line.
“I thought about you every night,” Jonah murmurs. “Most of the days. I dream about tearing that dress off your body. When I close my eyes I see you the way you were afterward. Wrecked. And what I want more than anything else is to wreck you all over again.”
Reading this book sparked so much in me. It made think about a conversation that I consistently have with a dear friend who writes Erotica about how we both feel that in its truest form – Erotica is a feminist movement.
Let me explain. Erotica, to me, is where women can finally own their sexuality and choose without guilt as men have since the beginning of time. And Asking For It is the most dazzling example of that.
"It’s so hard to believe that someone might want me— all of me— fucked-up sexual desire, tangled family history, book-hoarding tendencies, everything. I never looked for that. I never even dared to dream about it. Now, with Jonah, I can finally start to ask myself what it would mean to be totally honest with another person. Right now, I know only one thing for sure: Whatever dark secrets Jonah has to tell, whatever his past has held, I can hear it. I won’t flinch, and I won’t turn back."
Yes, it’s disturbing and tragic. But it’s also brutally honest and in the end, empowering. That alone is why if you only read one book this year – make it this one…
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Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling YA author. This is her first adult novel.
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