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Taking it All (The Surrender Trilogy, Book 3) Kindle Edition
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A must-read author...her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines ― Romance Junkies
Maya Banks...really dragged me through the gamut of emotions.... I'm ready for the next ride now! ― USA Today
A cross between the Bared to You or Fifty Shades series and the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black ― Book Savvy Babe
Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word ― Joyfully Reviewed --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B00G3L6JZU
- Publisher : Berkley (5 August 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 994 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
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I have had this book for months...yes months and it has taken months, yes again months to read and finish it! I could not no matter how much I tried to connect to either the story or the couple (Chess & Tate).
I found the book very repetitive and to be very honest I only kept reading it because like I said earlier am a huge Maya fan and I loved the other books in the series...I really only kept reading because you got little updates on the other couples who's stores/books I loved...
And I am so happy that I kept at it...it wasn't until towards the end that I started to enjoy the story a little and connect a little with it and the couple, I was happy with the ending and conclusion to the series....but still found it be very repetitive.
There are many reviews which mention the circumstances and actions that unravelled Tate and Chessy's marriage, so I won't go into specifics here. But this book is dark and heavy. There is no fun BDSM and there is abuse. For me, TAKING IT ALL was a quick read of my least favourite of Maya Banks's series. Still think she's a great author.
See my full review at: Paranormal Haven .com
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Chessy’s been married and submissive to Tate for five years but he’s not been paying her proper attention, so when their anniversary night goes badly wrong he’s forced to rectify his negligent ways.
The good and the bad:
I’m going to level with you – both the stars in this review are for the hot sex scenes, which include rarely-written-about anal sex. The rest of the book had nothing going for it.
OK, let’s start with the rumpy-pumpy then. Chessy loves rough sex – proper, tie-me-up-and-spank-me shagging. She likes being flogged and taken by multiple men (or a dildo) at the same time. And her husband Tate enjoys doing this to her. Maya Banks is bold in writing about this stuff, and I applaud her for going further than E L James did in Fifty Shades of Gray. Some of is a bit kinkier than my own tastes but I nonetheless enjoyed reading about this kind activity within a relationship based on love, rather than some randoms just getting together in a club.
But my overriding thought was that Maya Banks had committed to writing a trilogy and actually didn’t have enough ideas for this, the last book in the series.
It’s meant to be about Chessy and Tate rebuilding their relationship after she finally confronts him with her concerns about their relationship, but there was a lot of filler text – we randomly switch back to the relationships of Kylie and Joss from the previous books in the series, where we revisit the same old issues that were covered in their stories.
It’s not that Banks couldn’t have done more with this story – she could have shown us how Chessy and Tate got together in the first place, then started to fall apart. And she could have spent much more time showing how the pair rebuild their relationship in the weeks after Chessy confronts her husband on the night of their anniversary.
And on that note, Tate is unfairly demonised for neglecting Chessy for two years – basically, he is so busy after going through a work crisis, he stops spending as much time with her. I was waiting and waiting for Banks to show his side of the story – a man under severe pressure; stressed about keeping his business afloat so he can keep his wife in her life of unemployed luxury. But she doesn’t. Instead, Chessy, after five years of not doing the normal thing of communicating with her husband, leaves him on their anniversary night.
Then, when towards the end of the book Tate does do something unforgivably neglectful – something that puts Chessy in danger and is traumatic for her – she forgives and forgets wholeheartedly in a matter of days!
This could be down to her friends though – they go from totally slating Tate for putting her in danger, and telling her he can't be forgiven to, in the blink of an eye, questioning whether she really should split up with him over it! So unrealistic! But just in time for the end of the story, eh?!
Lastly, the writing is pretty bad: gratingly repetitious prose; some contrived dialogue and some distinctly unsexy language – “turgid cock”, anyone?
Get this book if you want to read kinky sex scenes but don’t waste your time on the rest.