TAKING IT ALL: In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Timesbestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do:cross them. And for a married couple taking steps to renew their marriage, the consequences of one single moment of inattention may come at a price the husband never expects.
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 alreadylost 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.
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How do you forgive the man you have loved for so long when he does the unforgiveable? Not only has be broken your emotional trust but your physical well being? I have been intrigued with Tate and Chessy since book one in the Surrender Trilogy. We are shown the good and bad from many sides and from the point of view of their friends. To say this book took me by surprise is an understatement. I really didn’t expect the level of neglect Tate would take things.
I cried for Chessy. To have a relationship like theirs and to see it wither away was just so sad. But, like Chessy, the anger and fear from his neglect made it almost impossible to forgive. To be honest, if I was in her shoes, forgiveness may not have come at all.
Have no fear Tate is out for redemption and he is out to rectify the damage his carelessness has brought to their marriage. It’s a revelation and a review of longing and desires and deciding which ones matter most.
One of the BEST parts of Taking It All was the updates and change of POV’s with all our past cast of characters! Seeing them in their “now” and being a part of Chessy and Tate’s now was a beautiful addition to the last book in the trilogy. But hey, it’s Maya Banks. It’s what she does and she does it well!
Taking It All is an emotional ending to a wonderful little series.
Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks
What a beautiful story of loving and letting go. Yes, I know that this is primarily an erotica read. However, when it’s done, with love and a beautiful storyline it becomes much more. I found Letting Go to be a sweet reminder that life is short. Love the one you’re with fully and completely, and if that life changes you should learn to love yourself first before starting anew.
I think Joss intended to do just that. She took three long years to move forward with her desires: ones that she never got to fully explore with her deceased husband, but love and those exact desired could be found closer than she could ever have imagined.
Oh Dash, her husband’s best friend, has been in love with her since forever. When he discovers Joss has decided to move on he takes immediate steps to show her not only is he the one, but he is also the one to show her everything she has been missing.
Giving In (Surrender Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks
I simply adored Jensen: a dominate that gives up all control when the object of his affection is a grown woman traumatized from child abuse. He will do and be anything she wants or needs just to be in her world. He sees her. The real her. The her she keeps hidden from everybody else.
This is a slow building romance and I liked the realism of it. It is not so much instantaneous as many books in this genre tend to be. I mean, we’re over 50% into the book before any real physical contact happens. That makes it real, honest, and engaging.
I am also fan of how Banks keeps her cast of characters alive throughout her trilogies. We get to check in regularly, and the thread of an upcoming storyline has my interests totally peaked!
Giving In is a great story with a beautiful ending.