Asking For It by Lilah Pace
Adult Contemporary, Dark.
Asking for It by Lilah Pace came with some really strong warnings, and though I don’t usually enjoy very dark books, the blurb and warnings appealed to me. There are definitely some triggers you need to know about right up front. This is about non-consensual sex/rape fantasies, but there are also flashbacks to an actual rape.
If it’s all in my head, and it makes me come, what’s the harm…the harm is when the lines between reality and fantasy get blurred.”
With a boyfriend you can pretend – but it’s a joke really. A game. Not the fantasy you really want. Me? I’m nearly a stranger. I can do more than fuck you. I can scare you a little. Just a little. Enough to make it what you really want.“It’s your fantasy, and mine. Chances like this don’t come along often–two people twisted in the exact same way.”“I knew the truth as soon as I saw your face. You want that fantasy. You want it more than you’ve ever wanted anything else.” He looks directly at me for the first time. “You hate it, don’t you? The fantasy. I do too. But it doesn’t change anything.”
The fantasy that dominates me – it’s sick, and it’s twisted, but it’s not going away. Fighting it hasn’t done any good. So I’m giving in. Surrendering.’
I could back you into that alleyway,” he whispers. “Just a few feet away. Five steps and we’d be in the dark, where nobody could see you, and nobody could stop me.”
Jonah’s eyes darken. He likes it when I play along. “I wouldn’t let you,” he says, as two of his fingers slide up to cover my lips. “I could cover your mouth while I pinned you against the wall. That would leave me one hand free. So I could reach up under that little dress of yours. Pull your panties down.”
Protecting me as he plans to terrorize me. This is the paradox of Jonah Marks.”
- A truly unique storyline.
- So well written!
- Amazing character development.
- Fast paced.
- Really hot sex.
- Nowhere near as dark as it could have been.
- Since the fantasies were all so planned and consented to, they lost a lot of the hotness.
Though Asking for It by Lilah Pace should be a pretty dark book, it didn’t really read as dark as I would have liked (and I don’t usually love dark). All of the fantasies are planned and consented to, which took away a lot of the excitement, but it also made it easy to read and palatable to anyone who wouldn’t have triggers. Filled with hot sex, a budding romance and angst, I am recommending Asking For It as a unique and sexy read, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.