Book Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway – Asking For It by Lilah Pace

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Book Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway – Asking For It by Lilah Pace

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway – Asking For It by Lilah Pace Title: Asking For it
Author: Lilah Pace
Publisher by: Berkley
Published on: June 2, 2015
Genres: Romance, Dark Romance
Page Count: 336
Format: eARC
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“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. 

This 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 need to find Lilah Pace and tap into her head. Asking For It, was a bold, intense, and deeply erotic novel that was written beautifully. From the first few chapters this book captured my attention and kept me fully engaged.
The synopsis of this book was what immediately grabbed my attention. It sounded taboo, dark, and I wondered how someone could take something as sensitive as rape and make it a consensual fantasy.

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

Vivienne is a complex woman. She’s a graduate art student. She’s beautiful, has great friends, a good life, but for her, relationships aren’t easy. The one thing she desperately needs from a partner is something that most won’t give her; she fantasizes about being raped. She hates that is she wants but it’s the only way she can truly enjoy sex. Other than her therapist, she’s only confided her secret in ex-boyfriend Geordie. When Geordie inadvertently shares her secret in public she mortified, but his admission brings Jonah Marks into her world.

But no matter how explicit and erotic the kaleidoscope gets, no matter how talented the guy’s tongue is, or how constant my hand’s pressure might be―it never, ever gets me off.

Jonah is sexy, smart, and has this dominating personality. He and Vivienne have met only once before but they had been intrigued by one another. When he overhears Geordie’s  admission, he realizes that they both share the same type of fantasy. If they decide to explore it, they could have the chance to gain the desire that they both crave. Jonah offers her an arrangement to explore their shared fantasy. Vivienne is initially hesitant, they both have a lot at risk, and how will she allow herself to trust him? Ultimately it’s a desire that can’t ignore and they decided to take a chance.

It’s not too late― But it is. It’s been too late for me for a long time. This is who I am. This is what I want. It’s time to finally face it.

When Jonah and Vivienne decided to “play”, they each have the own set of rule and boundaries. They deeply want the fantasy but they also want to keep each other protected. Their moments together were deeply erotic and sensual. Part of me wanted to be horrified by what they were doing but I had to remind myself this was CONSENSUAL, they were safe, and most of all, they enjoyed their time together.

“You destroy me every time. Completely.”

As the story continues to unfold, Vivienne and Jonah continue playing into their fantasy. It’s truly intimate but they quickly realize that it’s not just the sex or the fantasy of it all, they truly enjoy being with one another. They shared some of their secrets with one another but they each have secrets they aren’t willing to share, the secrets of why they enjoy they fantasy and the reason they need it.

“We found each other―two people broken in the exact same way. That’s pretty rare.”

The book so different from I’ve read lately. Lilah Pace pushed the limits and she did it so well. I found myself completely infatuated with the chemistry between Jonah and Vivienne. I wanted to know their reasons for their desires and most of all I wanted more of them as a couple. This book is boldly different and I think you have to go into with an open mind. I adored this story and I’m so excited for the next installment in their story.


Excerpt

It’s all delightful fun until you have to explain your life choices to your shrink.

“To say I have mixed feelings about this,” Doreen said, “would be putting it lightly.”

“You’re not supposed to give opinions about my life. That’s not what therapists do, right? They listen.”

Doreen shoots me a look. “Have we ever had a traditional patient-therapist relationship?”

“No,” I admit.

“And I doubt we’re going to start now. Besides, I gave you my opinion when you asked whether or not I could ‘believe this.’ If you weren’t uncertain about your decision, you wouldn’t have asked.”

She just poked through the bubble of giddiness I’ve floated in since Jonah and I spoke two nights earlier. All the concerns I had – that I still have – become clear once more.

She says, “I have to admit, I feared your meetings with Jonah would prove destructive, and they haven’t. The shame you’ve carried about your rape fantasy has diminished to some degree. Both he and you took precautions to ensure your safety. Best-case scenario, I’d say. But you need to be aware what you’re doing now – merging your fantasy life and your emotional life – that’s about a thousand times more complicated.”

“What’s going to be so different?” I snap.

“You tell me.”

I hate it when Doreen makes me answer my own questions, mostly because I usually do know the answers. They’re just answers I don’t like. For a moment I fidget on the couch – pushing up the arms of my white cardigan, curling my feet beneath me. But I can’t postpone replying for long. “… I still wonder what kind of a man has such powerful fantasies about rape. When we play our games, he knows exactly what would scare me. He knows how to be cruel. He’s thought about that a lot.”

“That’s a valid consideration.”

“How can I judge him for that when I have rape fantasies too?”

“You know why you’re so fixated on them. You don’t know why he is.”

I want to tell Doreen my theories about his family – about his anger with his mother, the way her threats might have taught him about violence. However, I remain quiet. Doreen would simply say that it’s only a theory, with absolutely no proof to support it. She would be correct.

More gently, Doreen says, “Have you ever considered telling Jonah the truth about your rape?”

“No.” The word comes out more sharply than I intended.

“You’ve still never told anyone besides your mother and me, have you?”

I shake my head. “Nobody else.”

One time, years later, I tried to tell Chloe the truth about that night. But she shut me down before I’d even revealed the whole story, telling me I’d always been jealous of her, asking whether I’d come on to any of her other boyfriends. It wasn’t exactly a moment for the Sisterly Bonding Hall of Fame. So Chloe still doesn’t know. “Refusing to believe” is the same as “not knowing,” right? For my sister, it might as well be.

“It’s your secret. A piece of your life that’s yours to share or not to share, as you see fit. You never have to tell a soul if you don’t want to.” Doreen has never tried to make me feel ashamed of my own silence, for which I’m deeply grateful. Sometimes I see courageous rape survivors on television or the internet, braving clueless commentators or vicious trolls to speak out about their experiences, and my admiration of them is mirrored by my own sense of cowardice. She continues, “But keeping this secret from Jonah – giving him that kind of power, without knowing how deep your wounds lie –”

“I’ve handled it so far,” I say. Which is true.

So far, though, Jonah and I have played “softer” games. Ones where I could easily reassert myself at any second. I want more than that from him, though. I want him to tie me up. I want him to fight me, to defeat me.

I want him to own me.

When the sex between Jonah and me turned out to be so freaking amazing, I thought maybe I’d disarmed Anthony’s power over me, for good.  What if I only buried the bomb deeper? As Jonah and I dig further into my darkest fantasies, we might be getting closer to the fuse.


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About Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.

She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).

And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.