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.
Giving In by Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #2
Published by berkley on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemp Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantica
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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Book Summary

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

Book Savvy Babe’s Review

Maya Banks has long been a favorite author of mine and I always look forward to her books.  Maya Banks delivers once again with Giving In, an engaging, read-it-in-one-sitting novel.

Giving In struck a chord with me.  The main heroine, Kylie is damaged.  She has major trust and post-traumatic stress issues.  She survived childhood abuse and the loss of her beloved brother, but she never moved past the traumas.  Giving In kicks off with Jensen jumping right into Kylie’s life to try to help her and to connect with her.  Of course, Kylie is resistant to change, but she can not continue her life stuck in the nightmares of her past.  She slowly starts to open up and decide to live her life for the future, not the past.

Maya Banks is known for writing very dominant men, and Jensen is definitely dominant.  But, he has become one of my favorite Maya Banks heroes.  Jensen will do anything to help Kylie, even if that means keeping some of his more dominant physical tendencies in check.  He puts his own needs second to Kylie’s needs, and I fell a little in love with him for that.  Jensen may be alpha male, and always will be, but he is very sincere and caring.

I loved the characters in Giving In and I love that this story shows a different side of the dominant/submissive character traits.  Giving In was a very refreshing read, and very well written.  Maya Banks novels always capture my attention and the pacing keeps me interested throughout the entire book.

Giving In is book 2 in the Surrender Trilogy, and so far, I like this trilogy even better than the Breathless trilogy.  I definitely recommend this book and series to contemporary/erotic romance readers and I am looking forward to reading book 3, Taking It All.