by Lilah Pace
“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.
I've hidden the whole review under a "read more" because this one is going to be all over the place and I can't separate the spoilers from it. This book - my gosh, this book has wrecked me. I don't know if this comes through in my writing, but I am an advocate for most causes - and issues of rape, domestic violence, and mental health are at the top of my list. IRL I work at a university counseling center, so I cannot separate from feeling passionate about these issues in particular. So, as you read my review - keep in mind that it is coming from someone who is horrified, angered, saddened at what both men and women have had to endure when it comes to sexual violence (any type of violence) and mental health.