Giving In (The Surrender Trilogy #2)
By: Maya Banks
Published date: May 6, 2014
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Cheeseball rating: 2 out of 5
Authenticity of Spirit: I believed these characters could exist.
How hot is it: Pretty tame for Maya Banks.
So I generally really like Maya Banks, and this book was okay, but I have to admit that this particular trilogy is not my favorite. It just seems to lack a little bit of spunk and personality, and there’s a heaviness to it that isn’t particularly present in her other books.
The basic story is that Kylie was sexually and physically abused as a child, and has constructed a hard exterior shell. Jensen’s mother was also abused by Jensen’s father, and because he couldn’t do anything for his mom, he empathizes with Kylie. As the story progresses, we see Kylie open up and trust Jensen even as he has trouble opening up for her. What Jensen does for her is sacrifice his dominant nature and let Kylie be in control of the sexual encounters, and allows her to heal, gain control of her life, and progress in her career as a result.
Overall, the story is really solid, the writing and dialogue are believable, and I thought the relationship between the characters was sweet and fulfilling in a way that a lot of novels aren’t. I’d recommend Maya Banks to anyone, but this trilogy wouldn’t be my first choice.