Well I had to think about this one for a while. I usually read a book and write my review. Done. This one needed to bubble a bit. Not light and airy, it deals with serious issues and how they affect the person who experiences them. I thought the main female lead had the worse problem, as most people would, thinking a man offering to fulfill the fantasy is doing it for kink only. But it turns out that Jonah had the more devastating (no it's not a contest) experience at a very impressionable age. At least in my opinion.
Viv is a victim too and her agony just goes on and on based on what happened afterward and who did the damage in the first place. Her response in relation to her family is totally understandable and actually more than I would be able to do if put in her position. As I highly doubt there is a truly healthy functioning family in the world as we know it, Viv's family would win a prize for dysfunction and that's saying something. Appearance and how other's perceive them seems to be the priority, not loyalty and protection. And that is so sad.
So the story boils down to Viv wanted rough non consensual sex and Jonah volunteered to deliver it. A fantasy that both feel driven to fulfill. But if a person shares their body and deepest desires, it seems that inevitably more will follow. And it does. But when the big unveil happens as to what drives Viv and Jonah respectively I was floored at the outcome and left with an agonized feeling wondering what would happen from here. And that's the point. I look forward to the next book as I have to know how this plays out.
“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.