Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “How can I save you when you’re the one saving me?”
Jonah and Vivi have been through the gauntlet but have survived and are trying to deal with being in a relationship that isn’t just built on their sexual fantasies. When an accident occurs while indulging in their play, Jonah takes it far more serious than warranted, causing Vivi to realise the war still wages inside of him. On its heels, his younger sister, Rebecca, is mugged, and he is further demoralized and feeling impotent to protect the ones he loves.
Asking For More is a short novella that peeks back into Jonah and Vivienne’s lives and shows us how they are handling their deepening relationship. Told from Vivi’s POV, we learn how they are doing and what advancements they have made since book two-Begging For It. Confessions were made and issues brought out into the open that gave readers hope that Vivi and Jonah had a real fighting chance. In here we see that Jonah still fights the darkness inside of him. He continues to have problems dealing with what happened in the past and in dealing with his sexual needs. He wants more with Vivi but is unsure that is possible.
While this wasn’t quite what I expected, I wasn’t overly disappointed. This novella isn’t really a story but a glimpse into Vivi’s and Jonah’s feelings. Pace mixes some sexually intense scenes with an emotional catharsis of sorts as Vivi shows us she is learning there is a time for games and a time for quiet loving. She is also learning to pay more attention to the emotional clues Jonah gives her as to what he needs out of their relationship to feel safe and secure. She has become more dominant in asking not only for what she wants from Jonah but also giving for what Jonah needs from her.
Two small subplots are added to the mix which help our couple further learn to cope with the new life they are embarking on. One being Jonah’s sister whose own issues she is slowly working out on her own and a miscommunication between Vivi and her two best friends.
The ending is like a soft sweet soft caress. Even though these two people still have a long way to go and may never be free of the demons that they harbor inside of them, they are slowly learning to conquer the demons rather than continuing to let themselves be controlled by them.
GRADE : C+