Giving In (Surrender Trilogy #2)

Giving In (Surrender Trilogy #2)

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by Maya Banks
     
 

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FROM THE “MUST-READ AUTHOR” (ROMANCE JUNKIES) OF LETTING GO—THE NEW NOVEL IN HER SURRENDER TRILOGY.

In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. Now, the story continues

Overview

FROM THE “MUST-READ AUTHOR” (ROMANCE JUNKIES) OF LETTING GO—THE NEW NOVEL IN HER SURRENDER TRILOGY.

In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. Now, the story continues as one woman, haunted by the shadows of the past, explores the possibilities of a new beginning in ways she never could have imagined…

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
Kylie Breckenridge’s brother, Carson, is dead, and she doesn’t think she can move on the way that Joss, Carson’s widow and Kylie’s best friend, did in Letting Go. Carson was Kylie’s only family, and the only one who truly understood their deeply abusive childhood. Kylie bristles at the demeanor of her temperamental and pushy new boss, Jensen—who has a troubled past of his own—but he challenges Kylie in ways that bring out the best in her, even as she struggles to accept not only Jensen’s sexual dominance but any intimacy at all. The often repetitive narrative lacks depth: descriptive passages are rare, conflicts are easily resolved, and the issue of dominance and submission is very toned down. Still, there’s an appealing sweetness at the core of Kylie and Jensen’s relationship, particularly in the sacrifices Jensen makes to help Kylie feel safe and cherished. The romance simmers rather than sizzles, which may surprise fans of Banks’s raunchier books. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

“Incredibly awesome…I love Maya Banks and I love her books.”—Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

“Maya Banks…really dragged me through the gamut of emotions. From…‘is it hot in here?’ to ‘oh my god’…I’m ready for the next ride now!”—USA Today

“[A] one-two punch of entertainment that will leave readers eager for the next book.”—Publishers Weekly

“For those who like it naughty, dirty and do-me-on-the-desk hawt!”—Examiner.com

“A cross between the Bared to You or Fifty Shades series and the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black.”—Book Savvy Babe

“Hot enough to make even the coolest reader sweat!”—Fresh Fiction

“You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this one.”—Night Owl Reviews

“Definitely a recommended read.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“[For] fans of Sylvia Day’s Bared to You.”—Under the Covers

“Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word.”—Joyfully Reviewed

“An excellent read that I simply did not put down…Covers all the emotional range.”—The Road to Romance

“A must-read author…her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines.”—Romance Junkies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425272961
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Surrender Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
93,138
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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One

“You look like hell,” Jensen Tucker said bluntly from the doorway of Kylie Breckenridge’s office.

Kylie shot him a look that would have withered a lesser man. But Jensen was frustratingly unaffected by her icy demeanor around him. He acted as if he didn’t have a clue that he bugged the shit out of her. But no, she imagined he knew exactly how much he bothered her, and he just chose to ignore it. Stubborn, impossible, completely overbearing man. Precisely the kind of man she avoided at all costs.

Only he was her boss. That put another sour expression on her face. Carson had been her boss, he and Dash. And then when her brother had died three years ago, Dash had become her only boss and she had liked it that way.

Jensen should hire his own damn personal assistant, but he seemed perfectly content to dump his workload on Kylie and annoy the piss out of her in the process.

“Gee, thanks,” she said in a tone to match her glare. “Nice to know I pass muster around here.”

Jensen strolled into her office, uninvited. But then he’d never come in here if he waited for an invitation. Kylie had made it clear she didn’t want him anywhere near her. Another thing he chose to ignore.

He took a seat in one of the chairs in front of her desk, and she made a mental note to get rid of them. They were unnecessary. Jensen and Dash did all the entertaining of their clients. There wasn’t a need for anyone to ever enter her office. She did her job quietly and efficiently, never drawing attention to herself. Only for some reason, Jensen seemed determined to invade her personal space. A fact that had increasingly frustrated her in the weeks since he’d joined Dash in their consulting firm.

“You aren’t sleeping,” he said in that same straightforward tone he’d used to tell her she looked like hell.

His gaze penetrated her, raking over her features, and she knew what he saw. What she saw in the mirror every morning. Eyes haunted with the past. Deep shadows seemingly permanently etched underneath her eyes. She knew what she looked like. She didn’t need this arrogant asshole to point it out to her.

“I wasn’t aware that my appearance or sleep habits in any way interfered with my duties here.”

Her sarcasm was wasted because Jensen just let it roll off him, much like he did everything else. Never once had she seen him express any sort of emotion. He didn’t get upset or angry but neither had she ever seen him express happiness or excitement. Nothing but that steady gaze that saw too much. Peeling back the layers of her skin—and her mind. She hated it. She felt like a bug under a microscope. She wouldn’t put it past him to know when she went to the damn bathroom.

He was a man who nothing escaped his notice. He was quiet, observant. He stood back and observed others. It suited him well for the career he’d chosen. But it discomfited her. He could save his scrutiny for the consulting jobs he and Dash took on. Those companies needed his unbiased and discerning eye. She sure as hell didn’t need it or want it.

“You do a damn fine job, Kylie. I don’t believe I’ve ever given you reason to doubt my confidence in your abilities. If I have, then I apologize. Dash and I would certainly be lost without you.”

She blinked in surprise over the unexpected praise, and unwanted color washed into her cheeks, warming her skin. She didn’t want to acknowledge the brief surge of pleasure his veiled compliment had brought.

“When was the last time you slept?” he asked pointedly, still staring at her, studying intently.

“Last night,” she said lightly. “Just like I do every night.”

“Bullshit.”

Her eyes widened at the growl in his voice.

“If you’re even getting a few hours of sleep I’d find that hard to believe. Why don’t you take some time off? Go somewhere. Relax. Take a vacation. Dash says you’ve never once taken off. Only when Carson died.”

Kylie flinched, unable to temper the surge of grief that hit her square in the chest.

“You can say it,” Jensen said in an almost brutal tone. “He’s dead, Kylie. Joss has moved on so why can’t you?”

She slapped her palms down on her desk and stood, staring him down, not giving a single inch.

“He was my family,” she hissed. “My only family. He was all I had left in the world. He was the only person who loved me, who protected me, and now he’s gone. If you think I can just blithely forget that and go on about my life like his death didn’t affect me you can go to hell.”

“There. Finally some emotion, Kylie. Even if you’re spitting mad. But at least you’re not acting like some goddamn robot working on autopilot. Would it kill you to be human like the rest of us? Shit happens. You deal with it, pick up the pieces and move on. Just like everyone else in the human race. You aren’t special. You aren’t the only person who’s had a shitty past and who’s lost someone they love.”

Fury clouded her vision making the room go hazy. Anger tightened every one of her features and for a moment she was paralyzed, unable to respond around the knot in her throat choking her.

“How dare you?” she raged. “Who the hell are you to judge me? You don’t know a goddamn thing about me. Get the hell out of my office and don’t come back. If you want or need something, you can damn well email me, call me or text. But do not come back into my office.”

He didn’t react to her outburst. To her astonishment, a faint smile glimmered on his lips.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

“Incredibly awesome…I love Maya Banks and I love her books.”—Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

“Maya Banks writes the kind of books I love to read!”—Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Maya Banks…really dragged me through the gamut of emotions. From…‘is it hot in here?’ to ‘oh my god’…I’m ready for the next ride now!”—USA Today

“[A] one-two punch of entertainment that will leave readers eager for the next book.”—Publishers Weekly

“For those who like it naughty, dirty and do-me-on-the-desk hawt!”—Examiner.com

“A cross between the Bared to You or Fifty Shades series and the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black.”—Book Savvy Babe

“Hot enough to make even the coolest reader sweat!”—Fresh Fiction

“You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this one.”—Night Owl Reviews

“Definitely a recommended read.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“[For] fans of Sylvia Day’s Bared to You.”—Under the Covers

“Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word.”—Joyfully Reviewed

“An excellent read that I simply did not put down…Covers all the emotional range.”—The Road to Romance

“A must-read author…her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines.”—Romance Junkies

Meet the Author

Maya Banks is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Breathless Trilogy, the KGI novels, and the Sweet series. Her chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and Scottish historical romance.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter, as well as in her Yahoo! Group and on her webiste.

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Giving In 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 65 reviews.
BrandeesBookEndings More than 1 year ago
 4.5 stars for me I really enjoyed this book – I think better than the first.  It turned out to be something totally different than I expected – I did not know how Maya was going to pull it off as believable with the background and personalities of the characters we got a look at in book 1 – but she did it! In Book 1, we learned about some of Kylie’s troubled past (she was physically and sexually abused by her father).  We meet Jensen in the first book coming on as partner (and Kylie’s new boss) at the firm where Kylie works.  Jensen has a very dominant personality both in his mannerisms and in the bedroom from what we are led to believe.  With Kylie’s background, I really did not think that Maya could realistically make Kylie want to be with a man like Jensen…. you would likely believe that she would run for the hills, BUT Maya showed us that not all dominant type men follow with typical stereotype.  Jensen could actually be exactly what Kylie needs in her life and I think you just have to read it to see why I would think that. While a lot of Maya’s books start off with a bang in the sex department (and has lots of it throughout her books), this series is a little different as you have to wait a bit for the big moments…. because it really should not happen in any other way.  However, you do not miss out on the sexual attraction and the sparks flying while waiting for the moment to finally happen.  Personally, I kind of like the build up. Again, Maya Banks has delivered what her readers crave in this second book in this trilogy.  If you have not picked up one of Maya’s books yet, this may be a series to start with.
MelWilder More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Banks books and looked forward to this new trilogy. The First book, Letting Go, was very good and laid a good foundation for the other 2 books. There was so much more Banks could have done with these 2 characters, but the both left me flat. It seems there was so much left out just to get the book done. Now with Tate and Chessy, again there so much that can be done with this story...this is a married couple who were very happy, then normal life issues get in the way...I hope Banks does this story justice and regains my faith as a loyal reader
Ebookmama More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Lead characters both have issues to work through and that would gave been worth reading, but the situations did not have any depth and seemed rushed.  Book appears to try to ride the coat tails of the first "Surrender" novel but comes off as flat, lacking a decent ending. Not worth your time or money. 
Donald361 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good read, they way she let you know how messed up Kylie was from her childhood abuse to the loss of her brother were devastating her she was living under a very gray cloud. Jensen also has his own demons to contend with and they are similar to Kylies in nature. Jensen is a Dominate and this isn't something that Kylie is comfortable with, however Jensen shows Kylie that he can and will cherish her and that even though they are both F**king Broken they can make it together. Who needs Normal! Book 2 in the series, be sure to read book one first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm fairly certain Maya Banks wrote this one in her sleep. Or maybe I think that because it put me to sleep. Yawn! This book could have been two thirds shorter and the reader wouldn't have missed a thing. I read the last page and felt like I'd just had sex with my husband......utterly dissatisfied. I didn't feel Letting Go, book #1 in the series was up to par with Maya's writing quality but was hoping it was a fluke. Not all of our children are gorgeous angels, right? This book however is the ugly step-child of the family. I doubt I'll even bother wasting my money on the 3rd book in the series. Very disappointed in both the storyline and the writing.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I have loved ALL your books but I found the first two books in this series boring. It took me over three weeks to read. Normally I read ten books but not this one. Unfortunately ...I am going to wait to read about chessy and tate.for now
Anonymous 27 days ago
Your books give everyone a Chance for love, hope and happiness. Always write we will always follow you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the first book in this series and it was just as dull and repetitive as this book. I wasted money on both of these books. I refuse to read the third one. Save your money. I thought this author was suppose to be good but I have been disappointed with both books. Read Fifty Shades, Gabriel's Inferno, or This Man or One Night Promised. This series is so boring. Waste of $20
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PaperbackBookClub More than 1 year ago
Emotionally wrenching! 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.
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Maya Banks is a genius story teller. This book continues the drama, anguish and excitement of the 1st book
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I a a big fan of this author. I enjoyed this book, but it didn't wow me. I am hoping the third book in this trilogy, is the charm.
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this book is amazing!!! love the story line!!