Giving In (Surrender Trilogy #2)

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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 as one woman, haunted by the shadows of the past, explores the possibilities of a new beginning in ways she never could have imagined…

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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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425272961
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Surrender Trilogy Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 14,989
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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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.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

     4.5 stars for me I really enjoyed this book ¿ I think bette

     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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I have always loved Banks books and looked forward to this new t

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    Very disappointing. Lead characters both have issues to work thr

    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. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

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    There were so many complaints in her previous book reviews about repetitian including mine that I was hopeing the author would listen. I was waiting for the reviews before deciding whether to buy. The last 3 books have not been good. I have been a big fan but no more. Will not buy this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    I enjoyed it.

    Quick and easy read, recommend to anyone who likes romance with a little bit of sizzle.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Wonderful Sequel

    I enjoyed this book very much, and can't wait for the third in the series. Maya has great writing skills.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    A must read.

    I love Maya Banks and this series did not disappoint. Looking forward to book 3.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Recommend

    Not as good as first book in Trilogy, but if you like Maya Banks you would have to read this one to understand what occurs in Trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Me

    ## l agree with most of what is said on this site. I have not bought the last seven of Mayas' new released books. She used to be my #1 author. No more.
    I want to let everyone know about two authors I think you will like. Lainey Reese and Lynda Chance. My being disapointed with Maya, I searched for new authors to read. I could'nt get enough of their books! Loved every one! Give them a try!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Not her best, difficult to finish

    I was really looking forward to this one, but I was really let down. The character Kylie is too fragile to carry the entire book. Readers read these books for some type of "mature" content and then unfortunately, the book ends before anything (really) happens. I'll probably read the third book to see what happens to Chessy, but in the future, she's going to have to do much better to get my money. I'm hoping this was a fluke, rush to printing that created this poor quality writing.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Another great Maya Banks!!

    I had so much trouble not reading this one all at once! I was dying to get back to it to see how Kylie was doing anytime I had to put it down. Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Great second book!!!

    I loved this one! I was worried because of some mixed reviews, but I thought it was well done. These characters both have history of abuse so they have to work through those issues. I thought Ms. Banks did a wonderful job. Can't wait for the last book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    No depth boring

    Beating the same dead horse through the whole book

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Kylie Breckenridge is an emotionally fragile woman with a strong

    Kylie Breckenridge is an emotionally fragile woman with a strong heart and loyalty for friends and family. Jensen Tucker is a Dominant, but for a woman like Kylie he’s willing to forgo physical dominance for something so much sweeter – her emotional surrender. Kylie’s very unsure of Jensen and how he makes her feel. She doesn’t want dominance…does she? Jensen sees so much potential in Kylie – as a colleague and as a mate. Yet he knows to win her heart, he’ll have to give up control and earn her trust. Kylie’s not sure she can trust herself, let alone a powerful man like Jensen. Maybe it’s time to try…




    GIVING IN is the second book in the Surrender Trilogy and features Kylie and Jensen. I wasn’t as entranced by their story, their chemistry, or their relationship. I felt for Kylie and everything she went through. I just felt their relationship was a bit rushed. If someone had acted like Jensen did toward me if I had Kylie’s history I wouldn’t have been happy about it. GIVING IN has some sweet, some spice, and of course, the happily ever after. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Very disappointing...

    I'm guessing that the reason why your last few books haven't been good, is that you are rushing to meet your deadline. I think I speak for most readers out there when I say please take your time, better we have to wait, than have you rush and give us a crappy novel!

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

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    3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cover

    3.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    GIVING IN is another good installment in the Surrender Trilogy.  I was excited to read about Kylie and see how Jensen would maintain who he is while dealing with all of Kylie’s issues.  To say that she is skittish is an understatement.

    I admit the author did a good job at showing us Kylie’s hang ups and dealing with them in a way that said she was ready to get over her past (it has been a long time, after all) and move on with her life.  The approach Jensen took at first, the big alpha dominant male barging right in and taking charge of the situation, was probably not too believable for me.  I didn’t like how Kylie went from not wanting to be in the same office with him (comfort wise) to letting him sleep over at her house.

    Past that though, I liked Kylie and Jensen together.  Not as much as I enjoyed the first couple in this series, but they were cute together.  And that big alpha male showed a sweet and caring side.  So much so that I thought it may be a bit too much of a stretch for him to give up so much control.  Just went to show his devotion to Kylie that he did.  I just don’t know if he gave up too much of it to be with her.

    Another thing I found enjoyable is the feeling of family that ties Maya Banks’ series together.  Even though they are not family, the friendships built are strong and their fun times and interactions are always nice to read about.

    Ultimately, GIVING IN was sensual in a completely different way than the first book was.  More subdued and understated.  But palpable just as much.

    I am  not so sure how I’ll like the next book, but I do love the setup of a married couple having struggles and how they overcome then to make their relationship stronger than it was instead of seeking the easy way out and looking for love elsewhere.  So I’m anxious to see how Ms. Banks does that!

    *ARC provided by Publisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Much better than the first book

    The first book in this series was terrible. The chacaters were too caught up in their head. This story was more enjoyable.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    It is becoming even more obvious that Maya does not care what he

    It is becoming even more obvious that Maya does not care what her readers think. She does not read any reviews except the "professional" ones. Well lets hope they buy enough books to keep her going because she has lost another loyal reader in me. Unless things change drastically I won't be purchasing anymore of her books. Why should I when its the same thing over and over and over again? Her last three books have been horrible. I get tired of reading the same thoughts, plots, etc several times throughout a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Not bad but not her best

    Like one of the other reviewers said it seemed a little rushed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Healing together

    Jensen and Kylie both have issues to work through. Kylie begins to heal and grow because of Jensen's compassion, empathy and dominance. Kylie shows her strength and love when Jensen fears he is like his father. Beacause of their love for one another they being to heal.

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