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Giving In: The Surrender Trilogy, Book 2 | [Maya Banks]

Giving In: The Surrender Trilogy, Book 2

In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times best-selling 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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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2014 Maya Banks (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 07-08-14
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2011

    kimber0711

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    "The Narrator ruined it for me"

    The story itself is okay, I wish I had actually read this one instead of listening to it. It isn't my favorite Maya Banks, The characters are TOO damaged to let the story really heat up.

    The real deal breaker though was the narration. Kylie is sooooo whiney I spent a good deal of time gritting my teeth thru her portions, And her man's tones, sounds a little like......well.....Forrest Gump. My internal loop kept playing "Run Forrest Run" and Stewie's "Mom Mom Mom Mommy Mommy Mommy." which made it a little tough to get into the parts that actually were hot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eva.K 05-17-14
    Eva.K 05-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, horrible narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narration, it was absolutely horrible. The male voice was hideous. female sounded like a 12 year old.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Giving In?

    I liked the whole story. Very romantic and touching.


    What didn’t you like about Alix Dale’s performance?

    The male voice was so unnatural and weird sounding it was like listening to an alien with a fake southern accent. The female voice I could half way deal with.


    Did Giving In inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The male voice sucked all the romance out of the book. The story would have been much more romantic and sexy with a different male voice. Giving the narration one star was generous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DK 05-21-15
    DK 05-21-15 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Surrender Trilogy: Book Two Kylie & Jenson"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?


    The second in the Surrender trilogy we meet Kylie. She has a violent and abusive past and wants nothing to do with dominance and control. Jensen is the man used to being in control, he enjoys going up to the boundary and crossing it however, he is willing to give it all up for Kylie.

    As some of the other reviewers have pointed out the story was okay – I think okay because it was salvaged by the friendship of the women in the book. But overall, I was not a fan of this installment.

    Of course, this is fiction and written to go over the edge but there has to be a bit of believability in it, for me. The heroine was somewhat believable but the hero was terribly disappointing… Readily giving up his core self for the love of this woman.

    I am pretty forgiving with narrators but Alix Dale was off the charts awful as she performed the male characters. I didn't know what sort of accent Dale was trying to achieve for any of the male characters it was distracting and really bad.

    I suggest that Maya Banks, or agent, listens to the audition tapes more carefully before selecting her next narrator. Carolyn Winter, Adam Paul, Freddy Bates or Christian Fox – – all narrators of her other books.

    Mature themes

    I highly recommend reading this series over listening to it. Or wait for a re-release with a different narrator.

    If you found this review helpful please select yes below.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Brandon, FL, United States 03-01-15
    Christine Brandon, FL, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad..."

    Story line was a lot more romance, very little BDSM . Parts of it was erotic, other parts blah blah blah, the narration was awful!!! Her whiny nasal voice was almost too much. So sorry she read this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeQuita 01-22-15
    LeQuita 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a awful listen...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No One I Know.


    What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    When I got the first book, I got the entire trilogy. What a waste. It's as bad as the first one. I wish I could attach my review from book one onto this review. Very disappointed in Mrs. Banks with this trilogy. All of her other books that I've read (KGI, Pregnancy series, both Highlander Series) have been out of sight. DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDIT ON THIS OR THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY.

    It's nothing like Brethless or Coulters, not even close to being good.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alix Dale?

    Kristen Potter off the top of my head. Rosalyn Landor does a good American accent, Julia Gibson perhaps would've been better than Alix Dale.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Giving In?

    The Entire Book


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T WASTE YOUR CREDIT OR MONEY ON THIS BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly lewisville, tx 05-11-14
    Kelly lewisville, tx 05-11-14
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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! It's wonderful love story. Not about thes ex.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Giving In?

    The moment Kylie realized she was in love


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kyle fought for Jensen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jensen and Kylie broke up.


    Any additional comments?

    I Am a big fan of Maya Banks. I absolutely loved this book. Kylie and Jensen both deal with demons that can destroy them. I was surprised by the way this book gripped me and made me laugh, sigh and cry. This is a beautiful story and if someone is not into the heavy romance with all thes ex scenes then this is a book for you. To me it was worth the time and money. We'll done Maya!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 05-07-14
    Maria 05-07-14
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    "Disappointing Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Alix Dale?

    The narrator was incredibly whiney - all the men sounded the same. Very Very poor listen. Story was ok - not a typical Maya Banks read. I will not buy another read by the narrator. Hoping this was just a hiccup for Maya and would probably give her another chance.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Very hard to listen for long as the elocution was piercing. Interesting twist on a Maya Banks Submissive storyline


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    DISAPPOINTING


    Any additional comments?

    Maya, bring back the historical romances!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hampshire U.K.
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    "SURRENDER BOOK 2"
    Would you listen to Giving In again? Why?

    YES I WOULD I LOVE THE STORY


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    AGAIN I THINK THE GIRLS ARE GREAT


    Have you listened to any of Alix Dale’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I HAVE THIS WHOLE SERIES SO I WOULD SAY IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES I READ IT OF AND ON ALL DAY AND EVENING


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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