Warning: This book contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language.
Title: Giving it Up
Author: Amber Lin
Rating: 4 Stars
GIVING IT UP is a dark and portrait of people caught in lives they didn’t ask for, with pasts they must escape. Allie and Colin must save themselves, in order to save each other.
“Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.
He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.
But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.”
I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to read. The story moved quickly and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters.
Watching Allie and Colin’s relationship evolve was very interesting. The reader must find out how they are feeling mostly through their actions. Neither character are big talkers, especially Colin. Allie’s feelings are so distorted by her past traumas and her current desperation to survive. It was so heartbreaking to watch her struggle to please Colin without realizing that just by being her she was good enough. He wanted nothing more than to save her, but her own self-loathing would not allow her to trust him. Strong, handsome Colin is controlling and protective, both of Allie and his own heart. I wanted nothing more than to see Allie and Colin defeat the demons of their pasts, and to be able to rise above the lies and betrayals that threatened to tear apart their fragile new relationship. I was rooting the whole book for their little unconventional family to survive.
GIVING IT UP is a story of healing, love, undeniable lust and steamy sex. It left me wanting to read more. I want to know what happens to Allie, Colin, Bailey, Shelly and even Philip. I want to see and know more about these characters and I am definitely looking forward to reading another book from this author.
“What was this thing that felt like trust but looked like lust?”
*I received this book from the author as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.