“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”
Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.
Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...
Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.
The anonymous author's first novel under the Pace pseudonym is an unconventional tale of tangled erotic obsession infused with dark emotions. Vivienne Charles, a 25-year-old doctoral student, is humiliated at a party when her ex-lover blurts out her fixation with rape fantasies. She's equally stunned, turned on, and scared when sexy, brooding science professor Jonah Marks discreetly says he can give her what she wants. With a safe word in place, Viv finds the reality of her daydreams to be even more incredible than she imagined. Jonah's caring actions after their raw sexual situations seems at odds with his willingness to mimic violence, and she wonders who he really is. Then what starts as an innocent conversation ends up pushing them both to their limits. Through Viv's therapy sessions, Pace explores the aftermath of sexual assault, making this more than just an erotic romp. The unflinching honesty of the voice and perspective of the story pulls the reader in right from the start, and the tension builds to a breathtaking climax and cliffhanger ending. Readers willing to read explicit fantasies of nonconsensual sex will be enthralled.