Taking It All by Maya Banks (Surrender Trilogy #3) & GIVEAWAY

Taking It All by Maya BanksAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.


I have to admit, upon finishing Taking It All I had to breathe a huge sigh of relief because I haven’t really enjoyed the last couple of books I’ve picked up by Banks and I was a bit scared to get into this one. However, I can say after reading it, that I really enjoyed this one and thought Banks wrapped everything up nicely and with her usual flair.

Chessy and Tate have been married for five years and living the lifestyle of D/s for even longer. The first couple years of their marriage were spent in blissful happiness but or the last two Chessy has felt left out as Tate chased his dreams of being successful at work. She’s tried to be supportive and patient but with each late meeting Tate attends she dies a little more inside.

Being stood up on their anniversary for yet another work related meeting is the very last straw for Chessy and she demands Tate either make her a priority or she’s walking away. Shaken by her ultimatum Tate vows to reconnect to their marriage and make Chessy feel as important as he knows she is to him.

Tate knows he has some major changes to make and he’ll stop at nothing to prove how much he truly loves his wife. But when his distraction puts Chessy at physical risk at the hands of another man, she decides that sometimes love isn’t enough. Tate will have to prove that it is.

I spent most of this book verging on the edge of tears. I don’t know if I was unusually emotional or what but I really connected to this book on a profound level. Reading about married couples isn’t something I normally do because I enjoy the newness of relationships  but Chessy and Tate were magnetic. They pulled me right in and each blow to Chessy’s fragile emotional state I felt myself.

It takes Tate an inordinate amount of time to realize that he’s going to have to make some big changes in order to keep his wife. He makes mistake after mistake each pushing Chessy further away until she has no choice but to leave the only man she’s ever loved. His conviction in salvaging his marriage though was amazing and even when he was making yet another mistake, I still rooted for him to make everything okay.

True to a Maya Banks book it should be noted that the sex scenes were very well done and incredibly hot! Banks sure knows how to turn up the heat between her characters and I always find the encounters to set the pages (er screen of my Kindle in this case) on fire.

As painful as the journey for these two was I really loved this book. It’s gut-wrenchingly stressful in the best way possible. Chessy is such a strong, vibrant heroine who really rises above and puts her love and marriage to the test. She’s not completely blameless in the situation she finds herself in and I was glad she realized that and took at least part of the fault. She could have said something much earlier and given Tate a chance to fix things long before she did.

Past characters play integral roles throughout the books as Chessy really leans on them for the emotional support she needs. I enjoyed catching up with Joss and Dash as well as Kylie and Jensen. Banks gives everyone (even readers) a fitting ending and closure to the trilogy.


I give Taking It All by Maya Banks 4 stars!

**GIVEAWAY – The wonderful people at Sullivan & Partners in conjunction with Berkley are allowing me to give away one paperback copy of Taking It All to a US commenter here on the blog! Open until Aug 17th 2014 @11:59pm EST with the winner announced shortly after**


  1. I am a big fan of Maya Banks and I would love to win this. Thank you for the chance to win!
    melissalamb at musfiber dot com

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