Monday, 24 October 2016

Book review - Giving It Up by Audra North - 3 stars

Giving It Up by Audra North
BDSM romance 
3/5 stars 


She dominates his body and his mind…but can he give up control without handing over his heart?

Pushing the Boundaries, Book 1

If Beatrice Lawrence didn’t know better, she’d swear the universe is out to make sure she is totally, completely screwed. It’s not enough her family’s restrictive rules drove her away from home at a young age. She had to go and fall for a guy whose mere presence heats her body like Death Valley.

Except he seems to harbor a special brand of dislike, just for her. He even seems intent on ruining one of her biggest wedding photography gigs by dodging every key shot to make a phone call.

It’s not that SWAT officer Warren Davis isn’t attracted to Beatrice. He is. God, he is. But between supporting his parents and helping raise his single-mom sister’s kid, there’s no time to build a relationship.

Besides, Beatrice is too innocent for some of his darker…appetites. Until she catches him on the phone with a professional Domme. He must be crazy to let her talk him into hiring her instead. Even crazier to risk letting their professional relationship get personal…

Warning - Contains an out-of-her-element, wannabe Domme who has no idea the power she wields, and a SWAT officer who can’t wait to show her just how deeply he needs her command. Buckle up and keep your safeword handy.


I really enjoy femdom romances - there aren't enough good ones around in my humble opinion - so I was looking forward to reading Giving It Up. Unfortunately though I had a couple of problems with it and ended up just liking the book instead of loving it. I did still enjoy it, just not as much as I was expecting to.

Beatrice has fallen for handsome SWAT officer Warren Davis, but unfortunately he seems to dislike her and actively avoids her. Warren is very attracted to Beatrice but due to family demands he's not got time for a relationship. He also thinks that his sexual desires will be too dark for Beatrice. When she catches Warren on the phone trying to hire a professional Dominatrix, she convinces him to hire her instead. Can he give up his control in the bedroom without giving up his heart too?

The storyline was fun and I loved a lot about it, for me though I struggled with the middle part of the book. It started to feel very slow and I began to lose interest in the story. I also frequently got annoyed with Warren, for some reason he really wound me up! My favourite thing about the book was the heroine, Beatrice. I loved how she took such a big chance to gain Warren's attention and affection, she was a great character. I wish I could award this book more stars, but sadly I can only give it three.

I received an ARC of this book to read and review 

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