GIVING IT UP by Amber LinConnect with Amber: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter
Length: 268 pages
Publisher: Loose Id (June 19, 2012)
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.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: dubious consent.
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Giving It Up tackles some pretty dark and deep things. I really, really wanted to love it. It’s written from Allie’s point of view, which I think has its up and down. Allie was raped by her friend two years ago, and this encounter left her pregnant. She never pressed charges because of some things that happened in the aftermath. Now all she cares about is taking care of her daughter.
Allie has what she calls “date nights” where she goes out to a club or bar and has rough sex. It’s on one of these date nights where she meets Colin. Colin isn’t like the other guys, he considers her comfort rather than just a romp in the parking lot. This throws Allie and she finds herself feeling all this emotions that she’s kept at bay.
Colin doesn’t want just one night of meaningless sex. He seems to like Allie and is determined to stay in her life. When Allie’s rapist returns she finds herself turning towards Colin. But can she trust Colin?
The first half of this book is so strong! I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. But just as I was really starting to get into the relationship with Allie and Colin all hell broke loose. There was this mystery with Colin’s brother and his family that just took away from the relationship. I wish that more time was spent exploring their relationship and watching Allie grow with Colin.
Colin was a mystery to me. He was quiet and gentle with Allie, but also fierce and protective. I just wish we got to understand Colin more. I really wanted to know him more. In the end, I had no idea why Colin loved her, or what he saw in her. He also never really told her how he felt.
I had such a hard time picking a favorite quote. Seriously, the whole first chapter was AMAZING! The banter between Allie and Colin and some of the things in Allie’s head had me laughing, but then it had my heart breaking. But nothing compares to this quote:
Blowing a guy was one thing, folding his underwear seemed so… personal.Overall:
It started out strong but in the end just fell short. I really liked Allie. She was complex and complicated and damaged. As I read I kept waiting for her to grow through her experiences, and she did a little, but she was still a bit broken. I wish we got more of Colin and I think that’s where we would’ve benefited from a different POV. I will say that the writing is very good and this story will definitely stay with me. It’s dark and twisted and makes you think.
***review copy provided by author***