Aug 2 2014 9:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’s Taking It All (August 5, 2014)

Taking It All by Maya BanksMaya Banks
Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy #3)
Penguin / August 5, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

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. Loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business a success, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappy 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, show 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 back far more: Himself. His undying love.

In the final chapter of Maya Banks’s Surrender Trilogy, Tate and Chessy’s marriage has been changing lately, and not for the better. Chessy is feeling abandoned by Tate. Tate’s priorities have changed and his dominance has changed to neglect.

Tate Morgan thought he lived the life most men fantasize about. He is married to the most beautiful woman and after five years of marriage their sex life is still incredible. He has a fabulous house, an expensive car, and an ever increasing business. His life is a dream, but it quickly turns into a nightmare when his beloved Chessy announces that she is leaving him.

Tate closed his eyes and let out a sigh. “I deserve your anger. I deserve whatever you dish out, but God, please, Chessy. Stay so we can work it out. Don’t leave. I love you.”

“I believe you love me,” Chessy said honestly. “You just don’t love me enough and you don’t love me as much as I love you. I suppose I would have settled for that once. But not any longer. I deserve better.”

Tate is a man possessed. He doesn’t know when everything went wrong with his marriage, he thought they were happy, but his wife’s declaration that they were over has cut out his heart.

He has been a little busy lately. Things at the office are increasing demanding ever since his partner bailed on him, leaving him to take care of all their clients on his own. But if he loses his clients, how will be able to take care of Chessy as she deserves to be?

The final straw was when he forgot their anniversary dinner because he was wining and dining a potential new client not 50 feet from where his wife sat hopelessly waiting from him to show.

The utter despair in her voice flayed open his heart. He caught his breath, unsure even what to say to her. This wasn’t a simple fix. Not something that could be worked out in one night or even two. Their relationship was in deep trouble, and he was only just now recognizing the magnitude of all he’d done to her over the past years.

He knew that Chessy’s parents were never interested in the little girl they brought into the world. She was never abused, but she was always neglected. He vowed to Chessy that she would never feel that way with him, that she would always be the center of his world.

Could he have truly been so blind that he missed how much he was hurting Chessy?

Slowly she turned, her eyes swamped with so much hurt that an invisible hand clutched Tate by the throat and squeezed until he could barely breathe. Where had things gone wrong? How could he not have seen this coming?

Chessy is the only woman he has ever loved and he’ll be damned if he’ll let her walk away without a fight and it’s a fight he can’t lose because Chessy is the only thing in his life with real value. The house and the cars and even the business only meant anything to him so that he could provide them to her. Without Chessy in his life, everything he has no longer has any value.

“If the trust wins out in the end then I’ll get you back,” Tate vowed. “Because the truth is I love you and that’s never going away. I’ll do whatever it takes to have you back home where you belong, Chessy. So be warned. I’m not giving up and I’m no letting you walk out of my life or our marriage.”

It is Tate’s fault for allowing neglect to tear away at his marriage. He now has to put all his effort in making sure Chessy understands that he will do whatever he must to get her back and he will gladly let go of everything else if he can only win her trust once again.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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