GIVING IN was a quick and enjoyable read but I wish that I could have gotten a little more background on both Jensen and Kylie. Both of these main characters have secrets and scars they are carrying from their past that have shaped the way they deal with relationships. In Kylie's case she has cocooned herself in her very limited group of friends and has made her home a fortress of solitude. She uses every tool available to keep men at arms length and has yet to have a meaningful romantic relationship. Jensen on the other hand has had relationships, but even though he is in his 30's he has yet to find a woman that he has wanted to commit to long term.
Kylie's reaction to Jensen and her fear of being with him is understandable, but a little tedious with the things she needs to feel secure with him. What I found interesting was Jensen's solutions. With Jensen being a professed dominant I found it hard to see him giving over the way that he did, especially to someone who is a timid and unsure as Kylie. I would have expected a dominant to have take a different tactic while still being sensitive to Kylie's traumas. Jensen makes concessions that I wouldn't have expected of someone who actively participate in the BDSM lifestyle. However, Jensen does make a distinction between emotional and physical submission and I suppose that I have to recognize the difference.
I really enjoy the friendship between Kylie, Joss, and Chessy and how they are helping each other through their problems along with the men in their lives. The biggest negative for me with this book is completely a matter of personal taste. It's the theme of youngish girl lacks sexual experience but somehow has natural sexual awesomeness right away with the "right" man. With the sexual hang ups that Kylie has I wish that the great sex would have been a worked on accomplishment between her and Jensen instead of happening a little too easily.There were a few hiccups between the two and they did not just fall into bed together, I just wish that I could have seen a more detailed build up in their sexual relationship. However, I am looking forward to TAKING IT ALL. We will finally get to see what the problem between Chessy and Tate. It has been teased throughout books 1 and 2 and I need to know what the heck is going on!
Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?
Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.