11 August 2014

Give and Take by Alisa Anderson

 What Is Right If You Decide There Is No Wrong...
For Ty, Lena and Danny, they're about to find out as they cross the boundaries from all things safe to an arena that will test love, friendship and loyalty. An arena that's forbidden, taboo...but oh so tempting. In their world sex, money and excess are all a game of give & receive, where any wish can be granted if you just ask...

Lena Blake: Life was supposed to have gone back to normal. After all…It’s been months since that night at Sadist. Months of reliving, remembering, experiencing…each moment. Over and over again. Oh yeah, she remembered. Every. Vivid. Illicit. Detail. Like it was yesterday. What she did. Who she did it with.Her best friend. And Danny…the one who had carved out her heart years ago. There to witness it all. An act so public, so voyeuristic, so forbidden, she was still feeling the intensity between them all. The lines were crossed now. There was no going back. Not even if she wanted to.

If she were honest she would admit she didn’t…

Tyler Malone: I knew I risked a lot doing what I did. I risked my friendship, with the one person I trusted and loved most of all, even if she can’t…or won’t see it. I played a dangerous game with Blake, too, but he either needs to step up...or step back. I put everything on the line for just one night. And hell yeah, it was worth it. She’s worth everything. I love her just as much as he does, maybe more, since I accept everything about her, even her love for him. Life is all about the chances you take. To succeed you have to gamble. Play big…or go home. And I play to win. At all costs…

Danny Blake: Seeing her that night with Ty, watching her come undone, made me realize for the first time the life I could have. I saw her. Really saw her, body and soul, and I know now, the ache for her never truly went away. It only intensified over the years, with a need bordering on obsession. My one addiction I could never get clean of. I need her like air.
In the high stakes game of give & take, you have to risk everything.
Winner takes all…and to the victor go the spoils.

For me, this was chapter two in the story of Lena, Danny and Ty.  Lena is trying to come to terms with what she did with Ty in front of Danny at the club.  She also has to figure out what her feelings are towards Ty now.  As her best friend, there is no need to risk this friendship for benefits yet Ty does do things to her that other men can never get close to.  If only Danny were free from his marriage, maybe then she would have her dream come true.  What she doesn’t know is Danny is well on the way to being free.
After watching Ty bring pleasure to Lena something changes in Danny.  While he has become use to knowing his wife is having affairs this particular night catching her with the body guard, something snapped and it was time to take action.  He has finally decided that it was time to go after the life he wants but he is going to clean up the mess he made first.
Ty feels the attraction to Lena even more now after their night.  He knew his stunt with Lena affected Danny so that only made him rush his tactics in obtaining her.  Ty is aware that he started a fire and Danny wants her but he is going to have to risk their friendship in order to make her his very own.  Ty believes he is what Lena needs, now he just has to convince her of that.  I have to give him credit he is very creative in his attempts to make Lena melt for him.  The phone conversation scene was not only hot but rather charming and that would have had me thinking maybe I need to focus more on Ty than Danny if I had been in her shoes
We are left wondering if Lena is going to make a choice between the two men, or will the men decide they can work together to give Lena all she needs. It is clear that with each passing day the waters are getting muddier for Lena regarding her feelings.  Is Danny going to be too late?  Will Ty work hard to gain her affection only to be left alone in the end?  There appears to be only one way for Lean to get what she wants without hurting either of them.   The intensity was raised in this book leaving me wanting more once I was done.  I still found some of the scenes and conversations being drawn out longer than what I like but over all I was very interested in this story and enjoyed the book.  

This is the second installment in the Give and Receive Series. The interactions between the three main characters really come to a head in this book. We get insight into Danny and what drives him and see Tyler finally speak up about his desires. The author hints at what causes some of the strain in the relationship between Danny and Tyler. I am very interested in reading the third installment in this series, and can’t wait to see what happens to these characters!
 Click HERE to read an excerpt of Give And Take!
well...alisa did stuff and is still doing stuff. only now she has two boys crazy enuff to want her as their mommy. hey, at least she tried to warn them, so her job is done. she doesn’t like to capitalize, partially because she likes how lower case letters look visually, but mostly out of laziness. please don't judge. it could be you. and she would say, hey. you're alright, buddy. you're ok in my book. now c'mere for a hug. the hug might be pushing it. air kiss? you are strangers, after all, with only a mutual love of poor grammar.
she lives for a world full of controllable anatomically correct, android men programmed to meet her specific feminine needs (wink, wink, nudge, nudge with a big waggle of the eyebrows). who look like the rock. and ian somerhalder. and idris elba. and that's it she promises. variety. gotta have variety, right?
but alas...apparently that exists only in johanna lindsey's genius mind. so until then, she enjoys her incredibly warped sense of humor. she reads tons of erotica and romantic, drippy goo that makes her heart go pitter patter. then she thought, hey. what, she said to herself. (softly, of course, so no one finds out she is indeed, 2 nuts short of a fruitcake) maybe you should write this stuff too. maybe someone will like it and maybe buy it. so she said, huh, you think? then she said, well...yeah, i wouldn't have suggested it...(inserts sarcastic tone) and then she was like lose the attitude, ok? then she was all, would you just shut up and write, already? sheesh! and she did. :)


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