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Taking It All (Surrender Trilogy #3)

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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. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his busi ...more
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Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2014)
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Erika
First things first: A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
This is a BDSM book (in a BDSM trilogy), thus it inherently contains scenes that will make many readers uncomfortable, but this one needed a damn disclaimer! I read a lot of erotica and BDSM, I love it. So I know what to expect… what I did NOT expect was a scene where a sub is assaulted and raped. So if you are sensitive to that subject, are a survivor, or the loved one of a survivor—like I am—than you should know that such a scene lays ahead w
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Karsyn
For the past 3 years, Maya Banks has been my favorite author, but I think I need to admit I'm done and stay away from her books, though it's so hard.

I KNEW I shouldn't have read this book but I, 1 ~ I hate not finishing up trilogies & 2 ~ hate not reading a MB book.

I know it's personal preference on this, completely. The people are still good, the sex is still hot, but this storyline was HORRIBLE as I knew it would be, yet I didn't stay away like I should have.

I have SOOOOOOOOO much I could
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Kathleen
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 5 Stars!
Hero Rating ~ 4 Stars!
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 4.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 HUGE SHINING STARS!

Maya Banks did it again! Taking It All is a BRILLANTLY written story that touched my heart and soul throughout the entire read.

This is the third installment of The Surrender series, and is Chessy and Tate’s story, which I have been dying to read since I first met them in book 1, Letting Go.
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T's Book
How do you forgive the man you have loved for so long when he does the unforgiveable? Not only has be broken your emotional trust but your physical well being? I have been intrigued with Tate and Chessy since book one in the Surrender Trilogy. We are shown the good and bad from many sides and from the point of view of their friends. To say this book took me by surprise is an understatement. I really didn’t expect the level of neglect Tate would take things.

I cried for Chessy. To have a relations
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Elaine
This was the story I was waiting for since the first book in the trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book, Letting Go, with Joss and Dash and it did an excellent job of introducing the characters for the next two books. I wanted book two to be Chessy’s and Tate’s story because their situation was so compelling. It wasn’t obviously, but Giving In, Kylie’s and Jensen’s story was excellent and I learned more about Chessy and Tate in it. Finally, with Taking It All, I get their story.

And I didn’t li
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[Aengell]


I’m officially taking a break from Maya Banks.



I can’t go on like this, and I’m feeling like a bad fan, but I really can’t do this anymore. I don’t care if I read a novel by an unknown author and don’t like it. It’s okay, because I try them out, they aren’t mine and everything is fine.
But what do you do when one of your favourite authors, one of your auto-buy-authors, where you always got that excited feeling when reading a story of hers, becomes someone entirely different?

Maybe it’s because s
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This book was just not for me. The hero constantly talks to and treats the heroine like a 2 year old child. Repeating himself and their conversations go around and around. Aside from the fact that it moves extremely slow, not even the sex scenes were able to interest me enough about either one of the main characters.
My Book Addiction and More MBA
This thrilling conclusion to Maya Banks’ Surrender Trilogy is sure to take your breath away!

All Chessy wants is her husband back. Her lover. Her Dominant. But for the past two years, he’s devoted more and more of his time into his business and less and less into their relationship. Chessy just wants to have the passion, the desire, and most of all the security that comes from their marriage. As their anniversary approaches, Chessy knows it’s now or never so she finally tells Tate how she feels.
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Jacqueline
Sep 03, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
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Becca
And amazing end to this trilogy! I really enjoyed this series and would highly recommend it, especially to anyone who has never read BDSM before.

Chessy and Tate have always been the strong, married couple that all of their friend strive to emulate. They are loving and passionate. But lately things have been off. Tate is not only starting to neglect Chessy, but he is falling short with his duties as her dominate partner.

Chessy fears the worse and has no way of confronting Tate. Until one night, w
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Ilene
Absolutely loved parts, absolutely hated other and barely liked some other parts.

Chessy and Tate never really interested me so I was reluctant to read this, but I did want to finish the trilogy.

This book was definitely deeper then the rest. And parts are almost too realistic. We all know at least one person that works way to much and doesn't have a clue what is really going on.

The beginning was soooo boring, I struggled to continue. But then when the bottom drops out, that was a serious WTF mome
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Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*
A história é bem escrita, mas confesso que a autora não tem me agradado ultimamente.
Nesta história o herói quebra a confiança da heroína e numa relação de dominância isto é a coisa mais importante. Ele larga ela em um momento de vulnerabilidade para atender o maldito telefone e a deixa sozinha em uma cena em que outro cara a está dominando e ele a machuca, não só física, mas emocionalmente. Só isso já bastava para ela dar um pé na bunda dele e nunca mais voltar... mas como estamos falando de fan
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The Romance Evangelist
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at Seductive Musings.

This book contains spoilers for LETTING GO and GIVING IN, the first two books in the Surrender trilogy. You might be able to read TAKING IT ALL as a standalone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Finally, after all the buildup in the first two Surrender trilogy books, we get Chessy and Tate’s story here in TAKING IT ALL. After Carson Breckenridge died too soon in a tragic car accident, it was more than a year be
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Heather Scott mannella
This was my least favorite of the trilogy! I felt like it was forced! I was disappointed because this was the book I was most looking forward to!! Every book before this one talked and hinted towards this outcome between Chessy and Tate and I think the hype was too high and the book just didn't live up to it! I thought Tate was going to be this big, bad Dom but he was a big wuss. I found him to be whiny and a little annoying. I also though that Chessy overreacted a bit too. I mean a few days bef ...more
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
I have loved this trilogy by Maya Banks and I've been awaiting Chessy and Tate's story since this series started, and she certainly did not let me down.

Filled with romance and some very steamy moments, I was swooning from the start. Unlike the first two books, this book wasn't about a couple finding love, but rather re-discovering it. Chessy and Tate are out of the honeymoon phase and are now having to work at their marriage. Kudos to Banks for exploring what happens AFTER the Happily Ever After
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Elle Masen
30% into the book and Tate has been "shredded" with the realization that he might very well lose the love of his life if he does not get his priorities straight immediately...commence groveling.

Tate's actions were unforgivable in my opinion. Chessy can claim she's not a "doormat" all she wants. I disagree.
Amanda Sheila
I freaking love this book.

I've been waiting for Chessy's story since forever and finally I got it! I knew this book will be dramatic and I right. It's super dramatic.

For a moment I want to slap Tate for 'neglecting' Chessy, but then again he works really hard to make a good living and it's for Chessy's life eventually. There are some moments where I really want to slap Chessy too because she's so self-pitying. I don't like it. And I wish Tate didn't really self-blaming too, I mean, he's feelin
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Lauren
Wow - I really wish I had bothered to dig my reading glasses out of my purse to better read the back cover before purchasing this book. I was in an airport, needed something for the plane, so grabbed this - seemed harmless enough.

Sigh. Not realizing that Maya Banks = erotica (I know, where have I been?), that was the first "oh well" moment. But then, it's SO sappy, cheesy...believe it or not, sappy and erotica can coexist. Lines akin to 'Others may not understand our relationship but it works fo
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Candace
Taking It All is the third and final book in Maya Banks' Breathless Trilogy. Tate and Chessy were featured as characters in the first two books, but we didn't get too much information about them other than the fact that Chessy was feeling isolated in her marriage. In the first two books we learned through Chessy's frequent lunch dates with Joss and Kylie that Tate was busy building his business and as a result Chessy felt neglected.

In the beginning of Taking It All, things come to a head when T
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Sereneblaze
The 3rd installment in the Surrender Triology.

Chessy and Tate have been married for five years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she ever wanted. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in his business, and Chessy has taken a back seat. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give.

Tate loves his wife and noticing that lately she has been unhappy, he arranges a treat for their anniversary but a b
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Vickie
To say that Tate screwed up royally is quite an understatement. I’ve known all along, while reading the first two books in this trilogy, that Chessy and Tate’s book would be intense. After all, she is his submissive and those tend to be intense stories as a rule, but when we see what happens when Tate totally drops the ball and breaks the number one rule of being a dominate………….Let’s just say “cringe-worthy” just does not do it justice. Her safety and care is supposed to be his utmost priority, ...more
Jaimie Marshall
First reviewed at Red Hot Books here: http://redhotbooks.com/2014/08/review...

Taking It All is the final book in the Surrender trilogy by Maya Banks and revolves around Chessy and Tate Morgan. Based on the blurb that was released I knew this was going to be very emotional and Maya did not disappoint. In addition to a powerful story about the main characters, there were some minor side stories about the other two couples, and the epilogue wrapped the series up in a way that we weren’t left with q
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Paranormal Haven

Chessy is growing unhappier with the status of her marriage and knows that something will have to give or they’ll lose it all. When a business call threatens everything including Chessy’s safety, Tate knows he’s lost her, but he will do whatever it takes to get her back in this emotionally gripping contemporary romance.

This steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on the edge with suspense, drama and passion. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and deta
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Book Reading Gals
Title: Taking It All

Series: Surrender bk 3

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic Romance

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. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy h
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Sonya
First the disclaimer: This story is not for everyone. It is about being in a dominant relationship. It also has a very emotional almost rape scene in it. That being said if you have enjoyed Maya's other series such as the Colter's then you will enjoy this one as well. Chessy and Tate have always been in a dominant/master relationship, however lately Tate has been more involved with his job than with his wife. I must admit that I don't understand the appeal of being a dominant, but I do enjoy rea ...more
Kelley
I was really excited to get the opportunity to review this book. There had been so much chatter about this series and I was excited to see how this book stood up as a standalone read and as the last book in the series. I am a huge fan of Maya Banks and love the KGI Series as well as the Breathless Trilogy.

Tate and Chessy have basically fallen into a routine where they barely see each other anymore and the love and excitement of their marriage has all but withered and died. Tate is starting his
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Rosie AvidReader
Wow! Wow! Just WOW! Talk about an emotional ending to the series! Chessy & Tate's marriage is falling apart. Tate is so obsessed with work he fails his wife as her husband and dominant. Chessy finally can take no more when Tate is too busy in a meeting and leaves Chessy at a restaurant on their anniversary. Finally Chessy tells Tate how unhappy she has been for two years. Tate swears to Chessy to put her first and begs to try again. Of course things start off great. Chessy is even very excit ...more
Pboswell
OH MY GOODNESS.
TATE AND CHESSY.

What a freaking screw up Tate was. I mean, I thought he had done his worse from the glimpses of Letting Go and Giving In - but oh NO. He had much more terrible shit to do to Chessy. I mean unforgivable shit!! Goodness. I felt so sorry for Chessy by the time the book was nearing it's end, like truly sad. To feel unappreciated, unwanted, unimportant to the one person in the world you love and care about the most. The only one person in the world that you have to ca
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April Epley

Okay, first things first, I love Maya Banks! I have read the first two books in the Surrender Trilogy and I really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this book also, even through the shocks it put me through, and I completed it. I am rating it 3 and a half stars.
I looked forward to reading this story of Tate and Chessy. After enjoying the first two books and loving the characters in those I jumped right in. Tate and Chessy have been married for a while now. Unfortunately the marriage is starting to beco
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5 STARS

Review copy provided for an honest review


This is the final book in the Surrender Trilogy and it was by far the best of the three. The stories surround three friends and their relationships. We have already read about Joss and Kylie and this book is about Chessie, who is married to a Dom, Tate.
In the earlier books we are give hints that Chessie’s marriage isn’t all that it should be. In taking it all, we find out that Tate has been spending untold hours at work, leaving Chessie feeli
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Surrender Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Giving In (Surrender Trilogy, #2)
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