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Taking It All

(Surrender Trilogy #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  6,372 ratings  ·  390 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2014)
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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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikki ღ Navareus

I'm so torn on this story. I usually adore Maya Banks. I read the sample of this story and I was immediately sucked into it, so I went ahead and DL'd it. To be fair, I totally skipped the first two books in this series, so that's on me, but I didn't realize this was a BDSM themed story going in. Nothing wrong with a BDSM story, but this story felt confused, like it couldn't decide if it wanted to just be an angstly romance or a BDSM story, and every once in a while MB would remember it was
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book itself was a nice ending to the trilogy. The scenes were the main conflict took place were kind of rough, and i had to adjust my sense of vulnerability so that it wasn't too conflicted. Tate was a real douchebag that did not learn from his mistakes. In the ending he was a pretty solid character, but i still did not like him that much. Chessy, on the other side, did everyhting right and could've found herself another man in my opinion, but i'm still okay with the ending. Nice trilogy ...more
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.
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
Amanda S.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maya-banks, favorite
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
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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,
Kathy Davie
Jan 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Third in the Surrender Trilogy D/s series and revolving around three ladies who have supported each other through so very much. The couple focus is on Chessy and Tate Morgan and proves that actions are stronger than words. Set in Houston.

My Take
Jesus, this was so bad. What is it with Banks these days? I don't think I've read one of her more recent stories and been thrilled. I enjoy reading erotica, but this was embarrassing, and no, not because of the sex. Taking It All reads more like one of
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This has to be my favorite in all the three books as we actually see the ups and downs in their relationship.

Steamy, sexy read!!!
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
After DNF the first book in the series, Letting Go, I went into this one with low expectations. Honestly, I still feel that this wasn't the best series of Maya Banks to start out with. I know plently of others that love her books, but I can't jump on that ship.

The two main things that bothered me about Letting Go, are the main issues I had with Taking It All as well. The repetitive narrative, #1. It's so frustrating to read the same conversations and same monologue over and over. If you take out
1 Star WTF was this Star

I must start this review, if you can call it that, better said a ranting, that i am a MASSIVE fan of MB, but this was the worst book of her i ever read and the worse book i read lately!!!

First of all i am not a big fan of BDSM but i can stomach some of hers but this was an utterly fucking disaster from all points of view.

1.First of all i don't know many things about BDSM but leaving your sub like Tate left Chessy getting beaten and raped at the hands of another man it's
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
It pains me to give a Maya Banks book one star, but I feel I need to offset some of the 4 and 5 star ratings. This book is 2 stars at best. Maya Banks has turned to the dark side in her books. Why she feels her new formula must be the heroine being beaten/abused/raped and/or a hero that is such an a-hole he's pretty much unlikeable is beyond me. This book has both.

This book crossed a line (The House scene - everyone else is talking about it too). Give me a break. Just because our heroine claims
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, bdsm, 2014, erotica
I have to say that Tate make me not like this book. From early books we knew there were troubles with Tate and Chessy's marriage. I was looking forward to seeing how bad the troubles were. Turns out they were huge and I wondered if they could overcome that.

I really hated how Chessy was a doormat. She kept giving Tate chance after chance, even after she laid out what was wrong, how Tate made her feel. The sad thing is that Tate agreed with her. After the first time that he didn't listen I was
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
Review for the series:

This has definitely been my least favourite series by Maya Banks (so far). It started off fairly good with Letting Go and kept my interest somewhat for Giving In but this last book in the trilogy was just plain bad. At no point when you are reading a romance novel should you hate the main male love interest and want the female protagonist to leave him, but that is exactly how I ended up feeling about Chessy and Tate. God, I hated Tate. What a loser. Chessy was definitely
Luzia Bielefeld *BookWhore BR*
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
Amber Fueston
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Repetitive and frustrating

I found myself frustrated with this story from the very beginning. It was very repetitive. Chessy kept saying over and over that she wasn't happy not being Tates priority and Tate kept apologizing saying "I'm not worthy" She says "I forgive you" then it starts all over again. They have one good weekend and she thinks things are back to normal and peachy. Then they go to the House waaaay to soon. You have to be stupid to do something like that when your marriage is
Feb 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had a really hard time with this one. This was not a situation where 'love conquers all' comes into play. I don't see any woman forgiving her husband for the situation Tate put Chessy in. She could have come to serious harm all because he stepped out for a second to try to reel in a client after promising to put her first. There are just some things in life that are unforgiveable; no factor that would shed a different light on the situation. I'm sorry to say part of it was Chessy's fault for ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
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
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 ...more
Some BDSM - mild. D/s. mf/mfm/bdsm/romance/erotica/submission.
I read books 1 & 2 within days and looking forward to book 3 when I get it from the Library.

Book 3
Book 3 is a book of a lot of drama about Chessy & Tate. They finally have a fight and Tate is working to many hours. Then Tate does the unthinkable . . . will Chessy forgive Tate? Will they survive, have to read to the end to find out. Great friends are every bit of what life is all about, if Chessy didn't have her close friends
Juletta Gilge
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I can see it! I can see hints of the Maya I know!

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No, no wait! Aaannddd....she's gone. Maybe next time she'll stay.

I loved the story, taking place after the marriage, after the bliss ends and real life really sets in.

It was a tough book to get through at times, I don't know if I would have been able to forgive the was Chessy did...but I'm happy that she and Tate work out the way they do.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did not care for this one at all... Tate has completely neglected Chessy for 2 years, spends their anniversary in a bar with another woman while Chessy is waiting for him in the attached restaurant, and, through his carelessness, sets her up to be viciously abused and raped by another man. Chessy moves out, Tate bombards her with gifts laden with emotional meanings, Chessy goes back to Tate.

The whole book seemed rushed and thrown together, with no storyline or character development, and by the
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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Surrender Trilogy (3 books)
  • Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1)
  • Giving In (Surrender Trilogy, #2)
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