Wanting it All has 29 Five Star reviews within the first three weeks of release. Here are just a few of those:
Brianna Lambert’s husband Markus is gentle, loving and is crazy about her–and she loves him. Yet she can’t stop herself from cheating on him with her abusive pseudo Dom ex-boyfriend. When Markus finds out, he is so hurt and angered that he drops her off at The Punishment Pit–a BDSM club where Doms take their wayward subs to be punished by the master of all Masters. There, Brianna is a given the choice to either sign divorce papers or submit to severe, humiliating punishments. Desperate to save her marriage, Brianna chooses the latter. Markus’s friend Lukas proceeds to put her through the paces in an attempt to break her down and get her to sign the papers. In the process, Lukas learns why Brianna cheated, and he begins to have sympathy for her. But will the information be enough to convince Markus to give her another chance?I was blown away by this debut novel by author Livia Grant. First, it is very well written and the story was so gripping it wouldn’t let me go until I finished it. I lost sleep over this book. Second, Livia Grant did something that many other authors don’t do–she took risks by tackling a taboo head on. No, not BDSM. Infidelity. I read a lot of domestic discipline novels and a fair amount of BDSM and when punishment occurs it is usually for something insignificant–the hero tells the heroine to stay put–she disobeys. She does something a little reckless that he feels isn’t safe, she talks back. I always wondered why no one ever wrote a story in which the heroine did something truly bad, something that was unquestionably wrong.Brianna Lambert does that when she cheats her husband. And Markus does that when, knowing of the physical abuse in her past, he washes his hands of her and abandons her to be caned, whipped and God- only-knows-what else until she signs divorce papers. Yet the reader has sympathy for both of them. The emotions are raw, honest, and real.
This is not a typical erotic romance (I would call it erotica, but even then it’s not typical). For a good part of the book, “hero” Markus isn’t even in the picture–the story shifts to his friend Lukas who administers the punishments. And then it shifts again to Tiffany, Brianna’s BFF, who goes in search of Brianna when she turns up missing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gritty, edgy novel that lays it on line. For BDSM and spanking fiction fans, Wanting it All is a must read.
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This is Livia Grant’s debut novel, and I have to say I loved every single second of it. The characters are engaging, funny, and sexy, but most importantly, they are real. They have real problems they have to work through, problems that many in this day can relate to. Livia has drawn a picture in the reader’s mind with the skill of a much more experienced author, and it’s easy to forget you’re reading a fictional story. In fact, it’s easy to wish for a membership to The Punishment Pit, and for a sexy Dom like Lukas to sweep your off your feet and do with you as he will… but I digress.The main character Bri makes mistakes and though it endangers her marriage to the man of her dreams, she’s willing to do anything to make amends. This passion is what makes Bri so likable, in spite of her errors. Rather than take the easy way out, Bri chooses to walk the most difficult path in the hopes of redeeming herself and saving her marriage.I’m sitting on the edge of my seat, with baited breath and every other cliche I can think of. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and for anything else that comes from the wonderfully sexy mind of Livia Grant. Well done, and congratulations on the publish of your first novel. It’s a winner.
I’m going to take quite a different perspective here from other reviewers’, because what I crave in BDSM fiction isn’t reality but fantasy. If you’re like me, you may think from other reviews that the primary draw is a realistic depiction of relationships. Ms. Grant does a good job there, to be sure.But what makes this book special is the heavily fantastic depiction of Brianna’s punishment, and Ms. Grant proves that she’s got a feel for Story of O, Victorian style BDSM that can make a discerning reader of those genres swoon. If you know what I’m talking about, buy this book.
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I bought this book after reading several snippets on Facebook that I couldn’t get out of my mind. The thing that caught my attention and held it was the gritty, hard, very real feel of the story. Wanting It All deals with a wife’s infidelity – a topic not so easily taken on in any sort of romance. In this case, the author not only takes it on, she stops it dead in its tracks and faces it and she does it without softening.The Punishment Pit is just that – a place where Doms bring their subs to be publicly punished and any punishments carried out there are harsh and hard punishments. That was one of the things that stood out about this book and that I liked so very much. This was not a soft, sweet romance, not even close. This is hard core and raw. The punishments are detailed, each lick of the strap or stroke of the cane is felt by the reader. The anticipation leading up to the punishments had me holding my breath. If I can describe this book in one word, it would be raw. I so appreciate that the author dared to take on a topic such as infidelity, set it in a BDSM setting and wasn’t afraid to really push boundaries and I’m so glad the story continues. I loved this book and am looking forward to the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars, blowing, heart breaking, hot-as-hell story
By Kristin on September 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Holy hell. I don’t know where to start. This book destroyed me. I read it in about four hours. I couldn’t put it down. I escaped to the bathroom so I could finish this book alone! I was addicted to this story. I had to read more, I had to know what was going to happen! I laughed, I cried and I shuddered and shivered more then I had with any other book before. If you ever need extra batteries to read a book, it this one!Now for the warnings haha this is a very hardcore BDSM story with lots of spanking and punishments. Humiliation and doctor play. Also a heartbreaking love story. I can honestly say I had no idea where this story was going. I had no idea what was going to happen and I’ll admit I was scared at where my thoughts were going.This was a fantastic mind blowing, heart breaking, hot-as-hell story that I can’t wait to read more of! Miss Livia is a new author to me but she is on my auto buy list now for sure. Highly recommended this story if you want something to push your limits and read about real true love and what one young girl will go through to prove it.
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