Book Review: Wanting it All by Livia Grant #BDSM, #spanking

If you enjoy BDSM or spanking fiction, Wanting it All by Livia Grant is a must read. It blew me away. It is pure awesomeness.

Livia is a member of my Street Team. When she asked if I’d read her debut novel, I agreed, but I have to admit I was a little nervous. It’s her first book. What if I didn’t like it? What if I found all sorts of things “wrong” with it? I was blown away by how good it is, and I can offer an unreserved, unqualified five stars.

Wanting It All cover 500x755My Review of Wanting it All by Livia Grant

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 similar to what might see on a video from a website like tubevideoshd 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 like what you’d see on websites such as porn-hd.xxx 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 just like hot content on sites similar to fucked tube xxx, 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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9 Responses to Book Review: Wanting it All by Livia Grant #BDSM, #spanking

  1. Laurel Lasky says:

    I agree totally with you review. It’s one of the best books I have read. Your review is awesome. You were able to put into word that I could not. Congratulations and well said.

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    Thanks, Laurel.

  3. Livia Grant says:

    Thank you so much, Laurel and Cara. I love that you enjoyed the book. Just got word today that Securing it All will be out 9/24 so just around the corner. 🙂 I can’t wait for you to see how things progress with both couples.

  4. Jule Kijek says:

    I got this book based solely on your review Cara. Wow, I am sure glad I bought it. Breaking my “book buying freeze”. (SHHHH, don’t tell mu hubby). It was beyond outstanding. Gritty, edgy, totally engaging and Hot as Hades! Long enough to really flesh out the characters and the story. I stayed up last night reading until after 2AM. I just could not put it down. I just love the Darker Erotica. Livia Grant is certainly one to watch. If THIS was her debut novel, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us down the pike!

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I stayed up late reading it too!

    • Livia LB Grant says:

      Thank you so much Jule for breaking your ‘book buying freeze’ and you too Cara for the great review. I would love to apologize to you both for your lost sleep, but since that is how I define the difference between a good book and a great book (what I’m willing to stay up late for), I will just say I’m honored. The next installment is a little less dark, but every bit as hot.
      ~Livia

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