DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
You’ll tell me you don’t… but you already think you know what my story’s about.
You have no idea.
Just like the people sitting in this courtroom.
She asked for it. That’s what they keep saying.
And no, it’s not because my skirt was too short or I was drunk at a party.
It’s nothing like that. It’s because of what I like and how I like it.
They’re judging me as I sit in the front row, my eyes drawn to the man on trial.
If I’d known it was going to end like this, I never would have gone home with him.
But he’s the type of man I just can’t say no to.
I wanted to feel his lips kiss down my neck.
I dreamed of running my fingers along the rough stubble on his jaw.
I craved his hands on me, pinning me down.
I needed to whisper his name in the dark, late at night.
You still think you know what happened? You don’t.
He’s innocent and I enjoyed every second I was with him.
Let me tell you my story … all about how I asked for it.
This book was not at all what I expected. I was fairly sure I had an idea of what I was getting into when I started this book, but I was mistaken. It was a thought-provoking story, and I found myself completely involved in Allison and Dean’s romance. While it was different than I’d anticipated, it was for the better that my preconceived notions about the premise of this book were wrong.
She Asked for It is technically a standalone novel; there is a free prequel novel, Too Easy, that does add a little to Allison and Dean’s backstories, but you could read She Asked For It without first having read Too Easy. The novel is written in dual first-person perspective, in Allison and Dean’s voices. Willow Winters has another book coming in this series, Give it to Me, and it will tell the story of one of the supporting characters from She Asked for It.
As I said, the unexpected storyline in She Asked for It is what made this book so good. There was a completely unexpected piece in the portrait of Allison’s past, one I thought I’d figured out but was mistaken about. That part – the most important part – of this book is what made the story, for me. I loved the way Willow Winters worked it into the overall narrative of Allison’s past.
The combative nature of Allison and Dean’s relationship was at times difficult for me to watch. While it was always evident they cared deeply for one another, some of their interactions were quite harsh. After learning about their pasts and the things that had broken and scarred each of them, those interactions made far more sense and felt true to the characters. Ultimately, neither of them could have found anyone better to love, support, or help themselves heal. There was definitely something in each of their broken parts that needed the kind of broken the other was to fill in the empty pieces.
My only wish for this book would have been that the trial, which played so prominently in the cover copy, have been more integral in the book. While it was a very important part of their journey, it was only a very small part of the novel. The book wasn’t lacking for it; I had just been expecting there to be more of it based on the blurb.
Willow Winters is quickly becoming a must-read author for me. Each of her books draws me in with their heavy themes, and they all have a darkness that speaks to a part of me that is fascinated with things frowned upon by polite society. At first, I had a hard time with some of the transitions in her books, but the more of her work I read I have come to appreciate how she uses that abruptness as a literary device. I can’t wait for what all she has in store for me in the world she established in She Asked for It.
Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!
Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.
In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!
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