Taking It All

By: Maya Banks


About the Author





Maya Banks is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorMayaBanks and Twitter: @maya_banks.

For more about Maya’s books visit her at www.mayabanks.com.





Praise for Maya Banks


‘Incredibly awesome . . . I love Maya Banks and I love her books’ Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

‘Maya Banks writes the kind of books I love to read!’ Lora Leigh, New York Times bestselling author

‘[A] one-two punch of entertainment that will leave readers eager for the next book’ Publishers Weekly

‘A cross between the [Crossfire] or Fifty Shades series and the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black’ Book Savvy Babe

‘Hot enough to make even the coolest reader sweat!’ Fresh Fiction

‘Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until I read the last word’ Joyfully Reviewed

‘A must-read author . . . her [stories] are always full of emotional situations, lovable characters and kick-butt story lines’ Romance Junkies





In the beginning, Chessy and Tate’s passionate marriage was everything she wanted. She offered her submission freely and Tate made her feel safe and loved. But as the years have passed, and Tate’s business built, their marriage has taken a back seat and Chessy knows that something has to give or they stand to lose it all.

Tate loves his wife and providing for her has always been his first priority. Worried that she is unhappy, he arranges for a night together to reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them. But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything he holds dear. To win back his wife’s love, Tate determines to show her that nothing is more important than her – and that he will do and give whatever it takes to get back the passion and trust they once had.





For Carrie, with all my love





ONE


CHESSY Morgan pulled into a parking spot at the Lux Café in Houston, her eyes widening in surprise when she saw both Kylie’s and Joss’s cars parked short distances away.

Kylie being there didn’t shock her. Kylie was always punctual. But Joss? Joss was perpetually running late. Chessy and Kylie almost always had to wait on Joss, who’d dash laughingly inside the restaurant where Chessy and Kylie waited, an unnecessary apology always on her lips for her tardiness.

And, well, who could ever get mad at Joss? Especially for something so insignificant as being habitually late. Joss was just someone who lit up a room with her warmth and sweetness. She’d come a long way from grieving widow after losing Carson to where she was now. Happy. In love. Married to Dash, her former husband’s best friend. Chessy was genuinely thrilled for both her friends. Joss and Kylie had both found love. For Kylie, this was huge. She’d made monumental steps in her life, being able to finally overcome the demons from her past that had ruled her present for so very long.

Kylie had more than met her match in Jensen and they made a wonderful couple. Chessy didn’t doubt for a single moment that Jensen was absolutely perfect for Kylie.

If only Chessy could say her own love life—her marriage—was as perfect as her friends’.

She let out a sigh and climbed out of her Mercedes SUV, glancing ruefully back at the seven-passenger vehicle. When Tate had surprised her with it, she’d wondered why on earth he’d gotten her something so big, but he’d looked at her with that charming, devilish twinkle in his eyes and told her that it was the perfect car to hold their children. The children they used to talk about having—it had been a frequent topic early in their marriage. They’d spoken of their dreams of a large family and a house full of children, love and laughter. But more recently, Tate had been unwilling to broach the subject of having children.

He was still building his business after going out on his own and having his partner bail on him. He wanted to wait until things were more stable and he was established before having children. But Chessy wondered quietly if that day would ever come. She hadn’t had the courage to broach the subject in the last year.

She felt as though Tate was slipping further and further away from her, his career taking over, and she was second or even third or God only knew how far down his priority list she currently was.

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