If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Ann Mayburn is an evil genius. She is able to weave a story that gets inside you head and your heart, and it will hold you hostage until you reach the end. This book is no different. ~ KcLu, Guilty Pleasures
7 years ago
From the moment Alexandr Novikov met the young auburn haired woman bartending at her uncle’s pub in Ireland, he’d been fascinated by her delicate beauty and fiery spirit. Unfortunately, he is in no position to offer her the kind of safe, normal life she deserves so he attempts to put her from his mind for her own good. Something easier said then done when a deal is struck between the Novikov Bratva and the Irish Cleary Gang, an arrangement that includes Alex and his men being on twenty-four hour bodyguard duty with the object of his forbidden desires.
Jessica Venture came to Dublin to spend some time bonding with her birth mother’s family, a connection she desperately needs after losing her adoptive parents within a year of each other back in the States. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with a handsome, mysterious, and sometimes scary man who was well known for his sexual appetite, but rejected her attempts to seduce him.
There are outside forces that will do anything to keep them apart, and Jessica will have to make a desperate choice that will change their lives forever.
Warning: There is light bondage, domestic discipline, spanking, and a F/F scene that is a voyeuristic Doms delight.
Author’s Note: This is part One of Two for Alex and Jessica’s story. In Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive we get a look into the past and the events that shaped Alex and Jessica into the people they are today. Part Two, Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive, is present day on, and the expected release date is early Fall 2015.
Review copy provided for an honest review
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Ann Mayburn is an evil genius. She is able to weave a story that gets inside you head and your heart, and it will hold you hostage until you reach the end. This book is no different. I literally read it in just under 7 hours straight through. Just a small lunch break was taken. I really couldn’t put my Alex down; even knowing I would be sad in the end. If you have read the first two books in this series, you know why that is. If you haven’t read the first two, go back and do it. You will thank me for introducing you to those hot Russian men. Alex is my absolute favorite of them though. There has been something about him that has called to a deep part of me since he walked on to the pages of Ivan’s book. After reading this book, I love him even more. It really is like Ann took my Dom wish list I write to Santa every year, and brought him to life.
Jessica has always been this tragic figure. We didn’t know much about her, but LAWD is she perfect. She is just the right amount of spunky that keeps Alex on his Dom-ly toes. She has an Irish temper that she doesn’t always keep hold of, She is kinky as all hell, but she looks like as innocent as a school girl. I love her interactions with not only Alex, but also the people in his world.
Getting this look at Alex from before just really steals your heart. He is so cold and sadistic in the first two books, but in this one his is warm and nurturing. I loved seeing this Alex. He is an amazing character. That will wrap you around his little finger too. We get to see all of our sexy Russians, we know and love, years before they got their HEAs, and get to see an even darker side to the Russian Bratva (Russian Mafia). Also this book makes you hate Alex & Dimitri’s father even more than we did before. Honestly, I’d love nothing better than to shank that bastard.
I can’t recommend this book or series more if I tried. It is one of my go to recommendations to people. You can never go wrong with an Ann Mayburn book. They are huge bits of greatness!!! You will not want to miss out on this book!! Even though I was expecting to go through a whole box of Kleenex, I devoured it like my favorite candy. (I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would, or want to hunt Ann down. I did need a big hug though.) Hope y’all enjoy it as much as I have!!!