7 years agoFrom 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.
Oh My God! Ann Mayburn has blown me away again with this fabulous addition to the Submissives Wish series. Alexandr's Cherished Submissive is an absolute emotional roller coaster ride, which left me with tears streaming down my face. In book two of this series, which was Dimitri's story, we were given a few clues about Alex's past, and what had happened between him and Jessica. But the reality of their story was so much more than I expected - more love, more lust, more laughter, more hot Russian Doms, more hot BDSM scenes and yes more sadness and more tragedy. This book is only the first half of Alex and Jessica's story, and the ending has left me NEEDING the next book NOW! Ann Mayburn is one of my favourite authors, and this book has reminded me of exactly how good she is. Her writing is exquisite, her characters become much loved friends and her books pull on your heartstrings as well as raising your body temperature with fabulously steamy scenes.
This book begins seven years ago when Jessica is in Ireland working at her uncle's bar. There she meets a gorgeous, intense Russian who ends up being her bodyguard. They become good friends, but Alex his hiding his true identity from Jessica. He is a high ranking member of a Russian bratva (like a Russian Mafia) and is their most lethal assassin. Alex wants to make Jessica his, but she would be in danger from his enemies. Slowly Alex works to make it safe to declare his feelings, but forces are working to tear them apart.
You could see that Jessica and Alex had real feelings for each other, and it was heartbreaking knowing that there were people who would go to drastic lengths to keep them apart. Once Jessica and Alex get together there are some really hot scenes that will set your kindle on fire. This is one hot couple!
The cast of characters in this book are fabulous, they really bring the book alive. A lot of them we have met in previous books, like Alex's brother Dimitri, but I loved all of the new characters too - especially all of Alex's hunky bodyguards. The suspense part of the story is great, it will have you on the edge of your seat, it is really gripping. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it is a must read. Five stars!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review
*** EXCLUSIVE ALEXANDR’S CHERISHED SUBMISSIVE CHAPTER 1 AUDIO SNIPPET ***
PINTEREST (INSPIRATION FOR ALEXANDR'S CHERISHED SUBMISSIVE)
**The Submissive's Wish Series**
Ivan’s Captive Submissive (The Submissive’s Wish, Book 1)
Dimitri’s Forbidden Submissive (The Submissive’s Wish, Book 2)
Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive (The Submissive’s Wish, Book 4)
Coming Early Fall 2015
With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened. From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back. Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.