Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive by Ann Mayburn #Review

Posted September 12, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 7 Comments

Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive by Ann Mayburn #Review
Alexandr's Reluctant Submissive

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Series: Submissive's Wish #4
Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Fated Desires Publishing LLC
Released on September 5, 2015
Pages: 261
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Getting to see Alexandr and Jessica back together is a dream come true, but there isn’t exactly a paradise waiting for these two. Intrigue keeps the story going, but sometime there was just too much sex. Yeah, I said it. Too much sex that I was numbly scanning the scenes to move on to something more substantial.

If you haven’t read at least Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive from this series, then you really don’t want to read my review as I have to give some spoiler from that story to introduce this one. Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive picks up right where the previous book ended.

At the end of Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive, Alex and Jessica are reunited after Alex has believed she was dead for close to five years. Jessica was threatened in the last book while pregnant and forced to go into hiding by Alex’s father, Jorg. Krom, one of her bodyguards was supposed to let her know when it was safe to come back, but he was shot in the head and has no memories from that night. Jorg has threatened Jessica over the years to keep quiet. Moving to Miami and changing her name, Jessica gives birth to her daughter Tatiana alone waiting for the all clear to come back to Alex. Alex who has moved on not in love, but in life as a widower with all the sexual encounters of a man using women to forget his dead wife. Man whore doesn’t even begin to describe Alex’s life.

So these two are reunited and it isn’t all happy go lucky. Alex won’t let Jessica go and sends for their daughter to join them in Moscow where there is a hit almost immediately put out on Jessica. Well, it is not unusual to have a hit out on you in Russia, but five million is a pretty big hit. Life changes overnight as Jessica must become the leader of her Bratva her husband rules along with transitioning her daughter into her new world with a father she wraps around her tiny little finger.

Immediately he sexual relationship between Alex and Jessica kicks in and they find the all the reasons why the fell in love with each other, but Jessica isn’t ok with all the places Alex stuck his dick in when she was supposedly dead. People come back into Jessica’s life like Catrin (Jessica’s Mistress) and Rico (Catrin’s husband and Master). Body guards from the past make appearances like Mak, Luka, and Krom along with some new female guards. Man of these past bodyguards have had some part in Jessica’s sexual past and have to come to terms with what is now their future.

Alex turns on his darker side that he didn’t have when they were together five years ago. He has some darker, sadistic urges that Jessica has never seen nor agreed too. She trusts Alex to do what is best, but at times it got darker than I wanted to see between these two. Jessica is very hedonistic, finding pleasure in almost everything Alex does to her and who he brings into help him do it. If you don’t want orgies in your romance, then this might not be for you. There is a lot of F/F action and wife swapping done.

There also comes a little unbelievable part of the story with Jorg playing a big role. People die, people get hurt and things are left up in the air as to what happened and what will happen in the future. I could have done with out this whole side story that hit me upside the head.

The characters seemed very stale to me. While circumstances change in their lives, I felt like we went back to the way things were and that the characters never really grew. After five years there should have been strife and there was, but often Alex punished Jessica for her feelings and actions to those feelings. I guess I just couldn’t forgive him his past indiscretions even if he did think he was a widower.

While I started this series loving Ivan, I have quickly grown not to like Dimitri or Alex after they get back to Russia. At least with Ivan he allowed his wife to find satisfaction in work outside of the home. Dimitri and Alex are Bratva leaders so the risk of their families is high meaning there is very little the women can do without having a ton of bodyguards, tanks and helicopters following them where ever they go. While it might sound nice to be a kept woman, I think I would grow bored like I did with these characters fast.

Continuing with the series? I am at a crossroads of the thought of getting more of the same or getting something where the women don’t become puppets. I have always thought submissives were strong. These women are strong, but I just didn’t like the way the were dedicated to a life in their husband’s shadows. So I guess I will wait to see who gets the next story and see if it goes the same way of these last three books.

About Ann Mayburn

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.

Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird, and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.

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Wow! It sounds like things just went nuts in this one. I’m not an orgy-lover especially after a relationship has been established so this is definitely not for me. Too bad, it soured for you.

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I am not saying there was a orgy all the time, but there was a foursome, threesome and then a many some along with just the two of them. While the women do take care of their Bratva, I was left feeling empty at what they used to do (like a nurse and fraud investigator), this just seemed to make their careers insignificant because of the man they chose to love. With Ivan he went out of his way to help his woman’s career so she would choose him. I am not saying her got her all her business, but… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Very true! I’ve always said stay at home moms work a lot harder than they get credit for much of the time.

Yeah, I can see your point about just wanting the heroines to at least get a choice or some support from their guys to pursue their dreams.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I am not saying there was a orgy all the time, but there was a foursome, threesome and then a many some along with just the two of them. While the women do take care of their Bratva, I was left feeling empty at what they used to do (like a nurse and fraud investigator), this just seemed to make their careers insignificant because of the man they chose to love. With Ivan he went out of his way to help his woman’s career so she would choose him. I am not saying her got her all her business, but… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Very true! I’ve always said stay at home moms work a lot harder than they get credit for much of the time.

Yeah, I can see your point about just wanting the heroines to at least get a choice or some support from their guys to pursue their dreams.

Mary Kirkland
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Loved the review, you told me everything I needed to know that this probably isn’t the book for me. While I don’t mind some kink, orgies are a bit much.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Everyone was in the room, but very little swapping. I understand free love, but I don’t think it was a good scene.