The story told is heartbreaking and erotic at the same time, leaving you wanting to cry, but also have a wonderfully sexy time with your own partner because you don’t know when it can be taken away. Dimitri is totally alpha and dominant to the bone and his boner. Rya is a sassy, non-apologetic kinky switch that allowed me to embrace her life. I loved these two together, but there was also a time when I felt their relationship changed too much and became something I didn’t like.
In Ivan’s Captive Submissive we get to meet a scary Dimitri as he helps in Ivan’s kidnap fantasy of Gia while also offering to buy Gia from Ivan. I kind of held off for a while reading this one because of my first impression of him was scary and I wasn’t certain I could like him.
Dimitri and Rya’s story start shortly after the Submissive’s Wish Charity Auction, where Rya was auctioned off to a Dom who won two auctions. Rya got food poisoning and in the time she was down, the Dom who purchased her was falling for the other submissive he won. Now that Dom is looking for someone to take on Rya as he feels guilty for not giving her the experience she wanted. In the mean time Rya is turning down about every Dominant at the resort from Russia. Nothing is clicking and now her Dom purchaser is getting desperate to offer her up to Dimitri.
When Dimitri subtly meets Rya, he is enchanted by her right away, but when she goes to dominate a female submissive, he offers up his much bigger room to them all the while watching Rya do her thing, while she also retains a sweet “no peeking” policy to Dimitri. Dimitri though has a darker side as being part of a bratva in Russia that is dangerous as well as cursed. While he wants to partake of Rya, he must also keep his heart resistant to her as loving her could well sign her death warrant.
To keep her safe, Dimitri whisks her off to the Grand Canyon for a few days of BDSM, exploring and of course falling in love. But it is never to be as anyone Dimitri falls for will have a hit on them.
What I loved with the first part of the story was how open and wonderfully caring Rya was. She had a job as a hospice nurse, providing comfort to her patients and family on their last days on earth. Her family is a motorcycle club family that is almost as powerful as a bratva in Russia. While she has curves, she is confident in who she is and what she wants. While she will Dominate females, she is a submissive next to a male.
Dimitri on the other hand, was relaxed while spending a few days alone with Rya. He was alpha and still always on alert, he smiled a lot and showed a gentler side that he can’t let many people see. He goes about fulfilling as many of Rya’s fantasies as he can in a short time knowing when it is over, he can no longer see her.
Well, their absence has been noticed by rival bratva members and the game is up when they return. Dimitri must show the world he has no feelings for the submissive he has fallen for, allowing her to have a scene with his brother, Alex and some friends. This about kills Rya. She has fallen hard for Dimitri and the thought of another man touching her or a woman touching Dimitri is abhorrent.
Then the second half of the story starts and it is like two different characters take over. Rya becomes a brat with some good reasons why and Dimitri becomes more dominant with less wiggle room to be free and loving. I found myself disconnecting with these two characters from people I adored to people I wanted no part in knowing. The story moved slowly and went on way to long for my comfort. And everything seemed to turn sexual with very little time to grow the characters beyond the first half of the story. Things change a lot and I didn’t like the change. Still don’t like what happens.
Going into the book I was all five stars up to the point the story changes and it went downhill from there. While I loved seeing more of the Russian culture, it became a life I couldn’t relate too nor want my characters to be a part of, kind of like a few genres I have love hate relationship with.
There is a lot of free love kind of vibes coming from these characters that is darker than the groovy kind of free love. Tons of bodyguards and those bodyguards doing the characters. It felt off to me and I wanted to scream at the characters for changing, especially Rya. She went from a strong character to what I felt was a kept woman with no value in a short period of time.
So while I love this series, I do have problems with Dominant Russian men making me feel like a submissive woman doesn’t have a intelligent cell in their brains. Go female power in a submissive suit! Yep, that’s me, strong women who can do things outside of the bedroom as well as submit in a bedroom. Just my two cents.
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