Released on July 30, 2011
Look at that cover? Isn’t it hot? Ann Mayburn is an author I just found a little over a year ago and I keep learning more about her with each conference I attend. She is quite the lady to get to know and I love her for all she writes, and all I get to read of her. So when Monster Max ran their giveaways, I decided it was time to get a few more Ann Mayburn books. This is the first one I picked up.
The Bodyguards’ Princess starts off with a young Lalita finding her way in America as a transplant from India. Her father is a diplomat who has put away a lot of terriorist, so he has made a lot of enemies. Lalita finds her nitch in the goth world and one night while clubbing, she is almost kidnapped to be killed by her father’s enemies. While the attempt failed, it put Lalita in the crossfire of her father wanting to protect her. So he hires two bodyguards he thinks are gay to protect her and not hit upon her.
We jump ahead six months to Lalita sparring with Asher and Kent, her bodyguards. The attraction is there on both sides, but neither make a move. When Lalita starts her yoga session with her instruction, the men leave and we see that the anarchists have infiltrated when they put her under hypnosis. They have been using her to gather information on her father without her knowledge or her bodyguards’. But this particular session is the last and they set up a trigger word that sets off her arousal that cannot be cured by masturbating, but only from another man.
The anarchist tip off the media that Lalita is a traitor and now the men are on the run to protect her, but keep setting off her trigger. This is how they learn about her hypnosis and they go about trying to break down the walls that were built, but they also get close enough to realize they all love each other. Now it is a race against time to thwart a deadly plan, save Lalita and bring in the justice.
This was one book I wanted to love, but I just couldn’t get into the whole hypnosis part. It just didn’t seem real even though it probably is a very real thing. The whole plot seemed a little off and I really couldn’t get into the suspense of the story.
Now I did like how Ann didn’t sugar coat this ménage. There was jealousy that they all had to get over and deal with. Unfortunately, Lalita gets kidnapped before they can work through it to my satisfaction.
Kent and Asher were ex-military men. They harbor some deep pain that I don’t want to give away. They found each other from that pain even though they were friends beforehand. They are now lovers and want Lalita to be their woman. The are dominant and pushy, but they have her best interest in mind.
I also love the diversity on ethnic races the author put into this love ménage. There is Indian and African American along with a caucasian. The descriptions of their bodies left me breathless with just how beautiful this diversity was. I wish I could have seen more of these three after all the big conflict was over.
And that leads me to another problem…it all gets happily wrapped up with a bow in the end and I thought it was way to fast too soon to be talking marriage. While they all knew each other for six months, they only became lovers for less than a week. I needed time in my own mind for these three to grow in their relationship, especially when they had a bad jealous argument.
This was a good story if you don’t delve to deeply into the why and what of every major detail. Take it for the fun it is and enjoy. A little slice of a dream to trade for reality.
Review by Shari