Review: The Bodyguards’ Princess by Ann Mayburn

Review: The Bodyguards’ Princess by Ann MayburnThe Bodyguards' Princess by Ann Mayburn

Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Menage Romance, Romantic Suspense
on July 30, 2011
Format: eBook
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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

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Hmm it sounds pretty good to me. I’ve got her on my wishlist of authors to try 🙂 With you on the whole tidy endings complete with marriage. That’s something that happens a lot in romantic suspense and drives me crazy. It’s usually just too quick when the relationships only been going a few days.

  • Sophia Rose

    I can see why you would find the hypnotism a reach in this instance. I do like that the menage felt organic to you in that it wasn’t instalove. Thanks for sharing!

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