From 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 than 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 24-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.
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"A Story That Will Make You Wet Your Panties"
I never read the print edition but the audio edition left me so hot that I had no choice but to get the other two audio editions that are out in this series. Would I go back and read the print version? No, I have my enjoyment and will just listen to this again to get my fix for this book.
The narrations. By having this version told with these two narrators, the reader gets more of what the characters are feeling. They had me feeling almost like a voyeur - which if they had been in the room while I was listening, they probably would have enjoyed it.
What I loved about Edo De Angelis' performance is that he brought the Russian characters to life. He made me wish that I had an easier time in learning languages. I never realized how sexy the language is. I'm a fan of his.
What I loved about Stephanie Wyles performance is she's the perfect compliment to the male narrator. The reader will have no trouble believing that the Jessica Venture character has come to life.
It's like listening to a movie without actually seeing the pictures but with listening to these two narrators telling the story I have no trouble playing the story out in my mind.
For me, it wasn't one particular moment but I could tell how much these two characters come to care so much for each other. The part that stirred the most emotion in me was when Jessica got some very painful news and became very afraid as well as angry.
This is one audiobook that I plan on listening to more than once. Especially once I finish listening to the other two books of this series that I have. This was a great way to find a new favorite author. Those that are vanilla readers or don't like the BDSM scene should stay away because this book puts a lot of the porn movies to shame - they should take lessons.
"Alex & Jessica are made for each other..."
This is the first book in the series that I had read/listened to, so I don't know what I may have missed prior to this book. This is also the first book I have read from the author. With that being said... I started listening to the book and couldn't stop. I was truly intrigued with the story of Alexandr and Jessica.
Alexandr is everything you don't want for your daughter, sister, mother, friend, or any female you may know. He is the love them and leave them type of man, but he definitely does not hide that about himself. He does hide who he truly is and what he truly does from most people around him, but he has his reasons for that.
Jessica comes into the story as an innocent young woman, meeting her biological mother's family for the first time. She starts learning about a world that she never knew and she meets people that are out of her league. Her innocence is no match for what Alexandr is going to bring into her world.
The bond that grows between Alexandr and Jessica is strong and no one can break the two apart. Their worlds are mixed and their families are all involved in keeping them together or making breaking the apart.
I loved this story for the most part. The only think I felt was that there was too much going on. Between the many different families, the relationships, the BDSM, the friendships, the parties, and everything else going on in this story, it was a bit much going on. I didn't know if it was a bit more complicated because I hadn't read the previous books, or if it was just all that was going on. But I still loved the story between the main characters.
The narrators used a voice that I could picture with the characters. And it was authoratative when necessary.
I can't wait for the next installment!
this book had lots of love and adventure was quite the page turner difficult to put down the only bad thing is they did a cliffhanger at the end so who knows what will happen next hopefully they'll write another one that continues on from this one
"Don't miss this Heartrending, Sizzling Audio"
This rates #1 for me in the books I have listened to so far. Edo De Angelis and Stephanie Wyles made Alex and Jessica come to life in a way I don't believe any others could have.
Alexandr is by far my favorite character, the way he draws Jessica out of her shell and into his life is both annoying and loving. His intensity both in his life and love is almost overwhelming.
This is the first audio I've listened to with them together, they made all the characters come to life with all the complete range of emotions that is imperative to this story. They are both incredible with the accents, bringing something different to each character so you know exactly who is speaking.
This is not your typical love story.
I had to giggle a few times especially where Dimitri was with Alex and Jessica. But keep those tissues handy, you'll need them!
Lol, the title is one of my favorite lines from the book.
I love that the story is worth while, That it's shot through with bdsm and that the whole thing works. it's not just sex with a billionaire that ties her up.
I'm a little in love with the Novikov men...lucky bitch! Lol
"Good until the endings"
This was so good until the incomplete ending I was not expecting. The performance was excellent.
"The voice acting is incredible!!!"
Can I just say I almost called my new boyfriend Alex several times during lovemaking because of this book! The characters are awesome, the men super intense and sexy, and the voices with the Russian accents, I didn't even know I thought they were sexy till I went on this steamy wild ride! Def pick this one up!
"A hot D/s story with a great audio-book narration."
4.5 Stars - This book is hot, good story good narration overall a great package.
I have enjoyed this series from the start, this however is my first audio-book of the series and I was not disappointed. If you enjoy the D/s world and stories, then you will love Ann Mayburn's Submissive Series.
Audio book information: The narrators used appropriate inflection, their cadence was spot on, there was no excessive background noise or feedback. Nothing ruins a good story faster for me than a narrator who is simply reading a story, and then cannot even get the cadence of the story correct. Not to worry these two do a wonderful job!!
I have not listened to any of these narrators prior to this book. I will be open to listening to them again in the future.
Grab this audiobook you won't be disappointed.
*Copy gifted from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by JLoves2Read from Alpha Book Club
"Done in the best way"
Let me state that I love LOVE LOVE that when each character was speaking the voice of that character said their words in conversation. I wish more followed that formula. Edo de Angelis was awesome as Alex & if you read Dimitri 's story (listen) he will certainly do it for you there as well.
I would love him to call me & talk about the weather in every language or any dialect he can speak.
Ms Wyles perform was spot on as Jessica- drew me in effortlessly!
"Explained a lot"
It is one of my favorite book this year I met Ann Mayburn a few years ago at RT and just fell in love with her stories this one answered so many questions that I had about Alex and can't wait til the next book is out
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