Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her - Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it's his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston's underworld that interest her most.
To find her sister, she'll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector - but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.
©2013 Roxie Rivera (P)2013 Roxie Rivera
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"Here come the Russians !! Oh Yeah"
With this it doesn't even matter if everything seems plausible or not.The plot was cool, the Russians hot, what more can you ask for in a curl up in a chair to read book. Oh yeah a good narration, well it had that too. Fun fun fun
"Fabulous storytelling, great concept"
What a delicious surprise!! I grabbed this book as a free read over at Amazon and then picked up the audio book fro a song at Audible, best idea of the week! I heartily suggest doing the same!
I went into this thinking it would be a quick listen but not expecting much, boy was I wrong. This story had me hooked from the first scene. Fabulous storytelling that really moved, no dull moments here, Not my typical fair, I generally prefer paranormal, but I am definitely looking into the rest of the series. Really engaging characters and dynamic gritty plot.
Erin is really sweet and a little naive, if she were any less sweet she might have annoyed me. For the most part she was smart enough to deffer to Ivan, who is a master of his seedy world. And what a yummy protector he is!
The romance really jumps into the steamy, only about a day of knowing each other, but I am willing to chalk it up to love at first sight. Okay, lust at first site. There are some truly delicious steamy scenes in this short read. I girl might need a cool shower or a hot man after!
Ms. Rivera is a new author to me but she is definitely one to watch. This series is really unique and deliciously hot! Erin has several girlfriends who are ripe for finding their own protectors in Ivan's pals. Can't wait to see the sparks fly and get into the gritty plots!
Pinky Powell does a terrific job with the narration. She really kept the pace of the book and moved the story along. Not a lot of variety in the voices but still kept them distinct. I would love to hear more from her in the future both in this series and elsewhere.
"Sweet and Protected"
If I. I really had fun reading Ivan.
When Ivan ask Erin to move in and say I love you.
IVAN... I Love everything Ivan was in the story.
All of it.
Just read this book. Even though it's short I still had a good time reading it with the audio.
"Under 3 hrs - Start to a fun series"
So I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm apparently going through a mobster phase so these Russians were next on my list. The rest of the series comes in at the normal(ish) length you expect from books but this first one is under 3 hours. (Don't waste a credit - just buy it.)
Erin is searching for her pill-popping/shooting sister on the streets of Houston and turns to a brutish Russian guy who runs a fight training facility. The story is rushed, but the timing would suggest that. Ivan is a heavily tattooed orphan that will be our introduction to a group of single hot Russian mafia guys. There's not much else to tell without ruining the short story.
My main beef with it is that with the interesting books to come, why sell this one short? Perhaps going back and bulking it up would have been a good idea before bringing it forward because the author loses the change to give her first couple a good story. Instead, it feels rushed. There's also the setup - a group of orphaned single guys with no loves in their lives meets a group of single girls with shady parental backgrounds. It's took good a setup for a series and life doesn't always end up this way... but we're in this for another reason, amIrightladies? So it's forgiven.
"A bit confused... it this a full volume?"
I like the whole Russian ex-gangster protector...but why is he protecting her, from what... I am just a bit confused... Story reads pretty well, but just jumps right into action... so I was a bit confused... I think I will reserve final judgment until the complete collection comes out... So for now... No recommendation...
Narration was just ok...
"UNDERNEATH THESE RUSSIAN SINNERS LIE SEXY SAINTS"
Erin is desperate and her last hope is Ivan the intimidating tattooed Russian but she'll do nearly anything to save her sister Rose from the hole of drugs and bad choices that she's dug herself. When tough guy Ivan first lays eyes on Erin the games over because he knows he'll do anything and risk everything to keep her safe.... and hopefully keep her for himself too.
This listen was under 3 hrs but it packed a lot in as it sucks you into the seedy world Rose has gotten herself in where the Mexican gang, Albanian gang and now the Russians are all after her. So Erin's frustration and desperation rises but the one person she can now depend on is Ivan. The romance is tender hot and quick but it has to be, the excitement is high as the bad guys come for Erin and Erin can see that underneath Ivan's gruff exterior, and his previous mob life, lies the heart of a teddy bear.
Great narration and well worth the $4.86.... just wish it had been longer.
"A very fast romance."
After just finishing in Kelly's Corner I wanted to go back and read / listen to the original series that the book spun off from. Now Iread Ivan back in 2013. Ive read way too many books for all the details to stick clearly in my mind, so I wanted a refresher. I saw I could get the Audible for $1.99, I jumped on it.
The narration will make or break an Audible for me. Pinky did ok. Her male voices were wonderful. However she had a group of three girlfriends talking and they all sounded the same. There were also times where she sounded very monotone. It felt like she was reading something she found boring.
The story overall is still a three stars same as last time. A very fast romance, mixed with danger. Not too bad....Sara
"Love this story"
I am so glad I decided to get this book it had me hook from chapter one. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series
"love this book"
love these books and pinky does a good job of bringing it to life. I really enjoyed this version.
I spent much time rolling my eyes. I am no writer; but do love to read. I have both; kindle and audible. I felt as if there was a lot missing. And then, Boom! There's your answer further down. Main character Ivan is cool. You got Mob, fighting gym, no action. Well, sort of. I somehow expected lots of action. I couldn't figure out how that girl Erin could go on the underground and find information about her missing sister. She was no Angel either but a preppy slut. I had to check the rest of the books in the series and will give it a try. I seriously was expecting action. It was more about a woman searching for her junkie sister, and landing a guy in the process. It did have some interesting parts. I suggest getting the audio book. Narrator gave life and emotions to all different characters. I still found myself rolling my eyes. In the end, it was okay. Like I said, I'll be giving the other books in the series a try. Narrator gets thumbs up. Made book come alive. By the way, I read reviews for other books in series. Had to stop reading "Dimitri" sample. Need to purchase! Hopefully it has audible book as well. When at work, it helps switching to audible.
"Short and sweet"
Rough and ready -
It wasn't predictable in the way many books are aside from the happy ending
The reader has an expressive voice and nice tone
"RUSSIAN PROTECTOR BOOK 1"
AS I HAVE NO PRINT I CANNOT SAY
IT IS NOT A GREAT BOOK BUT IT WAS NOT A REAL BAD BOOK ITS GREAT TO READ IN AN EVENING
"A Great Start To A New Series!"
As I had an audio companion to the book, I had the best of both worlds.
It was just full of sweet moments.
This fairs very well love the Russian accents.
Loved this book, a short and sweet story that does exactly what it says on the cover.
His name is Ivan and he is her Russian Protector.
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