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Ivan: Her Russian Protector #1) (Volume 1) | [Roxie Rivera]

Ivan: Her Russian Protector #1) (Volume 1)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 06-15-14
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 06-15-14
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 12-01-13
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RaeMisha United States 11-23-13
    RaeMisha United States 11-23-13

    I love to read and I'm happy that I get to follow along with a audiobooks

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    "Sweet and Protected"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ivan to be better than the print version?

    If I. I really had fun reading Ivan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ivan?

    When Ivan ask Erin to move in and say I love you.


    Which character – as performed by Pinky Powell – was your favorite?

    IVAN... I Love everything Ivan was in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this book. Even though it's short I still had a good time reading it with the audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-22-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-22-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "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...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-27-15
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well it was short, but decent"

    Due to the under 3 hour time constraint of the book I get why it had to be an "insta-love" story, but I do wish they went into Ivan's past some more.

    I'm on the fence on whether or not to get the second book, which is full length, because when I think of a Russian Protector and the Russian Mob I don't think of someone like Ivan...he owns a fighting gym and is 100% legit, got out of any illegal crap years ago and well I was just really hoping for a more traditional I'm in the Mob and your my woman type of story.

    The story in itself wasn't a bad one...sister is dating fighter...can't find sister....go to where fighter works out and get the help of the owner in tracking them both down...insta-love happens....but then we really get into it that the sister is a junky, the fighter failed a drug test and got tossed out and the seedy underworld was well, pretty seedy...throw in a street gang and it got really far away from the book I was hoping to read about the russian mob. *shrug*

    Narrator was decent...like I said I might try the second book...but just not sure yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 04-19-15
    Ann 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It takes more than 3hrs to develop characters!"
    Any additional comments?

    I guess I should have known that this wouldn't work, it was so short that the story never had a chance to develop. It was so choppy, and abrupt, I had to stop and look to see if it was abridged. Ivan probably doesn't say more than a 1/2 a dozen words to Erin and yet he's in Love with her in a few hours. I don't have a problem with the love-at-first-sight thing, but at least make it believable. If you like the idea of this book--Russian mobsters with a heart of gold-- then try the Kresley Cole series-----WAY better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-18-15
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Better narrator needed!"

    There is nothing sexier than the Russian accent and the narrator just didn't have it. The story was ok but the narration just killed it for me, I think this would have been a promising series with a better narrator, I can't continue on with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shani 03-20-15
    Shani 03-20-15

    Dog Lover living in Alaska

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    "Not bad, fun quicky"

    I like the series, they are not too deep or complicated, but good quickies. Pet peeve though, I'm Hispanic and it drives me crazy the stereotypical Mexican accent and the fact that the Spanish speaker pronounce the silent H In hermano and she pronounces Guhz-man instead of gooz-mawn. But that's me being particular.

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    Denise Frisco, TX, United States 03-14-15
    Denise Frisco, TX, United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sounded like a new author"

    The story was good, but it needed a little more polish. It seemed like a first attempt and i caught myself rolling my eyes at the inexperienced dialogue. i can see promise with this author. Narrative ok too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-24-15
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Short and sweet"
    What did you like most about Ivan?

    Rough and ready -


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't predictable in the way many books are aside from the happy ending


    Any additional comments?

    The reader has an expressive voice and nice tone

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cazzi-Jane
    10/24/14
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    "A Great Start To A New Series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ivan to be better than the print version?

    As I had an audio companion to the book, I had the best of both worlds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ivan?

    It was just full of sweet moments.


    Have you listened to any of Pinky Powell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This fairs very well love the Russian accents.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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