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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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    Shani 03-20-15
    Shani 03-20-15 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-11-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good start to the series"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked both Erin and Ivan and liked their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked this enough that I'd be willing to consider trying more of her work in the future.

    Erin is a good woman that's in a bit of trouble. She lost her parents years before and her sister, Rose, is a drug addict that seems beyond help. Erin spends a lot of time looking after Rose and cleaning up her messes but since Rose doesn't care enough to stay off the drugs, all Erin's efforts are pretty much just enabling Rose to be that way. Now Rose is missing and Erin is trying to find her before things go bad.

    Ivan is a Russian that used to be in the Russian mob. He moved to the US years ago and straightened out his life. Ivan is a big man and is feared by most because of his looks and reputation. Although Ivan never fought professionally, his fighting skills were well known enough that he was able to open a successful business training fighters in his gym, spending most of his time doing this.

    Erin approaches Ivan for help and to be honest, I didn't know how she expected it to turn out because she didn't know him, he didn't know her and there was no reason at all for him to help out. Even his reputation doesn't give the idea that he's a helpful sort. Regardless, Erin goes in to Ivan's gym and asks for help with the heavy crap Rose got mixed up in. Ivan refuses her at first but evidently can't stand to turn her away and agrees to see what he can find out (but makes no promises). There's an attraction between them right away and Ivan does his best not to scare her. Surprisingly, although she realizes that Ivan is a scary guy, he doesn't scare Erin and she's intrigued by him more than anything. Soon after their meeting, Erin gets in to some trouble with the people looking for Rose and Ivan helps get her out safe. After this she stays with Ivan while things get worked out. The story is very short and I do wish there had been a little more of a fleshing out of their relationship within the short time frame given by the book but it worked overall and I enjoyed the story. The story is resolved with Rose out of danger and things proceeding well for Ivan and Erin as they start their HEA together.

    This was a good story. I liked the characters and story but I do wish there had been a little more fleshing out of their relationship. Still enjoyed the story though and ended it satisfied. I'm curious about some of the other Russian guys and am considering trying book #2 in the series. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 02-20-14
    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excited about this author"

    If the other books in the series are as good as this one, I can wait till Audible releases them. Loved that Ivan showed his vulnerability to Erin throughout the book. Pinky Powell did a great job.

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    Carole LUTON, United Kingdom 12-23-13
    Carole LUTON, United Kingdom 12-23-13
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    "Russian men are so sexy ..."
    If you could sum up Ivan in three words, what would they be?

    Huge, menacing, sexy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ivan?

    His reaction to Erin offering herself as payment for his assistance in helping her locate her sister. Ivan comes from a criminal and violent background with no blood family and few people he can trust or love. In spite of this, his behaviour shows that he has a strong morale and although attracted to Erin is disturbed that she might think that he would take advantage of her in the circumstances.


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

    The is the first time I have listed to Pinky Powell. She made Ivan sound really dominant but sexy, loved the Russian accent. Look forward to listening to her on another audiobook,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I had already read the Kindle edition of this book, so I knew what was coming, however the narration brought that little bit extra to it.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Ivan I had no choice but to instantly devour for Dimitri, Yuri, Nikolai and Sergei, which I hope will also be released as audiobooks and narrated by Pinky Powell.

    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.

    0 of 3 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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