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
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
Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
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.
I love to read and I'm happy that I get to follow along with a audiobooks
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.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
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...
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
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.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
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.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
A friend recommended this series to me so I picked up the first book. It is about Russian fight club. Erin, desperate to find her drug addicted sister, turns to Ivan. Ivan is a big, bad, fight club owner-no one messes with Ivan.
Ivan is the first and shortest book. There is action, passion, danger in danger.
The narration is very good from beginning to end.
I have a ton of other books to listen to before I take on another series. However, I have put the next book on my WishList.
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It was a quick story and a nice start to a new series! I liked the characters and the flow of the story. I would not mind having an Ivan for myself! I will be getting the next book in the series!
I'm not an audio fan. I only got into it because it was part of our reading challenge for the year. But oh my! Pinky rocks this! The perfect accents she does brings a whole new depth to the book. I have no doubt that her talent is what made me love this book. I immediately went and bought the others she has done. I really hope she starts doing more audio.
Say something about yourself!
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.
"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
"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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