• Vicious Protector

  • The Ivanov Family (Mafia Wars, Book 4)
  • By: Maggie Cole
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Demons so deep they destroy us.... 

Every part of Adrian Ivanov is pure, unable to ignore, male virility. He’s arrogant. Protective. Sweet and intensely attentive. On rare occasions, outright vicious. 

If only his soul weren’t tortured over who he is and what he has become. It makes him hide it all from me, proclaiming the truth will ruin us. No matter how much I insist anything he confesses won’t deter my heart, his ghosts won’t allow him. 

But they aren’t apparitions. The present collides with the past in a dangerous and twisted game he doesn’t even know he’s a pawn in. It causes everything in our future to remain in jeopardy.

There’s a choice, yet nothing hard in life comes without consequences.
He’s my vicious protector....

Vicious Protector is the jaw-dropping fourth installment of the Mafia Wars series. It’s an interconnecting, stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, guaranteed to have an HEA. 

©2021 Maggie Cole (P)2021 Maggie Cole

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THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER

This series is becoming my guilty addiction and I’m loving the characters, the romances, the tangled webs and the interconnecting storylines that run on from one to the other. Adrian and Skylar’s tortured love story was fraught with emotional conflict because Adrian had been emotionally damaged by his first wife and was determined not to make the same mistake again with Skylar. So he withholds his truths from her.. but the more he does the more Skylar begs for answers.. until her final ultimatum is met with silence. Having Adrian’s ex returning after all these years stirs jealous thoughts too and adds fuel to a relationship that’s already going up in flames. The woman is poison and the tsunami she causes will leave devastation in its wake.

Worth a credit? Yes, it’s an addictive and compelling addition to the multi-layered Mafia Wars series and, as the dual POV storyline slowly spills its secrets, it’s tangled web and its villains and heroes, love does eventually conquer all. Great narration brought to life the sizzles and stream, the challenges and conflicts, the swoony romance, the anguish, drama and action and the full cast of characters that make up this dangerous (but drool-worthy and delicious) world that Maggie Cole has skilfully built. Each one can be a standalone.

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Me. Bend Me Over? Yes Please!

Oh my…..these Ivanovs are amazing……Adrian Ivanov is the 4th book in the Mafia Wars series! Adrian has been mentioned in the previous three books and I have been waiting (not so patiently) for his story!! Adrian and Skylar are explosive. Kelsey and Tim narrating this book brings it to life (plus, Tim with a Russian accents…..so awesome to listen to!)

Adrian is a Vicious Protector who wants to keep Skylar safe, but he can’t tell her everything he does for his family’s affairs. Skylar is fiercely independent and wants to know why Adrian has to leave so often or where he has been. Neither one of them wanting to bend on these issues and each having their own reasons for this. They both want each other, but will they each let go of some their individual insecurities and rules to allow their relationship to blossom move forward?

This is book four of Maggie’s new Mafia Wars series! This book is just as electric and page turning as the previous Ivanov brothers…..Adrian is the cousin of Dmitri, Maksim, Boris and Sergey! It is thrilling with mystery and danger plus it has steam with lots of heat and sex…..a perfect mix of both! Get this book now and if you haven’t read the first 3 books, get those too!!! Maggie never disappoints!

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Meh...

The story line was good, female lead begged the whole book to be in the know...very annoying. I finished the book just to get to the next one, this story could've been skipped honestly. I like Adrian but Skyler not so much, she was weak and very insecure.

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Boring, repetitive, not recommended

This story was boring and repetitive. The author has made the women appear mentally strong but the characters come across as unintelligent at every turn. The only good thing about this story is the description of the engagement ring. Otherwise this was a wasted read!

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WOW....amazing book.

Right from the start Vicious Protector had me hanging on and listening until I was done. The narration by Kelsey and Tim was amazing and the story was even better. Skylar and Adrian have an instant attraction that neither can deny...and they don't deny it for long at all. Skylar wants to know everything about Adrian, but he doesn't want to fully let her in for fear she'll change her mind about him. Adrian has never had a connection with anyone like he does with Skylar, can that be enough for them or will Skylar's insecurities be their demise? I found myself cheering this couple on and at the same time understanding why they were acting the way they both were. Adrian will do anything to protect Skylar from anything that could harm her - whether it be physical or otherwise. Skylar will do anything to Adrian to prove she won't ever leave him, but will not being fully in the know harm them.

I received this audio ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Emotional and Intense

Another great addiction to the Mafia Wars series! Adrian and Skylar's journey is intense with plenty of drama, pain, heartbreak, danger and passion. Adrian and Skylar go through so much as they fight through their past pain to find their HEA.

The narrators Kelsey Navarro and Tim Paige were amazing. They did a fantastic job bringing Adrian and Skylar to life and pulling you into their journey. Loved it!!!

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Interesting story

The narrators helped significantly bringing life to this book. There is only so much they can do to make it exciting. This book was just very predictable for me and Adrian’s character seemed very immature despite his strength in so many other areas. Skylar starts out as a strong and confident woman but becomes whiny & weak throughout the story. Just not a read to my liking I suppose.

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Good read

I’m in love with this series so far…Skyler wines a little to much for my liking…but the story line is great overall…highly recommended this book series…if you never read this series before…I would recommend reading book 2 first then loop back to book 1

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Great listen

The voices of both Adrian and Skylab were easy to listen to!! the story line was great!! l love listening and reading along in the book!

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Wow

Wow this was a great book, loved it looking forward to seeing what happens in the next stories

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  • Melissa Woods
  • 03-30-22

Loved it x

Absolutely love this series & it’s so great being able to listen to it anywhere!
I love Adrian & skylar & the way their relationship rides the waves of their pasts, trust, family & love. Their chemistry is hot as hell & I want my own Adrian!! The scorch is 🔥👌
Maggie’s books take you right inside them & you don’t want to leave! & the audio books bring that to another level of excitement!
Would highly recommend & definitely a five star ⭐️

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  • olga young
  • 09-16-21

Love this series

I could not recommend this series enough. Love will prevail. The narrators were great. I will read it again.

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  • kayleigh
  • 08-05-21

All the heat with a Russian accent!

I loved reading this book, so being able to listen to it being brought to life by Tim and Kelsey takes it to a whole new level! The heavy Russian accent certainly Helps! The spice in this series just keeps getting more intense! I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 07-20-21

Dark Mafia Romance

Vicious Protector by Maggie Cole is a dark mafia romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Kelsey Navarro and Tim Paige. This is the fourth book in the Mafia Wars series. The book can be read as a standalone but the stories are interconnected.

I absolutely love Maggie's books! She does an amazing job pulling me into the story. I loved the relationship between Skylar and Adrian. The chemistry between them was off the charts. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of views throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

I can't wait for the next book in the series Savage Tracker to be released on August 1, 2021 so I can get Obrecht and Selena's story.

Kelsey and Tim did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you love mafia romances, dark romances, or romantic suspense.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 07-12-21

Great Dark Mafia Romance Series!

This is the fourth book in the Mafia Wars Series, a Dark Mafia Romance. I like this Series of interconnected stories, and intertwined characters. I recommend to listen to this Series in order. Adrian and Skylar are great characters. Adrian is handsome, enigmatic, and caring. Skylar is strong, smart, and independent. She is Aspen’s best friend, from Ruthless Stranger, the first book in the Series. I loved to see again the characters from the first books. Their story is suspenseful, and filled with twists and turns. Kelsey Navarro and Tim Paige did a great job with the narration. Looking forward to listen to Savage Tracker, the next book in the Series.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 07-06-21

Fantastic listen!

There is something about this series that has me addicted! Falling in love with the bad guy is so easy, and Adrian Ivanov is the man to fall for! Skylar is Aspen's best friend whom we have met previously. Adrian is the bodyguard is watching out for the girls, but the attraction between Skylar and Adrian is undeniable. Like an over protective, sensual man is, Skylar has little hope in not falling for the him. But she knows there is so much more to him. The secrets he keeps from her make her feel unworthy, and not trusted. She can't build a relationship on that. Or can she? These women that fall for the men in this series are strong and capable of loving them. But will Skylar be one of them? Suspense, steamy and unexpected twists and turns keep this story moving. Throwing in Adrian's ex-wife just adds that extra excitement to the mix. What a wild card! It's a fabulous addition to the series and while it does stand alone, it's best read in order. The stories have the intertwining of characters and it adds more depth to our read/listen. Definitely a must listen!

Kelsey Navarro and Tim Paige brings this couple to life. Navarro is a favorite, and she voices Skylar with the grit and passion she feels. I could sense all the emotional turmoil of her decisions with the nuances Navarro uses. Paige comes in with the Russian accent as Adrian, alpha and strong. He creates a mystery around the man, yet lets you feel his dangerous side and steamy sensuality. This is a fantastic team and a wonderful listen.

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  • 07-05-21

This series gets better and better.

I do love a strong Alpha. These characters are giving so much of themselves it’s brilliant. I can’t wait for the next book. An absolutely fantastic performance from both narrators, especially Kelsey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-21

fabulous

I loved it , can't wait for the next one to be on audible, I have loved this series and highly recommend it

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  • One Loves Reading
  • 07-05-21

Fantastic Story Telling 💙💙

Tim Paige & Kelsey Navarro performances was brilliant especially when it came to them heart wrenching moments. When Adrian talks about the lost of his son and telling "Skylar I love you come home". Kesley did a brilliant job on Skylatlr determination on what's going on with the brothers and what's the secret. Another great performance but their Russian accent is slightly off but that does not ruin the story telling at all. Well done Tim & Kelsey on this brilliant job from romantic moments to heart wrenching moments

"Fairy tales aren't real. I learned the hard way."
Skylar did learn the hard but she has a demon by her side called Adrian🔥

Skylar & Adrian love story is EPIC. Both characters start to learn more about each other and they did this during in "Cruel Enforcer" when we got hints of them together whispering. Now we have the answers...

Skylar is the creative & kind hearted with pink hair. She is talented fashion designer but her boss is a DICK! I wanted her to succeed to create her own label cause she deserves!

Adrian is cousins to Inanov Brothers. His blood brother Obrecht and their lovable & hilarious Svetlana. I love how Skylar asks Adrian to teach her Russian to show respect for their culture. Adrian is such a complicated character and my heart broke for him when we learned about the true meaning of the lion tattoo on his chest.

Skylar is the perfect person to show him that she is the real deal, her heart will not change when he tells her the truth. When he finally got the courage to tell her the truth (the truth that Aspen & Kora knows) but it didn't go to plan...no spoliers.

Yes I am emotionally invested in these characters and, all I want to do is cheer them !! I hope we get more Svetlana her lovable mother vibe just jump of the page.

THERE is a twist of betray in this book, while I say betrayal I mean set up Adrian & his family from the past events. Trust me I DID NOT see this coming and it broke my heart for Adrian's family. NO SPOLIERS

☆MUST READ & FAV & LISTEN☆