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Sara's Review: Nikolai (Her Russian Protector #4) by Roxie Rivera

Reviewer Purchase Publisher: Night Works Books Released: June 23rd 2013

Narrator: Pinky Powell Genre: New Adult, Coming of Age, Romance Length: 260 pages Format: eBook, Paperback, Audio Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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After a brush with death as a juvenile delinquent, Vivian swore she'd never stray across that line again—but there's just one problem with her plan to stay on the right side of the law. She's completely, irrevocably and unabashedly in love with Nikolai, the Russian mob boss who saved her life.

From the moment Vivian appeared in his life on that tragic April night, Nikolai felt himself inextricably bonded to her. She's the bright light in his dark world and the only thing that keeps him from sliding deeper into a life of crime and violence—a mobbed-up life he can't escape no matter how hard he tries.

After Vivian is ripped from his arms in a brazen blitz attack, Nikolai will stop at nothing to get her back—but rescuing her and keeping her safe in his arms isn't enough. Suddenly, Nikolai's only chance to keep her safe is to do the one thing he vowed never to do—he'll drag her deeper into his shadowy world and bind her to him forever. Because their tangled pasts are about to collide and the shockwave threatens to bring Houston's criminal underbelly to its knees… Five Boundless Stars

I can’t even begin to express how much I loved this book! I was not disappointed with Nikolai’s story one iota. There is love, drama, suspense, action, and mystery, everything that makes a great story!

Having previously met Vivian and Nikolai in the other Her Russian Protector books, I was so excited to finally get to read/listen to Nikolai. Nikolai is the baddest of the bad of all the guys so far. He is the Huston Russian Mob boss, and he is so incredibly intimidating and dangerous, he makes the other guys look like kittens. Yet, there is Vivian, taking cigarettes out of his mouth and telling him what to do; and that was BEFORE they were a couple. Just from the feelings I received from the previous books, and the bit I read in A Very Russian Christmas, I knew Nikolai was going to be awesome!

Vivian is such a sweet young woman, yet she isn’t a push over at all. She is that girl that’s everybody’s friend, and who always has a smile on her face. She had a rough childhood and pre-teen years, which lead her to be shot during a robbery gone wrong. That’s how she meets Nikolai, he just miraculously appears to hold her hand and help stop the bleeding that night. I will admit this part wasn’t too far of a stretch figuring out. She is mysteriously shot by someone the cops never find, then Nikolai becomes her pseudo guardian and benefactor. Come on! That was a bit transparent; but still not enough for me not love the story.

Pinky did a great job with the narration; however, when the love scene arrived. I swear it sounded like the narrator changed for a bit. It was weird. Bad recording? I’m not sure what happened with that.

I sent Roxie Rivera an email asking if she was going to put the rest of this series on Audiobook because I love listening to these stories. I haven’t received an answer at the time of this review but I really hope it is a yes! Sergei is next and I can’t wait!

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