Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: Nikolai by Roxie Rivera

Nikolai by Roxie Rivera
(Her Russian Protector #4)
June 23, 2013
327 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Contains: Explicit sex, language
Source: Personal purchase

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…

After meeting Nikolai and Vivian in the previous books, and knowing they had an unconventional past (though the specifics were not revealed fully until this novel), I could not wait for their story. And their story did not disappoint. Like the previous books, we have some crazy life-threatening action happening, mysteries to be solved, etc. With Nikolai being a mob boss, this is no surprise. But the hows and whys and what's going to happen next kept me on my toes. I loved the suspense and action. I worried right along with this group of friends how it all would turn out.

Along with this action is a quite touching love story. Nikolai's past is quite awful, and Vivian's is no picnic. So learning how their lives intersected, and now seeing how their hearts have woven together gave me all the feels. There is a special love there that age and history cannot stop. And the way the author even handled certain aspects of their relationship was really creatively done, even frustratingly, but it worked really well. I genuinely liked Nikolai and Vivian and couldn't help but root for them.

Plus, we get to see the rest of the gang, and a few others I want to get to know, and I loved them all. This is a great series, and Nikolai and Vivian's story is a fantastic addition. I'm truly looking forward to catching up on the rest of the series.

Her Russians Protector series:
Ivan #1
Dimitri #2
Yuri #3
Nikolai #3
Sergei #5
Sergei (2) #5.5
Nikolai (2) #6


  1. Oooo, lovely review!! I look forward to reading this novel as I've read the 1st three novels in the series.

    Last night, I downloaded A Very Russian Christmas (Her Russian Protector 3.5) by Roxie Rivera and plan to read as soon as I've finished my current book, which should be soon. I look forward to reading this very holiday themed 'Her Russian Protector' book! Have you read it yet?

    1. Thanks!! I have not read the Christmas book yet. I've read up to Nikolai only. But I'm planning to jump back into the series by the beginning of the year. I miss these Russian guys ;) But now I'm thinking I should grab the Christmas book too.

    2. I'm almost done with A Very Russian Christmas (Her Russian Protector 3.5) by Roxie Rivera ... It's a very short read at 169 pages. It's really a collection of Christmas themed short stories featuring each of the men in the series and their love interest. So far, I'm loving it.

    3. That's so good to know! I've hardly been reading this week, but I wonder if I can squeeze one more Christmas-type book in :)


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