Review of Ivan by Roxie Rivera

What can I say after reading this book? I want a Russian protector!!!

Four stars

Ivan Cover


Length: 111 pages          Published: 12 November 2013


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 centres in the world but it’s his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston’s underworld that interests 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. 

I’d advise this book to be for ages 17+

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Review ***SPOILERS***

I love Roxie’s style of writing, and the dual narrative of this story.

The relationship that Erin and Ivan form is electric. The spark between them could light up a city, Ivan protects Erin so vehemently that it’s hard not to feel ever so slightly jealous (ok a lot jealous!)

I really liked that Ivan isn’t visually perfect, so many stories paint lead males as Gods which is great, but for Ivan to be ‘not handsome in the most classic sense’ and to have scars, I actually found more attractive and sexy. It felt more raw and real. Throw in the Russian accent and I was hooked!

When Ivan and his men showed up to save Erin from that crazy man with his knife I was so relieved, I’d begun to panic there for a second. I certainly seemed to panic more that Erin! She seemed to stay surprisingly calm throughout the whole thing and I found myself admiring her strength.

When Ruby is eventually found I went from feeling sorry for her to really disliking her. She is very weak and selfish and doesn’t deserve someone as good as Erin in her life. But then she finds the courage to do what’s right and my respect for her went up.

The relationships in this book are so far great but I suspect they’re going to get even better! Both Erin and Ivan have great friends that for them are their family.

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. My only wish is that is was longer BUT the second book of the series Dimitri (Her Russian Protector #2) is a FULL length novel, which I plan on reading and reviewing next.

Roxie Rivera

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, I like to write super sexy romances and scorching hot erotica. I live in Texas on five acres with my red-bearded Viking husband, our sweet, mischievous little girl and two crazy Great Danes.

My other book writing alter ego–Lolita Lopez–was named one of Latina Magazine’s Eight Erotic Latina Authors To Check Out. Lo writes deliciously steamy tales for Forever Yours/Grand Central, Mischief/Harper Collins UK, Siren Publishing and Cleis Press.

I am represented by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.


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