Series: Her Russian Protector #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, MMA, Mob, Romance, Suspense, Tattoos
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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.
A while back I was super into mafia romances, and I made this huge list of mafia book series, and then I went and bought the first book in each of the series, this book was apart of that list. I don’t know why but I think Russian Mob actually appeals to me on some level more than all the other kinds of mobs, maybe its the language, it just sounds rough like it goes along with the subject matter.
This is one of those books that starts with a dramatic occurrence and ends with one too. So Erin is a pretty nice girl, she has good friends, a job, she’s smart, and she’s a really good sister. Her sister on the other hand has fallen in with the wrong crowd, turned to drugs, and has gotten herself into more trouble then she really knows what to do with. And when her sister goes missing, well it’s not like anyone could be surprised about it. Erin is determined to make sure she finds her sister in one piece and gets her the help she needs. All Erin knows is who her sister has been hanging out with, and with that knowledge she knows she can only go to Ivan for help.
Ivan I think is impressed with Erin’s just fearlessness to walk into his gym and ask him for help. I think he finds her innocence and determination appealing, in a way he was not exactly expecting. I’m not 100% sure I bought into how quickly he was willing to get involved, especially when his involvement means putting those around him at risk as well. But I could buy into that a little bit I suppose.
My real problem with the book comes from how quickly these two, Ivan and Erin, start to develop feelings for each other. Look this is a book filled with high stress situations, so I totally understand how it would bring two people closer together, and at the very least result in the two of them blowing off some steam in a physical manner, but love… I don’t think so. I don’t believe in insta-love, it just doesn’t feel true to me. Insta-lust, yes. Love, no. I think the pacing in this book was really fast which made it even harder for me buy into these two having feelings for each other. I also thought this book was really short, I think it would have worked a lot more as a novella. It was okay, I don’t know that I would continue on with the series though.