Monday, June 17, 2013

Series Spotlight + Review + Giveaway ~ Roxie Rivera's HER RUSSIAN PROTECTOR: Yuri & Nikolai Blog Tour


Her Russian Protector, Book 1

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.


Her Russian Protector, Book 2

Refusing to lose her brother to the violent Hermanos street gang, Benny turns to Dimitri, the dead sexy Russian who lives in the apartment above her family's bakery. He's the only man tough enough to get through to Johnny and save him from a life in prison—or worse.

There's nothing Dimitri won't do for Benny, even if it means dealing with her troublemaking brother. He quickly realizes that it's not just Johnny and his thug friends that pose a threat to Benny. A shady real estate developer needs to buy her bakery to secure a multi-million dollar deal and he'll stop at nothing to make her sell.

Threatened from all sides, Benny finds safety in Dimitri's strong arms—and in his bed. Her big, sexy Russian has no intention of ever letting her go—and he'll brave the fires of hell before he lets anyone harm her.

Reader's Note: Dimitri is an incredibly passionate man with a dominant streak—and Benny is only too happy to indulge his need for a little…restraint.


Her Russian Protector, Book 3

While clawing her way out of Houston’s worst neighborhood, Lena vowed to never let any man have power over her. After a lifetime of broken promises from her criminal father and a mother who abandoned her, Lena believes that love makes you vulnerable. She’s never been tempted to test that belief…until Yuri.

Sexy as sin and with a dark reputation, Russian billionaire Yuri Novakovsky survived a miserable childhood of poverty and neglect to ascend the pinnacle of success. He enjoys the perks of his massive wealth without much thought to the consequences…until Lena.

When Lena’s father and cousin blunder into an international art theft operation, Yuri seizes his chance to be her protector. But when past misdeeds catch up with him and threaten Lena’s safety, Yuri puts her love and trust in him to the test.

He’ll prove he’s the man she needs—a man she can trust and depend upon—one sensual, wicked kiss at a time.

***YURI is a full-length novel, clocking in at 90,000 words and 300+ pages.***

My feelings were uncertain when it came to the development of a romance between Yuri and Lena. However, I enjoyed this story, even more than I had anticipated. The author gave the characters plenty of depth, but what I admired most about them was the amount of veneration that existed. The mystery surrounding Yuri’s past pulls the reader immediately into the story. The author did not stop there she added additional intrigue by perfectly placed twists and turns throughout the story never allowing the reader to become complacent.

There is still one more Russian Protectors {Nikolai} for my reading pleasure; although I hope that the author gives Kostya, Vasya, and a few of Dimitri’s bodyguards’ stories.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Book Monster Promotions or the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


Her Russian Protector, Book 4 ~ Coming June 24

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…

Reader's Note: This story contains scenes of violence against women and frank descriptions of trafficking.

I am not sure my review can do this book/series justice. I have been looking forward to Nikolai and Vivian’s story from the beginning, and I was not disappointed. This book is different from the previous books – Ivan, Dimitri, andYuri. It does not have the same balance of suspense and romance; it is about 75% suspense and 25% romance. At first I was discouraged by the lack of romance, but as the book progressed I realized it gave it a more realistic feel. I felt that the author complemented Nikolai and Vivian’s characters with extremely emotional dialogue; this help to offset some of the malevolence.

I was excited to discover that she already has plans for additional books for this series – she listed a few including Sergei, Kostya, Danny. She also mentioned a new series, Fighting Connolly's that will feature Kelly Connolly and his brothers Finn and Jack.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Book Monster Promotions or the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

When I’m not chasing after my wild preschooler, I like to write super sexy romances and scorching hot erotica. I live in Texas with a husband who could easily snag a job as an extra on History Channel’s new Viking series, a sweet but rowdy three-year-old with Tetralogy of Fallot, and Bosley, our Great Dane with major mommy issues.

I also have another dirty-book writing alter ego, Lolita Lopez, who writes deliciously steamy tales for Ellora’s Cave, Forever Yours/Grand Central, Mischief/Harper Collins UK, Siren Publishing and Cleis Press.

Connect with Roxie:  Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Roxie is giving away the following prizes on the tour:
Grand Prize:  US/CANADA ONLY
Signed set of all four HER RUSSIAN PROTECTOR print books in a tote with swag

Runners-up: US/CANADA ONLY
TWO (2) runners-up will receive a signed copy of IVAN and swag.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

YURI & NIKOLAI Tour Schedule
June 17 - June 30 
6/17- Reading Between The Wines (guest post)
6/18- Nina's Literary Escape (series spotlight)
6/18 Flirting with Romance (interview)
6/20- The Reading Café (series spotlight & review)
6/20- United by Books (interview)
6/21- Book Monster Reviews (guest post)
6/22- Night Owl Reviews (series spotlight & review)
6/23- Romance Junkies (series spotlight & review)
6/24- My Reading Obsession (series spotlight & review)
6/25- Offbeat Vagabond (series spotlight & review)
6/26- Cocktails and Books (series spotlight)
6/27- Salacious Reads (series spotlight)
6/27- Riverina Romantics (guest post)
6/29- Book Lovin Mamas (guest post)


  1. This looks like an awesome series however I haven't read this author yet. Thanks for the post :)
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  2. I've not read this author yet but this series looks great. What a great giveaway. Thank you.
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  3. I have this series on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Oh yeah!! I LOVE that this book has some Russian hotties in it!! I don't know what it is that attracts me to them but damn! They are always portrayed as some sexy hot nice body men. LOVING that imagine in my mind! haha!! I'm definitely not missing out on reading these books!!
    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway and I am so excited to find these new books!!!

  5. Love these books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  6. sounds like a great series! What does Roxie have planned for writing when this series is done?


  7. I think these look great but I haven't read them yet. Love the synopsis.