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After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She's never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei. The Russian behemoth works as an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai Kalasnikov and fights as his champion in the underground bare-knuckle circuit. Sergei is absolutely the last complication sh After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She's never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei. The Russian behemoth works as an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai Kalasnikov and fights as his champion in the underground bare-knuckle circuit. Sergei is absolutely the last complication she needs in her life—but he's the only man who makes her body ache with desire. And right now she needs his help. When he learns some creep is bothering Bianca, Sergei Sakharov vows to protect her at all costs. He's been trying to get close to the plus-sized beauty for months but she rejects him at every turn. He's determined to show her that he's worth more as a man than his criminal connections. But Sergei's loyalty to his family—both blood and criminal—put him at odds with the future he wants with Bianca. He has to choose—the woman he desperately loves or his loyalty to the man who saved his life. Because the darkness of the underworld he inhabits is about to spill into Bianca's life and the hardest choice may be the only one that allows him to protect her…


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After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She's never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei. The Russian behemoth works as an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai Kalasnikov and fights as his champion in the underground bare-knuckle circuit. Sergei is absolutely the last complication sh After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She's never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei. The Russian behemoth works as an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai Kalasnikov and fights as his champion in the underground bare-knuckle circuit. Sergei is absolutely the last complication she needs in her life—but he's the only man who makes her body ache with desire. And right now she needs his help. When he learns some creep is bothering Bianca, Sergei Sakharov vows to protect her at all costs. He's been trying to get close to the plus-sized beauty for months but she rejects him at every turn. He's determined to show her that he's worth more as a man than his criminal connections. But Sergei's loyalty to his family—both blood and criminal—put him at odds with the future he wants with Bianca. He has to choose—the woman he desperately loves or his loyalty to the man who saved his life. Because the darkness of the underworld he inhabits is about to spill into Bianca's life and the hardest choice may be the only one that allows him to protect her…

30 review for Sergei

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    For the most part I really enjoy this series. Still, none of these have quite measured up to how much I liked IVAN. I adored Sergei. I mean who wouldn't? A seven foot tall monster with a Russian accent. I'd climb him like a tree! That being said, the whole incident with the crazy ex where he doesn't bother to defend Bianca, and even gets on her case for being mean to the crazy ex, was an EPIC douche move. THEN, they go home and he starts telling her how she should really be eating better and bein For the most part I really enjoy this series. Still, none of these have quite measured up to how much I liked IVAN. I adored Sergei. I mean who wouldn't? A seven foot tall monster with a Russian accent. I'd climb him like a tree! That being said, the whole incident with the crazy ex where he doesn't bother to defend Bianca, and even gets on her case for being mean to the crazy ex, was an EPIC douche move. THEN, they go home and he starts telling her how she should really be eating better and being more healthy. Are you fucking kidding me??!! Bianca on the other hand was an OK heroine. I never really warmed up to her all that much. She annoyed me for some reason. I can't really pinpoint why... I could have done without all the stupid OW shit. I didn't really need to know that Sergei banged two of the waitresses at Nikolai's club at the same time, and for fuck's sake WHY does no one feel the need to fire that stupid bitch of a waitress that is always messing with the heroines of these books? Geez louise, drop kick the bitch already!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~`*Ella Lee*`~

    This book was excellent! It was everything I was expecting and then some. Getting to book 5, you'd think these fella's would kind of start warming out their welcome....or get kind of tiring. Let me just clear that up for you: They Don't. Sergei was totally heart warming...and alpha...and possessive...and totally lick-ably dominant. I was afraid with Bianca's history...and the fact she avoided him throughout some of the other books, that she would put up too much of a fight and hurt my poor Sergei This book was excellent! It was everything I was expecting and then some. Getting to book 5, you'd think these fella's would kind of start warming out their welcome....or get kind of tiring. Let me just clear that up for you: They Don't. Sergei was totally heart warming...and alpha...and possessive...and totally lick-ably dominant. I was afraid with Bianca's history...and the fact she avoided him throughout some of the other books, that she would put up too much of a fight and hurt my poor Sergei. Alas, she didn't. She doubted it in her head a lot, but Sergei controlled her body and heart...and eventually her mind followed as well. It was SUPER UBER Sexy HOT YUMMY and DELISH between these two. Sergei was always a protector, so when he heard Bianca was having issues, he didn't delay in making sure his girl was taking care of. In between all the "bow-chickawowowow" and the "slurrppppppp...pop...yums" these two were perfect for each other. There was one part, at the restaurant involving one of Sergei's ex's, that I did get a little disappointed in Sergei's response. For a few pages I was afraid my Sergei wasn't going to pan out to be everything my hoo-hoo and brain conjured him up to be. However, Sergei, being Sergei, rocked right through those walls and the rest panned out wonderfully. I don't want to spoil anything about the story, so I'll end with this: if you've read this far into the series, you know what to expect and you know who Sergei is, so you KNOW you'll love it. If you haven't read this far into the series, I do not recommend you skip books. To really grasp the whole history these Russian's have with each other, you really need to start with book one and read straight through. I totally recommend this hot Alpha read to anyone that wants....well....a hot Alpha Possessive read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mspraise50

    I loved the whole series. This is book one, short and sweet. I love the Russian Protectors, they love and protect their women and put them and their safety above all else. The books however also have action and drama and absolutely riveting. Sergei and Bianca this was my least favorite. It was still a good read but it was not as kick ass as the other stories. Bianca in particular got on my nerves, her man defends her honour after her ex calls her the most derogatory term in public and she wants t I loved the whole series. This is book one, short and sweet. I love the Russian Protectors, they love and protect their women and put them and their safety above all else. The books however also have action and drama and absolutely riveting. Sergei and Bianca this was my least favorite. It was still a good read but it was not as kick ass as the other stories. Bianca in particular got on my nerves, her man defends her honour after her ex calls her the most derogatory term in public and she wants to take issue with her man for defending her.......Please!!! Just my opinion still worth reading. Great Series I recommend it, worth the read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

    This series gets better and better! I loved Sergei and Bianca. They were one of the best couples of the series! A bit "darker" than the previous books (apart from Nikolai) as we are getting more into the inside workings of the Russian Mob! I love this series! I love the men! They find the one for them, and that is it! They are focused and so committed to it, no game playing or messing around! Awesome series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fashionista

    Aww...What can I say! I was absolutely enthralled by this book. This is my first read from this author; but It will definitely not be my last. Sergei is perfection; a bad boy with a heart of gold. He was such a sweetheart! Bianca fought for her man's freedom and won. That's what any woman would for the love her life. The love scenes were so erotic yet very loving and sweet. "I want me a Sergei!" ;-) I'm about to read 5.5 (Part 2) about Sergei and Bianca!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Romance Novels in Color

    Score for the plus sized ladies in this romance! This is the fifth book in this series; however, it can stand alone. The story revolves around a very successful plus sized Black woman, Bianca and a rough and tough Russian named Sergei. Sergei has been waiting in the wings to make his love known to Bianca. Bianca is best friends with Vivian, the wife of Sergei’s boss. His boss happens to be the head of the Russian mob. Sergei is the head bodyguard of the Russian mob. Sergei is absolutely an alpha Score for the plus sized ladies in this romance! This is the fifth book in this series; however, it can stand alone. The story revolves around a very successful plus sized Black woman, Bianca and a rough and tough Russian named Sergei. Sergei has been waiting in the wings to make his love known to Bianca. Bianca is best friends with Vivian, the wife of Sergei’s boss. His boss happens to be the head of the Russian mob. Sergei is the head bodyguard of the Russian mob. Sergei is absolutely an alpha male. Once he gets his chance to make his move on Bianca, he goes all of the way. He does not mince words about his desires. Sergei loves Bianca’s assertive ways in public; however, in the bedroom, he is the one in charge! The sex scenes are very steamy, yet well written and romantic. Bianca is self-conscious about her weight; however Sergei loves her curves and continually affirms his love and red hot desire for her. I really liked the way Sergei is hard on the outside; however when is comes to his plus sized lover, he is absolutely smitten. In fact, he believes that he is the fortunate one, because Bianca is sexy, assertive, and business-minded, unlike the needy skinny women who are always chasing him. One of the obstacles to their love is that Sergei is “owned” by the Russian mob boss for protecting his family back in Russia. To pay him back, Sergei is an underground mix martial arts fighter. Bianca does not approve. However, Sergei must pay his boss back so that he can work on bringing his mother and brother to the United States. His goal is to pay his boss for his freedom and get out of the mob. He wants make a “clean” life with Bianca. Another obstacle to their love is a racist skinhead group that is stalking Bianca. The skinheads believe that Bianca had the skinhead who killed her brother murdered in prison. Sergei vows to protect her. Also, a former boyfriend who happens to be a cop gives the two lovers grief by taunting Sergei. He tries to convince Bianca that Sergei is bad news. There are several really good scenes in the book in which the two discover each others’ painful past and current needs. There are good action scenes too. Overall, this is a well-written novel with several twists and turns especially at the end. The book flows well and is easy to read. The ending was satisfying. I loved that the heroine was a plus-sized Black woman and the object of desire for a powerful Russian. Bravo! -Reviewed by Pamela

  7. 5 out of 5

    KBeautiful1

    Oh my, my, my, my, my...Sergei and Bianca their story was so amazing. Sergei is the epitome of a gentle giant. He is courteous, loyal, kind, sexy, sweet, endearing, loving and fine as the dickens. Bianca is courteous, kind, beautiful, sweet, endearing, loving and loyal. You couldn't ask for a better couple than these too. What I love about Sergei is that he will take you completely out of your misery for his family and friends. When it come to Bianca all bets were off, he didn't play games. He was Oh my, my, my, my, my...Sergei and Bianca their story was so amazing. Sergei is the epitome of a gentle giant. He is courteous, loyal, kind, sexy, sweet, endearing, loving and fine as the dickens. Bianca is courteous, kind, beautiful, sweet, endearing, loving and loyal. You couldn't ask for a better couple than these too. What I love about Sergei is that he will take you completely out of your misery for his family and friends. When it come to Bianca all bets were off, he didn't play games. He was completely upfront and forthcoming. He wanted Bianca and he wanted forever with her. Patient for his prize because he knew he was going to get his woman. Bianca was a ride and die woman but she was afraid, afraid of it being too good to be true. Oh she wanted Sergei without a shadow of a doubt but his dealings scared her and well it should have because if it didn't then I would have been really worried. I loved the fact of once they came together, it was solid as a rock between them. The love making was off the charts, Sergei is not a joke. He is a beast standing way over 6'5 mark. He is a wall of muscle from head to toe *If you know what I mean* Loving the fact of Bianca being a full figured woman who although there were some insecurities, she was who she was. A diva in style and in business. I love the integration between Sergei and Bianca's mother it was just beautiful to see the mother and son relationship growing with them. The things they have been through together, to hell and back. What they did for love or one another will beak your heart and then heal it again. There will indeed be a follow up to Sergei and Bianca's story and I am super excited. I am just loving this whole series and look forward to the next stories that are coming out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

    This is the first book I've read in this series. It's not a series that I follow, but going by this book, I assume they all can be read as Standalones. I really enjoyed this read. I loved the dual POV's we get here, as well as the layers we are shown with the main characters. Sergei is just... *sighs* and Bianca is such a sweetheart. I loved these two together. Their chemistry is white hot. Concerning the emotional as well as the physical. The subplots give seasoning to this story, and the last 3 This is the first book I've read in this series. It's not a series that I follow, but going by this book, I assume they all can be read as Standalones. I really enjoyed this read. I loved the dual POV's we get here, as well as the layers we are shown with the main characters. Sergei is just... *sighs* and Bianca is such a sweetheart. I loved these two together. Their chemistry is white hot. Concerning the emotional as well as the physical. The subplots give seasoning to this story, and the last 3 chapters were full of suspense. Had me on edge. I would definitely recommend this read. I plan to tackle the rest of this series, in order, at some point :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dee's Reading Zone

    Reread: December 10, 2019 Oh, Sergei is still my favorite alpha protector of Roxie Rivera's Her Russian Protector series! And loved the heroine, Bianca's spunk as well! 5 daring stars!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    "What are you doing, Sergei?" "No more, Bianca." He tossed the pillow onto the bed behind her. "We're done playing this game." "What game?" "The one you've perfected." He stepped closer, and her smaller hands flew to his chest. He could have easily overpowered her, but he immediately halted his forward motion. "Bianca, I would never use my size or strength against you." "Sergei…" "No." He placed a gentle finger to her mouth, silencing her rejection. "One kiss, Bianca. You let me kiss you properl "What are you doing, Sergei?" "No more, Bianca." He tossed the pillow onto the bed behind her. "We're done playing this game." "What game?" "The one you've perfected." He stepped closer, and her smaller hands flew to his chest. He could have easily overpowered her, but he immediately halted his forward motion. "Bianca, I would never use my size or strength against you." "Sergei…" "No." He placed a gentle finger to her mouth, silencing her rejection. "One kiss, Bianca. You let me kiss you properly one time. If you don't feel anything— if you really don't want me— I'll go downstairs and sleep on the couch. After I fix your door in the morning, I'll never bother you again." Her perfect white teeth dug into her lower lip. Finally, she nodded. "Okay. One kiss." I continued on my Roxie Rivera week-end marathon binge and read Sergei. Sergei ranks up there with Dimitri as my favorites out of Her Russian Protector series. I really enjoyed the story line which includes an interracial relationship, a BBW, and of course, a hot alpha Russian =) Let's not forget about the steam-I think these Russian men know how to do it right! "I'm a big man, Bianca. I can take everything you give me." He thrust up into my slick, wet heat. "Woman, you were made for a man like me." Heart racing, I gazed into his sincere face and realized he meant every word of it. He grasped my ass in both hands, pulled me forward and then pushed me back on his lap. "Fuck me, Bianca. It's your turn to make me come." I was excited to see that the author will be continuing Sergei's story in a second book (although Sergie #5 should be considered a stand alone as it is a completely story). I wasn't sure if I should have read Sergei first or In Kelly's Corner from the Fighting Connollys series because the books overlap. I couldn't find the suggested reading order. In Kelly's Corner was released before Sergei was but I ended up reading Sergei and then immediately following it up with In Kelly's Corner and that seemed to work. Still considering this series a bit of a guitly pleasure but one I'm happy to take part in. "I've been with a lot of women, Bianca." He wasn't saying it to brag or hurt me. He seemed to be making a point. "You're the first one that ever made me so hard that I ached. You're the only one who ever tormented my dreams." He slid another finger inside me and started to thrust up into my slick heat. "This pussy is the only one I want." Oh Sergei...you sweet talker! Can't wait to catch up with you in your next book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews

    I have fallen hard for another Russian. Better yet, I find myself eager to keep reading about fictional world Rivera has built. As strong and loveable these Russian hunks are the woman are equally as strong and lovable. Ms. B by far is one of the stronger woman. Not because of her past but the shit storm that her and Sergei have to face being a mixed raced couple standing United. Great storyline!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    So far of the series this was my least favorite. I like Bianca and love Sergei in all the other books but for some reason I just didn't connect to him or them as a couple. It was still a good read and moved the story line along and you learned about all the back ground of the characters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I think this one might be my favorite of them all. It went a little easier on all the mob drama and focused more on the H/h. Oh and this one was smoking hot!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Sergei is an absolute Teddy bear and I loved him. My favotite so far.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The minute Sergei Sakharov met Bianca, he was mesmerized. Despite his good looks and flair with flirtation, she has not been interested. They have been circling each other for months and now Sergei finally gets his chance. Everything about Bianca is beautiful, from her full figure to her warm heart. Everything about Sergei though teeters on illegal, he is an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai and fights in the underground matches. He has a plan to get out though and hopes Bianca is willing to give hi The minute Sergei Sakharov met Bianca, he was mesmerized. Despite his good looks and flair with flirtation, she has not been interested. They have been circling each other for months and now Sergei finally gets his chance. Everything about Bianca is beautiful, from her full figure to her warm heart. Everything about Sergei though teeters on illegal, he is an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai and fights in the underground matches. He has a plan to get out though and hopes Bianca is willing to give him a chance to show her the life she deserves. However, Bianca has her own brand of trouble with a man peeping in her windows and a gang out looking for justice. I was mixed on this one. Bianca is all sass but when it comes to Sergei he is pretty demanding and it was mixed feelings on her reactions to him. He was sexy for sure, but something didn't quite click. It was a good story, for sure but it didn't have the chemistry of the other books. It could be that I was on a Her Russian Protector hangover though and could totally change my mind on a reread. 3.75

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I read and loved the first four books in this series but as often happens to me in the wait for the next book, in this case 'Sergei' I get distracted. I always intended to read this whole series but decided to wait until they're all available but the series is growing and I'm falling so far behind that I've decided to play catch-up. It's been about two years since I read the previous ones so I've just re-read them all and I have to say I loved them just as much the second time. Since there's alrea I read and loved the first four books in this series but as often happens to me in the wait for the next book, in this case 'Sergei' I get distracted. I always intended to read this whole series but decided to wait until they're all available but the series is growing and I'm falling so far behind that I've decided to play catch-up. It's been about two years since I read the previous ones so I've just re-read them all and I have to say I loved them just as much the second time. Since there's already so many reviews I'll skip my usual summary and just give my opinion. I loved both Bianca and Sergei, they work so well together. As with the other females in this group she's intelligent, kind and beautiful, Sergei is the gentle giant, at about seven feet tall he's intimidating and it's worked well for him but it's not the life he wants, he wants Bianca and a normal safe life but is it even a possibility for him?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paganalexandria

    I really enjoyed Sergei and Bianca's story. Though it is book 5, was the first I'd read in the series, and had no problem following along. Bianca is the only African American heroine the rest come from various backgrounds, but all the men belong to the Russian mafia. This was mob light in the sense there is action, but the story never goes too dark. Which make this an easy read for my friends reluctant to try crime themes that go too far outside the romance box. An interesting switch was the her I really enjoyed Sergei and Bianca's story. Though it is book 5, was the first I'd read in the series, and had no problem following along. Bianca is the only African American heroine the rest come from various backgrounds, but all the men belong to the Russian mafia. This was mob light in the sense there is action, but the story never goes too dark. Which make this an easy read for my friends reluctant to try crime themes that go too far outside the romance box. An interesting switch was the heroine being so financially independent, without making a huge deal about it. I know some of my fellow IR books fans are actively seeking these type of female leads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen111

    Good read, but nothing groundbreaking. There were a lot of red herrings thrown into the mix, and I didn't like how Sergei didn't defend Bianca at the restaurant. But, cute couple, and I look forward to reading the second part of Sergei's story. After a break though - I have read four books in this series in a row, and these hot Russians have me worn out!!! Good read, but nothing groundbreaking. There were a lot of red herrings thrown into the mix, and I didn't like how Sergei didn't defend Bianca at the restaurant. But, cute couple, and I look forward to reading the second part of Sergei's story. After a break though - I have read four books in this series in a row, and these hot Russians have me worn out!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ailene♥

    Surprisingly, a great story well told. The book cover did not do any justice at all. A must read...

  20. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Loved Sergei. A seven foot bear of a man with a soft heart that loves his mama! Bianca was hard for him to pin down. He waited (faithfully) for five months for an opportunity and when he got it - boy did he take advantage! I loved seeing his vulnerability along with his toughness. Bianca was just ok for me up until the end when she knocked it out of the park. For a change, the heroine got to save the hero and she fought for their future. I loved it! They each had an uncomfortable run in with an ex Loved Sergei. A seven foot bear of a man with a soft heart that loves his mama! Bianca was hard for him to pin down. He waited (faithfully) for five months for an opportunity and when he got it - boy did he take advantage! I loved seeing his vulnerability along with his toughness. Bianca was just ok for me up until the end when she knocked it out of the park. For a change, the heroine got to save the hero and she fought for their future. I loved it! They each had an uncomfortable run in with an ex. Not too bad but neither were pleasant. Overall very low angst. Safety Gang safe Prior comments Liked Sergei and I liked Bianca! I thought she was pretty cool.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I liked Sergei and Bianca as a couple but the story line was a little too rushed. I did not like Kevan's character at all. He was too whiny. It was good to see the other characters nicely represented as well. The only other downside was that Bianca's character went back and forth sometimes she was super confident and other times overly insecure. I'm glad they worked it out at the end and those two got their HEA

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caz Malpas

    5 I WANT TO BE MRS SAKHAROV STARS What the hell is up with these sexy Russian chaps, I don't know what it is but I'm infatuated with them! This was a great read, it grabbed you straight away and kept you interested all the way to the end. I love big, scary, scowling men that can torture, mame and kill without blinking an eye but just go gooey gah gah when their woman is around. This is a great series my favourite Russians so far are Nikolai and Sergei, oh yes delicious!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This gets better with each Russian. I'm really liking this series. And it seems that her other series are shoot offs from this. Seems I'm adding to my shelves.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.4 Stars!!!! Loved it!!! Another good installment to this series. It is like candy to me....I get all hyped up on reading sugar and end the book smiling. This is Sergei, the enforcer for Nikolai who has had the hots for Bianca for some time but silently watches from afar...He doesn't feel worthy of her while he is involved with "The Family." And she is leery about getting involved with him too. But little by little they get drawn in. This author writes great heroines and Bianca does not disappoi 4.4 Stars!!!! Loved it!!! Another good installment to this series. It is like candy to me....I get all hyped up on reading sugar and end the book smiling. This is Sergei, the enforcer for Nikolai who has had the hots for Bianca for some time but silently watches from afar...He doesn't feel worthy of her while he is involved with "The Family." And she is leery about getting involved with him too. But little by little they get drawn in. This author writes great heroines and Bianca does not disappoint...strong & sure of herself, but natural. Sergei is a big, giant, mean, softy and protective of Bianca. In this case a new group or gang are introduced the night wolves (a skinhead group) This is an interracial couple but this story is about the love and commitment these two have for each other. Like the previous books....although dealing with very sorted, and horrible subjects (Gang warfare, shady dealings, abuse, racism) the main focus never drifts far away from the couple themselves. Sergie dreams of ending his association with The Family and living a normal life, become a US Citizen and bring his brother and mom over from Russia. I like how this get's resolved and I can't say much because it will ruin the book for you if you have yet to read it. The author brings interesting secondary characters into her stories....some are just tragic....you feel sorry for them but their own stupidity get's them into that situation to begin with. Others are pure evil and you enjoy their demise. All and all...a good solid read...Love it and look forward to the next installment!!! The author gives us little reads on her website to add to our stories and allows us a peek into the lives of the beloved characters from her books. And....There are lots of stories planned which will be released in the coming months...bring them on I say!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny - Book Sojourner

    4.5 Stars It was so nice to get Sergei and Bianca's story. I love inter-racial relationships, so when I find one in a book, I hope it doesn't disappoint. And this one did not. I loved Sergei and Bianca. Sergei is this sweet giant. When he falls, he falls hard. Bianca had his attention from day one, and after his months of patience, he was ready to lay his cards out and make his play. Bianca had a legit reason for avoiding the mob protector. But who could resist Sergei? Both had heartbreaking pasts 4.5 Stars It was so nice to get Sergei and Bianca's story. I love inter-racial relationships, so when I find one in a book, I hope it doesn't disappoint. And this one did not. I loved Sergei and Bianca. Sergei is this sweet giant. When he falls, he falls hard. Bianca had his attention from day one, and after his months of patience, he was ready to lay his cards out and make his play. Bianca had a legit reason for avoiding the mob protector. But who could resist Sergei? Both had heartbreaking pasts, but the best thing about them is how strong their characters were individually. No wonder the attraction was strong. Bianca was also a curvy, bigger girl. I loved how her character was written. We had honest insecurities, but over and above those insecurities, we had a confident, strong woman. A talented business woman. A woman who shoved those insecurities aside and was awesome. And Sergei knew just how to ishow this curvy gal how much he loved her just the way she was. They were a great match. Sergei was also an owned man. A big, big man. A bare-knuckle underground fighter. But also a sensitive man beneath the buff exterior. A sensual man who knew all the buttons to push on his woman. And he knew just how to show his curvy gal how much he loved her just the way she was. But when would he get his freedom? The plot had a nice mix of love story and mystery. A creepy prowler and irritating exes. Lots of gang problems. But also the camaraderie of the previous couples we have come to love. I loved catching up with them, and seeing how everyone is growing and moving forward in their own ways. The ending was perfect.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I found this goodread via Kerry Fonville one of my facebook friends! I downloaded the sample and was immediately pulled into the world of the characters. Ms. Riveras writing is so engaging and her characters are really well written, I didn't feel that I missed anything having only read book 5. In fact I was able to really focus on this couple Bianca and Sergei. Bianca is a big beautifil woman with a good head on her shoulders and nice life that she has made for herself, her only problem is that s I found this goodread via Kerry Fonville one of my facebook friends! I downloaded the sample and was immediately pulled into the world of the characters. Ms. Riveras writing is so engaging and her characters are really well written, I didn't feel that I missed anything having only read book 5. In fact I was able to really focus on this couple Bianca and Sergei. Bianca is a big beautifil woman with a good head on her shoulders and nice life that she has made for herself, her only problem is that she has a prowler snooping around her house. Sergei Sakharov vows to protect her at all costs. He's been trying to get close to the plus-sized beauty for months but she rejects him at every turn. He's determined to show her that he's worth more as a man than his criminal connections. Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV Ohhhh, Sergei is my favorite type of hero; big, sexy, and loveable. I know he's too short for the Russian character of Sergei, but I keep picturing Ivan Drago as this character. Sorry Apollo, my brother you were awesome and I mourn for you, but Ivan was/is hot. All the well written love scenes, the wonderful character arc Bianca goes through, and the loving friendship that the female characters have are so fun to read. I will definitely keep my eye on this series and these writer! You can check this read out at Amazon, Goodreads, B&N.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shari-amor

    I didn't think anything would be able to top Dimitri's story. I was wrong. Sergei is by far my favorite in the series to date. After a bit of a disappointment with Nikolai, I thought for sure the series would lose interest for me and I questioned whether Sergei would even be worth it. It most definitely is. I'll never doubt Ms.Rivera again. Sergei is a huge (I mean like damn near 7 feet tall giant of nothing but muscle) champion bare knuckle fighter, a bodyguard and mob enforcer for Nikolai; he i I didn't think anything would be able to top Dimitri's story. I was wrong. Sergei is by far my favorite in the series to date. After a bit of a disappointment with Nikolai, I thought for sure the series would lose interest for me and I questioned whether Sergei would even be worth it. It most definitely is. I'll never doubt Ms.Rivera again. Sergei is a huge (I mean like damn near 7 feet tall giant of nothing but muscle) champion bare knuckle fighter, a bodyguard and mob enforcer for Nikolai; he is A complete teddy bear when it comes to Bianca. He's sweet, protective and all fierce alpha male. Bianca is too friggin amazing. She honestly didn't want to involve herself with a man who had criminal ties. She didn't fight too hard to keep Sergei at bay though. I absolutely adored her especially after what she did in the end for him. It definitely set her a part from the previous heroines in the series. Despite their differences in background, race and culture, they complemented each other perfectly. They were open and honest with their feelings and didn't allow anyone to interfere with their relationship. Very beautiful couple. I was rooting for them the entire book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    starsaga

    Great story, I would recco this to my friends. By far, the best of this series. Sergei was the most well-characterized of all this series heroes. I loved reading this story for the romance, the passion which was off the charts and the well-matched characters. Not driven by a villain-ridden plot although there were plenty of bad things happening. It was almost interesting how the gang-stuff, crazed- police officer, skeleton in the wall seemed to happen, I was amused in the end because that was ter Great story, I would recco this to my friends. By far, the best of this series. Sergei was the most well-characterized of all this series heroes. I loved reading this story for the romance, the passion which was off the charts and the well-matched characters. Not driven by a villain-ridden plot although there were plenty of bad things happening. It was almost interesting how the gang-stuff, crazed- police officer, skeleton in the wall seemed to happen, I was amused in the end because that was terrible but funny too. I wish the book would have reflected more about the interesting backgrounds of these two, not in the sense of long twisted vast texts of Russian history but when Lidia, for example acted up, that whole issue was by-passed almost too smoothly. It was clear that she was part of his background and in a very basic way so when Sergei turns out dealing with the situation in a very bland way, I did not get it. So although I loved the book and I am definitely getting to like this author's stories, I think there was something of the passion of the hard life of an immigrant to America, that was missing which had it been included would have made this a truly beautiful romance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    As a avid paranormal romance reader, i was looking for something different for a change. I still wanted my alpha male, but sadly I just had to step away from the paranormal romance genre for awhile. That's when I ran across these gems. Russian Mob romances! Oh man! Sergei is an enforcer to Nikolai (he has his own novel) and also Nikolai's wife's bodyguard. Sergei has had his eye on Bianca for awhile and when the opportunity to make her his pop's up, he's the first to jump at it. Cons: 1. I felt li As a avid paranormal romance reader, i was looking for something different for a change. I still wanted my alpha male, but sadly I just had to step away from the paranormal romance genre for awhile. That's when I ran across these gems. Russian Mob romances! Oh man! Sergei is an enforcer to Nikolai (he has his own novel) and also Nikolai's wife's bodyguard. Sergei has had his eye on Bianca for awhile and when the opportunity to make her his pop's up, he's the first to jump at it. Cons: 1. I felt like there were some loose ends that didn't get tied up (ex: the garage scene) 2. I didn't care how the book would jump from 1st person to 3rd person. It kind of threw me off sometimes. Pro: 1. The love between the two characters was heart warming. I mean they did fall really hard for each other pretty fast but it didn't seem forced. And for the most part thats what I liked about that. 2. Loved Sergei in and out of the bedroom 3. the love scenes wet pretty steamy, but the story was good. I love a good story. this is a fast and easy read. You can finish it in a day, literally its that easy of a read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reader

    LOVED SERGEI The newest addition to "The Russian Protecter" series doesn't disappoint. Sergei is the archetypal gentle giant, well he is with Bianca anyway. For the past five months since he first met her he's wanted her. But Bianca has resisted him. But then her friend Vivian intercedes with a sneaky move that puts them together. From then on its explosive. But it's not all smooth sailing. I love this author wether she's writing as Roxie Rivera or Lolita Lopez, her books are addictive reading. Th LOVED SERGEI The newest addition to "The Russian Protecter" series doesn't disappoint. Sergei is the archetypal gentle giant, well he is with Bianca anyway. For the past five months since he first met her he's wanted her. But Bianca has resisted him. But then her friend Vivian intercedes with a sneaky move that puts them together. From then on its explosive. But it's not all smooth sailing. I love this author wether she's writing as Roxie Rivera or Lolita Lopez, her books are addictive reading. This addition to this series is no different. Hot sexy and passionate just about sums this up. I loved Sergei and Bianca together, a match made in heaven. There's plenty going on in this story as well with a threat to Bianca, that just heightens Sergei's protective instinct. Characters from the previous books appear, and it's great to catch up with them. I can hardly wait for the next book. Recommended.

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