Review: Nikolai (Her Russian Protector #4) by Roxie Rivera *light spoilers*

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Review: Nikolai (Her Russian Protector #4) by Roxie Rivera  *light spoilers* three-stars
Nikolai (Her Russian Protector #4) by Roxie Rivera
Series: Her Russian Protector #4
Published by Night Works Books on June 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, mystery/thriller, Romance
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
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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…

Out of the four books in the Her Russian Protector series that I’ve read, Nikolai is the most “grim.” I still feel that a lot of Nikolai still falls within the “fantasy romance” arena [as in the romance itself is a fantasy] but it is one of the more realistic of the four books that I’ve read.

Nikolai, unlike his brothers in the previous three books, is currently in the Mafia. Nikolai is a career criminal and is the head of the Russian Mafia in his area.

There are a a decent amount of secrets mentioned in previous books that are revealed while reading Nikolai that I don’t want to spoil but the answers made a lot of sense (which I really liked, lol) – which made Nikolai feel more realistic.

I also appreciated that – unlike a lot of other Mafia/criminal related contemporary Romance novels – Vivian’s love was not enough to save Nikolai from continuing a life of crime. Unlike the typical BS trope of the life-saving-life-changing pussy, Vivian had rearrange her life and become a Mafia wife instead. Sad but realistic.

The thing I hated the most about Nikolai was an entire section of action where the bad guy attacks Vivian and Nikolai and escapes with Vivian. I hated, hated, hated that section. I didn’t feel the outcome (with/for Vivian) was particularly realistic, either. And the entire plot arc really didn’t make that much sense – the excuses/reasons given for the bad guy’s behavior were…nonsensical.

I enjoyed Nikolai and I enjoyed my time in the Her Russian Protector world, however. I doubt that I will read the rest of the books in the series as I was most interested in Nikolai.

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