Book one of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spinoff series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan
His world. His rules. Her love.
Though his methods may be rough, when it comes to protecting what’s his, Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s heart is always in the right place. That’s never been more true than when the gorgeous Evette Labadie asks him for a job. He knows enough to keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about her that calls to him—no matter how badly he burns to make her his.
Don’t think Evie hasn’t noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss who makes her favorite diner a regular stop. How can she not? He’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous. But everyone in her struggling New Orleans neighborhood knows he’s the man to turn to. And right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble.
Her other needs—needs she knows damn well Sergei can more than satisfy—will have to wait.
Evie soon finds herself playing Cinderella to a man who, despite what people believe, is definitely more prince than villain. She can’t help falling deeper in love with each passing day. But when a turf war between Sergei and a rival brings violence to her doorstep, Evie must come to grips with loving a man who will do anything to defend her…or walk away from her best chance at a happily-ever-after of her very own.
This book is approximately 88,000 words
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My kind of mafia book!
This was 100% my kind of mafia book. I like that dark, anti-hero who still behaves honorably and protects what is his at all costs. To me, that's the perfect bad boy persona, that right amount of balance between dark and light.
The minute Sergei was introduced in the Haven Brotherhood series I knew I wanted his story. He's one of those characters that captures you from the start and holds you captive. Despite his hard exterior, he never once treated Evette badly. Nothing will win me over faster than that.
As heroines go, Evette was a great mix of sweet and strong. She's a single mom who has lost a lot in her life and yet she never let that dim her light. She's outgoing, friendly, well loved and has a backbone. She was the perfect match to Sergei.
I really like that Sergei was honest with her about what kind of man he was and what he has done. I also really like that Evette took that seriously. She didn't just blindly follow. She thought things through and trusted her instincts.
This couple was such a pleasure to read about. We got quality time of them together and they never behaved immaturely or rashly. No unnecessary drama here. I truly can't wait to see what this author brings us next in the series.
Great start to a new series!!
***5 ‘Inevitable’ Stars***
After meeting Sergei in Tempted and Taken I crossed my toes that we’d see more of him again and, as you can probably guess, I was all kinds of excited to hear that the toe crossing had paid off and couldn’t wait to get my hands on his book and it was everything I wanted and more. So. Much. More. It was all kinds of swoony, smexy and funny, add in a nice little mystery/suspense and a quite a few new characters I really want more of (as well as a getting a tinsy bit of time with old favs) and I got a book I didn’t want to end and when it did, it left me NEEDING more.
Sergei. Talk about being Alpha AF goodness! He is a Bratva boss in every way that counts, but the man also has a strong sense of honor and has a heart that is a lot more golden than most would ever believe. Evette has all kinds of moxie going on. She’s sweet, sassy and fierce and has the innate goodness that draws you in and makes you want to spend time with her and hope that some of it rubs off on you.
The journey to their HEA was a lot of fun from start to finish. I loved how, despite outward appearances, perfectly matched they were. Sergei gave Evette, and Emerson, the security they needed to flourish, while Evie gave Sergei a safe place to just be Sergei the man and not the Bratva boss. Their bantering was on point, the smexy was HAWT and I loved how they accepted every aspect of what made them who they were without exception.
I’m a #fangirl of the authors, have been since picking up the first book in her Eden series and I truly love all the words she puts out into the world. This book was simply a great read. There is a bit of a mystery/suspense thing woven into the story, and while I guessed at one part of it, I was definitely not prepared for ALL of it when it was revealed. The Bratva lifestyle plays heavily in the story, it is not a dark romance in any way, though there may be some things that may be considered triggers but nothing gratuitous.
As for the supporting cast of characters. I loved Dorothy, Olga and Emerson and how they really brought out the family dynamic in the story. And then there are Roman and Kir. It will be obvious to those who know my preferences why I favor Roman over Kir, but the margin is a slight one and I cannot wait to get my hands on their books!
This is a spinoff of her Men of Haven series, and though I do highly recommend reading the series if you haven’t already, you do not HAVE to before diving in this baby. As for me,I love how she kept that tie to it alive in little ways throughout the story, and hope that will continue as this series progresses.
~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~
“It was the protector in him that called to her the most.”
His to Defend” is a brilliantly written book with an intoxicatingly, exquisite storyline that mesmerizes the reader into believing that love is there for the taking and that dreams really do come true. Rhenna Morgan is an exceptional writer and her originality shines through on every page. Sergei is the perfect book boyfriend because he is mysterious, sexy, passionate and very romantic when it comes to his pursuit of Evie. He had been watching her for awhile but never chose to make the first move. He knew that she was the one for him and he was confident that someday she would be his. He is a ruthless businessman who always gets his way, but he also has a nurturing and soft side when it comes to Evie’s son, Emerson, who is the most important person in her life. Evie is hardworking, smart, determined and is not afraid to ask for help. When her son’s education was in peril, she didn’t hesitate when it came to confronting Sergei with her request. She found herself a bit flustered and tongue tied when she was in his presence and Sergei’s sexiness and smoldering eyes were almost too much to take. Evie had never shied away from hard work and would take any job, even if it left her beholden to Sergei. Evie sensed he desired her because she could see it in his eyes, and she felt that a little flirtatious bantering couldn’t hurt, because he was impossible to resist.