Book one of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spinoff series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan
“Morgan’s hot first NOLA Knights contemporary pulls out all the stops...perfectly balances deep emotions and tense suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
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.
Book 1: His to Defend
Book 2: Hers to Tame
Book 3: Mine to Keep
Also by Rhenna Morgan:
Men of Haven
Book 1: Rough & Tumble
Book 2: Wild & Sweet
Book 3: Claim & Protect
Book 4: Tempted & Taken
Book 5: Stand & Deliver
Book 6: Down & Dirty
Book 7: Trusted & True
Morgan's hot first NOLA Knights contemporary (spun off from the Men of Haven series) pulls out all the stops. Single mom Evette "Evie" Labadie has a tight deadline to get $500 to secure her seven-year-old son, Emerson, a spot at the local Montessori school. She wouldn't usually consider Russian mobster Sergei Petrovyh to be employer material, but when she's suddenly fired from her cleaning job, Evie has no choice but to go to him. Instead of helping her find a job, as she expects, Sergei hires Evie himself, assigning her to run his estate and even moving her and Emerson into the carriage house on his property. It's an arrangement that seems too good to be true until Evie's uncle and a turf war with a rival bring unwanted trouble that threaten their lives. Sergei is fiercely disciplined and incredibly sexy, hiding his vulnerability behind rigid rules and the expectation of absolute loyalty. Indomitably spirited, Evie is his perfect match, especially in the bedroom, where their lovemaking sizzles. Equally intense are Evie and Sergei's shared protectiveness of young Emerson, who desperately needs a male role model. Morgan perfectly balances deep emotions and tense suspense.
First time reader of this author. The characters are very well written and you know them from her writing style. You feel the emotions shared down in your soul. From the page to the last your interest will held with love, loyalty
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.
His to Defend
Great story, cleverly witten