Review: Ivan by Roxie Rivera

22907617Title: Ivan
Series: Her Russian Protector
Author: Roxie Rivera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Night Works Books
Release Date: February  24th, 2013
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon  (Currently Free!!!)
Pages: 111
Rating: 3 Stars

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.


I should start by saying that I don’t usually read this…these tropes. I am not into the whole “mobster” idea or the female lead running to some “dangerous” man for protection because he’s the only one who can help her.

I made an exception in this case and I was not disappointed. The only negative comment I can make about this novel was that it felt like the couple had instalove. This is a trope I have always disliked. I am not saying I don’t believe people can have an immediate connection. I just don’t like when from the moment they meet, the couple knows that the other person is the one for them.

That being said, I felt that the author did a pretty good job for such a short story. I wish there had been more character development and build up to their relationship but it didn’t detract from the story. Ivan was so sweet to Erin. He seemed to genuinely care about her and was honest with her the entire time. Don’t get me wrong, in some places, it was super cheesy and some of the dialogue during the sex scenes should have been left out. Everything he seemed to do centered around making her happy and protecting her. And she appreciated it! She wasn’t some spoiled feale either. She can take care of herself if need be.

What I really appreciated, however, smart Erin acted. She realized that she was delving into a world where she was at a disadvantage so when Ivan asked her to do something, she did it. She knew that when he was instructing her to do something, it was because it was the best route. She didn’t just do whatever she wanted and make the situation worse. I am not saying a woman has to blindly follow what their man tells them to do. I just loath when the female lead does whatever she wants because, in reality, had shethought about her actions a little longer, she would realize it probably wasn’t the best to take.

What I am trying to say, is that Ivan and Erin were a team that listened and talked to each other. They genuinely cared about each other and worked together towards a common goal. They spent the entire novel loving each other instead of fighting. I just don’t understand those novels..

What tropes do you usually avoid?

❧ Arec

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