Series: NOLA Knights #1
Published by Carina Press on October 14, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Self Purchased
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
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the
Carina Press Romance Promise
: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
His To Defend is the FIRST book in this author’s newest series “NOLA Knights” and I can’t tell you how excited I was to learn that this author was starting such a exciting series. Those who know me know how much I ADORE this author so very dearly. And I bore no hesitation in picking this book up, I knew it would be packed with so much goodness and let me tell you ladies and gents…..IT WAS!! Mafia-type romance isn’t for everyone but this author handled these elements so well. Now I wouldn’t call this dark romance, I knew some may term it because of the mafia/mob boss connections that we do see but it didn’t have a feel to it that led you to make the determination that it’s darker. However, it really is determined on how you view romance. For me ….I have read Dark Romance quite a bit in my reading experiences so this book doesn’t even come close to others.
In His To Defend, we begin the story with our heroine, Evette, who is a single mother and when she learns that she is going to need much more in funds to give her son the education he deserves at a more private school, she is becoming desperate having just lost her main job. While visiting a close family friend at a diner, she comes up with an idea, to go up to the infamous and dangerous Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh. When she reaches out to him for a job, a sexual attraction is much obvious between Sergei and Evette. Sergei has worked hard to build a life in the States. He left his old life and brought those he considers family and is working on building his territory. When he sees Evette reaching out to him, he doesn’t know if he can resist Evette. She is the opposite of everything that he is…..kind, loving, hard-working and full of grace. But once Evette starts working for him in his home, he realizes he won’t be able to let her go…..she brings peace and is a true gift and will protect her at all costs.
She was his weakness. The delicate chink in his otherwise insurmountable wall. But she was also his redemption. His absolution, greater purpose and color in another otherwise drab and monochrome world
This was such a beautiful love story that Rhenna Morgan tells to us in this book. To be honest, I didn’t even glance at the blurb—that is how much trust I have in this author and she definitely didn’t disappoint. I was on the edge the whole time I was reading this book here. I will say that this book was simply superb in every way and oh the romance in this book was so well written. The characters are beyond compelling from our main characters to Evette’s seven-year-old son. And we do have a plot of mystery and intrigue that develops here that you don’t quite see coming at first. I was highly compelled by this story in that we see the romance that forms between Sergei and Evette. Evette is such a strong woman and she isn’t afraid to stand up to Sergei. I truly did appreciate that about her. He needed that, someone that will and does very often stand up to him because he is an alpha male and they need a firm hand at times. But I truly appreciated how these two care for each other in different ways.
Yes, he was a predator. A wolf barely contained by the human confines of flesh. But she sensed something else beneath as well. A lost soul. Once aching like everyone else.
Overall you can’t go wrong with “His To Defend” a truly remarkable romance which leaves you breathless, eager for more and fully satisfied in every way you can imagine!! SENSATIONALLY PORTRAYED!