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.
Rhenna Morgan snagged me as a fan as soon as I read Rough & Tumble, the first book in her Men of Haven series. I read every book in that series and was kind of sad when Nola Knights was released because I was afraid that my beloved Men of Haven series was finished. My fears diminished though once I spent a little bit of time with Evie and Sergei. Plus, it’s kind of obvious that the Men of Haven series hasn’t been abandoned, just side tracked. It also didn’t hurt that more than a couple of characters made brief, but welcome appearances in His to Defend. 😉
One of the things I liked best about the Men of Haven series was the sense of family. Albeit, a very unconventional family. They couldn’t exactly be defined as “good-guys”, but they weren’t really bad either. They stayed out of trouble, unless trouble came after them, someone they loved or someone weaker and innocent. Then, all bets were off. Sergei and his “family” are much the same way, except with ties to the Mafia. He and his “brothers” have the same sort of code and any woman they claim as their own, needs to understand that. That’s not something the average person would be able to wrap their head around, but Evie did. She would do absolutely anything to protect her son, so she got it. Her growing attraction and love for Sergei made it even easier to accept. She saw a side to him that few ever did, and that’s the man she fell in love with.
There were a lot of interesting twists and turns in His to Defend. Some of them I saw coming, but some still surprised me. I loved seeing familiar faces, but the new characters were just as interesting. I’ve got to say, one of the things that I really loved about Evie was how she handled things near the end. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say her response was refreshing and not exactly typical.
Hers to Tame is next in the Nola Knights series and it should come as no surprise that I can’t wait. 😉