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(Her Russian Protector #7)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 ratings  ·  176 reviews
After a nightmare blind date, hair stylist Holly Phillips swears off men. The only problem with that plan? Her mysterious and sinfully sexy neighbor Kostya who appeared from the shadows and saved her on that cold, scary night.

Russian covert operative turned infamous mob cleaner Kostya Antonovich lives his life by one major rule: Don’t Get Involved. But when the lies
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Published August 12th 2019
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McGee Magoo

RIP, ME CARING ABOUT KOSTYA. August 2014-April 2018

Kimberly, Victoria, Heather, and all the other ladies who kept the dream alive, I salute you. It's been a ride.

3/4/18 Check out this update!

UPDATE 9/9/15: Publishing of Kostya put on hold indefinitely.
Eh, What're you gonna do?

Sep 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have never, never used the GR star system to indicate my lack of interest in reading a future book before. I have also never rated a book that is yet unreleased. But I'm making an exception for Kostya, because I am so utterly annoyed and offended by how Rivera has handled this release.

Today is September 6th, 2015. This book is now almost a year late. This is a book that was "totally done, guys!" and which was "ready to pre-order, guys!", and which I pre-ordered (twice). I have yet to get it
Dee's Reading Zone
ROXIE RIVERA weaved this long awaited tale extremely well!!!!!!!!

Kostya (Her Russian Protector, #7) was so worth the wait! This was Kostya and Holly's story and I loved the way the author wrote this story where almost every previous character is tied to their story by name drop or association!


What starts as a setup for Kostya to protect his neighbor, Holly from a hit by Finn Connolly (The Fighting Finn series) on her life, ends up being a lengthy kill list of major characters in this series
Alice Wulf
Sep 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Alright what the fuck. Just what the fuck.

This was the one book I was looking forward to in this series. Well, I was interested in Nikolai too, but then Vivian got pregnant and I Noped out of that super fast. Kostya is hella fascinating: he's a cleaner, he owns strip clubs and is an International Man of Mystery. I want to know everything about him.

First, this book was supposed to come out the last week of August, and it didn't. Then it was supposed to have been out by last friday, which did not
Denise H.
**** I think we have waited 2 years for this new book,
SO WORTH IT, in this magnificent Russian Mafia series.
Roxy Rivera did an outstanding job of bringing us our favorite, Kostya, former KGB, super hunky, tough guy,

now a "cleaner/assassin" working for Nikolai.

Beautiful Holly,

has wanted her neighbor Kostya for years. We get to see her in her salon, working, managing, and being a super friend, boss and Philanthropist.

We see the complicated family tree issues Kostya is navigating as he seeks
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took the plunge.....

3.5 stars

The good - well I have always loved this series so it was great to be back and visit with everyone. And the action/suspense was strong. Too strong. But very fast paced.

The "not as good" - Steam - meh - not much sexy action. Very disappointing! The ending - also disappointing.

The book was total "inside baseball". I jumped in without rereading and was a bit lost! It has been YEARS after all! I advise all fans to go back and re read at least the last couple books. If
Cherryl Montgomery
What a tangled web of secrets we weave!

Everyone has secrets to hide. This story was so good. I could not put it down, and I did not want it to end. It's obvious that Roxie Rivera has not lost her creative writing touch after being gone for sooooo long. I just love how she weaves a story and Kostya did not disappoint. She shows how the love of family, even among made men, and woman in this story, will do anything to protect the ones they love. I find it how ironic that Kostya and Holly fell in
Megan Hubble-Roney
I'd have waited forever

For the record when you love an authors ability to weave a tale you'll wait, no matter how long or how hard it is for that next story because they're worth it.

Roxie has had a hell of a time. I don't know it all because authors person lives aren't my business. I'm sorry that she felt she HAD to put out Kostya to appease her negavite navy readers.

Kostya was fabulous. Exactly what I knew he would be. He and Holly - talk about 6 degrees of separation! Roxie always gives us a
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
On Feb 2 2016 there were 58 5* reviews for a book that HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED. These reviews were put up months ago, so don't tell me they had an arc. The author was obviously not in a place to publish, at that time.
This is the PROBLEM WITH GOODREADS RATINGS. I call bu%#it on those ratings and the fangirls that posted them!
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-bother
Let me start by saying I too was irritated in the beginning when Ms.Rivera pulled "Kostya" because she wasn't pleased with her product. However, she is the writer and I understand she wanted to "keep true" to the character. Especially "Kostya". Not soon after Ms. Rivera put out "Alexi" book 8 in the series, which of course I read because I love the series, reading the book was a confusing mess though because so much of it had references to past events that obviously were in "Kostya". So book 8 ...more
Devon Truett
so this book was supposed to hit the shelves over 2 years ago!!! WTF HAPPENED?!?!?!? I really want to read Kostya! I'm completely pissed I've been waiting so long and still can't read this book!
Dec 11, 2014 marked it as 08-lost-interest
So I reckon that this book will be out 2016 although said otherwise. Go on I dare you to prove me wrong.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Four years ago, I discovered this series and Roxie Rivera and have been hooked ever since. Kostya's book was one that I was so looking forward to. Yes there was a lot of disappointment with how long it took for this book to be released. Despite waiting 3.5 years for its release, I was beyond excited to finally see this book up for sale and to get the chance to finally read it. Roxie Rivera has done it again and written another fantastic story. Kostya and Holly are perfect together. She was ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the wait!

Mostly is mob cleaner..Holly is a salon owner and next door neighbor whom he’s been secretly longing for for a year now..when a hit list is created and the sins of the past (Kostya and Holly) come to light..will they find themselves in love or just in trouble. Will they be able to build a life together or will everything and everyone they know vanish forever.

We’ve waited years for this book and I was not disappointed..maybe just a little. Kostya was so serious and mysterious, it
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance, 2019
It's been a long wait for this book, so long in fact I took it off my tbr as I didn't think it was going to happen. Then when I saw that the book was a reality I kept flip flopping if I was even going to read it, but read a couple of free shorts that were good and made me want to read this one.

As much as I liked the romance between Kostya and Holly, with all of their family drama (and there was a lot), I found myself more interested in Kostya and his spiders. I liked that he was their father
Pallavi Bhattacharya
Apr 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
I have had enough of this 'about to release ' game. I have always loved Roxie Rivera's writing. Till date I have waited patiently for this book and never commented on her delays in release or that she completely disappears during the release day. Lots of people have lots of personal problems and I accepted hers whatever it was. But this time she went too far. She didn't need to get her reader's hopes up only to dash them. It doesn't matter whatever the reason is, genuine or otherwise. Roxie ...more
Sandy S
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
KOSTYA (Her Russian Protector #7) by Roxie Rivera

4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 12, 2019

After a nightmare blind date, hair stylist Holly Phillips swears off men. The only problem with that plan? Her mysterious and sinfully sexy neighbor Kostya who appeared from the shadows and saved her on that cold, scary night.

Russian covert operative turned infamous mob cleaner Kostya Antonovich lives his life by one major rule: Don’t Get Involved. But when the lies surrounding Holly’s birth
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, let me start off by saying this...I pray that author Roxie Rivera is on the full restoration of her health because that is what's most important here. Second, this book is Fiyah!!!

Kostya, our residential cleaner, chemist, mixologist, killing machine. His pledge has always been to his family of brothers, none blood related but all share of a common past of painful loss, death, having nothing to having everything. In his line of work he has seen pretty much everything but what he thought he
Holly Phillips has been attracted to her neighbor Kostya since they met but Kostya has never given her any notion the feeling is the same. Kostya has lived a life that would scare the boogie man and yet he has kept a watchful eye on Holly, now Holly is in danger and Kostya has a plan to protect her. Holly sees this for what it is, Kostya cares about her and she wants more. Kostya though doesn't want to drag Holly into his dangerous life giving her an out if she wants it. What will Holly do and ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
We've already got a glimpse of who Holly was and how Kostrya came to protect her. Almost Holly' s whole life was a lie, but it kept her safe. Although Kostrya was the cleaner and so calm in previous stories, in this book, he was simply a normal man who sometimes got regret and made wrong decisions. Moreover, he fell in love.

It'll be better if there's an epilogue.
Shireen  Hakani
3.75 Stars!

This one was a good read, could have been more but worth your time. I've read almost all books in this series and would recommend to all who like Mafia romance.
Lisa Book Stacks
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Roxie Rivera is back and it's the Cleaner book Kostya. He's the problem solver for the club but this one night be one he can't solve with Holly his next door neighbor. It's another exciting book with lots of characters we loved from previous books and I hope this means we will be seeing more books.
Stacey Sales
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was worth the wait

Roxie Rivera is one of my favorite authors that I will automatically one click without a thought ! This book was amazing! I loved Kostya and Holly’s story
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So well worth the long wait! Rosie can tell a story like no other ! She weaves her web of stores and. Connects them leaving us the readers wAnting more ! WELCOME BACK ROXIE WELCOME BACK
tammy rufo
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
about time!

I have been waiting for this book forever! so many surprises in this one, very exciting. I think this was my fave in the series, I absolutely adore Kostya and Holly. they are perfect for each other. I can't wait for more!!!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It took awhile,but it was well worth the wait. I loved it. Glad to see you writing books again Roxie.
Tina Hewitt
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the wait!!

I waited so long to read Holly and Kostya's story. It was definatly worth the wait! 5 Stars!! Can't wait too see what comes next.
...any day now...

(Dreams big)

Pre order still says it should be out tomorrow 12/31/16.... we shall see.
Shameka Owens-hayward

Finally the wait is over and it wasn’t a disappointment... I didn’t want it to end .... I wonder when the next will be out
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten and Gabe need a book!!
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