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His to Defend

(NOLA Knights #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  120 reviews
“Morgan’s hot first NOLA Knights contemporary (spun off from the Men of Haven series) pulls out all the stops...perfectly balances deep emotions and tense suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

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
Published October 14th 2019 by Carina Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
His To Defend is book one in the NOLA Knights series by Rhenna Morgan. This new series is a spin off of Rhenna’s Men of Haven series. But, you do not need to have read Men of Haven in order to enjoy this.

Sergei Petrovyh is the head of the mafia in New Orleans. Sergei was born in Russia but came to New Orleans to start his own family, meaning his mafia family. Sergei is a beautiful man. But one look into his eyes and you see the darkness within. He is both respected and feared. Revered and
Mindy Lou's Book Review
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
I love the way this author writes heroes! The icing on her already delicious cake is a heroine that is just as wonderful. Sergei and Evette were awesome individually and together. Add a seven year old boy, and a Cinderella type feel to the story and this book was a winner!


Evette dealt with life’s harsher realities by losing herself in wild actions which resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. Since then, she’s buckled down and even if she’s not living her dreams, she’s determined to give her son
Melanie A.
Audio: 4 STARS!
Story: 3.5 STARS!

I'm pretty torn here....

His to Defend started out so well! Very interesting m/c's, a cute kid and a completely believable premise. I found myself looking forward to my walk everyday so I could listen to more of Sergei and Evette's story.

But then around 40% or so things started to go downhill for me.

This is my second book by this author and reading it has made two things clear to me:
(1) Rhenna Morgan is a very decent writer, but
(2) Rhenna Morgan and I don't share
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
“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.”

What a good surprise this book was!

This is my first book by Rhenna Morgan and I enjoyed every minute of it. I already knew it was right up my alley when I read the blurb, but we all know that a lot of things can go wrong from there. And I have to say that I was not disappointed. This book is
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign.

This is the first book in a new spin-off of Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series. If you haven’t read that series you can still read this one as a standalone. Some characters from Men of Haven do make an appearance but it is not imperative that you read their books first. I’ve only read the last book in the Men of Haven series and was able to enjoy this book just fine.

This was a great
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

I loved this book.

When I started reading I fully expected this to be a 3* read. I liked the blurb but I honestly never expected this to be so good. Plus I’m a bit stingy with my stars. A book has to be something special to get more than 3* from me.
This is also a new author to me and I’ll be checking out her other books as soon as I’ve finished this review.

I loved everything about this. Evette is a strong confident hardworking single mother. Her seven year old son Emerson is her world and
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have heard many positive things about Miss Morgan. With that, I am encourage to pick up audio book of one of her book. His to Defend is my first read by Miss Morgan. I have to say, this kinf of story reminds me so much of Sawyer Bennett. Likeable, mediocre and sometimes like warm romance. The theme is not dark nor light. Just stay in the middle.

His to Defend is confusing for me. There are some aspects on this book that I can not connect. What is the attraction between the hero and heroine?
Spoilers ahead

When Evie's parents died she had a breakdown where she started drinking heavily, she woke up once after blacking out realising she'd had sex but not knowing with whom. One month later Evie is pregnant , she doesn't let that hold her down. she's determined to do the best for her child, seven years later Evie's son is a gifted child and needs to go to a different school that'll challenge him more. Having just been fired Evie turns to new big man on the scene Sergei. It's known around
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

You might remember Sergei from Tempted & Taken, and now he's back for his own HEA. Evette has been drooling over Sergei for a while, and when she and her son need help she asks Sergei for help. He helps her and falls in love with her. Sergei doesn't do anything halfway, and getting his woman is no different. Evette is unsure about falling in love with him and being the wife of a Russian mobster, but in the end of course, Sergie wins her over.

I'm hoping the next two
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

This has been a heavily anticipated book for me. After reading the "Men of Haven" series by this author, we all knew that the Russian needed his own book. AND WE GOT IT!!!!

Sergei Petrovyh is what you'd call a "Pakhan" in Russian. He's the leader of his Mafia and he's created his own family. No one messes with what's his and he makes sure that everyone knows it. After moving to New Orleans and settling in, he's slowly
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
That time I picked up a Netgalley book and preceded to be a slave to my kindle until the very last page!! YOU GUYS! Rhenna Morgan's His to Defend completely rocked my world. I legit DIED for Sergei and Evette and seriously could not stop reading! This story was sexy and emotional and SUCH an amazing read. I seriously was hooked on every word!!

Anyone who knows me know that Mafia stories are my jam! I am SO obsessed with Bratva stories it isn't even funny. Add to that a single mother who would
***5 ‘Inevitable’ Stars***

After meeting Sergei in Tempted and Taken I crossed my toes that we’d see more of him again and, as you can probably guess, I was all kinds of excited to hear that the toe crossing had paid off and couldn’t wait to get my hands on his book and it was everything I wanted and more. So. Much. More. It was all kinds of swoony, smexy and funny, add in a nice little mystery/suspense and a quite a few new characters I really want more of (as well as a getting a tinsy bit of
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it

I will first say that the book is an enjoyable read .
The characters are believable and intriguing.
The storyline was good to , Tense romantically and due to danger lurking.
The general overall book I enjoyed, it had a great feeling to it that was something that kept me reading , wanting to know the end result.

However in places it lost its rhythm , this put me off .
I like a book to hold my attention throughout to grip me and not let go.

Please remember that this is my personal view.
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"The angel is having second thoughts about dancing with the devil?"

I discovered the author's Men of Haven a while back and there's been no turning back, only a bit of fangirling and author stalking moving forward. I was very excited to get my hands on His to Defend and it was even better than I'd hoped...sigh.

Evie is a single mom who is determined to do her best for her son. Nothing will stop her from giving him what he needs, even if it means making a deal with the devil, Sergei
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Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew as soon as we met Sergei Petrovyh In Tempted and Taken that I wanted his story. I knew this sexy protective Russian was going to be my favorite.When I found out it was based in New Orleans with all its atmosphere and flavor just made it even better. I’m gonna be honest most Mafia Romance is just not my cup of tea. There are a few good ones out there but most just no thank you! This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I read a lot. I just love a Alpha Take charge hero and ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!
New to me author and I’m a fan. Loved Sergei and Evette!
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Surprisingly addictive mafia romance! Surprising because I’m not usually a fan of this type of storyline.

So why did I love it anyway? Because the author never allowed the storyline to fall into the expected and predictable. Everything most stories of this kind would put into play (girl going through all the angst and denial about her “horrible” suiter, stupid choices made to “protect” others, huge angst driven drama etc. etc.) never happened! It was AWESOME!! Sophie was a fabulous
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
This was really cute and I loved Sergei! Evette got on my nerves a little bit, but Sergei made up for it. I love how there was no drawn out unnecessary drama. I also have to give BIG props to Evette for not being an idiot h and not telling the H when someone is threatening her! That sort of thing frustrates me to no end so I’m glad it wasn’t done here.
The only reason I didn’t give a full 5 star is because if the epilogue. It was cute, and everyone will probably love it. However, I’m
Lover of Romance
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

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

Title: His to Defend
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Publisher: Carina Press; Original edition
Series: NOLA Knights Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"His To Defend" by Rhenna Morgan

"His world. His rules. Her love" is what "His to Defend" was all about. I thought this was quite a beautifully well-written story that his author gives the reader that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next. What will happen when Evette Labadie asks Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh [Russian Mob
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sergei & Evette stoke my heart, and of course Emerson too :)

Like in Knox & Darya’s story where we first meet Sergei when he comes charging in, he charges into Evie’s life. (after she asks for help!) From there, our story really unfolds and the first book of the NOLA Knights was a huge success.

Rhenna’s writing and storytelling is simply unparalleled. I was sucked in from page one, and the suspense in this one kept me hooked.

It’s worth mentioning that I also already love Roman & Kir
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I've given this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars rounded up.

I haven’t read a book by Rhenna Morgan before, so when I saw she was starting a new series, I decided that was as good a place as any to jump in and picked up His to Defend – first in her new NOLA Knights series – for review. The novel starts well, introducing and fleshing out the main characters quickly and smoothly, but the bulk of the story moves at a snail’s pace, and while the sex-scenes are steamy and well-written, the romance
Didi Oviatt
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If the Filthy Marchello books and the Sinners of Saint series had a naughty little love child, then His to Defend would be that baby. Except it isn’t exactly a baby, not at all. It’s an animalistic firecracker, full of ALL the right sex moves. It gives you a glimpse of the danger and realism of the Russian Mafia without overdoing the action side of things. It focuses on the love story within, that exposes the vulnerable underbelly, and home life, of a young yet undeniably powerful and ruthless ...more
My review is about the audiobook version.

I decided to try this because it was on one of those "best audiobooks" lists. John Lane is the narrator and I absolutely enjoyed his voice.

The story is about Yvette who loses her job because of a security issue. Someone used her card and accessed an area she did not have clearance to be in. A spot has opened up at a prestigious school in the area and she wants to send her son Emerson there but she needs $900 by Monday. She asks around to see if anyone can
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
I first found Rhenna Morgan with the Haven Brotherhood. And that brotherhood still confuses me with the nuances of what is exactly their brotherhood, yet I'm strangely still taken with the series. So, when I found out this was a spin off I decided to give it a go. However, it did take me a bit to see the connection from the Haven brotherhood to this series.

This series is about the NOLA version of the mafia with Sergei Petrovyh and his light, Evette Labadie. Evette has had some tough luck lately
Sandy Nikolas
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great series

I’ve been so excited for Sergeis story! Evette is an awesome heroine. A little suspense and drama, but mostly about their love story. I wish there was not such a long wait for the next story!
Thanks to netgalley and Carina Press for the opportunity to read this book (ARC).

I love this kind of contemporary romance novel! You have a strong heroine and a genuinely good guy who likes the heroine and does not see her as an object.
The child of the heroine was quite advanced for his age, in terms of his level of maturity. I am pretty sure that was intentional but I prefer kids acting like actual children.
The story IS about Evie who is in dire circumstances financially and how she manages to
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults 18+ Fans of Fiction
Hold on tight for another phenomenal must read! “His To Defend” is the 1st in the new NOLA Knights series & deserves 6 stars, IMHO ;) Once again I was blown away by this brand new spin-off and with the appearances by the Haven Brothers from her other 5 stars series! ... It grabbed me from the start & kept me glued to, and on the edge of my seat as my emotions ran the gamut!
... Ms. Morgan is a master weaver of some of the best contemporary romantic suspense books I’ve ever read! Plus,
Eva Millien
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s knows he should keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about that calls to him. Evie has certainly noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss – he’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous, but right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble and her other needs will have to wait. She can’t help falling deeper in love with each passing day, but when a rival brings violence to her doorstep, Evie must come to grips with ...more
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A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie and has a resume that reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.


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