Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Lev by Belle Aurora

Shot Callers #1
by Belle Aurora
Publication Date: 11 October 2015

From the moment Lev Leokov spots the young woman hiding behind her hair in the middle of the gentleman's club, he can't take his eyes off of her.
For the very first time in his life, he is affected. Having been told his entire life that he can't process or understand emotion, he considers it a big deal.

When Mina Harris gets caught red-handed with a wallet that isn't hers, she falls apart. She's tired, lonely and hasn't eaten in days.

Lev offers her an ultimatum... A nice warm bed, a hot meal and a job, or the cops.

Mina takes her chances with Lev.
After all, a person with nothing has nothing left to lose.

***This book enters the world of the extended Leokov family which are introduced in Friend-Zoned, however, is unrelated... release date TBA**

( 4 stars ) 

Having read Belle's Friend-Zoned series, I'm used to her style of creating bubbly character, over-dosed of sweetness and ridiculous humor. If you are the kind of reader who can't stand this, maybe this book might not be for you.

The most interesting part of this book for me is the hero, Lev Leokov. He is the younger brother in the Leokov family, who owned a strip club and some shady underground business. It was hinted that he might be autistic due to some of his characteristic. The way he speak bluntly without considering others feeling, socially awkward and unable to control his anger. After reading more than a few book with such heroes, Lev's condition is pretty mild. But is still interesting to read about.

Mina Harris is a homeless young woman. She lives on the street since she runaway from her foster home at 17. I wish she had a better reason for this, but anyway, she met Lev when she tried to pick a pocket in Lev's strip club. 

Being Lev, he was instantly interested in the homeless Mina and decided to keep... I mean help her despite her protest. Mina was overwhelmed with his kindness and generosity and awaiting the other shoe to drop. Where on heaven do someone meet such a great Samaritan? 

Mina was hired to work at the strip club as a bartender, not a stripper, mind you and living with Lev. What follows is a great dose of friendship between Mina and the Leokovs and a slow budding of love with Lev. All in all, is was an enjoyable read as more characters are introduced. I love the fact that Mina is always so supportive of Lev despite his shortcoming. 

"I think you're better than the normal person. Extraordinary. Unique. Elite. Gallant."

I have something to nitpick though. Why did every single men being introduced need to be described as super hot? Seriously. I felt like this is a world of Barbie and Kent with only pretty people around. And every one of them seems to genuinely like our sweet Mina. Thank goodness those men didn't actually pant after her. 

I can see that we have at least another three couples to explore, but I'm not quite sure I'm rooting for them. 

First of all Shasha and Anika. Please no! Anika spent the entire book pining after Lev and trying to snatch him away from Mina. Seriously, this woman is in my shit list. Despite being an asshole, I still hope Shasha can get someone better than a woman pining after his younger brother.

Viktor and Natasia. Oh my goodness! This pair is seriously messed up. All this while, Natasia was loyal and loving this man, while he was out there banging God knows how many women and came back to her when he was done. If he doesn't have a better explanation for this, he needs to be castrated. 

Alessio and Cora. Okay, this couple I would love to read about.