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- Print Length: 404 pages
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- Publication Date: October 10, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B016GTW5M4
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I do highly recommend Lev, the characters are fabulous; this very much includes secondary characters.
Story follows a unique premise, and it really is a beautiful progression of a solid relationship, you really feel the love between the two.
Hallelujah, no silly misunderstanding or forced situation!
The sexy times were full of passion and was more used to show their development as a couple than gratuitous. I will tell you, Lev may have some sort of social disorder and childhood trauma but he had no sensory issues, he had game!
I would have loved to know how he went from stating he did not know what love is but would love her if he could to saying he loves her. What changed for him, how was he able to recignize he was in love.
Now for the sake of full honesty there were a few tiny issues:
1. Beginning of book felt real within the characters, and a bit edgy, but towards the end all conflicts are easily resolved, it is all about peace and love but it goes against the personas. It kind of got cheesy.
2. I think the reason Mina ran away from the foster home was a bit silly but perhaps it is realistic for a foster youth.
3. I also had a hard time believing that someone homeless for 7 years came out of it with great beauty and social skills without some help or support. She ends up being centric to all resolutions and good. Why couldn't she find a job or some livelihood for 7 full years? It would have been poignant to know more about her life on the streets as we just saw a glimpse of her rock bottom.
But that is just being nit picky and none of it took away from the beauty of this read. I promise you'll be thinking if this couple well after you are done. I'm hoping for Alessio's story next, there's something compelling about a scarred bad boy.
Lev is a man that many people do not understand. He has a quirk that makes him view himself as not normal - so emotions and feelings do not mean anything to him. He is dreamy and he knows how to make you feel wanted even when he says things that may be hurtful. He had an odd sense of protectiveness over Mina that he hasn't experienced with another woman before. He first meets Mina in a very compromising position and gives her options - she chooses an option that changes their lives forever.
Mina is a woman who had reached one of the lowest points in her life and she knows she can't give up. She is in over her head and doesn't know what to do. She does the unthinkable and then starts to question herself afterwards. She knows what she did was wrong, but did she have any other choice? She never expected to walk out and be confronted by a man who treated her like no one else ever had. The same man that would change her life forever.
As they forged a relationship, Mina starts to understand some of the quirks that make up Lev. She understands that it takes time with him and that he is different, but in her mind, that makes him extraordinary. She seems to be developing more friendships than just with the mysterious man who gave her an option she couldn't refuse. Lev's sister, Nastasia, is very vocal and opinionated, but she forges a true friendship with Mina over a shopping trip. As Mina's heart starts to swell with love and affection towards this man and his family, she cannot believe that life was giving her a second chance at happiness.
The secondary characters make you want to dive into their lives even more. Sasha, Lev's brother, and Nastasia have stories that are waiting to be told. Anika and Vik - friends of the family - are intertwined within those stories waiting. We also meet Cora and Alessio - who may get stories of their own! You fall in love with Lev and Mina, but you also fall in love with the close knit family and Belle makes you root for all of them to find true happiness. You get glimpses of their struggles from this book and you become invested in their stories already!
But relationships are not all happy. I love that this relationship between the main characters in not insta-love. You get to watch as they grow as friends and turn into something more. As in any relationship, instances in life have good times and bad times. Can Mina understand Lev's unusual habits? Can Lev trust someone else after the devastation he's surfaced in the past? Can Mina handle the life of Lev and the different sides to his complex nature? Can Lev finally feel safe? Can the two actually make a life out of their unusual start?
Well...you will have to find out for yourself! Don't wait too long! You'll miss out on this amazing love story!
But I have one problem that keeps tumbling around in my brain. It was early one, in chapter two when we first meet Lev and his brother Sasha. I guess I'll have say:
The first time we meet Lev he is playing Scary Enforcer Dude to his brother's Scary Mafioso Boss Dude. They are questioning a former employee that jumped ship for their competitor. It ends with Lev's brother arranging the guy's death by inducing a heart attack. I don't know what this says about me as a reader but I didn't have a problem with this until I later realized that the competition was a strip club, not some big-ass criminal endeavor like running guns or drugs or, you know, something actually worth getting your knickers in a twist badly enough to whack a dude. I think Lev's brother might have loaned money in addition to his stip club, but unless I missed something, I don't think he was involved in anything worthy of that degree of vengeance in that opening scene.
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I'm not sure if I will read more of this series as it comes out. I didn't really find the other characters interesting enough to carry their own books, although they were okay as secondary characters in this book.