Leveled Mind Confused Heart Paperback – March 25, 2010
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition (March 25, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 274 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451548354
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451548358
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,588,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Follow Adrienne through her college years and heartaches. The author's purpose in this book is to realize how much her heart overrules her head when it comes to love and relationships with men. Throughout "Leveled Mind Confused Heart", Angelique shows us how Adrienne deals with studies in college, her ex-boyfriend Elliott and difficult break-ups with Zephyr. And when she meets Christian in a store, she is mesmerized and ready to fall in love again. But when Zephyr shows up at her graduation, she looks back on her love life and choices made.
This book is for the general reader looking a good contemporary fiction with a bit of romance. Angelique succeeds in describing the heroine's everyday life with her studies and love life. Also, the author's exploration of the college life and what an emotionally dependent person goes through is well done. Finally, in her book, the author shows us the complex connection and consequences between the heart and the mind and how one can overrule the other. My favorite part is when Adrienne finally realizes how much she had let her heart override her head when it came to her relationships with Elliott and Zephyr, and how Christian changed her life. "I was no longer a slave to love. One man helped me see that-the one man who's sitting right next to me. He told me that no person should allow themselves to be a prisoner of love. When one feels shackled, let love be the key."
The story is well-written. The loves scenes are very descriptive. The author does a good job in keeping the reader captivated from the beginning and the end is satisfying. The use of slang in dialogue is colorful and adds a touch of realism to the story. Although the story is well told, the abrupt time/setting changes without adequate transitions did distract me. Aside from that, the story flows and it suffused with some erotic scenes. Recommended.
Reviewed by Jackie M. Smith for Reader's Choice Reviews
I was not sure in the beginning of the book that I agreed with the author's decision to write the book in the dialect of the characters. With one character being a southern African American female and the other a Carribbean male, it was a bit difficult to read to begin, but in the end, the book would have suffered if she had done it any other way. The dialect lets you really understand the characters and their personalities in a way I don't think writing the book in formal English would have.
And this leads me to the thing I enjoyed the most about this book. Many romance novels fail to develop their characters. They are simply a boy meets girl, boy chases girl, boy gets girl story. But Angelique did a marvelous job of developing not one, but both her characters in this novel. You really felt the angst and pain of the relationship, and you could see the characters moving through the relationship to the book's eventual conclusion. This book was truly more about the people in it than about the romance itself.
Now I must return to my one issue with modern romance novels. Why do authors feel the need to write such graphic sex scenes...and why so many? One of the things that makes a great romance novel a great romance novel is the ability to write the romance and let the reader imagine the sex. When the author feels the need to write every detail of the sexual encounter, and to do so over and over again, it takes the imagination of the reader out of the book. And I think it is that reader imagination that makes reading this genre of book so enticing. I would challenge Angelique to cut her sex scenes in half in her next endeavor and write more about the romance itself. I think even she will be surprised at how much more exciting the scenes will turn out.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. We have all experienced that relationship where we knew from day one it was wrong, but just couldn't make ourselves let go. This book goes through all the pain and misery of feeling trapped, but also shows how much we learn from these relationships and how that learning can take us into much happier times in our future. This was a well written book and I would definitely recommend it as a great summer read.
It was a bonkbuster, but told in as an autobiography. My only grievance is that it was very "American" by that I mean some of the dialogue was difficult to understand by someone from England, but once deciphered it was amazing how clear you could `"see" the character in your mind.
Angleique paints a very gritty drama from the heart of America. If you want a nice gentle romance don't read, it you don't like sexual undertones don't read.
Level Minds, Confused Hearts is a book to get your teeth into. Recommended.