- File Size: 3588 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Publisher: MKT Publishing (November 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018RFX3I0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
In Love with Ezra (Love Unaccounted Book 2) Kindle Edition
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With that being said, just because I don’t enjoy the content doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the craft. Love Belvin has a GIFT. She is a phenomenal writer and content aside, this was a phenomenal novel. She has a way with words that rivals –if not tops – Eric Jerome Dickey. And that’s saying something. Regardless of how I felt while reading this book, I didn’t put it down. What I’ve found with Love, is that it always works out in the end. The last line of In Covenant with Ezra is what made me purchase In Love with Ezra. The last line of In Love with Ezra is what will having me purchasing In Bonded with Ezra. I don’t think I’ve felt such an internal battle over whether I loved or hated a book in my life. I’ve never been this angry at a book, but still had no other choice but to give it five stars.
Before reading this latest offering from Love Belvin, I found myself doing things I try very hard not to do before beginning a read. I found myself reading opinions and comments of persons either reading or having read the book in its entirety. The one thing I recognized during my quick perusal of the 58 then posted reviews of this book was that not one reviewer mentioned the repartee in the very beginning between Love and Lex setting forth their concerns and solutions concerning judgment towards them for doing their own thing. Their conversation ended with the mutual acknowledgment that regardless of others opinions of them they were comfortable enough in their own skins to keep on doing them.
Now I was set to begin my own personal journey totally centered on whether or not this train of thought was developed and adhered to both by Love Belvin and her fictional muse, Alexa Grier aka Lex, aka kitten. The very first thing I notice is that Lex is an active participant in her own manipulation, and her extreme desire of wanting to be loved is the source of this participation. Manipulation gives her pleasure. Ezra Carmichael being the sexual bedroom bully that he is, both in and out of the sandbox, took great pleasure in delivering and fulfilling this satiation to his most willing pupil or should I specify - pupil,in training? I began an instant dislike for the character of Ezra Carmichael, based on the marionette control of my emotions being guided by author Love Belvin. But then a wrench is thrown into my emotional tantrum regarding him when he displays the a supreme act of kindness towards Trent Bailey, continued personal financial assistance during a fire time of need. I am now conflicted about Ezra. I now see that I have to separate my conflicting emotions to suit whichever side of him I am viewing. All because Love Belvin is still comfortable in her own skin! But I digress!
The more things change, the more they remain the same. This is the truth I found in the growth of Lex and Ezra. Lexi started out in book 1 as a very strong and dynamic character. Secure in her own personal situation, as dire as it was financially, to still have the compassion to shoulder the responsibility of an elder individual. Her inherent strength is/was undeniable; but it was compromised because she released a part of herself to someone else's care. The release of that part of herself took place when she entered into covenant. To her, a literal covenant void of anything not to do with its literal translation; contractual agreement, pledge, indenture, promise. It is only when she added and admitted the extra ingredient of L O V E, did she take her strength back and released herself from domination both in and out of the intimacy of the sandbox type of atmosphere.
But baby! In book 2, after trial and error, girlfriend got her strength groove back with a lot of extra thrown in! Imminent case in point - that dang gone job interview for the Social Services Supervisory job at the church! I was jumping up an down at the repartee between her and Ezra. Lex laid claim to her Harlem strong self! Lex had gained her footing in her Covenant residency and has added the extra ingredient of personal love. GROWTH INITIATED AND CONTINUING!
Now pertaining to "Pasta's" growth. I see Ezra learning and participating in the realm of compromise. I see him making great strides in the area of give and take. Something definitely missing in "In Covenant With Ezra" but taking gliding flight in "in Love with Ezra". I see that with all his learning he is finally understanding that it takes two baby to make a true and sustaining love. These mutual exchanges between Pastor and Mrs. Carmichael vs. Ezra Carmichael and Alexa Grier is what makes my heart erupt with gladness and my mind explode with the knowledge that Love Belvin has once again made me love her. I am writing this review, or rather analysis, after reading only less than 1/2 of this book.
You see I do not need to read the fullness of what she has created to know that she has the stuff that it takes to keep me riding on her fan roller coaster or train or whatever you choose to call it. Love Belvin has shown me time and time again that she is not intimidated or dominated by opinions contrary to those which propel her to write the type of stories she was born to write. Love Belvin has set a goal for both herself and her life that will take place whether you ride with her or not. Both and she and Alexa are comfortable in their own skins. It is the serenity and peace of her writing that transfers itself into her characters. Love has the innate ability to keep you wanting to reach the end of this story only to have you salivating at the mouth while awaiting the Finale. That is her gift in full bloom and her flower is getting fuller and prettier by the minute. The anticipation generated by her cliffhangers creates such anxiety that when you hear of an upcoming release date, your finger remains poised days in advance to 1-click quick, fast and in a hurry! I know because I have been through that ritual too many times to count.
Now I know why I deviated from my norm of not reading reviews and/or reading comments in book clubs. It is because I wanted to see what people were saying or rather putting forth details about the storyline. Then I would not have the need to speak on what had already been so succesfully done. There was need for redundancy. I already knew, without being told, that this woman had written another masterpiece. My regurgitation was not needed. During the very first review I ever wrote for one of Love's books I asked the question "How do you recognize a great writer"? I answered " Because the characters keep dancing on the stage of your mind, long after the story is done". I did not write my statement verbatim, but the gist is there. That is exactly what Love Belvin has done and continues to do.
I need not mention that her pen game regarding built in erotica is not only on point but flies off the Richter scale in its intensity. Whew! She definitely has not lost a step in that area; as her first place standing exemplies in Amazon's category of erotic literature. Well, I shall now go on and finish the other 50% of this very impressive read but am sure nothing I have written will be changed neither in my heart nor my mind! Truthfully, the one thing I am looking forward to learning is "will Ezra find himself wishing if he had paid heed to that year spoken of in Deuteronomy 24:5"? I remain your devoted fan, Love Belvin, sit back and relax because you have a "winnah" on your hands.
The writing speaks to my soul and the depth of the characters is so on point. I really appreciate that Love Belvin obviously puts in the work with her writing: research, vocabulary, forward and intuitive thinking with her fan base in mind! I just can't gush enough about the eloquence of the writing but I digress lol...
Lex and Ezra's second installment is deep. You see Lex start to transition in this story and not because Ezra requests or demands it but because of the evolution of her growing love for him. With that said the characters do have a somewhat naive manner of interacting with one another that makes you scratch your head because they are passionately in love yet they can't seem to see it in one another. Without giving away too much, you will see Lex arrive at a destination that finally makes you breathe for her though you won't believe the result of her revelation...
Ezra is still the ever consistent dominant. I love that the language is actually used more and they dive deeper into how he arrived at his destination and you also learn his history and begin to understand what makes the man that we call Ezra. Some may not like his ways but I love him... Got my heart palpitating and wishing I could get an intro! Lol IJS
If it's at all possible, this book was better than the last and I can't wait for Spring 2016.... The countdown begins!