- File Size: 1954 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Publisher: Dirtyscribbler Press (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0757TG746
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Truth of Things: The Truth Duet: Book One Kindle Edition
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Levi and Ava's love story was so beautiful. I love how he loved her ... really showed her how a woman loved should be treated. He also allowed himself to be vulnerable with her. I have a soft spot for books were the H is an Officer / Military type serving the community. This fit right in my niche. There were many events that followed his job as a Police Officer included in the story. I really appreciated that part as well
The only thing I didn't like is that I had to pull out my box of tissues for a good bawling !!! When I read a book I want to cry because I'm so damn happy ... not because I'm so damn sad !!!! Think this book would have been perfect without that part (won't tell you what it is ...). That angst could have been accomplished without that very final act !! I'm still very salty about that.
That being said .... this writer is excellent. Still can't believe I actually bought the darn book after Ms. Harrison made me bawl !!! While this book can be a standalone, there will be a part 2 and I'm waiting impatiently for that. This being my first read, I'm not sure this author is a frequent publisher or if there will be a long waiting period for book 2.
Great read ... Good buy ... Highly recommend.
My fave cynic Ava finds herself falling in love with an unlikely suitor - Levi, a soft-spoken cop who escorts Ava home after a run-in with his not-so-nice partner. What follows is a love story interlaced with social issues such as police brutality.
What I loved about TTOT was how Levi’s gentle empathy was brought to life - a quiet contrast to Ava’s witty sarcasm & neuroticism. Of course, it was nice to see Yves & Elijah from Lust Diaries woven into the narrative - but the story of Ava & Levi kept me turning the pages.
I especially loved Ava's ability to be vulnerable even with her past of being abandoned by her parents. She had a big heart with lots of love to give.
I was also impressed that the author made Levi such a loving and thoughtful man, despite his occupation as a police officer in a bad area of Philly. Levi, though at first sent red flags for following her home, really grew on me. He was so perfect for Ava. I appreciated the fact that he took care of her needs, sometimes without her knowing that she even needed it. The tenderness he showed her was beautiful. The fact that he had no qualms about showing his vulnerable side spoke volumes.
Emil was a reflection of so many young men who have never been told they were good at something. They get lost to the streets believing they are worthless and only good to sling.
This story was a great reflection of the current climate in today's society. We can all learn a lesson that not all cops are bad and the ones that are should be weeded out. We also need to remember that when someone is shot down in the cold streets, the image that is painted for us by the media is not always the truth. Everyone is loved by somebody and they deserve justice even if they have a criminal past. The superman cape really flew for Levi when he stood up for the injustice that he witnessed. More cops should follow his example, letting the forces of Justice outweigh the chains of the blue wall.
I would have no problem giving this book a 5 star rating, but there were quite a few editing issues that could have been quickly fixed with a proofreader. The mistakes were minimal, errors that all authors make during the writing process. Sometimes when we write we can't see our own errors because we know what was meant. I believe this to be the case here and would encourage other readers to overlook this when reading.
The Truth of Things was a special book for several reasons, and Levi’s love and understanding of Ava was at the top of that list. Even the City of Camden was a character. The author did great job exploring not only the grit of the city, but the nuances as well.... the waterfront, its proximity to Philly, the recent gentrification and we can’t forget about its residents who have and continue to live through the struggles of such a city.
My one gripe and the thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of editing.... both content and grammatical. There were some glaring errors that put a hiccup in the pace and flow of the story, which is kind of ironic because the author also appears to be an editor. If she were to go back and make those revisions, this would be a 5+ star book, easy!!
We can’t forget about Ava’s support team, those characters were totally necessary and their roles were well developed and situated appropriately throughout the book. I hope there will be more to come from Ava and Levi, they definitely have an audience.