Editor's Note: Earlier this month, Sahara named Lev by Belle Aurora as one of the books in her Indie Spotlight. Today she takes a deeper dive into this intense read!
I am not going to lie, this is an over-the-top cracktackular novel in the best way possible. Fans of Kristen Ashley will enjoy the strong, silent and somewhat brooding hero in Belle Aurora’s Lev. Lev is told in the mostly first-person point-of-view by Mina, a young woman who is down on her luck and is literally dying of starvation at the beginning of the novel. As fate and her ill-timed pick-pocketing skills would have it, Mina gets caught red-handed by Lev, the novel’s titular hero, and instead of being sent to the cops, is given a place to stay and a job all under Lev’s supervision. Yeah, what we have here is a classic hero taking care of a down-on-her-luck heroine, which I am always a sucker for. Add in the fact that Mina is an extremely likeable heroine (at least to everyone else in the book) and you’ve got the makings of a fun, over-the-top romance novel.
Lev is an interesting hero. He is portrayed as being distant emotionally due to abuse in his past and it seems that when his trigger is flipped, he can’t control the rage inside him. Somehow, the same emotionally distant hero managed to have an adorable little girl with a woman who is portrayed as a vindictive bitch, something that was sort of off-putting as a reader. However, if the girl’s mother was pure evil, at least her aunt, Mina, Lev’s sister and the rest of the female cast make up for it in leaps and bounds. As a heroine, Mina definitely has some bizarre luck on her side. First, she winds up getting a job after stealing from someone, then that same family has a direct connection with Mina’s biological father and finally, Mina manages to bridge gaps as well as mend fences with everyone including Lev’s jerkface brother. The reader will have to suspend his or her disbelief an awful lot just because the coincidences are a little too perfect to be true. However between Mina’s bubbly personality and Lev’s awkward attempts at affection, it’s hard not to become engrossed in the book.
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