Monday, October 12

***Review ***Lev: A Shot Callers Novel by Belle Aurora

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Title: Lev: A Shot Callers Novel
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: TBA
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Purchase Links:  Amazon US  




Synopsis


From the moment Lev Leokov spots the young woman hiding behind her hair in the middle of the gentleman's club, he can't take his eyes off of her.
For the very first time in his life, he is affected. Having been told his entire life that he can't process or understand emotion, he considers it a big deal.


When Mina Harris gets caught red-handed with a wallet that isn't hers, she falls apart. She's tired, lonely and hasn't eaten in days.



Lev offers her an ultimatum... A nice warm bed, a hot meal and a job, or the cops.



Mina takes her chances with Lev. 
After all, a person with nothing has nothing left to lose.



***This book enters the world of the extended Leokov family which are introduced in Friend-Zoned, however, is unrelated... release date TBA**




My Review


I LOVE Lev. Absolutely, positively, deep to my soul, adore him.



Swoon. Sigh. Salivate. Lev is mine. 



This book has shot right to the top of my favorites list of not just this year, but of my all-time favorites. There wasn't one thing that I didn't adore about this story. From the lick-worthy cover, to the strong yet defiant Mina to the perfectly imperfect quiet alpha hero Lev. I fell in love. 



Mina is struggling. She's struggling to survive. She's struggling to find a place to fit. She's struggling with her past. When she can't take it anymore, she decides she has to take drastic actions. When she's caught stealing a wallet of a wealthy man at a gentleman's club, she's mortified. What Mina doesn't expect is for the gorgeous man that caught her to give her a lifeline. Either jail or a job. Stunned by his generosity, she takes the job (and the living arrangements) that come along with it. 



Lev has always known he was different. He doesn't respond to people the same way as others. He doesn't process emotions the same way. And he doesn't understand social cues either. With a troubled back ground, he doesn't think he has it in him to have a normal relationship. When he stumbles across Mina, he is shocked at how he responds to her. He automatically wants to protect this stranger and he isn't sure why. Working for his brother has been his whole life, but adding Mina to the mix seems to make everything better. 



As Mina and Lev get to know each other, sparks (slowly) fly. Mina can tell there is something different about Lev, but that just makes him all the more attractive. As she works on getting her life in order, she becomes part of Lev's family. As their relationship takes on a life of it's own, these two learn more about each other and keep falling.



This story was a signature Belle Aurora romance. With humor, a heart warming family, a beautiful romance with a little bit of suspense and darkness thrown in, this story owned me from the very beginning. Lev was perfect. Absolutely perfect. He was sweet and caring and a sexy alpha without being overbearing. The cover fits the story brilliantly. It's a perfect representation of what I imagined Lev to be. Mina, too, was the perfect counterpart for Lev. She was understanding and strong when Lev needed it but also listened and followed when it was necessary. These two together was a most beautiful sight to be sure. 



In addition to the spot on casting of the main characters, the secondary characters especially Lev's siblings, really helped tell the story. They added depth to the H/h as well as a little bit of confrontation and lots of laughs. I'm really excited to see where their stories go. Plus getting to see the gang from the Friend-Zoned series briefly was just icing on the already delicious cake.


Reviewed by Paige

★★☆ 5+ Perfect Stars ☆★★



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About the Author

Belle Aurora is twenty six years old and was born in the land down under. 
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.
Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.





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