You all know my affinity for men with accents, not to mention the blurb promises a good story so I just went with it…
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
Review: Totally enjoyed this book, it dragged a bit but it was good all the same. It had a fairytale-esque feel to it with the way Lev swoops in to rescue Mina.
Lev and his brother own a strip club and Lev is the muscle his brother the businessman. Owing a Leokov money or getting out of line was not an option as long as Lev was around. He is no-nonsense and very analytical. He takes things literally and it drives a few people crazy as there is no room for sarcasm or colorful painting with words because he just wouldn’t get it. I liked that about him. There was no misunderstandings because if he didn’t get it he said, “I don’t understand.” He is constantly described as unfeeling, so much so that he believes it even when he knows that if “feels” something for Mina
“I don’t know what love is,” I started quietly. “But if I could love anyone…I would love you. Very much.” ~Lev
WHAT?!!?! Can you say immediate panty combustion! I was officially in love with Lev at this point.
Mina was a great female lead. She wasn’t whiny or weak but she wasn’t overly aggressive and independent either. She was a good mix. I loved her strength and resilience despite her circumstances. She understood Lev in a way his family and friends didn’t and she was grateful that he “saved” her from doing something she would regret. He helped her get a job and on her feet so she repaid him not with her body but with her all that she could offer at the time…friendship
I would be his rock when his reason floated away. And he would be the person I needed to remind me that I was no longer alone in the world. A perfectly imperfect friendship had somehow formed, and losing Lev was not an option. ~Mina
This two weren’t perfect but they were perfect for each other. Their love grew gradually and I loved that about the book. Oh!! it is dual POV too. The supporting characters were pretty well written and you can tell by their interactions that they will each be getting book which I am looking forward to reading. Especially Lev’s sister Nas.
Now I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say there were some things that were a little “out there” and had me rolling my eyes but hey over all the book was a keeper. So 4.5 stars for the beginning of what should be a great series.
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