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 is actually my first time to read a book by Belle Aurora. I’ve been hearing about her works from the blogging community, so when I saw a new release, read and liked the blurb, I thought I’d give it a chance.
The story starts when Lev catches Mina stealing his brother’s wallet for food because she’s homeless and so hungry. And Lev can’t help but want to help her. His protective instincts were triggered. So Lev offers to help Mina, by letting her stay at his place, and giving her a job at his gentleman’s club. And as they help each other along, they develop feelings for each other. This one’s a bit like a slow burn. It isn’t love at first sight, but more like protective alpha instinct at first sight.
The first half of the book was really good. It was about Lev and Mina getting to know each other. It was about Mina getting back on her feet. From being homeless to someone with a job and friends. You can’t help but sympathize with Mina and want to help her and see her get back on her feet. She’s been in the streets for 7 years after running away from her foster home. In some ways, she’s still innocent and not embittered by what life has dealt her.
Lev on the hand, has some secrets. He has a hard time reading people’s actions. So sometimes, when Mina needs something, she really needs to spell it out for him. He’s also got a kind personality. I was won over the moment he decided to help Mina. And as with every alpha hero, Lev’s protectiveness is hot.
The second half of the book felt more like a very long happily ever after. Here, we see the couple grow into their relationship. They still have issues to resolve about Lev’s family, the business and their circle of friends. We also get to meet Lev’s extended family, which I assume are characters from the other books by the same author. (Romance writers love to create dynasties of couples who know or are related to each other, they can’t help it.)
The secondary characters also provided a good diversion. The most interesting would be Lev’s siblings Sasha and Nas. They’ll probably get their own books in the future, as their stories are hinted at in this book.
One thing I didn’t like though, was that Mina kept calling Lev, “Sweetie” as a pet name. And to me, Sweetie is something a mother uses to call her little girl, and not an uber hot alpha guy. But that’s just me.
Overall, I think it’s a fun, light read. It’s good start to a series. Anyone looking for an instant Romance fix would enjoy this.
Rating: 3 stars