REVIEW – LEV (Shot Callers, #1) by Belle Aurora

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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.***

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 “I See You” Stars!
(BR with Patty & Dee)

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Mina Harris is a 24 yr. old woman who has been living on the streets for the last seven years. After her mother died, she became an orphan & went into foster care. Things didn’t work out and she’s been homeless since the age of 17. Out of options she makes the decision to steal something & gets caught. Who knew this would be her lucky day.

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She meets a gorgeous man named Lev Leokov, and instead of turning her in, Lev helps her. He co-owns the strip club Bleeding Hearts with his brother & offers Mina a job tending bar and a roof over her head. Without any options, Mina accepts Lev’s offer & goes home with Lev.

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Mina quickly realizes what a sincere person Lev is. He’s this handsome, Russian guardian angel. She soon learns he’s a bit damaged & broken too. He is an eccentric guy, who’s a little different. He’s never felt like he belonged, & doesn’t know how to process emotions or read situations properly. This flawed, highly intelligent, beautiful man has a heart of gold, and Mina feels safe with him & trust him. She feels at home with him, and they begin to develop feelings for each other as they grow closer.

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-“The only time I would look down on you is if I were helping you back up.”

-I was coming to recognize that Lev Leokov was an open book. I only needed to discover the language in which his pages were written.

-I trusted him with every piece of my broken soul.

-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.

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-“Come on, Lev. You must know you’re gorgeous. If your eyes couldn’t hypnotize women, the rest of you would for sure.”

-The man had no idea how dreamy he was.

-He was, by far, the most handsome man I had ever seen.

-Lev was sexy, plain and simple.

-“You’re perfect , Lev. Your words are honest and colored beautifully. You make me feel things I thought were lost to me. And I’m in danger of losing my heart to you.”

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Lev doesn’t judge Mina & is there for her. He accepts her as she is & Mina in return grows to love every broken part of Lev. He becomes her everything & we get a beautiful love story. This man was absolutely dreamy & the things he says are swoon worthy! I loved this book so much! Another fabulous book by Belle Aurora! Please give us a book for Alessio, Sasha, & Vik! I need more of these yummy men from this series! ;))

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-Lev was mine.

-I see him.

-I wanted Lev in all the ways I could get him.

-When Lev held me, I felt like nothing could touch me.

-My heart belonged to him.

-I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for you.

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*****Dee’s Review*****

*****5 ~My Lev~ Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by Author in exchange for an honest review)

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Lev!!!!!!!! This book is so romantic, so well written, so fun, so dreamy and I can keep going on and on with positive adjectives to describe what an awesome read this was. If I was still changing my profile name depending on my favorite book boyfriend, I would call myself Lev’s mouse; actually I’ll carry that name in my heart forever.

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Mina Harris was living on the streets, hungry and alone when Lev found her.

Lev Leokov is a scary and handsome man, who doesn’t understand feelings but the moment he found Mina, he felt a fierce need to protect her.

Lev provides Mina a hot meal, a place to stay and a job as a bartender at the strip joint he and his brother own. He doesn’t understand much about why people act the way they do, but Mina he can feel deep in his bones.

Mina knows there’s something very special about the perfectly flawed man who has been her savior and she can’t help but fall fast and hard for him. But Lev’s brother Sasha doesn’t like her very much and she knows between her and Lev, both have so much emotional baggage, making love a very uncertain thing between them.

Lev’s reasoning is, he found Mina, he is keeping her and she is only happy to oblige.

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Lev was such an amazing character. Honest to a fault, troubled but also very compassionate and even though he was feared by most due to his hard appearance, he won me over within minutes of reading this story. Mina’s character was also wonderful. She’s feisty and even though she’s lived a very unfortunate life, she doesn’t like to play victim, she’s nothing but a survivor. The love they found in each other helped these two lost souls finally find a place where they belong.

Most of the secondary characters were Lev’s family and I loved them all. They all had a troubled past but it only brought them closer. Family is everything to them.

I laughed and swooned like it was going out of style while reading this book. Very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!!!!

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