“I don’t know what love is. But if I could love anyone…” I pressed a gentle kiss behind her ear, pulling her close. “I would love you. Very much.”
I love love LOVED this book!! It was perfect!!! SO HEART-WARMING!!!! My heart is overflowing with happy feels!! Seriously, if you want a UNIQUE story that is SWEET, SWOONY, and SEXY, with a romance that is downright freaking ADORABLE, then read this book!!! I loved EVERY single thing about it!!
First, here’s the blurb:
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.
So basically, he’s wealthy and she’s homeless and absolutely at-the-end-of-her-rope starving! He catches her trying to just steal enough money to get a meal and instead of turning her over to the cops, he takes her home and offers her a chance at a new life.
I turned my face to look into his gorgeous eyes.”Tell me I can leave at any time.”
His eyes on me, I watched as they flashed. Finally, he lowered his face and muttered, “You can leave any time.” He stepped back and away from me. “Although I hope you choose to stay.”
Barely a few pages into the book and all my heart-strings were tugged!! By 6%, I could already tell that this book was going to deliver ALL THE FEELS. And it most certainly did! Again and again and again!
You guys, Lev will straight-up STEAL YOUR HEART. Ahhhh, this man!!!! I loved him!! He had such a heart of gold and I actually really appreciated his ‘directness’. He was a little socially awkward and didn’t understand emotions quite the same way as most people. He was somewhere on the Autism spectrum, displaying signs of I believe Asperger’s syndrome. But I loved the way his whole family and Mina just loved and accepted him exactly as he was. He just saw the world a little differently. Things that were normal to other people were incomprehensible to him, while other things that appeared logical and straightforward to him could often spark hurt or anger in the people around him. But I absolutely adored the way they showed endless respect for the fact that he wasn’t damaged, he was just different. They respected for being exactly who he was and never expected or wanted him to be anything other than himself. I really thought this whole element of the book was portrayed so beautifully!!! I LOVED HIM!!!!!!! He was so sweetly protective of Mina (and his family) that it melted me over and over again.
“Who sleeps in my bed at night?”
I buried my nose in his neck and mumbled, “I do.”
“You do,” he confirmed. “And who makes me smile?”
“I smiled against the stubble on his throat. “Me.”
“Exactly.” He turned to kiss my cheek. “No one else. It’s you. It’s always been you.” He spoke softly, “I just needed to find you. Now that I have you, I won’t be letting you go. Okay?”
“Okay,” I whispered.
Ok I know that teeechnically what I’m about to say is a tiny bit of a reveal, but it’s something that’s shown to the reader quite early on AND it’s something that would have made me want to read the book even more if I’d known about it beforehand so I’m just going to tell you that… Lev is a dad. He’s a single father fighting for custody of his adorable little girl. ALL THE SWOON!!!! Could this man get any hotter?! *thud*
And Mina was such an awesome chick! You guys will love her! She’d been dealt a really shitty hand of cards in life and had ended up at the absolutely lowest place. But given a new opportunity, she grabbed it and worked hard to build her life back up. I’d totally be friends with her given the chance!
Another thing I loved about this book was the family. Lev was very close to his brother and sister and they had a large extended family so there are a lot of side characters in this book and I LOVED THEM ALL. Holy crap. I’m not usually the kind of reader who is all that interested in getting the stories of side characters but I WANT TO READ ALL THEIR STORIES! Every single one. And I’m not even exaggerating. If I had them all in front of me right now, I’d be putting my life right on hold to binge-read the lot of them!
There’s just so much in this book that I loved that I could seriously go on and on but I’m trying not to give away too much. But I most especially appreciated that there was really no stupid drama. Yes, there was certainly conflict. But there were several incidences where things could have easily turned stupid (a big pet peeve of mine), but the characters instead handled these situations so well that I couldn’t help but have respect for them. It’s such a good feeling when you genuinely can respect the decisions made in the story and that you want to just cheer them on instead of slapping them silly. SUCH a good feeling.
Oh and the story is told in alternating POVs, both in first person.
This is the first standalone in a new series of standalones. It has a fully resolved ending. NO cliffhanger. If you wanted to, you would be completely fine to stop reading at the end of this book. But there will be more books coming following different couples we’ve already met. And I can’t wait for them!
I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend you ALL pick it up and fall in love with Lev. It’s swoony, sweet, heart-warming, oh-so-sexyyyyyy, and positively awesome. It’s such a feel-good story with amazing characters and a really unique story. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
“They say penguins mate for life.”
He reached up again and jerked hard at his tie.
“And I want to be your penguin.”
Nawwwwww, how sweet is that?!
I have only one thing left to say…
Dear Belle Aurora…..
PLEASE WRITE FASTER!!!!!!
Rating: 4.5+ stars! Standalone contemporary romance.