April 5, 2019

Review: He Is Who A Lover by Love Belvin

Review: He Is Who A Lover by Love BelvinHe Is Who A Lover by Love Belvin
Published by MKT Publishing on April 1, 2019
Genres: African American, Romance
Pages: 412
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

He Who Is a Lover

Falling in love wasn’t the goal. In fact, I didn’t think it was possible. That was until Bilan Asad-Yasin turned out to be more than I anticipated when I finally decided to explore her that early spring evening. Those curvy thighs, chiseled cheekbones, auburn freckles, powerful resilience, and endless intellect.

She was a bad decision, this I knew. She’d be a great risk, this I understood. I was an Ellis man, she’d eventually learn. And she did. That’s when she ran, attempted to escape a world she’d soon have to learn to navigate and survive.

Yet, I was not the only one with esoteric layers. Bilan had her own secrets she kept from me: from the world. Those were the truths I’d use as fetters to keep her close forever.

She’d now assimilated the Ellis world.

Publisher’s Note: “He Who Is a Lover” is book TWO of a THREE book series. It ends on a suspenseful CLIFFHANGER. This book contains angst, violence, profanity, sexually explicit content, and gory material. If any of these elements is not what you prefer between the pages of a novel, this is not the venture for you

Whew! Let me tell y’all. Love Belvin has taken my nerves and heart with the way she ended this book, and I am not even mad about it!

This book had me peering over my glasses every chapter. I literally had to force myself to put the book down to go to bed, and if I didn’t have work the next morning I probably would’ve stayed up until the wee hours of the morning.

Oh, sorry, let me get to the story.

It is important that you read He Is Who A Friend first (you can check out my review HERE). If you have not, stop right here, go read it and come back.

You’re back? Ok great.

In book #2 of the Sadik series, the layers to both Bilan’s personal life and Sadik’s family dynamics and motivations are peeled back. Sadik is determined to not only be Bilan’s friend but her lover and her protector. However, there are a lot of outside forces disrupting his best intentions.  Bilan proves that she isn’t as quiet or meek as people may think she is. She has concerns, and valid ones, with Sadik and his family. He may know for sure he’s in love with her but he came into that on his own and under his own terms. Bilan hasn’t necessarily been extended that same courtesy and she is determined to let Sadik know that his level of emotions is not reciprocated, at least not yet.

Secondary characters really come to life in this novel. There’s a string to be pulled with every, single one. A door to be opened that reveals information that I didn’t even know I needed.

Their family and friends play pivotal roles here. Earl, Sadik’s father, is an interesting and formidable man. At first, I couldn’t really say that I liked him and while I’m still not necessarily a fan I understand his motivations and quirks a lot better now. The Ellis’ are a very close-knit group who firmly believe that family is most important and comes before all else. And while Bilan doesn’t agree with a lot of their tactics and there are those who are a bit of skeptical of her, she craves a family and the Ellis’ provide her with that. Soon, she comes to see the mystique and allure and cautiously embrace the love that only this family can provide her with. However, there is more than meets the eye and downfalls to every situation, some of which we learn prove to be very dangerous.

 

Bilan and Sadik find a bit of their footing in this novel. They’re more open, more honest, and once again their chemistry is palpable and magnetic. In He Is Who A Lover, Love Belvin once again pens a tale that readers simply can’t put down. It’s a raw and vulnerable page turner that you will definitely enjoy.

 

I am going to politely wait in the corner over here, with my cup of tea, for the next installment.

Catch up, if you haven’t already, and then let’s discuss!

four-half-stars

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Natalya

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and an editor and author's assistant to passionate creatives by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is catching up on her favorite television shows.

Natalya is the author of All The Things I Never Said, a soul-stirring collection of short stories, prose and love letters for the soulful wanderers, the brokenhearted and the hopeless romantics.

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