Falling In Love With A Friend: Insight Into Anatoly Medlov

The big question that continues to come up is “Will Anatoly Get With Renee?”  Well, I refuse to give the story away, but I will talk on the subject.  In this book, it is really important to me to show readers a more intimate side of Anatoly and his journey during a period in his young adulthood where is he forced to grow more as a man and a boss of The Medlov Crime Family. 

One of the major points of focus is to show the friendship between Anatoly and Renee.  She provides him with normalcy.  There is something calming about her and something pure about their relationship that makes him feel good as a man and a person.  This is what makes you think that they may hook up in the story.  But the question becomes why?  We know that historically Anatoly does not exclusively date black women.  Victoria was his first experience.  He shies away from relationship between his father and Royal.  But maybe we start to see his preference for women forming as he grows up and in this process, he is forced to shed his reservations for women outside of his race. 

Has anyone else ever fallen in love with a friend?  My husband and I were friends way before we started to date.  A friend is easier to date.  You know their secrets already.  You know their triggers, their personal happiness and sadness.  You love them as a person well before you love them as a lover.  Plus, neither one of you know it’s coming, so you don’t get a chance to put on a front with each other.  It’s all real and raw.

I’d love to hear from you about your experiences and in the meantime…

 Check out the following Sneak Peak Excerpt But keep in mind it is a draft.

Anatoly’s personal cell would not stop ringing.  He looked at the phone and grunted.  Blocked number.  He already knew who that was.  Victoria.  She had called him every single day since he left her at his father’s place.  Why wouldn’t she just give up?  How could she not have gotten a clue yet?  

      He almost picked up and answered, just to tell her to get lost, but he decided against it. Instead, he hit ignore and kept eating. 

      “How was your date?” he finally asked.  His deep blue eyes were menacing. 

      “Nice,” she said smirking.  She had avoided talking about it on purpose. 

      “I’m going to be gone for a while, so if you want to stay here…”

      “I like the apartment,” she said, pouring another glass of wine. 

      “What’s wrong with you?”

      “You missed Royal’s birthday today.”

He put down his fork and sat back in his seat.  Every year since Royal’s passing, Renee had gone to her grave site on her birthday with Anatoly and put down flowers.  He played along, because it threw the feds off, but he wanted so badly to tell her that his step-mother was alive and well in Prague.  He watched her now, brooding over his oversight and debated again if he shouldn’t just tell her.  She would never tell a soul.  Plus, it would ease her pain.

      “Sorry, I had…stuff going on.”

      “You don’t have to apologize to me. I just don’t want you to…”

      “Want me to what?” he interrupted frustrated. 

      “Forget,” she snapped and hit the table.  “I don’t want you to forget her, Anatoly.  She was a good woman.”

      He picked up his glass of vodka and a took sip.  “I know.  I haven’t forgotten, Renee.  Not hardly.”

      “Good,” she said, getting up from the table.  Taking both of their plates to the sink, she turned to find him still looking at her. “What?”

      “Nothing.  I better get ready to leave.  I’m on a plane out of here in an hour.”

      “Be safe,” she said softly.

He didn’t smile, but his eyes glimmered.  Standing up, he walked over to her and kissed her forehead.  It made him instantly think of his father and Royal, how they carried on for so long during their courtship.  Is that what he was doing?  Courting Renee?  The thought disturbed him.  Pulling back, he looked her in her eyes. 

            “I will,” he said walking off.


Over the next few months, I’ll be posting new portions of the book for your input.  Stay tuned and I hope that you enjoy.

XoXo and all that jazz,

Latrivia S. Nelson

34 thoughts on “Falling In Love With A Friend: Insight Into Anatoly Medlov

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  4. Ms. Nelson I became a fan of yours after reading the last two books over this weekend. It’s Monday morning and I have to go to work in a couple of hours and I’m exhausted and it’s your fault. You shouldn’t write such freaking good books. I can’t wait for this book to come out and I love the blog.

    New Fan Courtney

    • Thanks, Courtney! I hope that you make it at the office. Try to grab a good cup of coffee. I have to admitt that I’m thrilled that you find it captivating. I’ll try to write a third book that makes you stay up 24 hours straight!

  5. Mrs. Latrivia Nelson I do declare your books are the biznesss! I know what you mean. I once dated a friend and I admit it was the best relationship ever though we are no longer together we are still friends with a lil bit of flirtation going on! I read you first two books and I love them both, I have yet to purchase the DRF but i am gonna hold off till your fourth book comes out. But I did wanna say Ivy’s Twisted Vine got stolen and I am having trouble finding it again.

  6. I am so addicted to these books. I think Anatoly should come to terms that he has more than “friendly” feelings for Renee. Let him go on his trip and by the time he comes back he finds out that his cousin is dating Renee. I think Renee’s character is worthy of two men fighting over her. I have so many thoughts of how the storyline could go I can’t wait until Jan. 2011.

    • Giselle,

      Awesome. Awesome. When I finish chapter four of the book, I plan to put chapter two online so that everyone can get a better idea of the DRAMA!!! Glad that you’re having so much fun.

  7. Love Anatoly. i had to rewatch Eastern Promises this wekend aft reading your books, I can hardly waith for his story to come out!

  8. Dating your friend is fine as long their is attaction and sexual feelings toward each other. Hey go for it! But there are friend who date and even married and there not sexual feeling to each other and thats another story. I hope, cheer and beg that Anatoly & Renee end up together. Please not Destiny who is this chick. I don’t like her accidently hit his motorcycle yeah right. Ivan’s son I can’t wait to meet him. Did you find a picture to represent him. The above picture does she represent Renee?

    • Hi Cinquetta,

      I can’t wait for you to read what is going to happen. It’s going to be super juicy. I’ve been working on it all night.

      The above picture does represent Renee. What do you think?


  9. all I can say is that you are the writer i have been hoping for. it seems like every book with interracial couples has corny storylines and stereotype. reading your books is like a miracle to me because i never thought people in the literary world would take the IR romance genre seriously especially when it comes to bwwm. you are paving the way for others and i am glad.

    • Hi Jacqui,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I love the IR genre also and I hope to continue to grow as a writer and become one of the best in it. Let’s hope that book three makes you very happy!

      Have a great week,


  10. I like what I’m reading so far. The jewel you just posted, Oh!!! the possiabilities are endless on which way this story can go, I know its just a rough draft. I will be thinking of story lines in my head till January and I start back to college on Wednesday. I like their relationship there is Renee and those women who( see the expensive clothes,entourage of men,cars,and attention) he oblige for the night.Keep up the good work. I have much faith in you.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I hope that you have a great year back at school. Thanks for the vote of confidence and your support of the book. Renee and Anatoly will have a wild ride together and I think we’ll all see a real friendship between the two that makes whatever happens exciting. Even though you’ll be back to school, check the blog regularly. I’m going to post new excerpts often!~


  11. Mrs. Nelson
    Let me begin by saying what a fantastic story you’ve written with the Medlov series, I look forward to more. Your tease at the top of the blog is delicious!
    I know on the Amazon reviews some have complained about the character of Victoria but I think she is hilarious, untrustworthy, and entertaining I don’t trust her, but I like her-now the tease of possibility between Anatoly and Renee, and I’m just excited beyond belief.
    Congratulations, and I look forward to reading more.

  12. I know there is a lot more to Victoria can not wait to see more of her story then what she told to Anatoly about herself. Just the comments she made about the Medlov household when she first met them she said “the family is off the chain”their a mafiya family. All the issues she has and add insult to injury after she confess her love to Anatoly he skates out the door while she is still asleep and skips the country.Even when I read that I was like WTF!!!! that sucks for him but will be good for us rabid fans and we are rabid. Don’t make a black woman take off her earrings, Vic will be “off the hook” her crazy ass self.

  13. I would love to see Victoria with Anatoly child since they were having unprotected sex she would have just cause to hate him and want to hurt him like he’s been avoiding her and her calls……..

  14. I like the post. I was kind of disappointed that Victoria and Anatoly did not make the distance I DRF that she had reform a little. I am ready to see what happen with Renee and Anatoly.

  15. It has been a long time since I written a post on here. I try to check in on it regularly though. I do want to say I love how you give us tid bits of the story but not the whole story. I noticed how we all seem to think that Renee and Anatoly will be together; I admit I am one of those people that would like that as well.But I love how you do not give the story away. It takes everything I have in me to take my mind off of this up and coming 5 star make my heart skip a beat sensational novel, cause if I don’t I will go insane. I ❤ it!!!
    I simply can not wait to read this book and January can't come soon enough for me.
    I do have a question however about the next chapter in Nicola Agosto's life. Will the upcoming book be as thick as ITV???

    • Hi Deramise!

      The book won’t be quite as thick at all, however, it will only follow the story of Nicola and Ivy and his case. So, you actually will end up with more face time with them and it will feel like more:-) I am going insane as well. Typing every day, all day. I forget everything around me when I’m on this computer developing the story. It is pure bliss! January will be here soon:-)


  16. Hello Mrs Nelson,
    I can’t whait for january to arrive,because The Medlov’s are the best,i whant to thank you for these beautiful moments that your books give me,you are a wanderful author.
    A big kiss from Romania

  17. In response to your question, I don’t think the picture represents Renee since in Dmitry’s Closet you described her as being dark-skinned whereas the pic has her being yellow. Needless to say it doesn’t matter ’cause the story is what I’m about and your works have been enjoyable.

  18. In response to your question, I don’t think the picture depicts Renee.In Dimitry’s Closet you described her as being a dark, short, petite woman whereas the pic has her being a redbone. Needless to say it doesn’t matter ‘ cause the story is what I’m about and your works have been enjoyable.

  19. I just finished reading DRF and re-reading the sneak peek of Anatoly’s Complete Reign. I am huge fan of the Medlov books and also ITV. I can’t wait for all the books to come. You are doing a wonderful job in keeping the story lines fresh and the characters keep you guessing as to what will happen next.

    Keep you the great work!!!

    • Eva,

      Thanks so much. I hope that you continue to love it. I’m working on Nicola’s story now. I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to get back into his head. Let’s just say that the leg work isn’t easy, but I plan to complete a fab story for you. Love the email.


  20. I love the concept of friends becoming lovers. Anatoly and Renee have a relationship that has develop from something deep and special. Renee saw the true man and not the “boss”. She fell in love with him in spite of his faults. Also, Anatoly had feelings for Renee because he trusted her to stay at his home and he was constantly buying her gifts from all over the world just for being a “friend”. I read that you don’t plan to keep them together. I hope you reconsider. If they must part please let it be temporary. Keep up the great work.

    P.S. when is Saving Anya coming out.

    • Pamela,

      You’re right. He absolutely trusted her with the exception of when he thought that she was leaking information. They will have a true, long-lasting relationship but I don’t want to give too much away. Let’s just say that they grow up together along with a few other people.

      Saving Anya will come out in December of this year. I know. I can’t wait either!!

      You’re awesome.


  21. Hi, I only wanted to say how wonderful a job you have done. I am a new true fan who has enjoyed what I have read. You have made me laugh and cry. Truly, well done. God bless you and family.

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