Friday, July 12, 2013

REVIEW: THE PRELUDE


THE PRELUDE (A MUSICAL

INTERLUDE #1) BY KASONNDRA

LEIGH

Published March 31st 2013 
Publisher: KaSonndra Leigh Books, LLC 
*eBook provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review*


A New Adult Contemporary Romance


After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless. 

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

This novel contains sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 17+ years of age.


We first meet Erin when she's in high school, the day her sister and father die and she close off for good. When we see Erin again, she's living in Milan and working in a new design house. 

That's where she meet Alex, the up and coming Russian Meastro who hires her to create the wardrobe for his show. 


Erin is a likeable character, she's broken and she's scared so she doesn't let anyone in. 
Alex is hunted by his past. He's used to getting what we wants and when he wants it so when he and Erin meet and she seems not to fall for his charms he's determined to get to know her. 

Honestly, I was really looking forward to this book. It sounded really good and again, if I'm honest it has it all to be a great book. However I couldn't really feel it. 

The relationship between them is fast and bumpy. They want something but Erin doesn't want to give in. 

Alex mother's disapproval makes is very hard but also a few funny and awkward moments.  

Alex's sister and Erin co workers add a nice touch to the story and I really enjoyed reading about Alex sister.

I feel like there were some aspects of Alex that weren't really explain and they should have. Since the moment Erin starts thinking of him she says he's a swinger. And yet we don't really see that, he mentions it once half way through the book and the way he just leaves it all behind doesn't make much sense for me. 

On the other hand, the author tried to add too many things to the story. I think some of it might have been too much. The mystery about her sister and father's death was very easy to see from the beginning and at the same time, I didn't like that she had to add it. It seemed a bit too much.

Overall I did enjoy this book. As I said before it has it all to be a great book.




ABOUT KASONNDRA LEIGH


Author of the Lost Immortals Saga and the Seraphine Trilogy. I'm also a mother, blogger, reader, gardener, home renovator, and a slayer of Egyptian mummies in Tomb Raider. I believe in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring my favorite show ever back.

Strange things about me: everything. I am strange, odd, unusual, and generally tend to make people think I swooped down from another planet. I don't know. Maybe I did. Who knows? I'm also a member of the #zombiesurvivalcrew on twitter. So if you need protection from the undead then don't hesitate to call on us.

I was born in the race-car city of Charlotte, NC, and now live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, NC, when I'm not hanging out in Bardonia (Lost Immortals). Most of my characters are based on people that I've met throughout my travels and adventures. People tend to stop and start conversations with me as if I've known them my entire life. Does this freak me out? Not really. My mom says that one day I'll get kidnapped by one of them. I told her that if it weren't for these lovely people then I wouldn't be able to create the stories that I do.

I have many favorite authors but there are some who truly rock my socks: Octavia Butler, Anne Rice, Kami Garcia, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz (on his good-book days), Stephen King (same as DK) Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Kostova, and so many more...

Some other common tidbits...hmm. I've watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun almost 200 times. Seriously, the way I see it is if I keep watching it enough, then suddenly the house that Diane Lane lives in will magically appear in my backyard. I know. I have a huge imagination!

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