Title: The Prelude
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Publisher: KaSonndra Leigh Books
Published: 5th April 2013
Number Pages: 222 p.
Series:A Musical Interlude #1
Age category: Adult
Genre Contemporary romance
Other books in the series:
An Aria In Venice, book # 1.5
Cresendo, book #2
Dark Duet, book #3
About The PreludeAfter 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.
My OpinionFrom the moment I started reading I was pulled in, the prologue the day Erin's life changed forever, had me in tears in no time. The story continues in Milan five years later at the fashion company she works for, and were she is about to meet her maestro.
From there the struggles, embarrassing moments, hauntings of the past but also the passion starts. And oh man, that passion is the sexiest thing ever! Those scenes are to make you melt in a puddle on the couch.
I love the complexity of the characters, the secrets and pasts that slowly unravel throughout the story. Some of these events, I didn't see coming! The past of Alek is very interesting, turns out his father is not really an honest man.
The other thing that will keep you wondering is what happened after Erin lost her dad and sisters. What happened between her and her mother? I couldn't figure it out and was very surprised when I did. This book is not your average romance there is a lot of emotional scenes, and I cried several times (especially at the end).
Another lovely thing about this book are all the musical references, the usage of one of my old time favourite songs: The Rose - Bette Midler, and the internal monologue of Erin which had me laughing, crying and feeling all kinds of other emotions throughout the book.
ConclusionsThis is a MUST READ and I HIGHLY RECCOMEND IT! Beautifully written, funny, emotional and sexy as hell! 5 stars!!!
Erin: Well, it seems to me that the issue of dinner has already been handled. I mean, you're sitting right over here. Not too far away from me. That kinda takes care of issue number one. Don't you agree?
Erin: When inside I'm jumping like a bunny who found a big ass carrot garden.
Erin: Once you find the courage to open yourself up to something you've always believed to be forbidden, then you never want to let it go. I always told myself that I would never give anyone this power over me again.