Series: A Musical Interlude #1
Publisher: Self Published on March 31, 2013
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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.
“At the end of my song, the Maestro strolls toward me and holds a bouquet of yellow roses up to my face. The scent is as airy and fresh as the color on the flowers. A small box sits on top. ‘For the star of my show and my life,’ he says in a deeply accented way that drives me insane. He wears his hair slicked back and the tapered design of the tuxedo shows off his well-toned frame. He’s totally stunning today.”
“‘Bring my son back to me, Erin. I have faith in your love for him. Thousands of miles couldn’t separate you. Or time, or even my schemes. What’s all this but just a tiny hitch in the grand scheme of things that has been set up for the two of you?’”
Favorite Character: Alek. He had an accent, was hot, and was completely swoon worthy!
“If I draw this guy’s face wrong one more time, I swear I’m just going to throw the damn pad out the window.”
My Musings: The thing I love about self published works is that you get to discover absolutely amazing novels that aren’t very well known, and then get to share them with the world. The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh was a diamond amongst self published novels. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this novel, as well as join the street team for it. This novel was a well written novel about two people, slightly jaded about love, who are able to use each other to find themselves, and find each other.
This novel had a well written story line. Although in most contemporaries there isn’t a very defined plot, Leigh managed to integrate one into this story. In addition to watching Erin and Alek’s relationship develop, we are also following the musical’s production. And Leigh also added some extra drama in the novel—drama that was very well placed. In addition to our very contemporary read, Leigh spices it up by bringing in some action from the Russian mob. Leigh used this at just the right times in the novel, making the climax of the book well defined, and well anticipated. All of these things coalesced together to create a romantic yet action filled contemporary novel.
I think my favorite part of this novel was the character development. Both of our main characters, Erin and Alek, had pasts that helped to define who they were as a person. I loved seeing Erin struggle with her thoughts of her sister, Jada. I felt like it gave her character a certain depth. I was able to use that in order to relate to the things that both characters did. Both Erin and Alek developed and evolved a lot over the course of the novel. They interacted in a unique way, and their relationship was both steamy and realistic. It was amazing to see their relationship develop through the stages of intrigue, arrangements, lust, and finally love. The two characters did not have an insta-love that is common in contemporaries nowadays, and it was refreshing to read the banter and arguing that occurred very often between them; it gave them just the right amount of believability.
I also enjoyed the supporting characters such as Alek’s sister, Adriana, and Erin’s boss, Luca. They were great supporting characters with individual personalities, which really contributed to the novel. Instead of being only ‘supporting characters’ their idiosyncrasy really helped to enhance the plot. Another character that I enjoyed was Nikolai. Although his character was more of a back seat character, for some reason he still appealed to me. He was a really supportive character, and he was really a good friend to Alek. Regardless, all the other characters in the novel had their own individuality, and that was refreshing to see, especially amongst and indie novel.
One thing I feel that I must mention is that this is a mature NA novel. As in, there are sexy times. Sexy times that were so sexy that I was a little embarrassed to be reading them. So, if you cannot stomach the sexy times, I recommend that you merely skip the chapter made of pretty much only sexy times. And all else will be fine. And trust me; you will know when that chapter comes! Yes, yes, that is all.
The Prelude was an amazing indie novel that could see being picked up by a publishing house in the future. The novel is a romantic tail of finding yourself and letting the past go, and it is a must read for those of you who love some romance. And accents!