Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

Title:  The Prelude
Series:  A Musical Interlude #1
Author:  KaSonndra Leigh
Published:  March 31/13 by KaSonndra Leigh Books, LLC
Length:  328pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My Review:

This is a well written, well presented novel. Leigh immerses her reader completely into the world of being a new adult, stepping out into the world, when little things seem important and the world is your oyster. That said, I had a little bit of difficulty remaining completely immersed in the story. There were more than a couple of times where I found the characters to be a bit over the top. I also found the blurb to be a bit misleading. I expected this novel to be much more intense than I found it. The emotionality of the prologue seemed to peter out throughout the novel. It went from intensely emotional to wildly bull-headed over the course of the novel. That said, as the emotions in the novel levelled out, the storyline ramped up, holding my attention more.

I found the characters a little difficult to connect with at times. I found that I got to know them very well. They were very interesting to read about, but not the type of individuals that I could identify with in any way.

Overall, this was an interesting novel and a good launch for Leigh’s series.

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