Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Prelude Review

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.

~Jodie Rae's Review~

The Prelude pulled me in instantly, and I was forced ;-) to finish each and every word in one setting. How awful, right?

In KaSonndra Leigh's story, Erin makes the following pledge to love:

"Love, I have this to say to you: You tore open my heart. You made me feel pain when all I wanted to feel was joy. So now, I will remove your power over me. I’ll never kiss anyone or trust in any dream that you can take away from me. I will never believe in you, ever again."
I enjoyed the fashion part of this book so much! As long as I can remember, fashion has been a huge passion in my life, and I love reading books centered around that very same thing. That is along with romance books including music and erotic sex... of course.
Erin meets hunky Alek, who has hired her to design costumes for his upcoming production. The two are very different people from crazy worlds. Each has their own secrets and are working to rise up from their pain. Erin is independent, lonely, and a standoffish woman. Alek is a strong willed man who knows what he wants in life. Simply put, he is dreamy. 
Example 1: "You have two sets of lips, yes?"
Example 2: "We were meant to find each other. I'm not one of those crazy men who always go around taking about destiny and shit. I think we were meant to find one another."
The story unravels from alternating POV's. Since getting into his head and heart, I adore Alek even more. He is now on my top 20 (and counting) favorite book boyfriends list. From the beginning, Erin and Alek share so much sexual tension. It was killing me! I was yelling at my Kindle, "Come on guys! Do it already!" Alek and Erin find out they are connected in a very interesting way, which brings them even closer together.  I had a feeling they were connected from the start. It was either intuition, or because I read so many books. Probably the latter. 

Best. Quote. Ever. "I can no longer keep my emotions all bottled up like a face cream." Hilarious and so true!
After you read this fabulous book, check out The Prelude Pinterest page so you can imagine everything that is taking place in this story. I wish all books would have supplemental material such as this. It helps when you are such a visual person.

 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


  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my novel. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it. It's enthusiasm such as yours that makes it so much fun to travel on this journey each day.

    All the best,
    KaSonndra Leigh

    1. I just saw the cover reveal for 'The Crescendo' can't wait to read the sequel! I miss Alek!!!