The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

August 10, 2013 Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews 0 ★★½

This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
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The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh
Published by LLC on March 31, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, New Adult
Pages: 329
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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.

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

Black_scroll_with_transparent_backgroundI was asked to read and review The Prelude.  I read the description and jumped at the chance to read it.  I loved the idea of the story being set in Italy and who doesn’t love a hot man with an accent?  The idea of fashion and music was intriguing and different.  I really wish I could tell you that I loved it.  Unfortunately, it fell flat for me.  I always look at other reviews (it’s my thing) before I read a book.  I want to get a vibe about how others felt before I dive in.  So writing this review is confusing for me.  There are so many 4 and 5 star reviews that I’m left scratching my head and wondering what I missed.

I wanted to like this book.  I want to like every book I read.  That’s not realistic.  Sometimes books are good and sometimes they aren’t.

So The Prelude is about Erin and Alek.  Erin is a 21 year old fashion designer.  Alek is a 23 year old director of a symphony.   Erin is hired to work on Alek’s upcoming show and she sees this as a way to make a name for herself.  She feels an instant connection to Alek but she’s sworn off love.  Alek sets his sights on having her and does everything he can to get her.

I felt like the reasons behind Erin swearing off love were somewhat believable.  Being afraid of getting close to someone after losing important people in your life, it makes sense.  But when Alek walks in and Erin is immediately feeling things for him.  I guess it all just seemed too rushed and it came across as forced.  There is something to be said for building that sexual tension.   At least for me.  Both of them were interesting characters I just never felt connected to either of them.  I couldn’t find myself rooting for them.

I came very close to putting the book down and walking away.

Partly because of the writing style.  I just couldn’t wrap myself around it.  The sentence structure made it hard to take the story seriously.

“After a few more moments, I am nothing but one complete ball of tears and choking gasps.”

“I can even still feel the aftereffects of all the caffeine I guzzled to keep awake at night while I studied.”

“I don’t need your money.  I gave you my word, did I not?” he reminds me.  Deed I knot, is the way his words sound to me.

That last one was really painful for me.  Not and know are homophones and that should have been picked up during the editing process.  I’m not going to list everything but there were some things that I just couldn’t ignore because it took away my attention away from the story.  The use of the word ‘horny’ drove me nuts.   For me a sex scene needs to be sexy.  Whisper dirty words in my ear.  Tell me I’m beautiful.  Please do not use the word horny.  It’s like pouring a bucket of ice water all over our naked bodies.  Horny wasn’t just used once.  Once I could handle.  It was used several times to describe either a situation or a thought.  Although these things seem small it was something that was prevalent throughout the book.

There were things that I either had never heard used in a book or were repeated numerous times.

“Suck my teeth”

“rubber sex”

“hugging my shoulders”

“fucking buddy”

They story itself was intriguing and could have been EPIC.  Who doesn’t love a good mystery right?  There are connections between these two that even they don’t fully realize.  There are ties to the Russian mob.  People following them.  A love story.  A bat-shit crazy mother.  Don’t even get me started on Alek’s mom.  Good grief.  I think for me to get fully invested I would have liked more behind the scenes details.  It sort of all felt superficial.  Subjects were touched upon but not fully explored.

There were things I really liked about the book.  I loved that it was set in Italy.  I could picture all the places described.  I liked the fashion and music.  I don’t read many books about the fashion world.  It was different and refreshing.  I liked that Alek was a conductor instead of a rocker.  It was a nice change of pace.

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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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Overall: 2.5

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