Title: The Prelude (A Musical Interlude #1)
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Publisher: KaSonndra Leigh Books, LLC
Publication Date: March 31, 2013
Classification: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Content: Mature Adult Sex Scenes
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
I came across some raving reviews of this book on Goodreads and decided to give it a go. I have warmed upto this genre of New adult contemporary romance. Italy being the setting only helped the cause. I have never been to Italy but somehow reading books about the country has made me fall in love with it already.
I love music, I love books so when the two come together, there’s bound to be some explosion, right? Not to mention some explicit sex scenes and woah!
The book started off on a good note, I really liked the characters. Erin as a vulnerable yet confident and mature for her age character had me rooting for her throughout. Alek made an amazing entry and had me drooling. The other characters fit their roles to a tee and made an impact.
Lately, I have been reading too many books with a similar theme – the mysterious main characters and their unveiling of secrets while gradually falling in love with each other and all the physical intimacy that follows. There can be books written on a similar theme albeit they have a different treatment of the plot otherwise. I think this book did try to be different but somehow it ended up being too similar to the ones I have been reading, namely Love me for me (which I read just before this one and hence the resemblance is striking). The tragedies are different, the scenario is different but the crux is the same. And I hate repetitiveness in my reads. Every book needs to be different and exciting and new.
The plot was good but if only there could have been more of music (as the title suggests), it would have been able to create an entirely different niche for itself. The writing is beautiful when the author talks about music. I just wish there had been more.
“The beginning of a song hooks people inside its spell and never lets a person go until the last note trickles through their mind.”
Everything to do with Erin was good – the plot, her history and emotions. However, Alek’s history didn’t go down well with me. It was kind of unreal and didn’t go with the overall plot. I could see some inconsistencies.
Regarding the mature adult scenes, though some of them were really hot, I felt at times they seemed out of place, like it was pre-decided they are to be included after this/that scene even if it didn’t fit there. It kind of broke up the flow for me.
Overall, the book makes for a good read if you haven’t been reading other books in the same genre.
Even though this book didn’t come up to my expectations, I am still looking out for the next in the series because never mind the similar plot, the writing is certainly good enough for me to stick to the author for yet another book.