Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Tour: The Crescendo by KaSonndra Leigh: Review

The Crescendo (The Musical Interlude, #2)
New Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Release Date: May, 27th 2014

58,000 words
Rating: 4/5 Stars


He taught her how to walk outside the line. She taught him how to leave the past behind. In the end, fate brought them both together. 

Six months ago, Erin Angelo was hired by Alek Dostov, the charismatic Maestro who hired her design firm, the same man who healed the wounds of her tragic past. 

In the highly anticipated, reader requested sequel to THE PRELUDE, Alek and Erin are preparing to embrace their new life and love for music while nurturing Erin’s blossoming singing career. But when a mysterious figure from Erin’s past walks back into her life, Alek and Erin’s belief that their love will conquer everything is put to the test. As Alek continues to struggle with the ghosts of his past and recent family troubles, Erin finds a way to reconnect with her fiancĂ©e. The couple set out on a tour of Italy, taking Alek’s music group to the next level. 

But Alek’s mother, Katerina, has other plans in mind. She orders the tour manager to go along with them. Now, they will face new challenges while dealing with the pressures of their careers. 

Passion, excitement, adventure, danger, and a Maestro that has more swagger than a rock star. THE CRESCENDO lifts you up to a high you won’t soon forget.


The Crescendo was a fast-paced, edgy story that definitely kept me on my toes.  This story was filled with romance, mystery, suspense and heartache.  What really drew me into this story was the emotions that I felt. The emotions in this story feel so real.  I have come to know and care about the characters in this series that I hope they each get their happy ending.  These characters I would love to have as friends.  In The Crescendo, we get the dual POVs again which I love!!!  It is nice getting inside both Alec's and Erin's head at the same time to see what is really going on with them.  I was able to connect with them more in that way.  The character-development was spot-on. Alec and Erin have grown so much since the beginning along with some other characters as well.  

Erin is character that anyone could relate to really.  She has suffered so much in her life but has been able to pull through it with the help of Alec.  He pulled her out her darkness, but now will she be able to pull him out of his?  Erin now sings with his group.  She quit working as a designer, but she seems to be regretting that decision. Being with Alec proves to get tougher and tougher.  Alec's past is catching up with him, and it is putting Erin and everyone else he loves in the crossfire.  Alec will do anything to protect the ones he loves though.  That is what I love mostly about him.  He completely changed too.  He went from being a player to only wanting Erin.  He is one sexy Maestro let me tell you.  I am hoping to see them married soon, but he refuses to set a date.  Which is understandable with everything going on.  Nikolai completely vanishes in this book.  He quits working with Alec's group and seems to be in a bad situation.  I love how he never turned his back on them though.  He was still lurking in the shadows protecting them.  I had a feeling Sam would pop back in Erin's life.  He was such an important person in her life at one time that he just had pop in and cause some trouble. Sam and Katerina?  Yuck!!!!   I still don't know what is up with Katerina.  One minute, I think she is good, then the next I think she is bad.  I just can't figure that woman out.  She is very manipulative and secretive.

The Crescendo was a great sequel to The Prelude!!!!  It was nice to see what progress Alec and Erin made.  This story also left off with a huge cliffhanger that definitely left me wanting more!!!  I can't wait to start the next book The Dark Duet!!!  We get to have Nikolai's story!!!! This series is a must read, and I highly recommend it!!!  

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About the Author
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.

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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The Dark Duet Playlist:
1)      Not Myself Tonight by Christina Aguilera
2)     Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson
3)     Elastic Love by Christina Aguilera
4)     All I Need by Christina Aguilera
5)     The Sea by Morcheeba
6)     Nicole by Les Petroleuses
7)     Urban Serenade by Avril
8)    Chaos by Phoebe Killdeer
9)     Last of Days by A Fine Frenzy
10) Too Late to Say No by Datsik
11)  Innocence by Nero
12) Set Me On Fire by Pendulum
13) Etude by Nero
14) Lost Without U by Robin Thicke
15)  Give it to You by Robin Thicke
16) What You Want by Evanescence
17)  Call Me by Skye and Mon Amour
18) Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo
19) Teeth by Lady Gaga
20)   Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
21)  Turn Me on by Norah Jones
22)Requiem: Lacrimosa by Micaela Haley (Song used during Nikolai and Alese’s Dark Duet Scene)  

10 Fun Facts about the Musical Interlude Series

1     I worked on a minor in International studies while working on my bachelor’s degree and met some fantastic Russian friends during the process. Of course, they now read my manuscripts and offer suggestions on how to lend an air of authenticity to the characters.

2  Erin’s favorite flavor of ice cream is lime sherbet. She eats tons of it when she’s feeling stressed out.

3) I wrote Alese and Nikolai’s story in the Dark Duet long before Alek and Erin began their Prelude together. At that time, the book had a different name.

4)     The gondolas in Venice are painted black in order to prevent disputes between rival water clubs. However, the red gondola from An Aria in Venice does exist.

5)     Alek’s unique blue-brown eyes are the result of a pigmentation disorder called heterochromia. Thousands of people throughout the world suffer from this are, but intriguing disease.

6)     Aleksandr Dostovsky has an American mother and a Russian father.

7)     Most people consider Nikolai Belikov to be androgynous. He most resembles a muscular version of supermodel Andrej Peijic.

8)    Alek began studying music and composition at the tender age of six. He’s ambidextrous and has the ability to learn a new instrument rather quickly. At 22, he became a symphonic prodigy, one of the youngest Maestros to ever lead a full orchestra.

9)     Both Erin Angelo (Alek’s girl) and Alese Ballentine (Nikolai’s girl) are from Lafayette, Louisiana.

10) All of the books in the Musical Interlude series are edgy, steamy and unique. The story in the Dark Duet is the most taboo of them all so far. It is not for the faint of heart. I didn’t pull any punches. In the words of the infamous Nikolai Belikov: “You’ve been warned.”

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reading & reviewing the Prelude and the Crescendo Kristina! I'm glad to see you enjoyed the books & truly appreciate you taking the time to read them.