Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Tour: The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh: Review

The Prelude (The Musical Interlude #1)
An Amazon #1 International Bestseller!

Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Rating:4/5 Stars


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 mature situations and language. It is intended for an audience at 18+ years of age.**


The Prelude was a riveting story filled love, loss, betrayal and pain.  Erin and Alec are both facing demons that they can't seem to run from.  But with each other, Alec and Erin find a way to heal.  I loved how KaSaonndra swapped POVs between Alec and Emma.  It was great being able to be in both of their heads to see how how each of them really feel.  I was able to connect with them more that way. The world-building was crafted beautifully. I was able to vividly see what was going on in the story.  

 The character development was executed perfectly.  Erin grew so much by the end of the story.  After losing her sister and father, then losing her boyfriend two days later, she completely swore off love.  She is also keeping a secret with what happened with her mother.  She never quit blaming herself for that.  But with Alec, she was able to open up.  The electricity that flew between them  was hot.  They were made for each other. Alec is a huge player.  He doesn't let anything go further than the bedroom.  That instantly changes when he meets Erin.  He immediately feels protective of her, but he feels connected to her somehow.  There is something very familiar about her that he can't figure out.  Until the end anyway, and boy that left me shell-shocked.  Didn't see that one coming at all.  I love Erin's boss Luca.  Her whole Block Butterfly group is basically like her family.  I fell in love with them.  I adored all the characters in this book.

The Prelude was an enthralling story that hooked me from start to finish.  I was very, very happy with the ending of this book.  Of course, it left me wanting more though!!!!  I also loved how this book had several wow moments.  There were a couple of things I didn't see coming and the ending was one of them.  The way the whole story came together at the end and seeing how everything was connected was well thought out.  This book is a must read!!!!

 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.”

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