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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.
At A Glance
The Prelude was between a 3 to 3.5 star book. I really loved the beginning and most of the middle. But things started getting too corny for me near the end.
I am obsessed with New Adult right now. So it was a no brainer to sign up for The Prelude blog tour. I’m happy I did. This story and its characters pulled me in from the beginning. I loved how unique the story was too. This couple isn’t in college (like in so many new adult books), they are actually just starting very successful careers. Both Alek and Erin have a troubled past, but together they make life worth living.
Erin came out very strong from the beginning. She has just received her first major client as a designer and her excitement leaps of the page. She comes off as a ball buster. She knows how to get what she wants and she doesn’t take crap from no one, even her very young, very sexy client. She has closed her heart to love after a major trauma when she was young. She never wants to give another person control over her emotions again. I completely understood Erin’s resolve to never be hurt by opening herself up. But it was fun watching her crack open and fall in love with someone ever so slowly.
Alek, the Maestro for a local symphony, was everything that is yummy. He is beyond rich, sexy as hell, and knows his way around a woman. But he has never really wanted a woman as bad as he wants Erin. But her resistance surprises him because he always gets what he wants. I loved learning about Alex and his family. Since this book has a duel POV, we get to see his true feelings for Erin and they are swoon-worthy. I love how dominating he was and how protective he became of Erin. All woman secretly want men to take care of them (Don’t even try to deny it, girls), so I couldn’t help but love Alek more for all his protective actions.
The secondary characters were just as fascinating as our couple. Erin’s boss was a hoot and Alek’s sister really did a great job of keeping Erin and Alek together. Katerina, Alek’s mom, was divinely evil (but not true evil). The writing was smooth. The twists and turns were pretty big and exciting. I would for sure like to read the next book of the series.
I had a hard time rating this book because there was a lot I enjoyed, but a lot annoyed me at the same time. My biggest problem with The Prelude was how hokey and corny it got near the end. The characters were so strong in the beginning but at the end they were mushy and easily emotional. Also, much of the story was very predictable. I could guess 3/4 of the twists.
Then there was Katerina. She is a HUGE bitch almost the whole time and not one person makes her accountable for it.
Also, there were parts of the story I didn’t find believable. I can’t really say which parts though since it would be too spoilery.
The sex was hot, almost to the point of Adult rather than New Adult. So yes, expect some flushed cheeks while reading this book. The romance was really fun in the beginning. I loved Alek and Erin’s back and forth banter. But near the end, they became too mushy for me.
I had fun for a lot of this book. The characters made me feel an array of emotions with each page. If not for the cheesy last 1/3 of the book, this would have been an amazing book. Still, I recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers.
“Sometimes life offers you a second chance. Seize it…own it. Do not be afraid to walk outside the line.”
“You tore open my heart. You made me feel pain when all I wanted was to feel joy. So now, I will remove your power over me. I will never believe in you, ever again.”
“Prelude is the part of a song that pulls you in, hypnotizing you with beauty. The beginning of a song hooks people inside its spell and never lets the person go until the last note trickles through their mind.”
I live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. I write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Sometimes they fall for each other and make sacrifices for their friends. Oh, and sometimes they love music and nature too. I live with my two sons,a guinea pig, a cat, and two dogs. Now that I have completed my MFA in creative writing, I find that I have a little extra time to play CLUE more often. I live in an L-shaped house dedicated to my grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass. Website | Goodreads