The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this book.  But I really, really enjoyed it.  Both of the main characters have a lot of demons and a tragic accident years before brings them together in a way that could tear them apart.

I love the interesting combination of fashion designer and symphony director.  Definitely something different – which we know I love.  Not that I don’t love them, but this was a nice change of pace from the multi-billionaire business men and their employee story lines.

Erin’s content to just be by herself.  She’s not looking for a relationship and she quite literally stumbles into one with sexy Maestro Alek Dostov.  The supporting characters are really well written and have a variety of great personalities.  One of my favorite parts of the story is when Erin and Alek’s mother finally come to an understanding.  I won’t say more but once you read the book you’ll get what I mean.  Total “Coyote Ugly” moment right there 🙂

I read the book in a day because I didn’t want to put it down – I needed to know how it ended.  I love watching Erin come into her own and release the demons one-by-one.  I’d recommend it!

From Amazon.com

**This novel contains intense sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 18+ years of age.**

“The Prelude is the part of a song that pulls you in, hypnotizing you with beauty.”

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.

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