The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3 - 3.5 Stars
The Prelude begins with a tragedy - a tragedy that leaves Erin Angelo making a vow "Love, I have this to say to you: You tore open my heart. You made me feel pain when all I wanted to feel was joy. So now, I will remove your power over me. I'll never kiss anyone or trust in any dream that you can take away from me. I will never believe in you, ever again."
5 years later Erin is in Milan as a rising fashion designer. She's guarded and living with the guilt of the tragic events from her past. And she's kept her vow to never love again... until she meets Aleksandr Dostovsky.
Aleksandr (Alek) is a sexy, Russian maestro. Alek also has a troubled past that he continues to struggle with. He's an ex-gang member that lives a playboy lifestyle. But how quickly that all changes once he meets Erin.
There's an instant connection between Erin and Alek. Erin finds herself slowly letting her guard down around Alek (he's very persistent =)) Their relationship begins with a sexual arrangement; no strings attached. But Alek's past comes back to haunt them and Erin struggles to forgive what's happened in the past. Dramatic events take place and the story takes a twist; discoveries are made and decisions are changed.
The Prelude is told from both Erin and Alek's POVs. It helped detail each of their pasts and helped get inside their heads.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but there were parts that were predictable and parts that were cheesy and unbelievable.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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