Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published March 29th 2013
by KaSonndra Leigh Books
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.
I really liked the idea of this book. It sounded sexy, moving and raw. There was a lot of good things about this book--I really liked Alek, I liked how the relationships played out but I was left disappointed by the overall story. The parts about Alek and Jada came at me out of no where, and I'm not really sure why that was thrown into the mix. I felt there was enough going on without it. I kinda wanted more about how Alek broke down the walls Erin had constructed around herself. I also thought the Russian mob plot line needed more fleshing out. However, I liked that by the end of the novel Alek's mother accepts Erin, and that Erin has found peace within herself and is ready to begin a life with Alek.
Erin: Her character had a lot of spunk, and I really admired her. However, I thought she was a bit over the top in her efforts to stave off all men, in her inability to trust. I wasn't really sure what the big motivating force behind that was--her mother's condition? That she blamed herself? Because her British boyfriend left her after her sister's death? Not sure, but it was nice to see her fighting. She had suffered horrible traumas, but she managed to build a life for herself and bulldozer her way to greatness--which I thought was great. I totally got what Alek loved about her, her resilience and strength was amazing.
Alek: For a bad boy, he was sooo good. I really liked how at heart, he is really sweet and tender. He's a bit of an alpha for sure, but he was perfectly wonderful in all the right ways. Caring, generous, protective of those he loves, Alek was willing to do whatever it took to keep his family and Erin safe. I liked that he was the first one to say "I love you", I liked that he did things on Erin's terms while challenging her to let go and trust again. He's very book boyfriend that way, but also had that dangerous edge that makes you sizzle.
The secondary characters were each interesting in their own way, which I liked. I'm curious about Adriana's and Luca's romance, and even about what the future holds for Alek's mother, Katerina aka Tracy. In the end, I was left wanting a little more from the overall story, but Alek and Erin's romance was a sweet love story of a love couple learning to trust, and deal with loss and love.I would like to thank Ms. Leigh for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 glittering stars