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What I really loved about KaSonndra's writing was her descriptive scenes. Set in Milan and Venice, it was easy to picture the beautiful scenery written on the page. Having been to Venice it had me hankering to return. Emotions were also written well, I don't often find a book that makes me cry, but this one did on two occasions. The erotic scenes were well written and hot and I loved that the lead character was feisty, hot headed and independent.
The only reason it lost half a star for me was while I loved the heroine, at times I found her far too mature for her years making it a little harder to believe and I felt there were several background stories that weren't fully resolved, however these are minor personal preferences in a really well written beautiful story of realisation of true love and the impact families have on each other. I will happily pick up more of KaSonndra's work in future.
** I was provided with a copy by the FSSG on Goodreads for an honest review **
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
This book is connected to the Musical Interlude series, but can be read as a standalone. It focuses mainly on Adriana and Luca, who we met in the first MI book, along with other characters .
I'd loved the first book about Erin and Alek, this time we meet and see more of Luca, one of Erin's bosses at the Black Butterfly design com, and Adriana, who is Alek's sister. She's been in love with Nicolai for years it seems, he was brought up with them though, and sees her still as his little sister. So when Luca shows an interest and fed up fo getting rejected once again by Nicolai, she decides to use Luca to make him jealous. That suits Luca, he's really just toying with her and though she plays the part on their family dinner he knows what's behind it, but he wants someone to come with him on a family trip to Venice for almost a week and Adriana will do perfectly. If along the way he manages to seduce her – well, that's just extra bonus. He's well known along with his brothers as a playboy, and the family are typical Italian, loving and emotive and yet always quarreling and full of jealousises.
It's a facinating read, the first half was slow for me though, full of beautiful descriptions and almost poetic revelations about the people, the places and the events. I need to focus on the characters and the story so though this was beautifully written it didn't really capture my imagination in the way it deserved. Thats a personal thing though, and I know others will fully appreciate how this part was scene setting. Then they go on the Venice trip – things heat up, there are secrets slowly coming out of the woodwork, revelations that shock and despair, heart rending some of the things brought in to the open. Nicolai certainly is jealous, furiously so, he wants Adriana fiercely, but thinks he's not good enough. He and Alek are both known killers, have done what's needed in the past and would do it again. The whole family have strong ties not only to the Russian Mafia but to a rival mob too.....and thats slowly heating up over all the novels. Some future drama certainly to come from that angle. Nicolai doesn't think Luca is good enough either, and when he finds out that they've become closer he's furious, looking to grub up any dark secrets he can find, and of course he and Alek have the connections to do just that. Poor Adriana, she needs love, deserves love but will she get it between her brothers, her overbearing,ambitious mother and Luca's warring family.
I really enjoyed this once the focus was on the characters rather than theplaces.It'sgreat read, I felt for poor Nicolai but then he just wasn't helping himself, he seemed to want Adriana to be put on a shelf, kept away from men and just admired from a safe distance...and she's a hot blooded Amercian/Russian lady who wanted, needed and deserved more. There were some shocksto come for all of them over what was revealed and some hard looks at behaviours and what they could and couldn't accept..
Stars: Four – loved it and though its a stand alone it mentions events and characters that are going to be part of the main series and I think reading this will enhance enjoyment of that.
ARC supplied via author.
I did find the first couple of chapters confusing as the story involved three main characters and each one tells their story in the first person. This reader did feel that the first couple of chapters were quite repetitive. However the further into the novel you get the easier the reading becomes.
There are many elements to this ménage-a-tois story. The story is full of family loyalty, betrayal, self-discovery, new love, old love, falling in love, and finally familial secrets and betrayal.
The heroine has lived a very sheltered life not least from her mother, her brother and the all controlling initial love interest (on her part only), but also from the familial secrets. No sooner than the heroine meets the hero than she is thrown into a totally different world; a world of the importance of unconditional love.
There are many twists and turns which emphasises the idea that love is neither simple nor sweet. Each character had to endure challenges to prove they are perfect for their intended mate. These deep and fully believable characters kept this reader turning the pages hoping against hope that the heroine will chose the suitable hero despite their numerous obstacles. All set against in the world of ballet world with its charismatic costume designer. Ultimately who should she/will she chose? The Venetian backdrop is so beautifully described by the author that one feels that they are actually there experiencing the Venetian sights and sounds along with the heroine.
The author was able to give some very complex and interesting characters which meant many parts of the story had me eagerly turning the pages. You definitely get a lot of detail in this story, perhaps on a few occasions there was almost a little too much and distracted from the actual story line, but this aside I really did feel this was a positive first experience to this authors work and I am definitely intrigued to read more.
All that said, unfortunately, the ending was predictable which was a real shame after a well- paced romantic tale of love and self-discovery.
Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.
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I. Love. This. Book. It made me laugh, made me swoon, and it even made me cry. Adriana is my girl. I love her character, she's fun, witty, loyal, strong, a good person through and through. She may be naive but she's not stupid nor weak. Luca is... *sigh* There's just something about a man who knows how to respect and love his mother, regardless of his notoriety in other aspects. In the first half of the book I was actually rooting for Nikolai, with his dark, mysterious appeal, he's just the perfect hero. But as the story progressed, I fell for Luca's character and was hoping Adriana will pick him (remember, I didn't read the blurb. Lol). Adriana and Luca just seemed perfect together. I'm glad the author thought so, too. As for my favorite character in the book, that would be Luca's mom, Simona. The scenes with Simona were both inspiring and heartbreaking that I cried near the end.
I'm damned happy that this book is part of a series. I haven't read a story like this before and would definitely love to read more about the other characters, especially Nikolai who I'm hoping will have his own happy ending, too.
I'm recommending this to all romance readers aged 18 and above. Definitely worth your time!