Alasdair by Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters #1
Also in this series: Isadora
Published by LLC on October 13, 2015
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A DANGEROUS ALLURE
Bestowed with eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. His name carries weight across all of the seven continents.
But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in his choice of partners and prides himself on his ironclad self-control.
Yet with one look his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover that eternal life doesn’t always last forever…
A DEADLY ATTRACTION
Thrust into a world he could never have imagined, Leo Chapel awakens in his worst nightmare. Taken hostage by the dangerously mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair, Leo must rely on his intelligence to escape before he reveals a secret he isn’t even aware he’s hiding.
A FORBIDDEN DESIRE
Unaware that they’ve been brought together by an outside force and are little more than pawns to a higher power, Alasdair and Leo spend time trying to uncover the other’s secrets, the attraction between them growing stronger all the while.
But enemies are watching and preparing to act against them. When decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead, grey heart learn to beat again?
It started off as a game of chase, a deadly one when an unexpected discovery finds Alasdair torn between desire; loyalty and survival as he contemplates his next feed. Alasdair is a powerful vampire, sired by one of the Ancients, Vasilios, and is renowned for his position and ways. Alasdair is all about the hunt, savouring the moment, hearing an altering heart beat and knowing he will win in the end…or will he? In the beginning, the direction of the story appears obvious, but not all is as it appears and with the uncertainty, the suspense starts to build.
He’d been gifted with many things the night he’d been turned, but that particular trait was one of his favorites. The ability to pierce through the relaxed layers of consciousness and delve deeper into the subconscious. He was anticipating that as much as the final feed.
The object of his chase is Leo, an archaeologist and a museum curator working on an ancient Greek exhibition, when he goes missing just before the exhibition’s opening day. He has no idea Alasdair is chasing him, putting the strange experiences of his evening down to a weird albeit mesmerising dream. It’s not until he comes face to face with Alasdair does he realise it was far from a dream, it was beginning to look like a nightmare.
Leo and Alasdair are fascinated by each other and only one seems to be fighting it. Leo is lured by the danger/ temptation he sees before him with the only barrier between death and life being Alasdair’s fascination with him and the possible threat Leo poses. And this is where the line blurs and it’s no longer clear where the danger truly lies.
“First, you terrorize me, then you kidnap me, and now, you’re hell-bent on destroying my life. If this is your version of playing with your food, I think you’ve taken it far enough.”
Leo has no idea why he is in this situation and clueless as to the way he affects Alasdair apart from the attraction he is sure it’s mutual. What he does know is the man of his dreams is hot. Leo is ignorant to what is happening to him except for the undeniable attraction he feels for his captor. Alasdair however is cautious, summoning every ounce of self-control he has to stop from feeding or getting close to Leo but he feels the attraction every bit as much as Leo does.
“Why haven’t you killed me? I don’t get what your deal is. Are you bored? Defective? Or something else I haven’t thought of?”
It takes one kiss, one slide of Leo’s tongue on his fangs to ignite the simmering passion between them. As each interaction passes, Leo becomes bolder realising he has nothing to lose. An erotic dance of avoidance is played on repeat which became a tad repetitive. What I had to remind myself of was this was still a game, a dance and it was all relevant. The suspense hung in the air, not knowing which character had the lead, which one had the control or could it be neither and destiny was at the helm.
The richness of Ella Frank’s writing and the way power of suggestion was utilised managed to rope me in and it seemed as if merely scratched the surface of this story. Another book that ends with a cliff hanger, lives are hanging by threads, but a breather between this book and the next will allow what has already been told to be processed. I’m sure the imagery of Alasdair and Leo will remain for some time to come.
What I loved:
- The internal monologue, so appropriate for this kind of story
- The strength shown by both Alasdair and Leo
- Leo’s lack of fear
- Imagination / suggestion and the way it was used
What I struggled with:
- At times it felt like the steamy scenes were being dragged out Towards the end. Don’t get me wrong, they were good, but I found myself wanting to move on to the next part of the story.
Lily Rating: 4.5 Stars
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