Review: Alasdair by Ella Frank

Monday, October 23, 2017

Title: Alasdair
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication date: October 13th 2015
Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon

 A dangerous allure…

Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. Bestowed eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, his name carries much weight across the 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 who he takes them from, priding himself on his ironclad self-control. 
Yet with one look, and one man, his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover—eternal life doesn’t always last forever…

A deadly attraction…

Thrust into a world he never knew existed, Leo Chapel has awoken in his worst nightmare. One that is being orchestrated by the dangerously, mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair. 
He’s taken him hostage, convinced that Leo is hiding something after he managed to incapacitate him, and has vowed to do whatever is necessary to discover what that is—even if Leo himself has no clue.

A forbidden desire that could destroy a race…

Brought together by a force neither are aware of, both Alasdair and Leo are ignorant that they are pawns to a higher power. All they know, is the more time they spend trying to uncover the others secrets, the stronger the attraction becomes. 
But enemies are watching, from afar and from within, and when decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead grey heart learn to beat again?

I've read a couple of Ella Frank's MM romances and I enjoyed them for the most part, so I was really excited when I found this series available through Kindle Unlimited.  This series is so different from anything that I've read from her before, and I love vampires, so I couldn't say no.  Every year around Halloween I find myself wanting to read thrillers or books with vampires to help me get into the spooky holiday spirit. lol!  While I really loved the world that Ella Frank created with all of the vampires and mythology, I thought the romance aspect fell a bit short.

Alasdair is a "first sired" vampire, meaning he is one of the most powerful and feared vampires in existence. He was sired by Vasilious, who is even more powerful than he is. Vasilious owns him and can command him at will.  Alasdair is ruthless with a magnetic sexual appeal. His looks have lured plenty of humans to their death, while experiencing a pleasure unlike anything they've ever experienced. He's also a vampire of particular tastes, so not just anyone experiences the pleasure of receiving his carnal attentions. But after seeing Leo one night that seems to change everything for him.  He finds himself drawn to him, even if he doesn't understand why.

Leonidas Chapel has a dream involving a sexy man, but quickly learns that it wasn't a dream like he thought.  He remembers being bitten and then waking up in a room alone.  He is thrust in a world unlike any he's ever imagined existed. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Alasdair, while also fearing Alasdair will end his life at any moment. Every time they kiss Leo receives visions from the past, and they find that they may be connected more than they originally thought.

There was A LOT of sexual tension and chemistry in this one but not very much "follow through", if that makes any sense.  Things were built up and built up but then halted, so when things finally did happen, I wanted a little more and I also felt a little let down.  I'm still really confused about how this relationship is going to pan out.  Is it truly Alasdair and Leo, or is Vasilious also going to be part of their relationship too??  I don't really know, but I seems like that may be the case, which kind of bums me out.  We spent the whole book feeling the chemistry between Leo and Alasdair that it felt really frustrating when Vasilious involved himself repeatedly.  Maybe after I see how all three interact in the next book, I can get more on board with them all together but as of now, I don't love it.

This story had a pretty slow start and took a while to get going but I was really into it by the end.  Things still aren't completely clear to me as to what is really going on, but I'm hoping that is going to be a little more clear in the next story.  I was really disappointed with the ending in this one.  There's nothing gradual at all about it.  Nothing is figured out, but there isn't really a huge cliffhanger moment either.  It just ends.  It felt really abrupt and strange.

Even though I didn't absolutely love everything about this one, I feel intrigued enough to continue on with the next book in the series because I need to know what happens.  The next book in this series is going to be a M/F romance, but it will still involve all of the characters we met in this book.  Although the next book is supposed to focus more on Isadora, I'm still hoping for a little more insight on how things are going to work with this couple from Alasdair.

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  1. It is such a tease for all that romantic tension and build up to lead nowhere. So frustrating. I hope you like the next one better.

  2. I totally get what you mean about there not being a follow-through. I've been feeling that way with a lot of romance novels lately. Maybe, I'm getting burned out. Anyways, this one intrigues me because vampires! I have been looking to start a new vampire paranormal series, so I'll add this to my list.
    Great review, Julie!

  3. I looked this up after reading your goodreads reviews for the series. I'm still up int he air on if I want to read.

    For What It's Worth

  4. Aww darn, I was interested until I saw the next book would be about a different couple :-/ But I'm glad you at least liked some things about this, bummer about the romance issues though.

  5. Ahhh, it sounds like this one had a lot of potential, in terms of the romance. I love it when an author can cook up a lot of tension and chemistry but the author would also need to do a good job with the romance. I'm sorry you didn't totally love this one but I glad you didn't hate it either! :D

    Have a lovely weekend, Julie. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. The fact you're still willing to read the second book says this book wasn't a totally fail. The romance may not have quite hit the mark and didn't follow through but the story itself does sounds interesting. Fingers crossed the second book clarifies the romance storyline a bit and is just plain old better.


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