Promo + ARC Review by Alasdair by Ella Frank


Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters Book 1) 
by Ella Frank

Date of Publication: October 13, 2015


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?


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MY REVIEW

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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If you read my profile, you know I don't read PNR books.
When I heard about Ella Frank's new book I hoped it was M/M but I would never imagine it could be M/M AND PNR.
But if I can handle PNR it's the vampire kind. So I was a little relieved when I read the blurb.

“A lot can happen when the sun dips down and the moon comes out to play…”

Alasdair was a compelling and captivating story, just as much as a vampire is devilishly handsome.
The book is filled with vampires and if you didn't already know it, there's nothing more beautiful than a vampire.

Alasdair is an old vampire well known for his patience and the way he chooses his next prey.
It's been now two weeks that he set his eyes on a guy and when it's finally time to cut the chase and to feed, something goes wrong. It's like the other guy's blood paralyzes him.

Alasdair is not one to make a hasty decision but his attention is picked. So he has no other choice than to take him with him.
Leo is an historian and he might become crazy with all these research he's been doing. This go all too far as to have nightmares. But this goes even further when his own nightmare materializes in front of him.


"But this isn’t a nightmare, and you want to know a secret?”“What happens in here also happens out there.”


Like I said this book is captivating from the start. Ella's writing pulls you right away in this mysterious and dangerous world and I couldn't put the book down.

Both Alasdair and Leo perplex situation was confusing. Neither of them understands what's happening and they were in the dark as much as I was. I was so absorbed, and as everything comes into light, other questions arise.

“I am drawn to you, Leonidas. I cannot seem to leave you be.”

Two men in a book means one hell of good time but they are also more people involved. When lust, hunger, jealousy and sexual tension are mixed that gives us some very steamy moments where you are left wanting a cold shower.

As the story progress, it was obvious to me this couldn't be a stand-alone. I have to admit I didn't see it coming. Ella introduced us in an environment, a whole particular world and I thought at first it was all about the same main characters. Though I have to selfishly admit I wanted it too.

That being said, Ella's magic happened again and I want to be in her head to see what she has in store with this story and how everything will wrap up.

About Ella Frank


Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as "scorching hot!" and "enticingly sexy!"
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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EXCERPT

With no more than a flash of thought, he was inside the man's room and standing at the foot of a large bed.
Locks. Such a useless human defense.
He cocked his head to the side and examined the book splayed open on the man's naked chest. It looked as though it had fallen there when he'd drifted off to sleep, his fingers still resting against the glossy cover.
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths.
Now that is an unlikely coincidence.
A sinister smile morphed Alasdair's lips, and he touched the tip of his tongue to the fangs elongating from his upper gums. The familiar surge of adrenaline caused his skin to come alive with awareness as his body prepared itself to do what it had been created for.
Raising his hand, he flicked his wrist and the covers whisked back. The man beneath was no more aware of the action than a slight shift in the air as a low sigh escaped him and he stretched his body, turning his head on the pillow.
The sight that greeted Alasdair made the hours he'd spent tracking well worth the time. When the human took a breath, the knotted drawstring tie of his linen lounge pants caught his attention. Fuck, that made him want to indulge his carnal side first.
Maybe this was the root of his current obsession. In fact, that thought was followed by one truer to his perverse nature. How long would it take to have him clutching those covers from lust if I wanted it? And as Alasdair continued to observe the human, he realized just how much he wanted it.
The chest where the book was lying was covered in a light dusting of blond hair. It trailed a path along the center of the man's sternum to his stomach, which looked as hard as his own. However, unlike his own abdomen, this man's skin would be warm to the touch.
Perhaps he could take a moment or two and… No, he didn't have the time, and that really was a shame. A meeting had been called this evening, and he was due at the Assembly Hall soon. The last thing he wanted to do was piss off the Ancients by being late.
So, with the speed and the stealth only his kind possessed, he was on the bed and stretched out above the man, and his mouth hovered over the ear closest to him.
He threw the book, which landed with a loud thump on the floor, and couldn't stop himself from slipping one of his hands beneath those thin pants to curl his fingers around the flaccid cock he found inside. When a soft groan left the human, Alasdair used his other hand to capture his captive's wrists like iron shackles and pin them above his head. Before the man had a chance to wake, he delved inside his head and projected an image of where this hunt would finally end.

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