ARC Review: Alasdair by Ella Frank

13 Oct 2015

Book Title: Alasdair
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters #1
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, M/M Romance
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…

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.

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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ALASDAIR was one of those books I went into with zero expectations. In fact, I'd expected not to like it. Somewhere in the blog tour sign-up, I'd missed the fact that this is a paranormal book. I guess my eyes focused in on Ella Frank and MM and everything else seemed to fade to gray. Anywho, this is one of those times I went outside my typical reading comfort zone and found myself refreshingly pleased in the outcome. I'm not going to say there wasn't a fair number of text messages to a certain French buddy ***waves to Stephanie*** with oodles of inquiries into the world of vampires because obviously this genre is fairly complex. Twilight doesn't hold a candle to this sh*t. But I digress...onto the review.

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Alasdair is a very controlled, choosey-in-his-prey vampire. When he sets eyes on a certain human walking the streets one dark night, he's immediately drawn to him...his scent. He finds himself coming back to his home over and over, stalking him until one night he enters his apartment and introduces himself. What he did not expect is that Leo is NOT what he thought he was- though his insane draw to him he cannot withstand. Who's under whose spell?

" Is that what you want, Leonidis? To lie on your back, spread your legs, and let me inside you whenever I desire? Or how about we skip the bed all together and I take you against whatever is near? Hmm? Are you sure your cock isn't speaking for your head, file mou? Because, yes. Se thelo. And if I have you, I will not let you go until I am done."

ALASDAIR weaves a pretty complex story within a family of vampires suddenly finding themselves threatened by an unknown enemy. Nothing is as it seems and Ms Frank had me turning the pages at a feverish pace trying to figure out the spin within this plot. But how can the reader figure it out when the characters are as dumbfounded as we are? Who is the enemy? And who will die first?

ALASDAIR is erotic, spellbinding, and captures the reader almost immediately within the first few pages. Leo's world is turned upside down when his life as he knows it, things he'd only thought were imaginary come to life before him. Worse yet, why is he feverishly attracted to a being, A VAMPIRE, he knows can and will kill him with the bite of his fangs? His career studies are in Ancient Greek mythology and he finds himself almost time traveling to those days as flashbacks, a voyeur in this sexy world of vampires. Are these some weird kind of flashbacks or just nightmares? But everything is so real...erotic...terrifying.

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I have to admit on more than one occasion, I found myself a bit befuddled by the events and the complex nature of this erotic paranormal romance. The book is delivered in multiple POVs with several different characters that appear to be casted in the next two books. Ella Frank trickle-fed details that gradually come together and leaves us with one helluva cliffhanger. I anxiously look forward to more steamy man-on-man vampire action, spellbinding suspense and all that Ms. Frank has proven to deliver over her writing years. Until then...

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Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.


Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite and Temptation Series.

The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.

Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Hillsboro, Portland with her husband.


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