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?
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by Robin
Leo is working for the Natural History Museum on a team readying for an Ancient Rome event. Somehow he catches Alasdair’s eye leaving a pub on his birthday. Alasdair was hunting some prey before a big vampire meeting. Yes, I said vampire. He can’t seem to shake Leo from his system until he bites him. Something happens that’s never happened to him before and leads them to be tied together in ways neither is prepared for or necessarily wants. One minute Alasdair wants to kill Leo and the next he’s protecting him. How is he going to explain this to his master, Vasilios?
“He’d seen hundreds of men kissing in the clubs, bars, and parties he went to. But with the way Alasdair had pushed his thoughts into his head, it was like he was now involved.
Alarmed and aroused by everything he could see and hear, Leo dropped his gaze, and he was glad he did, because that was when the other vampire finally chose to speak. His voice was raspy and low, and it was seductive in its delivery as he vowed, ‘You, Alasdair, are worthy of pleasures you will only find in my mouth and my bed.’
As a frustrated sound surrounded them, Leo had a feeling the pleasure portion of this evening was over and Alasdair was now being taught some kind of lesson.
‘So keep your yielding. And when you mark him later, know that I am the one who made you need the release. But don’t let his pretty face enchant you—you’ve always been so good about disposing of your food once you were done.’
The jarring reminder of who they were, and who he was, slammed into Leo with the force of a wrecking ball.”
This book is the first in a new vampire series by Ella Franks. I thought the sexual tension between Leo and Alasdair was off the charts but add in Vasilios…he and Alasdair have chemistry that’s lasted a couple thousand years. The mentality amongst the vampires is basically they are heartless monsters. They rule and humans are basically slaves for either food or sex. It feels like you are transported back to the time of Ancient Rome and sucked in (no pun intended!) to vampire hierarchy and covert missions. Who are the bad guys? Who are the good guys? I need to KNOW!
I need more of these vamps and find out if the game plan changes going into book two. Vasilios always seems to throw in a twist that I don’t see coming. I want to hate him but damn it, he’s got me rooting for vampire love, ménage style.
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.
About The Author
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 http://www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at http://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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