Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters #1) by Ella Frank

Ella Frank
Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters Book 1)



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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“Why won’t you just leave me alone?” he finally asked as Alasdair came to a standstill by the kitchen table. “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.”

Alasdair’s brow rose as he studied him. “Haven’t you awoken in a particularly spirited mood? Thanos was right. I like it,” he said, his tone dropping a few octaves. “It’s more fitting of you.”

“You know nothing about me. And I’m positive you care even less,” he grit out, his anger rising inside him now as he bravely stepped closer. “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?"

The words fell off his tongue and hovered in the air between them like a provocative dare. He wasn’t sure how Alasdair would react, but before he could continue, he was crushed back against the sink. His hands were trapped behind his back, and the counter dug into his hips as Alasdair held him in place.

“I assure you I am certainly not defective. And you should stop talking. Your words, they will get you—”

“What, killed? You said you liked my newfound spirit. Now, all of a sudden, you don’t?”

“We vampires, we’re fickle creatures. We change our minds every split second,” Alasdair said. “And right now, I’d prefer you to shut your mouth. Or I’ll do it for you. Permanently.”

My Review

This is the first book I've read by Ella Frank, and I can say with great conviction that it certainly won't be the last...because, WOW.  The sexual tension, suspense and storytelling were all present in spades, and though the first half did move a little slower for me, even then I could not tear myself away from this book.

The story sucks you in (pun not intended, but then again...yeah), and I found the intricacies of the vampire societal structure to be quite intriguing.  At times I was torn between hating Vasilios for how he treats Alasdair, but then completely vacillated in the opposite direction at others (in particular the scene with the two of them and Leo in the bedchamber, as well as the final scene).  

The constantly warring emotions Alasdair has for Leo contribute to the suspense, and sexual tension seems to be a permanent theme between them.  Between this and the order Vasilios finally issues to Alasdair regarding Leo, Ella Frank makes it so you don't want to put this book down for even a moment.

The characters have excellent depth and are all well developed, even those who only play supporting parts.  They all make valuable contributions to the story, and I was left wanting to know more about all of them and can't wait to read the rest of the series to learn more.  The story is told from multiple characters' points of view, which truly enriched the story and added complexity by giving the different perspectives.

This does end on a bit of a cliffhanger...when I got to that final scene and the story ended I was scrambling to find out when the next book would be coming out as I NEED more!  Alasdair is a fantastic, gripping paranormal M/M vampire romance and was a 5-star read for me.  I'm already on the lookout for the next in the series, and will be scooping it up the first chance I get!  Alasdair is recommended for 18+ due to adult M/M erotic scenes (start fanning yourself now...).

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 and on Facebook at

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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