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An Aria in Venice

(A Musical Interlude #1.5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  71 reviews
**This novel is a standalone with no cliffhanger.**

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome...Something completely unexpected.

Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a s
Paperback, 1st edition, 380 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Georgia ♥
3 In Love Stars

I will cherish you today. I will love you forever and always...


Love isn't the dreams we have as teenagers, the ideal that we have shaped. Love is furious and certainly blind, passionate and can be easily mistaken for a bond between friends and family. The real one, the forever kind will blindside you, crash you and make you whole as you are building new dreams to fit your beloved one. Real love will make you...

...hit repeat at the end.

This our story. The story of 3 people. Luc
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 intriguing, encouraging and promising stars.

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I love picking up books by authors who are new to me. I love the anticipation of not knowing anything about the story or the characters or even the authors writing style, and I have to say I was quickly impressed with all three elements in this, my first and certainly not my last, encounter with author KaSonndra Leigh.

Set in the romantic and beautiful country of Italy, you can not help but feel drawn into this story about a Russian born ballet
When asked to be a part of the book tour for An Aria In Venice, I wasted no time in saying YES! I fell in love with the first book, The Prelude, and I just assumed this book would pick up with Erin and Alek's story where it left off. I was surprised to find that An Aria In Venice was Adriana's story—Adriana is Alek's baby sister. I didn't read the synopsis, so when I realized this was her story, and that it coincides with Erin and Alek's during the first book (which pulled me into this book just ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What do you do when the man you have loved for years refuses to see you as the woman you have become and pushes you away at every turn? Try to make him regret his decision and fume with jealousy of course. And that is exactly what Adriana sets out to do when she sees fashion designer and known player Luca for the first time.

Only the more time she spends with him, the more confused she becomes...the more things feel less like a game and more real. And she starts to care for his mother ma
Rita Pereira
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What should you do when by trying to make one guy jealous you end up with a torn heart?

We have this love triangle between Adriana, a 21 year old ballerina who has been in love his her brother's best friend Nikolai, who only sees her as his little sister, and Luca, a player who is really good at his game. But everything changes once Adriana and Luca share their stories and start to realise that they actually need each other.

I haven't read a book with this kind of love triangle in a really long ti
Sarah Raderstorf
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like wow, unbelievable. I totally fell in love with An Aria In Venice. Luca and Nikolai are extremely drool worthy.
Adriana and Luca are wonderful together. What starts as a nice gesture between the two turns into a bit of a romance. Luca is definitely romantic, the perfect guy that any girl would want to be with. Adriana is the beautiful dancer who struggles with her mom and Nikoli. But in the end, he pushes Adriana into Luca's arms.
It seems that Adriana and Luca are drawn together, through fa
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Adriana is a beautiful, talented ballerina. She just happens to be a virgin. Luca is a super, sexy man that's used to getting whatever he wants. He spots Adriana and decides he wants her! Adriana sees Luca and knows he's the one she wants to give her virginity to. No strings. This should be the end of the's not!

This book is HOT!! They find they are meant for each other. Reading their journey was extremely satisfying. I
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very original uplifting read.
The story itself kept me on the edge of my seat what an exceptional "love story" ! It's a hypnotic,romantic, but sexy twists and turns that would give you whiplash and in the end a couple of life lessons and heart felt memories to last always
The characters and story were written in ways to give different points of view. I love how there's a connection to everything it all just fits like a puzzle .this book can stand as a book or part of a spin off .
Colleen Everly
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Adrianna you would think would be a spoiled little rich girl but she isn't. She's loved Nikolai so long without knowing he loved her back that she finally gave up and decided to go with someone new. It started out as friendship and I think she wanted to make Nikolai jealous but then she finds she really cares for Luca and gives him her heart. I liked how she realized that she still loves Nikolai just nut in the same way. Luca makes her happy. I really like this series it's so w ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm so sorry I had a hard time getting into this book the first time I started to read it!!! I came back to it last night - and couldn't put it down!

I fell in love with the locations, the characters, the romance, the tension, everything! When I was finished reading, I felt a sadness at losing contact with my newfound friends! I wanted to stay with them and watch their I feel like a voyeur!!! ;)

Totally happy I didn't turn my back on this wonderful book forever!!!
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in this series and was blow away by its passion, backdrop, characters and story development. Now granted, the romance got a bit on the tempestuous side, but they were very passionate people who suppressed their feelings a lot.
Anyhoo, I had the opportunity to read the companion novel about Alek's little sister and jumped on it because Adriana was a little firecracker in the first book and was just waiting for her opportunity to blossom if she ever got out from under her fam
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, r2r
An Aria in Venice

ARR #62 given by the author via GR's Fifty Shades Support Group, in exchange of honest review. This was given alongside the book #1, Prelude.

"... an aria, as my ballerina calls a short song that stays with you forever, affecting you in such a way that each muscle, every bone, every single organ in your body falls under its spell. An Aria in Venice."

"I want Nikolai to see me, to feel me, to understand how I ache inside each time he touches me as though I’m still a little girl and
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Favorite Quotes
"'After all the crazy shit you just heard, you're still willing to take a chance on me?' he asks, closing the distance between us. 'Everybody deserves to have someone who believes in them,' I answer, keeping my gaze locked inside his."

"Life doesn't always wind up fixing itself and leaving a happy ending that comes complete with a boat made out of gold waiting to carry its passengers off into the sunset."

Why I Picked It Up

I loved The Prelude and couldn't wait to read Adriana's stor
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

An Aria in Venice is a standalone story in the A Musical Interlude series. This story follows Alek's younger sister, Aria (aka Adriana). In the first book, The Prelude, we follow the growing relationship between Alek and Erin. This story is all that is happening to Aria while Alek is chasing Erin. I really loved this because while reading the first book, I knew something was going on wi
Jeannie Zelos
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
An Aria in Venice, A Musical Interlude Novel , KaSonndra Leigh .
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
This book is connected to the Musical Interlude series, but can be read as a standalone. It focuses mainly on Adriana and Luca, who we met in the first MI book, along with other characters .
I'd loved the first book about Erin and Alek, this time we meet and see more of Luca, one of Erin's bosses at the Black Butterfly design com, and Adriana, who is Alek's sister. She's been in love with Nico
Novel Grounds
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing


I highly enjoyed Prelude and this Novella for the series was no different. It was a quick and wonderful read. It can be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed having the first one read before I jumped into this.

In this story we follow the trite between Luca, Nikolai, and Adriana in the battle for love. She wants to be loved, and wants to be seen, but doesn't see whats right in front of her.

Adriana is in lust with Nikolai. All she wants is for him to returns her affections sat t
Lori Palle
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Like everyone else, he’s too busy loving me to really see me.”—Adriana

Adriana Dostov has been in love with her brother’s best friend, Nikolai, for years. He loves her back fiercely but refuses to admit it to her. Determined to get her mind of off him, she agrees to join the gorgeous and sexy playboy Luca and his family in Venice. He was only supposed to get her mind off of Nikolai, not fall in love with her and steal her heart. And Nikolai? Now that Adriana has the chance to be happy with someo
Nanette Bradford
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An aria in Venice.. What a perfect title for such a great book. Again, I was lucky enough to get this copy for my honest review.. I love dancing and everything that has to do with ballet. One day I'd love to go to Venice too. The way this book described all the beautifully lost architecture and art it made me want to fly out now to see all that Luca and Adriana saw..

I'm getting ahead of myself though.. Bad boys, bad boys, oh were there plenty of deliciously bad boys in this book. Sooo many to d
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!

An Aria in Venice is an emotional coming of age romance by KaSonndra Leigh. Once again, Leigh uses alternating first-person voice, telling this story through the eyes of Adriana Dostovsky, Luca Martuccio and Nikolai Belikov, characters that were introduced in the first book in the Musical Intrude series, The Prelude.

At twenty-one, Adriana is at a crossroads in her life. While she is trying to become a lead ballerina, Adriana’s love life is going
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Provided a copy in exchange for an honest review

An Aria in Venice is the story of Adriana a ballerina that has been in love with her brother's best friend Nikolai for years. She does not hide her feelings from him and though he feels the same about her, he will not admit it because he feels he is not good enough for her and that her brother and mother (who are like family to him) will not approve. Then Adriana meets Luca a fashion designer who is designing costumes for her mother's ballet compan
Stephanie Marshall
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you make a deal with your friends to give up your virginity at the age of 21 to a gorgeous player? One night, no strings attached is the deal, but it seems fate might have other plans…
Adriana Dostov comes from a Russian father and an American mother. One night a few years ago; Adriana, her mother, brother and Nikolai they had to escape from Russia to avoid trouble caused from her father. This left Adriana growing up with a mother, who does not show affection and is very critica
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An Aria in Venice is an exquisite story full of joy, sorrow, love, loss, sensuality and so much more. KaSonndra Leigh's best work to date. I fell hopelessly in love with the beauty of her words and now dream of walking the streets of Venice or riding a gondola through the canals until the sun comes up. A truly magical journey.

Adriana has had a painful life, full of nightmares from the day her family escaped the lies of her father. Her rock has always been Nickolai, a man who she has longed for s
Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic
I love it when I hit jackpot when using a random picker to choose what book to read next. And because it was random, I didn't read the blurb; which I think didn't do justice to the book, by the way. There's a love triangle in the story and I felt that it should have been mentioned in the blurb. And having said that, I'm glad I didn't read it before the book. I enjoyed the heroine's bittersweet realizations about the two men. The blurb was actually a spoiler. It didn't mention Nikolai's important ...more
Kristen Cansler
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
To start off, I did not read the first book in this series. This book is a standalone, and I had no issue getting into the story. Bonus points: No cliffhanger!

KaSonndra Leigh has a beautiful way with words. Her writing is very descriptive and it flowed smoothly. At times though, the descriptions were so heavy that I had trouble looking past them to find the story. The emotions run high in this tale. The story felt like it was built on many layers and which turn of the page, I got to peel back
Lulu Vega
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An Aria in Venice. I have to say, this is an amazing love story. Let me start off by saying that I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and beta reading it was a lot of fun. I fell in love with the story from the very beginning. Dancing is one of my favorite things to do and I honestly fell in love with ballet. Another thing I love about this story is the gorgeous place of Venice. I've always thought of Venice as one of the most beautiful places in the world and the way the a ...more
Ashley Schoen
Adriana Dostov has always done what she is told...from her mother, her ballet teacher, even her over protective brother and his best friend. Whom she just happens to have a major crush on. When he doesn't give her the time of day she tries to move on. She meets Luca Martuccio, the new designer for the ballet company Adriana attends. Luca catches Adriana's eye and Vice Versa. When they discover there is more to one another than meets the eye obstacles start popping up at every corner.

Although th
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We met Adriana and Luca in The Prelude. Adriana is Alex Dostov's little sister who he is very protective of. On top of that she is also the dream Nikolei won't allow himself to have. Adriana has always been in love or crush with Nikolei, her adopted brother, but he never sees her in that way. When Luca shows an interest in Adriana and she finds herself having feelings for him, she finds herself at a crossroads. This is a wonderful journey for Adriana as she sheds who she was an embraces her true ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
I ❤️ the bada$$ ballerina....
I must say that KaSonndra Leigh is a word sculptress, her writing is smooth and beautiful to read. She took me on a journey to the ballet and the fashion world in Milan and on gondola rides in Venice. She created characters with such strong personalities that I loved some and hated others, she made me FEEL emotions with her words. She described people and places with such detail that I could see them. She made me fall in love with Luca and his family, most especially
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, arc, beta
This is the first time I have read a romance novel by KaSonndra Leigh, I have been a long time fan of her paranormal series. I must admit it's always scary reading a new genre from an author you have come to love for the genre's she's written previously, however, KaSonndra amazed me by this book. It was truly epic. Reading An Aria in Venice was an emotional roller coaster. I really felt like I was able to connect to the characters who were just epic. My heart went out to Adrianna, Luca and Nicko ...more
Stephanie Wolf
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, relationship
KaSonndra Leigh has done it again. Please note this is an adult read, for mature audiences.

Adriana Dostov was legally an adult, age 21, but everyone around her treated her like a child or a porcelain doll that needed to be protected so it would not break.

Adriana decided it was time to be an adult and made a bet with her friends to lose her virginity. Enter one drop dead gorgeous hunk called Luca. Luca was well known for having numerous affairs with women, and leaving them behind. Adriana thought
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Other books in the series

A Musical Interlude (4 books)
  • The Prelude (A Musical Interlude, #1)
  • The Crescendo (A Musical Interlude, #2)
  • The Dark Duet (A Musical Interlude, #3)
  • The Finale (A Musical Interlude, #4)

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