Author: Fiona Paul
Book one in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series
Edition Read: ARC
When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman-practically in her own backyard-she's drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiance, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that's as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
PROS: I love the vividness in which everything is portrayed. You really see everything beautifully. Sienna was great. I really like how she became a better lady's maid through the book, and how her and Cass' relationship grew. Hmm, who am I rooting for? Luca. Even though we really don't see him much in this book, I really liked what we did see. He is a true gentleman.
CONS: Really Cass? There is a murderer running around, who has already tried to warn you away, and you still insist on going out at night to investigate? Really? Well, I suppose if she hadn't it would have been a very boring book. : ) The only other "con" I have is that I needed an Italian-to-English translator handy with some of the words that were thrown in.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I loved this book and would highly recommend it. Even if you aren't into historical books, this one really sucks you in. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Please check back tomorrow for a special excerpt from Fiona Paul's short story Venomous and a giveaway!