by Fiona Paul
YA Historical Romance
Published: July 16th 2013
In Renaissance Italy, love, lust, intrigue and secret societies converge to stunning results!
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiance, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he's arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass's life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose - the only evidence that will prove he's innocent.
So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order's eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.
Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review as part of a blog tour.
Belladonna is just as good, maybe even better, than Venom. I love how the mystery continues, and we get to see another part of Italy. I really wish we could have seen a little more of Luca before he gets arrested (not giving anything away, this is part of the blurb).
Of course, Cass has to run into Falco. The book wouldn't be complete if he didn't show up. I can officially say that I am on team Luca. I did not like Falco in this book, and hope he doesn't get Cass in the end.
Belladonna herself is sooo creepily beautiful! I love all the imagery the author used when describing both Bella and her estate. Again, Fiona Paul has created a picture perfect setting that you can see perfectly.
I will tell you this, I actually had to put the book down towards the end because I couldn't see through my tears. I was crying so hard, it was horrible. But, I am ok now and anxiously awaiting Starling to be released.