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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 fiancé, 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.
Cass is back living with her aunt and still engaged to marry Luca. When people come to take away Luca for no reasons whatsoever, it’s up to Cass to help clear his name. Together with her friends, she sets her sights on Florence to find out where the Book of the Eternal Rose which leads to Luca’s innocence. What she wasn’t planning on was seeing Falco with his new employer, the ever beautiful Bella. Cass is back in the second installment of the Secret of the Eternal Rose series and she finds herself in a mystery that involves murder, secrets and corruption.
I liked Cass in this one. She was determined to do whatever it took to get Luca to safety and I just wanted her to come to her senses. Cass has many great friends and I’m glad they’re just as important to her. She treats her handmaidens like family and I’m grateful that she respects them. One thing I didn’t enjoy was that Falco wasn’t in this book as much as the first one. And I also find him rude and selfish and that’s not a good match when it comes to a romances.
Belladonna brought back the same beautiful setting that Venom did. And with the mystery came all the characters that were brought to life with Fiona’s writing. I’m interested to find out what happens in the next book!
Love the characters and their relationships!
Length was a bit too long, but the pacing was great!
Definitely fits with the theme of the novel, but a little boring..
Great plot and the secrets unveiled was pretty intense!
Overall, story is a must-read for any historical romance fans!
I know only what my father told me, that the Order of the Eternal Rose was formed long ago by learned men. Their original goal was noble, to find methods with which to survive bouts of illness and disease, to extend human life. The book–it’s more of a collection of papers, actually–is where their scientists and philosophers kept all of their notes. As the Order’s purpose turned darker, so did the content of these papers. I believe if this book can be recovered, then men like Joseph Dubois can be incriminated in unspeakable crimes.
I made it known to Dubois that I was in possession of some of these papers. A foolish move on my part, but I was hoping to use what I had to secure Cassandra’s safety. Unfortunately, the papers I have weren’t quite the damning evidence I pretended them to be. When Dubois insisted I relinquish them to him, I refused. I believe my imprisonment on the charge of heresy is a result of my defiance. I’ve never spoken ill of the Church in my life.
Mannaggia. Poor Cassandra. This ought not to be her fight. I’ve no idea if she’ll have any luck unearthing the rest of the Book of the Eternal Rose. A large part of me feels that she shouldn’t even try. Perhaps my imprisonment is a sign from God that I should have abandoned my father’s quest to destroy the Order in favor of loving her, of moving forward instead of becoming mired in the past. I fear if she follows my lead, she may suffer the same fate. I would die a thousand times over before I would wish pain on her.
I would say that I’m truly sorry for any pain that I’ve caused, and that everything I have done was what I believed to be the best course of action at the time. I would apologize to the memories of my little sister, Diana, and to my father, for failing them. I would apologize to Cassandra for being unable to care for her the way a husband ought to care for a wife, and tell her to go out and seek happiness with another. That is my greatest wish, for her to be happy, even if it is not me who stands beside her in joy.