Venom by Fiona Paul

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancé-yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape. When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman-with a bloody X carved across her heart-she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin . . . and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. The setting was very beautiful, both the time period and the location of Venice. The story was also really good. It had romance, action, and mystery. As a reader you could really relate to Cass. You understood her struggles with doing what is expected of her and following her heart. I really enjoyed her relationship with Falco. Falco himself was thoroughly entertaining. Cass’ fiance, Luca was barely in the book but he did make an impact during his appearance in the last part of the book. There appears to be a lot more to him than is seen so I look forward to learning more. The whole mystery behind the murders is tantalizing and despite knowing who the murderer is at the end we don’t know the motive or the secrets behind it all. I would definitely recommend this book for its wonderful combination of romance and mystery.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is called Belladonna and will come out July 16, 2013.

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