Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is an erotic romance with a historical twist. Ellie and an Italian professor act out the adventures detailed in Casanova’s papers they are curating. Ellie is a curious mix of naivety and adventuress. It’s this fusion of opposites that makes her attractive to the enigmatic but slightly sinister professor.
Told from Ellie’s viewpoint the story follows her sexual adventures with the professor which are sensual and explicit. There is an emotional connection between the two main characters, as the professor realises that he wants a relationship with Ellie.
The vivid writing brings the Venetian setting and historical love scenes to life. There is a mystery, which culminates in a climactic ending. This element of the story is sketchy and needs more development.
The satisfying ending suggests that there may be more adventures for Ellie and the professor.
Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.
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