The Girl Behind The Mask (Hidden Women 1) - Stella Knightley
Source: Review copy from Author
Leaving the heartache of sexual betrayal behind her in London, historian Sarah Thomson intends to make the most of her research trip to Venice. But she soon finds her attention consumed by mysterious millionaire Marco Donato. Despite their deepening relationship, however, the handsome playboy persists in playing a secretive game. What exactly is Marco hiding?
The subject of Sarah's research is eighteenth-century Venetian Luciana Giordano. At a time when debauchery is the city's favourite pastime, virginal Luciana is kept out of trouble by a zealous chaperone - until she meets a man who promises to help her escape her restraints. But just what does the worldly stranger want to teach her in return?
I got this book because for one it came highly recommended and two it states on its cover 'Loved Fifty Shades?'. Well actually no I didn't, I hated fifty shades. For me it is the most pathetic book I have ever read. I am far from Prudish and I have a collection of erotica from various authors and various times. I was very intrigued to see how much like fifty shades it actually was. Knowing the author I had my suspicions it would be nothing at all like it, secretly hoping it would be full of hidden depth.
I was thrilled that my suspicions were correct and I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only do we have a fabulous story with an erotic twist here, we have a brilliant adult tale of love and debauchery.
I must admit I did find it long, but saying that the length is needed for the desired effect as it is told by in dual narration in different eras. I however, did want more from the side of Luciana Giordano. I found her exciting, exotic and adorable, I could have read a whole book about just her alone. I found Sarah very complicated and annoying, she whined far too much for my liking.
I felt slightly deflated after finishing this book too, but as it is carried on in a second part book named 'The Girl Behind The Fan'. I will be giving it a try just because I'm nosy and my curiosity will always win. I want to know what happens next.
I actually think this book is well thought out, excellently written and should take off that fifty shades thing on its cover.
It is a classy erotica novel with a fabulous story. I recommend it to romance readers and people who love a good twist.
The Girl Behind The Mask