Book two in the Italian Billionaires Collection, Blake’s novella can be read as a stand-alone. However, with such well-developed characters and an exquisite landscape, readers will want to go back and read book one. The decadence of the locale lends a rich ambiance to the story. Readers will instantly be transported to a place where a sexy Venetian hero steals kisses on midnight gondola rides and scales balcony railings in the pouring rain. Written by a romance legend, this is not one to be missed.

Art historian Celina Steadman has been hired by the Conte Massimo di Palladino to appraise the artwork at his palazzo. His grandson, Lucca, is suspicious of Celina’s motives and believes the worst of her attentions toward his grandfather. To thwart any attempts at seduction on her part, he decides to seduce first. But who’s really seducing whom, and is there more to the story of Celina being hired than meets the eye? (STEELMAGNOLIAPRESS.COM, dl $3.98)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch