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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Hi, roses! Welcome to my version of Waiting on Wednesdays, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

This week I am waiting on Venom by Fiona Paul, the first book of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose Series.

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet 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 a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

First of all, check out the gorgeousness of that cover! There's no way I can resist. It is absolutely beautiful and mysterious, and I beyond love it.

Then the synopsis sounds so good! I love that it takes place in Italy, because Italian is my favorite language, plus I'm fluent in it, which makes me feel accomplished. It's gonna have suspense and romance, which is like instant love! Historical fiction done right can be so awesome.

I need this book so badly, roses. It just has to be amazing!


Well, darling roses? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


  1. What a tantalizing cover! I love period pieces, so this one will definitely make my TBR list.

  2. Oh yeah and I'm a new follower ... and want to thank you for the visit!

  3. I loved this one! Working on my review now. Falco was so hot! Just posted about him My Book Boyfriend
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  4. The cover sure do look venomous ;) Great pick! :D

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  5. I used this one as part of my Many Covers Monday post this week, it got a lot of comments and I can see why!

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  6. Love the cover! Sounds amazing :) *New Follower*

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    Happy Reading :)

  7. Oh nice choice! I've heard about this one and I must admit I'm super excited about it. Love the cover too. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  8. I'm really looking forward to this book which surprises even me since it isn't something I'd usually gravitate to. Great Pick though.

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  9. Wow I'd never heard of this book! But it sounds amazing - I'm adding it to my wishlist now!

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  10. Completely amazing cover! And I too like the premise and setting of where this book takes place.

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  11. This one definitely sounds awesome! Great pick!!

  12. Historical, romance, suspense, ITALY, and a fantastic cover..amazing! Added to my list :)

  13. Um, HELLO! Gorgeous cover, check. Romance, check. Italy, check. Excuse me while I fall all over myself rushing to add this to my TBR list. Great pick!

    New follower. :)

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  14. WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?!?! Renaissance Italy?! I'm in RIGHT away! But oh my goodness the rest looks just as wonderful!! Count me in this very second!! Thanks for sharing - hopping over to my Goodreads tab to add it this verrrry second! :D

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  15. You got it girl! I am dying to read this as well! Haha! Great pick.
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  16. Awesome pick that I am going to have to check out!

    Thanks for sharing,
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  17. Beautiful cover, agreed. Thanks so much for sharing & stopping by my post :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  18. Historical romance is one of my favorite genres, and I especially love it when it falls under YA (not as much smut). Very good choice this week. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW. *hugs*

  19. I love this cover it is totally gorgeous!!!!!


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