The Raven (The Florentine #1) by Sylvain Reynard
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery . . .
Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers’ screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her . . .
When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history—the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets …
***Spoiler alert regarding the identity of The Prince***
SR introduces us to Raven Wood and William York in The Prince, and I was intrigued for sure. If you are looking for a paranormal romance with heart and emotion, I am so excited to tell you about this great book.
I will admit that the character William York didn’t really do much for me in The Prince. What I loved about that book and this one is Raven Wood. She’s such a beautiful and unique heroine. She has a handicap that she has been dealing with for most of her adult life, but when given the chance to change it, she chooses to work through it instead. I so adored that about her, because she was the most relatable character for me.
Raven grieved silently and privately.
It would have been embarrassing to confess the explanation for her sadness–that she’d had her universe expanded in a short period of time, tasted passion and affection, and fallen in love only to discover her love would never be reciprocataed.
She tried to take consolation in the fact that she’d progressed from thinking that love was not for her to hoping that, someday, it might be. Even if the dream was never realized, the prospect remained.
William York, the Prince, took some time. I did eventually learn to like him. He learns more about loyalty and love from Raven than any close alley before her. Does he still have a lot to learn? Of course, SR has only just begun to transform William.
“No one deserves mercy. Not deserving it is what makes it mercy.”
I loved reading about the Professor and Julianna. They play a special part in this story, and I have a feeling that this is not the last time we will see our favorite couple.
I give this book 5 beautifully Italian stars, and put it on my favorites and top shelf outstanding reads shelf on Goodreads.
****I was given an advanced copy from the publisher for an honest review. The excerpts are from that copy.****
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Sylvain Reynard’s website with links to purchase The Prince and The Raven are here.