Title: The Raven (Florentine Series #1)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Rating: 5 Teacups / 5 Handcuffs
Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of 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 semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s 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. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also 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 baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…
- This novel has the right mix of action and romance. Along with the emerging love between Raven and William, you become immersed in the dark underworld that William rules over. Readers will definitely not be bored with story.
- The hero, William, is everything you want in a man. He’s intelligent, strong, silent, mysterious, and likes Raven just the way she is! The fact he’s a vampire prince, is just icing on the cake.
- Raven’s story, make her possibly the strongest heroine we’ve read in a long time. She stands up for what is right, and helps to defend those who are in need – even against a stronger opponent.
- Running into the Emersons again, if only briefly, is a lot of fun. We get to see our beloved couple from an outsiders perspective, which is always interesting.
- SPOILER: At first we were a bit worried about Raven’s sudden transformation from a disabled to an able bodied person. We like our heroines to be loved for who they are, not an idealized version of beauty. When we learned the transformation was not permanent we cheered. When we discovered that William loves her as she is, we cheered even louder! William loves her for who she is, disabled or not.
- We look forward to reading the rest of the series, and seeing how horribly Raven reacts to William’s birthday present!