Good morning, bookpups🐾 The book we have for you today, The Casanova Papers by Kate Zarrelli, is a modern romance with a historical twist. Two teachers in Venice recreate the adventures of Casanova while creating their own love story.
QOTD: Do you like historical fiction?
I never used to enjoy historical fiction but since I started blogging back in 2017, I’ve been introduced to a few authors and time periods (Regency Romances, Highland Romances) and am finding that I really enjoy them.
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🐾Many thanks to the author, Kate Zarrelli, and Rachel’s Random Resources for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.🐾
It took me a while to really get into this book. In the beginning, it almost seemed like everything was a little too over the top. Every time Ellie thought of something, Piero magically did, said, or bought it. The first couple of times, it was cute. Then a little annoying. I was looking for a romance, not a character who was a magical mind-reader.
Thankfully, as the book progressed, I was able to fall down the rabbit hole, as Crystal is fond of saying 💕 I liked that, although they were following Casanova’s path, they stayed true to each other. It morphed into a beautiful love story, romantic and including a few extravagant twists and turns along the way (some more extravagant than others).
That cover design, though …
You guys know me. You know I’m a picky cover reviewer. And this one, unfortunately just didn’t do it for me. I wasn’t a fan of the font, the white blurred edges, or just how busy it all is. But, of course, these are my own personal preferences.
The ending caught me by surprise more than anything else in this book. This new plot arc that was introduced halfway through the novella really blew up at the end and I wasn’t expecting any of it. I think this is one I would have liked to see expanded into a full novel, as I feel like things were just a little rushed. But, such is novella-life.
All-in-all, this is a very enjoyable read.