Stellar writing, exciting adventure and truly a Sylvain Reynard swoon worthy read.
I rarely get a really exciting paranormal read that has you on the edge of your seat and wanting more, but I am excited to say this one did it for me. Good news is that this reads as a standalone, so you don’t have to remember or read The Gabriel Inferno series in order understand what is going on. What is so clever about this book is that the series spin-off is a contemporary romance and this book is a paranormal romance with vampires and “other things”, which I don’t want to spoil for you. Just as in the Inferno series, it is well researched and detailed on the historic references about the story which gives a feeling of relativity to it. You can see this truly happening as a believable underworld that we didn’t even know existed.
This story pulled me in from the beginning, and you get thrown into the action pretty quick. It takes place in Florence, Italy with a very relate-able heroin named Raven. I really liked Raven with her strong stature yet farnable way about her. I love that the Prince sees true beauty; that makes you feel that our society currently has it wrong with our standards of beauty and self worth. I really liked in this story the perspective of reality in this vampire/human world and how it all works. I’m not going to write any spoilers, so I will keep this to very minimal references on how this world comes to be revealed. I will talk about the romance and suspense I felt throughout this story. I had one of my read in one setting feelings with this one and had to reach out to the author as soon as I read this read. I didn’t know what to expect because I have only read contemporary romance from this author and didn’t understand how the whole paranormal part could be added to this series spin-off. I so glad that I was wrong and it was every bit as good as the The Gabriel Inferno series. I encourage those who don’t normally read paranormal romance check this one out, because it’s a soft introduction to the genre that you might like. Besides Gabriel, other characters from his series are mentioned in the book and provide cameos to make the story come together nicely. Move over, Twilight – this ADULT paranormal romance just took the throne!
I give this book 5 stars!
The Prince is a prequel but it is not a requirement to read before The Raven.
The Florentine Series