I watch him watching us, imagining how he would take me.
I send him the message with my eyes.
This is who I am.
I am Veronica Franco.
I am a COURTESAN.
I court the cultural elite for fame and fortune, giving my body to many.
And I’m good. So very good. After all, I was taught by my mother, and mother always knows best.
How else to please the future King of France than with the imaginative use of Murano glass? How else to fulfill the desires of all yet keep my sense of self-worth?
But when disaster strikes and my life begins to unravel, I’ll have to ask myself one question:
Is it too late to give my heart to just one man?
Set in Venice 16th Century.
Advisory: sensuously erotic. 18+
I would like to thank the author for sending me an ARC of this book to read and review.
Venice - late 16th century. Set free from the binds of an arranged, unhappy marriage, 18-year-old Veronica Franco follows her mother's footsteps and learns the art of love and seduction. Soon she becomes the most beautiful, sought-after courtesan in Venice. Using her body and wits, she courts the elite of the city for fame and fortune, without embarrassment or emotion. She's a strong woman who sets her own rules in a male-dominated world. With her body no longer belonging to her but rather to her paying patrons, Veronica is determined to keep the most important things to herself... her mind... and heart.
I usually read thrillers and crime fiction and so when the author offered me a copy of this erotic novella I wasn't sure if I would actually read it. Having read and loved 'Lady of Asolo' by the same author, I decided to give it a go and actually ended up loving it too (and wanting more!).
Like some hard boiled thrillers, this book is definitely not for the faint-hearted but for another totally different reason. It contains A LOT of erm... action... but obviously not of the same type we usually find in thrillers.
Daiko's prose is exquisite, sensual and erotic but also very explicit, describing sex scenes to the minimum details. Not used to erotica novels, while reading I could almost feel steam coming out of my ears. My mouth turned dry and a hot flush crawled up my neck. I actually had to take breaks between chapters.
'"Do you want me to delight you, my lord?"
He closes his eyes and his breathing becomes more rapid.'
Ms Daiko has a knack for historical and erotic scenes. Her vivid descriptions of sights, sounds and even smells take her readers back in time to another place and dimension and make them feel as if they're an active part of what's happening.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone loving heart-pounding erotica. Ms Daiko Well Done and I am now looking forward to meet your second courtesan - Theodora.
About the Author
Siobhan Daiko is an author of romantic historical fiction and a new series of erotic novellas featuring famous courtesans – strong women who held their own in a man’s world. A lover of all things Italian, Siobhan lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband and two cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK she now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the dolce vita near Venice. Lady of Asolo is her first book to be published.