Paranormal romance novella
Book 1 of The Vitruvian Man series
Ten days of freedom. That’s all Fate had allotted me each year. In the streets of Venice, I could walk among them. Mingle. Belong.
During Carnevale, they had no idea who I was. What I was.
For ten days, it didn’t matter.
Until I met her.
Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera – the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity and intimacy.
Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. A scientist, her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.
Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met and never seen.
Author: Cate Masters
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Cinderella Dreams, The Griffin's Secret
Series: The Vitruvian Man
Published by Decadent Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: April 20, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Romace
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This book was awesome. It was short but packed a lot in the story.
The characters in this story were great. Although at the start you are left hanging as to what is wrong with Bruno and why can’t he show his face. (It is in the summary but it had been awhile since I read it.) I felt sorry for Bruno from the start. You could feel that he was very lonely and unhappy with having to always hide. Melina at the start seems to be a very outgoing, bold person. However as we later find out she is there to be someone else for a while and feel alive instead of always dull and boring in her lab.
The romance between the two main characters shows chemistry right from the start. Bruno was scared of Melina rejecting him once she found out the truth. Melina was scared that she would not see him again. I also enjoyed how DaVinci was the one who made Bruno what he is today and hope that there is more of both in the future novellas.
My favorite part was the costumes and atmosphere described for Carnevale. It really helped bring it alive and made you feel like you were there. The thing I didn’t like as much was that sometimes Melina just doesn’t always make the best decisions. Like when you have a man out to catch you and he is staying in your hotel. Bruno helps you get away but then you sneak back out to your hotel room and big surprise the bad guy is waiting for you in your hotel room. I wanted to grab her and shake her at this point in the book. Thankfully she doesn’t make decisions like this all through the book or she probably wouldn’t be around for the sequel.
I liked how the author tied the science and technology in to this story instead of just magic or the dark arts. I look forward to the next books to see about the possibility of an extreme soldier on the loose.
The ending however left me hanging wanting to know more so I will definitely be waiting to read the next one. I want to know what happens to Bruno.