Yum. Giacomo Casanova. The man, the mystery…the memory? His autobiographical Memoirs de Ma Vie (Memoirs of my life) have kept Lizzy Hillman company on many singularly explosive evenings. It was not his intimate encounters that attracted her, but his honesty and willingness to accept responsibility for wrongs committed, especially against the fairer, weaker sex. And Lizzy has been wronged by many men. When Lizzy’s sadness over her current state of affairs drops tears of loss on a letter Casanova had written more than 200 years ago, the man himself shows up on her balcony in Venice. Lizzy is amazed and, once she accepts that this is truly Casanova, decides that she cannot leave him in Venice but must take him back to Chicago with her, where she is an ER doctor. As arguably the best lover in history, she is strangely surprised when he romps with friends and employees, and she refuses to fall prey to his charms. His eloquent manners and seductive ways would entice most, but Lizzy is determined not to be another notch on his belt. After death comes too close, Lizzy knows she must get him home, not just to Venice but to 1774 Venice, so they return to his homeland. This brush with death helps her to see all he has taught her about love and life, but maybe he’s held the best for last.
Rea has brought to life a libertine of epic proportions, utilizing Casanova’s own words from his personal manuscripts as much as possible. Her attention to detail truly brings Casanova to the 21st century, even for those who are unfamiliar with him. There are times when readers will honestly laugh out loud, times when they’ll blush, and still others when they will melt from the desire between Lizzy and Casanova. A cute romance with a likable character and passionate pursuits.
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