Vienna Valentine by Antonia Van Zandt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The cover for Vienna Valentine had me hooked long ago. It just took me a while to work through my ‘to read’ pile before I got to read it. It didn’t disappoint.
This erotic romance/paranormal novella is filled with rich, descriptive prose, evoking the old charm of Vienna, Austria. From Johann Strauss to street buskers; from Swan Lake to Wagner’s Parsifal; from museums to Viennese coffee and apfelstrudal at Café Ritter – I felt like I was ambling down the tree-lined avenues of Vienna. Van Zandt’s style of writing had me captured in the moment, and in the city of Vienna.
See if this short excerpt doesn’t carry you along with the beauty of the location:
“I soon approached my favorite spot. By a small lake where ducks swam with their young, peace reigned, broken only by the constant hum of traffic out on the Ring. I needed to be alone with my thoughts, so I selected a bench near my favorite tree. The leaves of the ‘facherblattbaum – the gingko boloba – spread in dark green fans, but come October, they would flutter down from the trees and cover the path with tiny, bright yellow litter.”
Karl, the gorgeous, golden-haired man who captures Nina’s heart, is to die for. He has many skills, and quite a few secrets. The romance is touching and delicate, and their love-making is robust and very fulfilling.
I loved this book. Rich and sophisticated, Vienna Valentine is a most enjoyable read.
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Related link: "Vienna - Where the World Stops for Coffee" - an interview with Antonia van Zandt