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The Secrets of Casanova

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Loosely based on the life of Jacques Casanova, The Secrets of Casanova is a rich, lush novel of love, sex, family, ambition, intrigue, and adventure. Set in Paris of 1755, Casanova's luck is fading and his past is shoving up against his present with potentially disastrous consequences. What price must he pay to uncover a treasure of inestimable value? What hearts must he b ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 2013 by Booktrope Publishing (first published October 19th 2013)
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Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
* Copy courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours *

I didn't know anything about the real life of Casanova going into this novel, apart from knowing he was a ladies' man in Europe a couple of hundred years ago.

Out of money and unable to return home to his beloved Venice, Casanova and his valet Petrine (great character) seek refuge with Casanova's brother. Always on the lookout for a patron, out of money and a social climber, Casanova takes off on an adventure in an effort to solve a riddl
Mary Rowen
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by this book. It was was not at all what I expected. Everyone thinks of Casanova as being a ladies man, but in Greg Michaels' story, he's so much more. He's brave, loyal, smart, and, well, a ladies man too. Very, very well-written, and a real page turner. I know the story is fictional, but Michaels did some great research, and based parts of the story on fact. The characters are incredibly real.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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Originally posted on The Book Musings

It is 1755. Jacques Casanova escaped from prison in Venice and finds himself in Paris with his valet, Petrine. As much as he loves Venice, filled with his favourite childhood memories, he knows he can’t return, so he seeks refuge from his brother, Francesco. His escape is not his only cause for concern, but he is also in debt and can barely afford to pay his valet, yet Petrine stays by his master. Is Petrine loyal or is there another reason why he stays put?
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was easy to consume and get caught up in. All the adventures and the settings that were described in this novel, made you believe in this fictional account of Casanova, the romantic hero. As Casanova, we already know that he spent his life capturing the eye of multiple women. His conquests were legendary. But life isn't always what it seems for this historical man.

The words of this book are similar to poetry and the author takes you on a fictional adventure through the times of Casano
I must begin by saying that it is very clear that Greg Michaels has a background in theater/acting. You can tell in the way he writes and for that, I am 100% appreciative because when you take such an iconic name like ‘Casanova’ and you’re weaving a new adventure for him, you shouldn't insult the character (real person) by making thema one dimensional bore. You need not worry about that, my friends, Mr. Michaels did a fantastic job with making Jacques a well-rounded, likable man. He is not only ...more
Carole Rae
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like earlier stated, I was given this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Ooooooooooooooooooh Casanova! WHAT A ROGUE! However, one can resist his charms even in a book. Greg Michaels truly did his homework on Mr. Casanova. I feel this is the closet representation of the man (from what I know and believe) that I know of. The movie did an okay job, but this book really painted the man wonderfully. Yes, he was a gambler and a lover, but he was also smart. He was a philosopher and technically h
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. "The Secrets of Casanova" is the story of Jacques Casanova, the model for a million pick up artists and lovers. Before reading this book, I didn't realize that Casanova was even a real historical figure so I was interested in reading this book. This book is not only a book about Casanova's exploits as a ladies man but it also has a healthy dash of intrigue and mystery having to do with the Knights Templar (always an exciting topic for me to read more about). I have to admit that I was ...more
Paula Coomer
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With the Secrets of Casanova, Greg Michaels should easily rise to the ranks of our most beloved historical fiction writers. His finely crafted writing and storytelling is intelligent, quick-witted, and betrays an author of sensitivity and present-mindedness, meaning, he knows how to show us our human lessons by taking us down history's less-traveled roads. The image of Casanova has long embodied desire in our collective imagination, but what we come to understand through Michael's vision of him ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

The Secrets of Casanova is one of those books that you want to take your time reading so that you can savor it. I read this book over a couple of weeks in between reading several other books. It's an intense read and is historical fiction at its best.

The main character, Jacques Casanova, is portrayed as a rogue and one of those men that you should despise but just can't. I imagine Greg Michaels' portrayal hit close to what the real Casanov
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent characters, a complex mystery, adventure and history - The Secrets of Casanova is a wonderful, engrossing read! I've been a big fan of historical fiction for years, and in my opinion there is one thing that separates the great from the so-so: if you find yourself transported to the novel's time and place, experiencing the characters' way of life, and holding your breath even though history has already foretold the outcome, you've got yourself a winner. Greg Michaels meets hits the mark ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Delightful sex scenes, intriguing story, compelling characters. Historical fiction at its best
Jun 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
This review first appeared on the Historical Novel Society website.

In 1755 Jacques Casanova, exiled from Venice, visits his brother in Paris and comes into possession of a mysterious scroll. Hoping it will provide him with the wealth he needs to fulfill his dream of returning to Venice, Casanova sets off across Europe in search of treasure.

The cover of this novel proclaims it a mystery, but The Secrets of Casanova is more of a Dan Brown-style suspense novel crossed with a swashbuckling adventure
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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When I started to read "The Secrets of Casanova" by Greg Michaels I thought I knew where the story was going and what it was about. I definitely did not expect all the twist and turns. This was a very interesting and fascinating novel and I was completely engrossed with Jacques Casanova. The writing flowed as did the storyline. I was surprised to learn this was a debut novel. I really enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone. This story has a little bit of everything! Fun read!
Jen Gilbert
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of Casanova is like poetry. The words are sensual and they take you along on an adventure throughout other regions. Greg Michaels writes with such depth and intensity. The book has class and seduction all at once. It is an intense read, but one I would recommend to anyone looking for Dan Brown meets Phillipaa Gregoire.
Eve Kofsky
Apr 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not engaging, a waste of my time... honest truth is that I was filling time (with another free amazon book) until a reserve book came into my library account. I could always find something else I'd rather be doing.
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ugh. This was a hard book to finish. I found myself skimming pages. I really felt like it was the continuation of another book that I hadn't read. The narrative didn't flow and I didn't really like any of the characters.
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