Belladonna by Fiona Paul
The second book in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy.
Cassandra follows a trail of clues about the mysterious Order of the Eternal Rose to Florence. There she runs into a few familiar faces, including Falco, who is now working for a nine-fingered woman known as Belladonna. When Cass discovers Belladonna is involved in the Order, she won’t rest until she discovers the shadowy society’s true purpose, knowledge that will put her—and everyone she loves—in terrible danger.
Everything about the first book in this series left me speechless. The setting, the romance, the mystery and creativity necessary to write such a tale. Paul is among my favorite debut authors of 2012, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of this book.