Title: Hotel of Secrets
Author: Diana Biller
Rating: 4 out of 5
During ball season, anything can happen, even love.
It’s ball season in Vienna, and Maria Wallner only wants one thing: to restore her family’s hotel, the Hotel Wallner, to its former glory. She’s not going to let anything get in her way – not her parents’ three-decade-long affair; not seemingly-random attacks by masked assassins; and especially not the broad-shouldered American foreign agent who’s saved her life two times already. No matter how luscious his mouth is.
Eli Whittaker also only wants one thing: to find out who is selling American secret codes across Europe, arrest them, and go home to his sensible life in Washington, DC. He has one lead – a letter the culprit sent from a Viennese hotel. But when he arrives in Vienna, he is immediately swept up into a chaotic whirlwind of balls, spies, waltzes, and beautiful hotelkeepers who seem to constantly find themselves in danger. He disapproves of all of it! But his disapproval is tested as he slowly falls deeper into the chaos – and as his attraction to said hotelkeeper grows.
The family drama—dramatics—in this were a lot! Maria’s family is front and center in all sorts of sordid scenes, which has to be exhausting. I loved Maria! Despite the drama surrounding her, she just wants to focus on the hotel. She was a lot of fun to read—even if I related more to Eli and his no-nonsense ways. A charming story—and an absolutely gorgeous cover!
Diana Biller lives in L.A. Hotel of Secrets is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)
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