Book Review: The Secrets of Casanova by Greg Michaels

18624493Title: The Secrets of Casanova

Author: Greg Michaels

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: November 2013

Description (from Goodreads):

Paris of 1755 is bloated with opportunity. That’s the way Jacques Casanova, an unredeemed  adventurer with an ever-surging appetite for pleasure, needs it. But times, men, and gods are changing—and Jacques’ luck is fading. When he is thrust to the center of a profound mystery, he doesn’t ask if vice or virtue leads him onward. “After all,” he declares, “a man who asks himself too many questions is an unhappy man.” But as Jacques’ challenges mount, what questions will he ask? What price must he pay to uncover a treasure of inestimable value? Loosely based on Casanova’s life of intrigue, danger, and passion, The Secret’s of Casanova will keep you burning the midnight oil.


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 is 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 Casanova was like. I enjoyed watching his personal growth throughout the novel. I also liked the author’s note at the end of the book explaining the historical facts the novel is based on although, as he points out, this story is pure fiction.

I definitely recommend The Secrets of Casanova especially if you are a fan of historical fiction. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author:

Greg_Michaels_family2After Michaels received his BA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, a chance experience thrust him into a career as a professional actor and fight director. To date he’s acted in fifty theater productions, more than forty television shows, and choreographed dozens of fights for stage and screen. In The Secrets of Casanova, Greg again proves his skill at telling a theatrical story. He lives with his wife, two sons, and Andy the hamster. Visit him at