Carnevale by Joy Lynn Fielding ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

Regency Smut set in Venice you say?

Done and done. Just let me put my bells on.

carnevale Title: Carnevale

Author: Joy Lynn Fielding

Publisher: Siren

Cover Artist: Harris Channing

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Romance, M/M, voyeurism, public exhibition, orgies, sex toys, HEA]

Perry Sinclair’s grand tour of Europe is not going entirely to plan. He loses his bear-leader, his valet, and his friend in quick succession, and finds himself alone in Venice. In the midst of the gaiety and excesses of Venetian Carnevale, Perry meets a fellow Englishman, known only as Jack. Jack introduces Perry to a group of gentlemen who indulge in a variety of sexual activities while hiding their identity behind Carnevale masks. Shocked and yet delighted, Perry flings himself headlong into such pleasure, falling deeply in love with Jack as he does so.

Jack Fitzwarren does not fall in love. He certainly does not fall in love with English tourists. But despite Jack’s best efforts, Perry’s artless enthusiasm and unquestioning trust begin to find a way through all of his defences, allowing Jack almost to forget the secret he carries with him, the one that means he can never confess to Perry who he really is.

Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰’s View:

Boy Howdy, does this thing start off with a bang! Percy finds himself alone in Venice during carnevale and runs smack dab into a wall of muscle in the form of Jack who offers to show him… around. “Around” in Italian, apparently, means let’s go to an orgy!

Alrighty then!

They hit this orgy and things go from hot to molten. Let’s just say Percy is a deliciously naughty little bird.


All of the first probably 30% I was practically bouncing in my seat at all the debauchery then… it’s like I switched books. Percy and Jack start spending more time together and the next thing you know they’re declaring their love?


I think they confuse hot for each other and amazeballs sex for love, but that’s just my ¢2.

Percy has a lot of child like qualities. He asks a million questions, is exuberant about many things, isn’t in the slightest bit jaded or cynical and has some self-esteem issues. He’s very sweet and he’s definitely got some submissive qualities which Jack seems to bring to the fore.

Jack is older, has had some hard knocks and has a mysterious past which happens to work its way into the conflict. He’s purportedly anti-relationship, all evidence to the contrary.

The story does have an interesting twist and you know I love the debauchery and snippets of kink, but overall there’s nothing extraordinary about the characterizations or the trope. Ms. Fielding does imagery well and made me feel like I was back in Venice and I do love me some Italy. There was a brief corset sighting which piqued Percy’s interest and I’m sincerely hoping makes more of an appearance in part two. Also, there’s a bit of a cliff ending riiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhttttt before the ding dang bacchanalia!

Well played there, Ms. Fielding. Definitely ensures I’ll read part two.

Gimme a corset!!!! 

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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