Hotel of Secrets: A Novel by Diana Biller

Hotel of Secrets: A Novel by Diana Biller

Title:  Hotel of Secrets: A Novel
Author: Diana Biller
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin 
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  411
Date of US Publication:  28 March, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

I had a difficult time trying to get into the writing style here given the time the story takes place. The behavior and attitudes in the novel was so foreign to my limited knowledge of this time period and this is what most affected my enjoyment. 

I wanted to enjoy this one more than I did but it just never engaged me.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for the DRC.


Diana Biller's Hotel of Secrets is chock full of banter-filled shenanigans, must-have-you kisses, and romance certain to light a fire in the hearts of readers everywhere.

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.

"A beautifully researched and emotionally complex experience, 
Hotel of Secrets is an opulent slice of Viennese tradition as rich as a torte and as layered as a complicated line of Strauss. With intrigue and danger that nips on the heels of its luscious waltz, Biller’s lush and atmospheric escape is dolloped with romance and the deep, complicated and sigh-worthy characters that always shoot her to the top of my auto-buy list." - Rachel McMillan, author of The Mozart Code


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