ABOUT Rose Anderson

Rose Anderson
I love descriptive words and choose them as carefully as an artist might choose a color. My active imagination compels me to write everything from children’s stories to historical nonfiction. As a persnickety leisure reader, I especially enjoy novels that feel like they were written just More...



Bound by limits dictated by society, Art Historian Nicolas Halstead lived a guarded life until a tempest in the form of Elenora Schwaab blew into his world. At first Nicolas can’t decide if the audacious American is simply mad or plotting blackmail for not only does she declare knowledge of his homosexuality, she offers him a marriage proposal.

After Ellie tells him of a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci, a book of erotic love poems and sketches dedicated to the artist’s long-time lover Salai, Nicolas joins her in a race to save the book from destruction. Along the way they encounter Historian Luca Franco and discover a comfortable compatibility that comes to redefine their long-held notions of love. The trio embarks on an adventure of sensual discovery, intrigue, and danger. Little do they know Leonardo da Vinci’s book is far more than meets the eye.

The impetus for Loving Leonardo came right out of the headlines. Simply put – we have a serious intolerance plaguing mankind. When I first put pen to paper (so to speak), the US elections were underway and lines were drawn as political opponents dug their heels on key social issues. It got me thinking. Here we were in 2012 and who you love is still an issue. But why? In many cultures around the world, dual nature is seen as a divine gift. The news was also filled with women’s issues and negative talk of “progressives”. Where had I heard women’s issues and progressive combined before? The Suffragettes. Before I knew it, I had a very American, very unorthodox, Victorian progressive heroine named Ellie.

*One of the most erotic and sensual books written. Great characters. Ellie is one of my favorite heroines.

*I don't normally like first person, but this book pulled me in from the start and wouldn't let go. It was beautifully written. Also, when it comes to erotic, I'm a graphic kind of girl with a sextreme rating. Loving Leonardo was neither really, and yet, hands down, it was the most erotic book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved the ending and the way it signalled to a sequel. I can't wait. Ms Anderson, please hurry up and write it. I'm first in the queue for a copy.

*I love that this author takes what could be just another turn of the century historical romance and completely revamps it into a very sexy, smart, and scintillating read. Ellie's character is so bold and outspoken for a woman of this era, yet she easily maintains her sweetness and femininity. Nicholas too belies convention in many ways, which I feel makes his relationship with Ellie and Luca much more passionate and caring. This is a most delicious read, and I certainly hope we see more of these three lovers in the near future.