I know I don't post book reviews very often on Gaby's Beauty Blog, and I don't really have a good excuse for it - I just read less since I am working full-time, and when I am not, I work on the blog or I read blogs instead of books. I am never one to skip on historical romance novels, so when I was given the opportyunity to be sent a complimentary print galley of the rollicking first installment of the new series by debut author, Kit Brennan, I could not say no!
The book - a fun, sexy, fiery romance - follows Lola Montez, an actual historical figure who began as a divorced 20 year old Irish Dancer, but through sheer intelligence, chutzpa, sexuality and political savvy, became Lola Montez, a celebrity sensation in Europe, and a powerful, formidable political force as well. Sort of like Evita Peron of the Victorian age, but much more flamboyant; truly one of the first iconic modern women. What surprised me most was that Lola is real, and her true life is in many ways, more spectacular than the novel.
Lola soon finds herself in Madrid, undercover as a performer in a musical play. But when she falls dangerously in love with the target, General Diego de Léon, Lola becomes a double agent and the two hatch a plot of their own. Disaster strikes when the plot is exposed, Diego is captured, and Lola is forced to flee on horseback to France, with a dangerous group of Loyalists in hot pursuit.
Written with zest and a passionate, fiery fervor, Whip Smart will be sure to irresistibly whisk you into a vivid journey through 19th Century, France, England and Spain, riding sidesaddle with Eliza Gilbert, the hot-headed Irish girl, as she transforms into Dona Maria Dolores de Porris y Montez - a.k.a. Lola Montez, The Sensation of Europe! I absolutely enjoyed this fast-peaced, well-written book and its complete cast of amazingly portrayed characters. This tale of passion - not your typical romance novel! - intrigue and danger will suit everyone taste and you will simply not be able to put it down, and I can't wait for the sequel!
Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for around $14.95.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review, I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.