Book Review – WHIP SMART, LOLA MONTEZ STARTS A REVOLUTION by Kit Brennan
Whip Smart, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution Synopsis :
A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious, Lola Montez.
In her most flamboyant adventure yet, Lola Montez gallops to Bavaria and on an outrageous dare, seduces King Ludwig I. The aging royal cannot resist Lola’s fascinating moves as a Spanish dancer, nor the exciting wardrobe malfunction which ensues. As their scandalous love affair gains momentum, all of Europe seethes with an explosive unrest not seen since the French Revolution. During the opening months of 1848, Lola finds herself the target of a terrifying witch hunt, and it will take her considerable wiles to not only save herself but foment a revolution that can change the known world. (Astor + Blue Editions)
Raucous and racy is the best way of describing Lola Montez Starts a Revolution, the third installment in Kit Brennan’s highly entertaining Whip Smart series.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two titles, Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards and Whip Smart: Lola Montez and the Poisoned Nom de Plume, I was eager to find out what trouble Lola could get herself into living amongst the relatively conservative Germanic society. Plenty so it seemed.
Lola Montez (born Eliza Gilbert) has learnt that wealth and title are there for the taking for those sufficiently determined and willing to use their female wiles. But will her impetuous nature put all that she has strived for, and even her life, at risk? Of course it will – that’s where the fun begins!
With the unwanted arrival of her gold-digging Irish mother, the lies about her Spanish heritage along with her ploys to keep King Ludwig ‘entertained’ start piling up to comical levels, as do her material (and other) indulgences and the extent to which she is reviled by the Bavarian people.
Culminating in a heart-stopping getaway that beautifully symbolizes society’s want but inability to keep pioneering women from reaching great heights, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution is a celebration of revolutionary zeal in all its forms.
BOOK RATING: The Story 3.5 / 5 ; The Writing 3.5 / 5
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Genre: Drama, Romance, Historical, Action-Adventure
About the Author, Kit Brennan
Kit Brennan is a nationally produced, award-winning playwright, and teaches writing and storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
The Victorian era and its personalities have always been of major interest to Brennan. Her play Tiger’s Heart explores the life of Dr. James Barry, who was actually a woman living a double life disguised as a man in order to practice medicine, which was not an option open to women at the time.
Kit divides her time between the vibrant city of Montreal and the quiet lake wilderness of Ontario alongside her husband, Andrew, and a variety of animal friends.
Checkout Kit Brennan’s website and her recent interview with Booklover Book Reviews about this novel.
* My receiving a hardback copy of this title from Astor+Blue Editions did not impact the expression of my honest opinions in the review above.