Friday, February 8, 2013

Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards

Whip Smart by Kit Brennan
This is actually a really interesting story, and different from what I expected it to be. It's about a real historical figure, Lola Montez (which was at least the alter ego she went by), who traveled the world as an actress in the mid-1800s. There were a lot of aspects I enjoyed about it, but unfortunately there few also a few that didn't quite work for me.

Starting with the positive, I love reading about actual historical figures. But more than that I love reading about royalty. Which is why some of my favorite scenes were those Lola spent with the Spanish Infantas, or Princesses. While I do know a lot about the English royal family, and a fair amount on the french royal family, I know little about the Spanish line. I always love learning new pieces of history, and while I there is still a lot I don't know about Spanish royalty, this book did fill in a gap in my knowledge, and made me want to read more on them.

As for a negative, I'm not a huge fan of how this book was marketed. From the cover, and the summary, it felt like it was going to be more of a historical romance, except it wasn't. That's not to say there wasn't romance in it, because there was. But it's more when I read something marketed as a romance, I expected to read about bedroom escapades. And while there were romps involved, each time it managed to skip over the action. It's funny though because I'm not unhappy it wasn't a romance, since I don't read a lot of them, but more that I felt a bit mislead.

Speaking of the romance, Lola's big love affair didn't quite work for me either. It felt like she spent two scenes with a man, and while I still was confused as to who he was, Lola was telling him she loved him. I definitely wish the parts with her falling in love were expanded a bit.

While it did take me a while to get into this book, I really loved the end. And I don't mean that as I joking, I loved the ending because it ended. Instead in the parts where Lola is escaping Spain, I finally felt like I was getting into the book. Which made it a little disappointed for the book to end, especially when I was just started to enjoy myself.

This book definitely had its ups and down, but I am left with a pleasant feeling towards it. There is a sequel, and while I wouldn't have expected to say this halfway through the book, I would love to read it and see Lola's story continue.


Disclosure: I was provided this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. The cover really catches my eye.

  2. I loved your in depth review. This books sounds like exactly what I want to read next based on what I just read. I just started following because this post is right up my alley.