Sunday, November 6, 2011

Historical Review: If You Give A Girl A Viscount by Kieran Kramer

FORMAT: Kindle
GENRE: Historical
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 1, 2011)

All the single ladies want him.
If life were a fairy tale, Daisy Montgomery’s stepmother and two stepsisters would surely be cast in the wicked roles. For years, they’ve made life miserable for Daisy. But when she discovers she has a godmother, she’s determined to ask her for help. Little did Daisy expect her godmother to play matchmaker with her very own grandson—who happens to be a viscount!

Is he ready to put a ring on it?
A freewheeling playboy, Charles Thorpe, Viscount Lumley, is bored with his wealth-seeking female admirers. Not only that, he’s been cut off from the family coffers. One day, on a bet, he rids himself of what little money he has left in his pockets and vows to solve problems using his wits alone. But when the Impossible Bachelor is confronted with Daisy’s plan to save her castle, the payoff is more than he could have bargained for. Sometimes, if you give a girl a viscount, you just might find love….

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Where To Buy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N/Nook | Book Depository
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REVIEW and Book Trailer:

The moment I read the blurb of Kieran Kramer's latest book, I was humming "Single Ladies" by Beyonce for the rest of the day. Ha! Now you'll be humming it. You're welcome. :) Oh Kieran Kramer, thank you for the fantastic ab workout. I laughed, I cried, I snorted, I sighed and I giggled.Out of all the Impossible Bachelor series, this one is my favorite. A new spin on the Cinderella story. And you know how I love me a Cinderella story.

The Cinderella Elements:
1. Cinderella. Daisy Montgomery lives with her stepmother, two stepsisters (different as night and day) and two very loyal servants. In desperation, she writes to her godmother in hopes of securing funds to keep the castle running and her family from getting thrown out. She's headstrong, straightforward and compassionate. However, she hates her step-family and blames herself for her father's death.
2. Prince Charming. Okay, he's not a prince but he's a viscount. Charles "Charlie" Thorpe, Viscount Lumley is stinking rich, has property all over the place and doesn't have a care in the world. His family has cut him off, his friends (the other Impossible Bachelors) have married and settled down, he doesn't know what to do with himself. He's currently seeing to his godmother's affairs and Daisy's letter leads him to the middle of nowhere Scotland. A wager with his friends: he couldn't survive being penniless, gets the ball rolling after he shares the letter.
3. Evil stepmother. Mona married Daisy's father, taking advantage of his grief over the death of Daisy's mother. She's mean, she's condescending, she's manipulative and a total she-bitch. She may need a bottle of Rogaine for the bald patches on her head.
4. Mean stepsister #1. Cassandra is a beauty but very shallow. All she cares about is flirting, fripperies and being mean to Daisy. She looks nothing like her mother or her sister.
5. Mean stepsister #2. Perdita looks like a drag queen. She has broad shoulders and doesn't know what an indoor voice is. She's socially awkward, blurts out whatever comes to mind and eats. A lot.
6. Fairy godmother. In lieu of her real godmother, Charlie goes and tries to be at her beck and call.
7. The ball. To raise money, Daisy and Charlie invite the rich people from neighboring villages to a ten day Highland games event which ends with a ceilidh, a dance.
8. The glass slipper. There is a man in the village named Mr. Glass (get it???) who makes slippers, each uniquely tailored for the wearer. Only a loved one can commission the making of the slippers.
9. The tree. Daisy's father bring her a lemon seed and from all the years that the tree grows, only one lemon ever comes into fruition. (In one of the earlier versions, it's a hazel tree. Bet you didn't know that little bit of Cinderella trivia.)
10. Dressing up and going to the ball. Surprise! It's Perdita dressed as the son of a son of a Highlander, in a kilt. Yup, this takes the earlier cross dressing comment and makes it real. It's such a hilarious scene that I may have wet myself from laughing so hard.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "He was half drunk. He was in an ill temper. He was an Impossible Bachelor. With no money. It was hell being poor. He'd found no redeeming value in it. The irony was, whether he was in rags or in a London ballroom, he was pursued for his purse either way."

OVERALL: A fun, flirty and whimsical conclusion to the Impossible Bachelors series. *squee* Oh you guys. I love this book. Daisy and Charlie play off of each other well. Their banter is witty and fun, their chemistry sizzles. I wanted to slap Mona and tell her to quit her bitchin' but the stepsisters (both of them) really surprised me. There's a whole other side to each of them that slowly gets revealed as the story goes along. Of course it's always fun to catch up with the previous Impossible Bachelors and their wives and Ms. Kramer doesn't disappoint. Between trying to keep from getting thrown out, planning a ten day Highland games event, sheering sheep, pretending to be engaged, taking crap from the mean stepsisters and stepmother and secretly sharing passionate kisses comes a story full of love, laughter, forgiveness and a happily ever after in the Highlands. I can't wait to see what Ms. Kramer has next in store for readers. :)

***bought for Kindle on November 1, 2011***

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