Friday, March 20, 2015

Whip Smart: Lola Montez Starts a Revolution by Kit Brennan

The Sensation of Europe Strikes Again!

Lola Montez, Changes Europe and History with Cosmopolitan Panache.

"Whip Smart is a sexy, adventurous and intelligent tale that I would dare name a bodice ripper for the literary mind!"
-- Marisa Lancione, NOW, Montreal

"A fun and sexy romp! I can’t wait for the sequel!"
-- Gwyn Cready, RITA Award winning author of Seducing Mr. Darcy, A Novel Seduction and Timeless Desire: An Outlander Love Story

The Whip Smart series is based on the real-life historical adventures of Eliza Gilbert, aka Lola Montez, The Sensation of Europe.

Astor + Blue Editions presents the third installment of the Whip Smart series, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution, (ISBN: 978-1-938231-87-2, ePUB: 978-1-938231-30-8; Historical Fiction, Romance; Pub date: September 2014) the continuation of Lola’s scandalous adventures through Europe!  Lola has perfected her Spanish dance, and uses her sexy moves to her full advantage.

Lola Montez’s life is one of espionage, scandal, and adventure. She’s an independent, real woman from the 19th century who seduces King Ludwig I of Bavaria – or, as Lola comes to know him, Luis. She is a curious free-spirit who is confident in her sexuality, a rarity in a time of patriarchy and social repression.  

In the midst of this brow-raising love affair, Lola finds herself the target of a witch hunt! Can she save herself and the man she loves from the political unrest in Europe? With a pistol in hand and a whip in the other, Lola proudly charges against the mob which wishes to tear her apart. Follow a dancer’s travels in this decadent adventure of scandal, romance, and danger.

She began her romp through history as an unsuccessful actress in Whip Smart 1: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards. She continued her travels through France in Lola Montez and the Poisoned Nom de PlumeLola Montez Starts a Revolution is written in Kit Brennan’s signature zesty writing style, wonderfully blending history, humor, and romance.  And coming soon, book four—Lola Montez Seduces America—follows our flamboyant heroine to New York, Nicaragua and California

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The first thing that I noticed and really commented on was the different time period. It was intriguing to go back to time periods I'd heard about and learned about in class, but this time have a character's interpretation of things. It certainly took some time to adjust to as I don't usually read a lot of books set in the past, but once I started to get that into my head, it got easier and easier to be drawn in.

As per usual, I didn't enjoy the first person perspective. The character was lively but I just don't enjoy that perspective. It didn't take away the interest I had in the book, it's just something I like to mention. It is continuing on from the previous books, and while there were a few small details that I felt were missing, the necessary events were at least explained in sufficient detail so that you didn't feel out of the loop while you were reading Whip Smart: Lola Montez Starts A Revolution.

Time seemed to pass quickly in the novel, which wasn't a bad thing but sometimes you felt as if you were racing from event to event. Which fit perfectly with the character, you just sometimes wanted to yell at her to slow down for a moment so you could catch your breath.

Whip Smart: Lola Montez Starts A Revolution was an energetic, for the most part lighthearted book. You'll never suffer a bored moment. So if you're looking for something a bit lighter with occasional moments of sadness or anger than please give it a chance!

 Kit Brennan is the author of the bestselling Whip Smart: The Lola Montez Series, a nationally produced, award-winning playwright, and teacher of writing and storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Her adventure novels are based on the real-life story of Lola Montez, a top-notch, notorious bad girl of the Victorian world. 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.  Whip Smart: Lola Montez Starts a Revolution is her third novel. Visit her online at

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