Author: Kieran Kramer

SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran Kramer

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SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran KramerSweet Talk Me by Kieran Kramer
Published by Macmillan on 2014-03-25
Genres: Contemporary, Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Vanessa

HE’S SURE GOT A WAY WITH WORDS…The last person True Maybank expected to run into while picking up her wedding gown was country music superstar Harrison Gamble. Years ago, when they were small-town teens in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, they shared a forbidden night of passion. Now that she’s about to settle down, True’s love affair with the handsome crooner is a thing of the past. Or is it? From the moment he says hello, she has to fight swooning like an adoring fan. CAN SHE RESIST HIS CHARMS?Today he’s rich, famous, and on every woman’s hot list. But back in the day, Harrison wasn’t good enough for debutante True. Since then she’s had her fair share of marital prospects, including the perfect Southern gentleman she’s about to settle down with. Is Harrison the only one to realize the mistake True’s about to make? Can the society girl and the sexy singer make music together—this time around?

Years ago, True Maybank and Harrison Gamble shared a night of passion before he asked for more, and she turned him down.  Embarking on realizing his dreams, he walks away from the one woman that was his world, and True sets out to continue to appease her family and do what a Maybank is required to do.  When True is set to marry her on-again off-again love from high school, Harrison comes back in to her world and sets it on its side!

 

Now that country singer Harrison has made a name for himself and has countless adoring fans, he still finds that he is drawn to True, but that he will never be good enough for the Maybank princess from South Carolina.  Harrison isn’t happy to find that True is on the verge of marrying the man she was dating all those years ago when he had had her, but he soon realizes all isn’t what it seems in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, either.  Will Harrison be able to dissuade True from her marriage prospect, does he even want to risk his heart on the debutante, or will Harrison be the one to walk away from the “family first” True?

 

Sweet Talk to Me was an enchanting romantic tale that was a joy to read.  I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between Harrison and True.  Rooting for them to find their way to their HEA, I became completely engrossed in their love and in Sweet Talk to Me.  I think their past could have been fleshed out a bit more, though.  I liked that in the end, both Harrison and True had to re-prioritize their lives in order gain their HEA, but it worked for them.

 

The secondary characters were interesting too, and they added more depth and reality to Sweet Talk to Me.  However, at some points, they took away from the tale and from Harrison and True, as well.  My one big complaint about Sweet Talk to Me is that someone didn’t truly get theirs in the end, and I’m holding out hope that Harrison will talk True into dealing that out later.  Otherwise, I found Harrison truly swoon-worthy, and True is damn lucky that he still wants her in the end!!

IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT by Kieran Kramer

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IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT by Kieran KramerIf You Give A Girl A Viscount by Kieran Kramer
Series: Impossible Bachelors #4
Published by Macmillan on 2011-11-01
Genres: Historical, Regency
Pages: 416
Reviewed by Shayna

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!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….

Daisy Montgomery is a real life Cinderella.  She’s miserable and determined to save her family home from her wicked stepmother and stepsisters.  When she discovers she has a godmother, Daisy thinks she’s found a way to solve her problems.  But instead of her godmother, it’s her godmother’s grandson, a rakish viscount, who answers Daisy’s plea.

Charles Thorpe is the last remaining “Impossible Bachelor.”  With his closest friends happily wed, the playboy viscount decides to wager that he can get to Scotland and solve problems by his wits alone.  But when faced with Daisy’s problems, Charlie realizes he might be in over his head.  What’s more, his days as a bachelor might be coming to an end.  For this Scottish Cinderella is fast capturing his Impossible Bachelor heart.

If you give a reviewer a romance with a fairytale plotline and a cute title, she’s going to want to love it.  At least, that’s true if the reviewer is me.  Sadly, If You Give a Girl a Viscount was a disappointing story.  I couldn’t connect with either Charlie or Daisy and didn’t find Kieran Kramer’s humor at all funny, which means the book dragged for me.  Furthermore, it seemed like the author couldn’t figure out what kind of “villains” she wanted the stepmother and stepsisters to be.  I got whiplash from the number of inorganic personality changes that occurred in If You Give a Girl a Viscount.

If You Give a Girl a Viscount is the fourth Impossible Bachelors book but it can be read as a standalone.  I own but haven’t read When Harry Met MollyDukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right, and Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage, but perhaps I’ll enjoy those books more than I did Charlie and Daisy’s story.

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