Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Kathryn, the Kitten by Lavinia Kent

Regency England just got real(ity)

Episode 1: How Kathryn Got Her Passion Back

Kathryn, Duchess of Harrington, has the perfect life: a handsome duke for a husband, riches to spare, a house in Mayfair, and the right group of friends. The only thing she doesn’t have is her husband in her bed. But she’s about to change that. Enlisting the aid of her best friend, Linnette, who knows about these things even though she’s a duchess herself, Kathryn begins her seduction plan.

But Linnette knows a secret and it involves Kathryn’s husband. And, when that comes out, Kathryn’s marriage isn’t the only thing at stake. Can you say Afternoon Tea Catfight?

This novella certainly piqued that part of my brain which deems it necessary to watch reruns of "The Real Housewives of Orange County".  It was a fun and a quick read, and I'm looking forward to discovering who is behind the paintings of the respective Duchesses.

There is drama -- real and enhanced -- just like in the "Real Housewives" television series as well as catty smugness displayed by various characters a historical romance reader may not be used to.  That's part of the fun, I think, especially if you've found yourself pulled in by any of the television installments.  The narrative addition of The Maids helps to keep the mysteries and the plot moving; I wonder if any of them will be featured in another Avon Impulse series. 

This novella and perhaps the series is perfect for summer reading entertainment. 

(A very special thank you to Avon, Harper Collins and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Kathryn, the Kitten.)

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