06 September 2013

If You Give A Duke a Duchy; Nine Naughty Novelists

If You Give a Duke a Duchy, Or, Love's Savage WhiplashIf You Give a Duke a Duchy, Or, Love's Savage Whiplash by Nine Naughty Novelists
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unlike The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies the jokes here aren't subtle (example? Twins named Colin and Firth). And that's part of the problem - rather than trusting readers to laugh, it's like Robin Williams when he tosses in every possible reference he can in hope of getting some laughs instead of really developing a joke.

This is still a pretty good send-up of the genre, with multiple bizarre euphemisms for a man's, well, man parts and lovemaking that defies imagination. The Shakespearean twin exchange plot appears, as does the evil guardian, the too-wise-but-ignored Ward, and multiple misunderstandings about intentions. For $.99 you can't go wrong!

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