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July 12, 2013

Braine Reviews: If The Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry + Giveaway


Series: Not Indicated
Format: Print ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks-Landmark
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Chick Lit

Second in a sexy, playful new series of women's fiction imagining what it might be like for a modern American woman to fall in love with a British aristocrat, from new author Megan Mulry.

Sarah James is an accomplished American woman who heads her own chic shoe company. Devon Heyworth is the rakish, ne'er-do-well younger brother of the 19th Duke of Northrop. When the two meet at the Duke's wedding they embark on a whirlwind weekend romance. And what begins as a casual fling at a royal wedding quickly proves to be far more meaningful. But when a string of misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart, their meddling aristocratic relatives join forces to reunite the star-crossed lovers.



I had a blast reading IF THE SHOE FITS by Megan Mulry. It's a funny, discombobulated romantic comedy between an American heiress and the Earl of Naught. What started as a crazy, passionate fling easily turned into a sweet loving relationship between the two. I know it sounds formula and it is to an extent but MMulry gave it a little spin to keep us readers entertained and glued to the story. 

IF THE SHOE FITS is the sequel to A Royal Toast although neither MMulry and Sourcebooks indicate if this is a series or the name for that matter if it is one. I guess this American Commoner-British Nobility pair-up started with Bronte Talbott and Max Heyworth, Duke of Northrop. IF THE SHOE FITS starts with Bronte and Max's wedding and as Sarah is Bronte's BFF, she's one of her bridesmaids. Here is where she met the dashing debonair and playboy, Devon Heyworth, Max's brother, who refers to himself as the Earl of Naught. As Devon is always on the lookout for his next conquest, his eyes and interest was easily piqued by popular shoe designer and retail heiress, Sarah James. The two went down the stereotypical road of hooking up at the wedding with crystal expectations that it'll be nothing but a fling. Obviously their attraction is more than skin deep and witnessing how these two plod from casual to exclusive is comedic and sexy. 
An utterly delightful fabulously sexy, wonderful fling.
I love MMulry's voice, her humor is much like her British aristocrats, dry with a twist of American. It's smart without being snobby and her characters are self-possessed, authentic, very matter-of-fact and not exaggerated versions of the real thing. Despite being wealthy, Devon and Sarah make obscene gestures to exclaim for privileged their lives are, mentions of wealth are done sparingly if only to paint the setting or to reinforce a point. MMulry focused on making her characters accessible in their folly and that was the first thing that stood out for me.

There was a hint of role reversals and tasting one's own medicine too. Sarah James is a virgin who decided to give up her V-card to Devon if only to get that inconvenience out of the way. MMulry didn't make a big production of it though I have to wonder how much of a playboy Devon is for not noticing that he popped Sarah's cherry. I love Sarah, she's level-headed, didn't cling to Devon, kept it almost business like as far as carrying on their fling is concerned. She didn't have expectations nor was she in denial about her feelings either. She was just going with the flow in a normal and rational way, no laid out plans to snag the eligible bachelor, no candles and bubble baths. It was simply recreational for her and as Devon is a delicious flirt and an accomplished lover, their sizzling rendezvous was even more enjoyable to read.

Devon, the consummate player, is not only gorgeous but very stylish and intelligent with a sparkling personality to boot. I find his misconceptions about American women funny and his situation with Sarah a little karmic. For the first time he's chasing a girl and not the other way around, getting clingy, emotionally attached and obviously falling for Sarah. I loved how he rationalizes his IP "stalking" under loose technicalities but it eventually caught up with him and he got a big bite in the ass for it. Nonetheless he is simply adorable and his easy-going attitude is very endearing.

The secondary characters kept the story light and continuously interesting. My favorite Sarah's grandmother, Letitia, and her aristocratic ways, doesn't want to be bother with bourgeoisie tasks. Now the conflict is what made this romantic comedy a 4-cauldron rating for me. When reading chick-lit, the conflict usually revolves around emotional awkwardness and rude awakenings. Here it wasn't quite so, I thought I know what the breakdown is going to be and I was pleasantly surprised that MMulry gave me something else. It still involves the next step in Sarah and Devon's relationship but it goes beyond simple emotional histrionics and verbal bitch slaps. Thank you for giving me something out of the box Ms. Mulry.

Though IF THE SHOE FITS is a sequel of sorts to MMulry's other novel, it can read as stand-alone and now I want to backtrack and read A Royal Pain. I had a lovely time getting lost in MMulry's world and I really appreciate her narrative, it's really smart without being snobbish and like I've said, she is funny! So if you like Kinsella and Cabot, you'll adore Megan Mulry, add her to your chick-lit collection! 


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I write sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. I graduated from Northwestern University and then worked in publishing, including positions at the New Yorker and Boston magazine. After moving to London, I worked in finance and attended London Business School. I've traveled extensively in Asia, India, Europe, and Africa and now live with my husband and children in Florida. You can find me procrastinating on Twitter.


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IF THE SHOE FITS
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This is a US only contest, ends July 19.

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9 comments:

  1. lol... probably a duchess... high enough to have some social power but not the top and be in a goldfish bowl. Thanks for sharing! I loved the first book and I can't wait for this new one :)

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  2. I recently hosted a giveaway for ItSF, but couldn't fit in a review. I am kicking myself for that now! This sounds like both a fun and thoughtful story, so I will definitely be picking up a copy!

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  3. I would rather be a princess!! I thought I alread was.....lol

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  4. I like the word Duchess and the stories I've read with them.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. I'd have to go with Princess! Thanks!

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  6. I am gonna have to say princess!

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