by Patricia Burroughs
Summary: Why live in the boring present when you have a century’s worth of vintage couture to live up to? Why be ordinary with centuries of Vandermeir scandals to shape your destiny?
Paisley Vandermeir was born on a hippie commune, transplanted to high society Manhattan at the vulnerable age of seven, and finally rescued and nurtured by her wild Aunt Izzy, whose Roaring 20s exploits still tarnish the family name. Paisley is the very definition of a “Vandermeir scandal” waiting to happen. It’s simply a matter of what and when.
Now, it’s Christmas in Manhattan and Paisley Vandermeir has a scandalous scheme to set herself free from society’s expectations once and for all.
Enter Christopher Quincy Maitland, the blond and gorgeous Rock of Gibraltar who carries the weight of his family’s fortune on his shoulders–safe, dependable, scandal proof. Or is he?
When irresistible force meets immovable object, what happens next is SCANDALOUS. (from goodreads.com)
Review: Such fun! Paisley is so free spirited, yet feels such pressure to do what she thinks is expected of her. She had such a crazy upbringing and is such a character I was quite a bit depressed this story wasn’t about her growing up with her wild aunt Isadora. That would have been enjoyable to read as well. But don’t think that Paisley and Chris are boring, oh no!
Many Vendermeir women have scandalized high society, long before Aunt Izzy (who had an affair with a married man)…so Paisley feels everyone is waiting for her to do the same. The pressure! So she cooks up an idea that will allow her to be shocking and then be DONE. No one is hurt, she moves on, only it doesn’t quite work out that way, but when does it ever?!
She meets Chris, the grandson of Aunt Izzy’s flame, it seems history might be repeating itself. But Chris isn’t married…yet. Paisley figures out a way to scandalize society and not hurt anyone, because Chris is scandal-proof. Things don’t quite work out according to plan, which certainly makes it a rollicking good time.
The romance part of it is quite fun. The characters try to resist each other and realize they can never be together. But the attraction is strong and Paisley is such a nutty character they work really well together. He is a stock finance guy. Chris seems to need a little excitement in his life and she certainly provides!
The outfits. I am not a closet hound, but man, I wish I had Paisley’s closet. She has all of her Aunt’s outfits from the 30s + and she fits in them! She has her aunt’s flair, never has dressed according to her decade (the book takes place in the early 90s) and she stands out because she basically dresses in costumes. So. Much. Fun! But, because she is dressing in costume, she is used to being on display and in her non-conforming act is actually conforming to what people expect. Basically, she hides behind her fascade and Chris has to get behind it to find the real her. What she really wants, who she really is and if she really cares.
The characters were great, the story silly and fun and the romance sweet and lovely. I enjoyed this romp through 90s Manhattan society. 4 romancy sequined stars.