"This rip roaring romance is a blast in the past!"
Note: This story is written in the first person which works
surprisingly well in this comical time travel romance!
This story returns to King Arthur's Renaissance Faire in
Upstate New York (present day), the starting point for Kat
Martin's journey to Camelot in "A Connecticut Fashionista
in King Author's Court".
La Style magazine fashion photographer Chrissie Hayward is
already irritated with the missing "Park Avenue Princess"
when she receives a disturbing (and unbelievable) cell
phone call from said coworker.
Kat claims to be calling from the future with her medieval
boyfriend Sir Lancelot, and Queen Guinevere (due to the
famous misunderstanding which was apparently caused by
Kat's need for secrecy) and needs help getting back home.
Chrissie thinks she's being Punk'd especially when she
finds Nimue (a time traveling gypsy from Avalon), at Kat's
request, and is told she'd have to travel back in time to
the point of King Richard's return to England and bring
back a drop of blood from the Holy Grail to aid in Kat's
return. The gypsy sends her with a message about love and
an outlaw bent on revenge.
Chrissie arrives in Sherwood Forest expecting to find
Ashton Kutcher and instead who does she find? Could it be?
Robin Hood in the flesh?
It is indeed Robin of Loxley but he's far from the
legendary version. Yes, he's incredibly handsome but all
that business about stealing from the rich and giving to
the poor hasn't crossed his mind and he thinks the idea of
putting his neck on the line to defend the helpless is just
plain crazy. Worse yet he thinks she's a boy!
Fortunately for him Chrissie's fully prepared to pull Robin
up by his bootstraps and mold him into the man of the hour.
What she isn't prepared for is losing her heart to him.
After all she's on a mission and can't afford to be
selfish. Then of course there's the fact that her idol
thinks she's his latest merry man.
Poor Robin thinks he's gender confused until she finally
reveals the truth. Although he is relieved that he's not
gone crazy, a woman's betrayal had been responsible for his
outlaw status, and another had broken his heart so he had
formed a pact with his men that no women would be allowed
into their camp. Can Chrissie trust a love that must be
kept secret and what will happen when King Richard finally
makes his appearance?
As we all know Prince John is just a puppet for the evil
Sheriff of Nottingham who is not at all pleased with all
this new distribution of wealth. His accomplice however may
This story is a hoot especially when Chrissie is drawing on
pop culture for their strategies or through some rather
extraordinary magic Kat and Chrissie are dishing about
their men and predicaments on their cell phones. And don't
even ask about the ladies-in-waiting, it's just a little
bit too much déjà vu for our erstwhile fashion
photographer! For a rip roaring blast to the past I
highly recommend A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted February 23, 2007