Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister










Book Description

January 6, 2015
First in a new series!

From New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister comes a series about finding your own wonderland—through one roadblock at a time....

Nothing about Alice Wood’s life is normal right now. Her fiancé, Patrick, called off their wedding and relationship only days before their nonrefundable wedding trip. And though a luxurious European river cruise for one is just what she needs, it’s not what she gets....

Due to a horrible misunderstanding, Alice is now cramped in her “romantic” suite with one of Patrick’s friends. Instead of cruising along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers sipping champagne with the love of her life, she’s navigating the waters with a strange—yet mysteriously handsome—British aristocrat.

A baron of dubious wealth—and not-so-dubious debt—Elliot Ainslie is just looking forsome alone time to write the books that keep his large family afloat. But his stodgy, serious self is about to be sidetracked by a woman who seems to have jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale, one who is determined to shake up his life...and include him in her own happily ever after.




Yes, Katie's books seem to follow a certain sort of formula and MOST of her books follow this. Maybe formula is the wrong word -I'll give you an example of what I mean : "nnrng and foowah" using these non-words during sex, this sort of thing is found in most of her books, think Noble Intentions (Noble series) for one. The first few times this is amusing even maybe snort worthy, after a few years it gets to be almost expected. It may be amusing to new readers but what happens to us old timers who have been there from the very first book? It has gotten old to us.

This particular book was a little harder for me to swallow than many of Katies past efforts. Some scenes just seem to go on forever, I did not feel much empathy or sympathy with the main characters and I actually disliked them at times. suspending disbelief is a must when you are reading fiction, but in this book I felt I needed to suspend it too much; to the point of wanting to just put the book aside instead of finishing it.

This is being called a "sweet romance" -trust me, Katie proves that she can get down and dirty with the best of them with this book. No, the sex is basically shrouded in euphemisms like usual - but some of the sex seems to go on forever and ever. Plus there are more scenes in this book than I am used to with one of Katies novels.

I think I've grown too old for these newer offerings. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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