Release Date: January 6, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
An author, Elliot is just looking for some alone time to write. 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.
What a hoot! I'm so glad Katie MacAlister's upcoming book is one of the last ones I read in 2014 because it sure put me in a good mood for 2015. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE is a great case of insta-love | rebound romance | unexpected love | romantic comedy. You're not supposed to over analyze Elliot and Alice's story because it defies logic. Like what are the chances of someone finding their one true love on a two week European cruise they were supposed to take with their ex-fiance and ending up married to a British Baron no less? Oh I'm sure this romance exists out there somewhere but I'm positive it's a rarity. Needless to say KMacAlister just wants to entertain you for a few hours and enjoy this silly whirlwind love story between Elliot and Alice.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE is filled with LOL moments especially on scenes where Alice and Elliott were getting their kink on. I mean imagine being in a sex club in a foreign country and you're dressed as a pirate unfortunately one of the accouterments failed and you end up sprawled naked while other patrons take photos and videos of you as you're being rescued by the staff? Or getting high and having the giggles in a coffeehouse in Amsterdam thanks to second hand smoke? What about getting your picture taken with nothing on but a pirate hat and your photo is shared and popular in Facebook? Or how about getting attacked in your own bedroom because of a bad case of mistaken identity? These and so much more happened in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE it's really more comedic than romantic.
Aside from the scenic river view, the characters are the best thing this book has. Alice is such a chatterbox and her unfiltered quips is such a good contrast to Elliot's proper upbringing and polished demeanor it's a great example of opposites attract. Alice's sunshine-y attitude was contagious I almost forgot she just broke up with Patrick, Elliot's friend and her sister's current boyfriend. She's so positive, decisive, didn't act like a victim even after Patrick returned to the picture and tried to win her over (yes, Patrick is a jerk but a funny one if that helps), and very much like lightning if you can imagine. Elliot is a dreamboat, a romantic, an indulgent lover, and very Mr. Darcy, he's The British Aristocrat fantasy a lot of us has. I half expected Elliot to second guess Alice but he never doubted her, adored her American Beauty, flaws and all, and cherished her in every way possible.
The side characters are equally ridiculous from Elliot's big family down to the people who took the cruise with them. Each and every one of them are bananas, memorably, quite the ensemble, I look forward to seeing a few of them again in the next installment coming in May 2015. The conflict was this big stupid misunderstanding where Elliot was mistaken for an actual spy instead of an author who writes spy novels and his supposed "takedown" was a page taken off Johnny English.
I'll stop my rambling here, y'all have a fun New Year's celebration and should you be so inclined to read a comedy next year, keep THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE by Katie MacAlister in your thoughts, it'll have you laughing in stitches and I'm sure it's as good, if not better, than her historical romances.