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December 30, 2014

Loved It: The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister

Series: Ainslie Brothers 1
Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher
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 fiancĂ©, 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.







30 comments:

  1. I actually love these type of stories and I need them every now and then just because. I think I definitely need to meet Alice and Elliott.

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    1. Full on relaxation, enjoyment, entertainment. Not everything has to be serious and compelling, glad we're on the same page.

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  2. Oh man I have to read this, it sounds hilarious. I just read that paragraph of imagine ifs to my mom and brother. She's now laughing so hard she can't breathe. Lmao. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LOL hey laughter is the best medicine, right?!

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  3. I'm one who overthink stories and question the logic and reason of things happening in books, but I guess there are times we just have to read something in face value and leave ourselves to be entertained ;) But damn it looks like the character here had such an "adventure" O_O I don't know what I would do if I were attacked or if my naked picture would be on Facebook... good for her to take it all in stride and to find it funny, but I think I would be really depressed if I were in her shoes. Too many to take for a vacation that's supposed to be relaxing! XD

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Lighten up, Faye! LOL

      You definitely need to read more laid-back, romcoms, stupid, funny reads. Consider it a palate cleansing exercise.

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  4. Oh maybe I missed the concept of this. I did laugh but didn't have the same experience you did with it. *throws covers back over head and crawls back into cave*

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    1. That's okay, books are like art, we all interpret it differently. Although it can be easy to say that this was corny, I guess I was in the mood for corny during this time :)

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  5. Will have to add this to my TBR, will read when I need a break from the typical genre :) Great review <3

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  6. Oh that's me: I overanalyze/psychoanalyze every character in a book. No wonder I'm so full of anger problems. Lol.

    This sounds like fun, Braine. :)

    P.S.

    Happy New Year!

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  7. Oh this one sounds good! Now I want to try it as well! I haven't read a lot of books by Katie MacAlister, only 2 I think but I really enjoyed them. I've only tried her PNR series but they're so fun you should try as well! Thanks for the nice review!

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    1. I saw one of her PNR make it to your shelf, I have one of her histrom, eager to try it out!

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  8. Oh I WANT IT! lol

    I hate cliche books but then there are a few authors out there that have the ability to make them fresh and fun. Sounds like this is the case here.

    Off to pre-order!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  9. I've been wanting to read one of Katie MacAlister's books for a while, and I think I've found the one to start with, Braine!. Great review! I love that this book put you in a good mood to start 2015 with!
    I have a little something for you on my blog... check out my comment appreciation post ;)
    Happy New Year! I hope 2015 will be filled with good health, happiness, love, joy, success and amazing books.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  10. Your review makes me want to read this! A romantic comedy with a British hero...love!

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    1. Outrageous meets refined, always a fun accident

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  11. Yay! Me too! Me too! I just love her books. I have my review going up next week. Can't wait to see what'll happen in book two :) I'm so glad to see you liked this one too Braine!

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    1. You loved it too! I'm so glad! I know some people will think this as corny or what not, I mean sure it can be cheesy and unbelievable but I took it from a comedy's perspective.

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  12. Well, you really had me with all the comedic mentions...but I was sold at the mention of Mr. Darcy. ;) Now I must meet Elliott...and Alice, of course. I'm glad you were able to enjoy such a fun read as 2014 drew to a close, Braine. I may just read it this month to start 2015 with a laugh!

    Happy New Year, chickie!! I hope 2015 brings you everything you're hoping for and more!! <3

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    1. Thanks, Brandee, I am and will always be grateful for well wishes. We need more of that shit around :)

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  13. Great review Braine, it sounds like this one is a lot of fun with comedy humour! I like how some of the things sound really outlandish but it will definitely have you laughing out loud. Lovely review!

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    1. Exactly! Let's all laugh, we need to do more of that!

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  14. better than her historicals? I might have to check this out :D

    Hope your new year was awesome Braine!

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