Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Importance of Being Alice (Ainslie Brothers #1) by Katie MacAlister (@SignetEclipse)

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.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Sweet, cheeky and charmingly quirky. The Importance of Bring Alice is just what I love about MacAlister--a fun lighthearted read full of romance, humor and endless heart. It was a fun time as Elliott and Alice land themselves on a cruise and...sharing a cabin despite being total strangers. See. She's determined to take the trip she planned with her ex. And her ex...gave his ticket to Elliott who is just trying to find some peace and quiet to finish writing his book. And so...the adventure begins.

These two were adorable together. Alice is very, herm, spirited? She's lively and jumps into things often without thinking, is full of life and curiosity and just a sweet woman who is trying to find herself again. And Elliot, well, he's a little more reserved. Likes plans and structure and can get a little flustered by his lively shipmate. One that no matter how hard he tries to resist he's just drawn to. They were great as a pair. Balanced out each others foibles in a nice way and still got into some entertaining scenarios--hello German sex club and parrot nipple clamps! heh I really couldn't help smiling over these two and so many of their moments together.
"You are such a stick-in-the-mud sometimes, you know that?" My annoyance faded. Elliott, poor man, truly believe what he was saying. He thought life was better when it was organized and structured until all the fun had been squeezed out of it. "Look, one of the things I've learned from life is that you have to grab what you can take, because you never know if it'll be there later. I'm here right now. So are you. And I just bet you if I stick my hands down your pants, you'll be ready for a little fun in no time."

His nostrils flared, and his voice took on that haughty lord-of-the-manor tone that made me want to giggle. "I assure you, madam, that I am in full control of my libido. If I did not wish to become aroused by you, I wouldn't."

I put my hand on his fly. Just that, no caressing, no stroking, just my palm on his zipper. I could feel him getting hard within seconds. I cocked an eyebrow at him.

"As it happens, I want to be aroused," he said with an attempt at dignity. "I have decided that I will, just this once, bend my inviolable rule about not stopping until I am done with my daily quota of writing."
Romance-wise things move crazy fast. But somehow for these two it kinda works. They really just were meant for each other. Though their speedy courtship did come with some pitfalls and some misunderstandings--nothing awful just surprises along the way  for them (and that could be dang funny) Things heat up too and though they get at some good loving they're pretty funny scenes just like the rest of the book and tended to be more gigglesnort than fan yourself ;)

With a wee little bit of mystery and a pretty good twist at the end that had me going 'well damn. did not see that coming'!, Elliott's many siblings and a gregarious mother, a falling down castle, spies, those German sex clubs and hussies out for Alice's man... yeah...The Importance of Being Alice was a laugh out loud riot  that had me smiling, gigglesnorting and just enjoying the fluffy fun that was Alice and Elliott as they found love, laughter and what their hearts truly needed.

Have you read MacAlister? Do you have a favorite?
Do you like just silly all out crazy reads?
Have a favorite opposites attract romance?

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