The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister

January 9th, 2015 Kimberly Review 68 Comments

9th Jan
The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister
The Importance of Being Alice
by Katie MacAlister
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon *affiliate
Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

The Importance of Being Alice is a cute, sometimes humorous romance and the first of the Ainslie Brothers series by Katie MacAlister. Of course, I was immediately drawn to this by the promise of brothers. You all know by now this is a weakness of mine. While not without issues, The Importance of Being Alice was a fluffy romance with a castle, and interesting secondary characters.

Caffeinated Aspects:

  • A ten day European River Cruise and a mix up with tickets got this tale off to a fun start. Alice Wood has just been dumped by her fiancé and decides to go on their nonrefundable cruise alone. Patrick gives his ticket away to a London friend. Do you see where this is going?
  • Alice is quirky, and a talker. She talks all the time and at times, it was hilarious. She is one of those characters who makes goals and does not quite keep them. However, she always has the best intentions. She has a vivid imagination and Wonderland type quality. I image her as that friend who gets you to dance on a table during karaoke night.
  • A castle, dueling, siblings, the ex-fiancé and talk of spies added interest to the tale.
  • There were moments that were while ridiculous made me gigglesnort with laughter.
  • We learn just enough about the other Ainslie brothers to peak my interest. Their home life is quite unique and certainly far from any stereotype.

Decaffeinated Aspects

  • Awkwardness abounds. As I said, Alice is a talker and she never stops even during moments that are more ahem… intimate. Which would be fine except it is about other topics. I laughed and rolled my eyes. Do not expect to feel the heat between these two.
  • Insta-love and a fluffy romance never allowed me to connect with Alice and Elliot despite the fact that I liked them. To be honest insta-love does not always bother me. Sometimes I am more than willing to swallow the little red pill and go with it. The storyline and character development have to feel genuine and I need to connect to them as a couple. Sadly, for me I did not feel the chemistry.
  • Wavering uncertainty and low self-esteem coming from our heroine made me a tad nuts. He wants me? He doesn’t want me. He loves me, he hates me. Of course, you feel uncertain Alice, you do not really know the man.
  • I struggled with the plot twists. The believability just was not there for me.

The Importance of Being Alice was a quick, light read with moments of fun. If you are looking for a little humor and a very light romance pick this one up from the library. Please check out other reviews as some of my friends found this delightful.

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68 Responses to “The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister”

  1. Sharyla

    What an honest review. These types of books, those that just hit the middle line, can be a treat and struggle at the same time. I’m glad you made it through!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sharyla..I liked aspects but learned that her characters are quirky. I will try another and see how I fair.

  2. Mary

    I liked a lot of the story — it was very Katie MacAllister-y — but I HATED that she wouldn’t shut the hell up during sex. Seriously? You want to have an entire conversation?? WTF, man.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My first read and others have said it is her style characters..but glad I wasn’t alone in some of my dislikes.

  3. Ramona

    Hmm, I guess I won’t bother with this one then. I’m not big on the whole insta-romance thing. It was cute for about 5 min quite a few years ago, but since then has grown really annoying and strangely disappointing, right? I loved your review – coherent and comprehensive. Thanks for posting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Ramona, a lot of folks loved this and I appreciate the feedback

  4. Dreams

    2.5? That’s a little disheartening to hear. I love her paranormal books, but I must admit the last contemporary romance I read by her was not my favorite book she has ever written. So I had high hopes for this one. But I hate instalove, especially when you cannot feel the chemistry between the characters. I’ll probably still pick up a copy, I’m just not in as much of a hurry now. Very helpful review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was my first by her, and I know others liked it and have informed me that her characters are like this. I am curious about her paranormal books. I enjoyed aspects and had a few laughs. I do hope you enjoy it.

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Off! I’m sorry you had so many issues with this one. I like MacAlister and was hoping this was the start to a great series. Oh well, it’s not like a have time for it anytime soon anyway! LOL Happy Friday!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      A lot of folks liked it though…like Braine and Anna so it might work for you. I was unfamiliar with the author’s style.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Angela..stay warm and enjoy your weekend as well.

  6. Grace MyBookSnack

    The insta-love thing…I don’t care too much for it either, but I appreciate it when an author pulls it off and makes the romance believable. Thanks for your review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Like you said it depends on whether or not the author makes me believe. Thanks Grace

  7. Braine Talk Supe

    Sorry you didn’t like this, I get why it didn’t work for you. This is very whimsical and Alice IS very talkative, too chatty even. I just liked how Elliott was so indulging. Happy weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know you and Anna loved this..and aspects were hilarious. I wasn’t aware that was her style and perhaps if I did I would have felt differently. I expected a swoon.

  8. Cyn

    It’s been ages since I’ve read Katie MacAlister! I always liked her books because there’s always so much humour in them. That’s too bad this one wasn’t quite the one for you. Hopefully the next one is a better read! Thanks for the review (:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      See I did not know that, and will probably try another..maybe it was just this protagonist.

  9. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I have been thinking about picking up more of her books because of the humor. So glad that it is in her contemporary work as well. I don’t love her work but I do like it so your problems with the book do not surprise me. Still might be worth a read.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was my first, and I will try another just to see. I am glad you like her books and I guess maybe if I went in expecting humor and not heat it would have worked better

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I would hang out with her, but lord no I could never live with her..LOL

  10. Madiha

    Wow, I think this is the first review I’ve seen on your blog that has less than four star, Kim :O Will DEFINITELY stay away from this one if you didn’t like it. Insta-love. WHY. Bane of my existence!

    • kimbacaffeinate it just means you don’t stop by often enough. *giggles* I have 3’s and 2’s and 1/2 cups all the time. Although in all fairness I do tend to have more 4 ratings. I know what I like and usually I nail it.

  11. Adriana

    I think for this one the negatives outweigh the positives. If you are annoyed with an MC and the way the romance progressed than I’m sure I would feel the same.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, this is the kind of book that you will either adore or be disappointed in. There isn’t a a lot of middle ground

  12. Heidi

    Jenny reviewed this the other day and she wasn’t overly impressed either. Sounds like a book that I will skip. Thanks for the helpful review. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You like strong heroines and need lots of back-story this would so not work for you 🙁

  13. Lauren

    I have heard that Alice chats her way through every love scene and I think that would get on my nerves! Glad you were still able to enjoy it in spite of your issues with it. Lovely thoughtful review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was like when you are watching a show and character is so darn embarrassing you hide your eyes for because you cannot bear to see them that way…

  14. Candace

    I’ve read another review for this that was similar. It sounds like she’s a little over the top. I have read some of Katie’s other books and that’s just how her characters are. It doesn’t really work for me most of the time. The concept of this story sounds good though!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This my first, I may try her again to see if it was just this novel, but alas it may be we don’t mesh

  15. Hafsah

    Insta-love and an over-talkative MC? I’m not sure I’d like this one, but I’m glad it started off well 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It did and I liked elements but overall I didn’t feel it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Passionate talk I can handle this was weird, and funny in an awkward I wish I wasn’t here kind of

  16. Tanya

    Too bad about the chattiness during intimate moments, it sounded like this book had potential. And the waivering back and forth would get distracting. There are too many books on my TBR right now I really want to read. Might pick this one up later but not right now.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really hoped I would like it and the concept was exciting but I think it was the heroine that did me in..I liked her but she also drove me batty..

  17. kindlemom1

    That low self esteem can be hard to swallow sometimes in a heroine. I don’t mind self doubts once in awhile but for the most part, I like a strong heroine. Sorry this didn’t quite work out for you.

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s ok if we see growth, but yes I prefer stronger heroines.

  18. Nick

    I don’t like the sound of this unfortunately. I’ve heard about the talking too much during the sex and that would be so awkward!
    Great review, Kim and have a lovely weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was silly too Nick and I kept thinking REALLY? Imagine composing a shopping list out loud in the middle of a heated moment….*giggles*

  19. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Oh, it did sound good…but then, insta-love with two people forced to be together, with one of them overly talky? LOL

    Probably not for me, but great review! Thanks.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..she was a different type of bird for sure..I did laugh

  20. Carmel

    Seems like we share the some kryptonite: brothers! It’s unfortunately that you had so many issues with this novel because the potential for greatness was definitely there.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo yes brothers and men in uniform totally my kryptonite 🙂

  21. Jenny

    I felt EXACTLY the same way about this one Kim! Her incessant talking through intimate moments drove me crazy. I did like that she was at least aware she did it, but it just made the sex scenes incredibly awkward to read. And I struggled with the believability as well. I can suspend disbelief as well as the next girl when it comes to romance, but this was a bit over the top even for me:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This makes me feel so much better since two of my bloggy friends adored it and I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, it was funny I just didn’t get that swoon I hoped for

  22. Alreem

    sound like a good book, but right now I’m not in the mood to read it 🙂 maybe in the future, Great Review as always

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Alreem, if you do I hope it resonates better with you

  23. Melliane

    People doesn’t seem really appeal by this one. I love the ones I’ve read in the PNR genre but haven’t tried something else I confess.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, this was my first by her, I am not opposed to trying her again

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think she fits a niche, and I while I laughed I didn’t get swept up.

  24. Christy

    Oh man, I almost grabbed this one. It sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but ugh … the wavering like that drives me nuts.