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
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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.

About Katie MacAlister

For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes. Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books followed during the years after Noble’s publication. Her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell, and for the mystery world as Kate Marsh.

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  1. 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:)

    Jenny recently posted: Friday Flourish: The Estate
    • 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

      Ooo yes brothers and men in uniform totally my kryptonite 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • 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*

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • 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..

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  2. 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!

    Candace recently posted: Book & Movie Giveaway: Gone Girl
    • 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

    • 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…

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • 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

  3. 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!

    Madiha recently posted: Loony Blurbs: January, 2015
    • 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.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • 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

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

    • 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.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • 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.

  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!

    Dreams recently posted: The Rules of Love and Law (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. 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.

    Ramona recently posted: Night Beach, by Kirsty Eagar
    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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