Tuesday, May 5, 2015

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of A Midsummer Night's Romp

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.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her animals, and can often be found lurking around online.

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A Midsummer Night's Romp

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Alice comes the second Ainslie Brothers romance, where finding love means falling head over heels…

Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major distraction.

Brother to the castle’s current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies’ man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he’ll soon have the beauty falling into his bed.

When an unexpected find turns the academic dig into an all-out treasure hunt, Lorina and Gunner get swept up in the excitement. But when their steamy tryst is caught on camera, it’ll take more than an award-winning performance to get them out of the hole they’re in…

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
--Actual rating 3.5 Skulls

*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

This is a romance with a little mystery to solve, but first and foremost, it's another humorous escapade from this talented author. Ms MacAlister has the knack of turning any story on its head and delivering fun and totally irreverent warm stories that truly captivate her readers. Looking for genuine laugh out loud moments? Then step inside the world created by her imagination. If you seek a romance that's peopled with diverse characters filled with heart and an entertaining plot then this book delivers in spades.

A Midsummers Night Romp begins with a phone call between two friends that sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of several people. First, it gives Lorina the idea to travel to England to join an archeology dig (for which she has no experience) but her nefarious plans involve seeking justice for her friend. Then of course there's Gunner whose home is where the dig is taking place. Now he's a bit of a philanderer--if honest--who has never met a woman who held his attention for more than a few weeks but Lorina is about to totally buck that trend! Slight problem though, as Lorina doesn't trust any man and certainly not one who might guess her guilty secret! Lorina is determined to achieve her goal but is constantly distracted by the mischievous Gunner. When they discover mysterious clues to what could possibly be missing treasure the race is on but not everyone has the same goal and pretty soon it's clear that someone will do anything it takes to get their hands on the treasure.

So yes, this has a treasure hunt in it with an antagonist to step in and cause all manner of problems, but it's the romance between the two lead characters that really drives this story. Lorina is way out of her depth pretending to be a photographer, and the fact that that just happens to be Gunners chosen profession sets her up for very uncomfortable moments that had this reader both chuckling and wincing on her behalf! She has a very troubled past and is determined to be an independent woman, but when around Gunner frankly she just develops verbal diarrhea! I kid you not, her runaway mouth is hilarious and trips her up so often, but luckily Gunner is very good at paying attention . There's no instant love (hurrah) but most definitely lots of chemistry although I have to admit the strength of their relationship just kind of crept up on them. Completely over the top dialogue, but for some reason it worked and I think that's because at heart Gunner is both a poet and a scholar. Interesting supporting characters that helped flesh out the story. This was an amusing read with steamy moments but most of all it was most definitely an entertaining romp!

A Midsummer Night's Romp

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