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Improper English [Mass Market Paperback]

Katie MacAlister
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505525178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505525178
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 later, 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.

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

Contact Katie: You can write to Katie at or via snail mail at: Katie MacAlister, c/o Three Seas Literary Agency, PO Box 8571, Madison, WI 53708, USA

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a gem! 6 Mar 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I get books shoved in to my hands and told to read. And I have to admit I rarely dislike what is handed to me. But being it's a female doing the shoving, I a male sometimes see things a shade different. In this book, we are in total agreement.
This is one dynamite book. A celebrating of Brit quirkiness, for wow-pow instantaneous attraction, of interesting well-drawn characters. I fear, however, maybe the Yanks will miss the boat, as they often do on British humour. I am hoping I am wrong on that assumption. MacAlister captures the Brit reserve and all the steaminess beneath, she fleshes out so well the almost proud indulging in off-beat behaviour the Brits adore.
It's wickedly funny, I pulled a stitch in my side laughing. It's fresh and charming. Alix is a pain, but she is a pain I 'know' in real life, adore and love, so it was a howl to see someone else understand a writer crippled with insecurities, someone who jumps at feeble excuses to hide their pain and vulnerability.
I especially loved the purple prose, shame we could not have a WHOLE Alix book. And I KNOW Alex is my brother....he even has green eyes!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Romances I have EVER read!!! 10 Mar 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
WOW! Where to start? It's hard to write a good review for a good book. You want to do it justice. It's even harder to write one for a SUPER book. And that is my task.
Katie MacAlister joined my writer's group this time last year and so I rushed off to read her first book NOBLE INTENTIONS. She really delighted me with her freshness. I have read thousands of romance books, and so few impress me with how original their treatment is. So many settle for tried and true where the books fade into fog as soon as you put them down. Katie's first book was sharp, funny and so FRESH. So I was eager to read more from her. This happened to me once before with Lynsay Sands. Her first book was so special that it left you wanting more. We had to wait two long years, but fortunately she had kept us supplied regularly since. It was a years wait for Katie's second book, but OH WHAT A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
Since I have lived my life on both sides of the pond, I grew with an oddball humour that delighted in the quirkiness of the Brits. Katie MacAlister understands this and puts it on a showcase guarantee to have you HOWLING. To say this book is a contemporary romance it to say the Titanic was a ship. It is warm, loving, sexy and quirky with a capital Q. Katie's freshness gives you a tale you will not forget. She burrows a way into your heart and leaves you so sorry when you have to put it down. Due to time, I rarely reread any books any more, Outside of Lynsay's, JAK gems and a couple Linda Howards. I will reread this, likely more than once. It's just that good.
Alexandra Freemar is a Yank on a two month stay in London to write her first romance book. Told in first person, it's a little jarring for first few pages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame.. 3 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was so disappointed with this book. I absolutely adore Katie MacAlister. I love the Aisling Grey books which always have me snorting with laughter on the train in the mornings but this one just sort of left me cold. Admittedly there are some hilarious moments in the book (which I won't spoil by writing - but are the only reason I gave two stars) but it was the main characters who spoiled it for me. Alex (the "hero") has no personality whatsoever. He doesn't read, watch TV, like to dance, go out in the country.. anything. He just works. Now while he has a worthy job, that's just not enough for me. He's got to have something going for him or else it makes no sense why the heroine (and by association the reader) should fall in love with him. Alix (the heroine) is a spoiled, whiny brat that is just so immature and self-centred I found it virtually impossible to relate to her. if I missed the chapters where these characters are given souls then please someone point them out in a review.

This book won't stop me buying more Katie MacAlisters, but this is not one I'm having anywher near my keeper shelf..
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By S. Richards TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
You know, this romance started off pretty good. I loved the setting of London, and I absolutely loved the tall, dark and handsome English hero, a very proper but very sexy Scotland Yard Detective Inspector. I also enjoyed the lovably oddball secondary characters. I even had some good like going on for the heroine, initially. Alix is quirky, somewhat loud and even funny at times. Then, about halfway through the book, she just started to irk me. The author acknowledges that the heroine is flawed and has many issues that may annoy a reader, and I am one to appreciate an imperfect heroine/hero. But by the end of this book, I just felt drained and tired out by Alix. I guess I needed her in a smaller dose.

She was a hard person to truly like and have deep empathy and understanding for. Many times in the story she is told that she is selfish and needy and whingey, and I have to agree with that. I'd also say that she was inconsiderate and cruel in her cluelessness. At one point, towards the end of the story, that gorgeous hero, sounding very much like a love poem, says to Alix, "Be with me. Live with me. Marry me." You won't believe her reaction to his heartfelt entreaty, and no way would I have treated the hero like that. She should have counted her lucky stars that a man that sweet and that fine wanted to put up with her for the rest of his life.

I feel Alix's 'evolution' was stretched out a little too much, took too long for me, and even then, I don't know if I bought into it all the way. By the end of it all, I had lost my last bit of patience for her. She has a man who actually sees that she is imperfect, and he loves her, completely, despite her obvious flaws of insecurity, jealousy, and selfishness. IMPROPER ENGLISH did have its good moments, some funny and some sweet.
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