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  • Mass Market Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843951435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843951431
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514,961 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 katie@katiemacalister.com or via snail mail at: Katie MacAlister, c/o Three Seas Literary Agency, PO Box 8571, Madison, WI 53708, USA

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. J. Mercer on 16 Sept. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i recently bought the first book written by this author 'Noble Intentions' and, due to the fact that it was an extremely funny and original book in its' own right, i couldn't wait for its sequel to be published. however, while the book was possibly worth a read if you enjoy happy endings and not much else, it in no way measures up to its predecessor which was quite hilarious in some places and well worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Muriel on 25 Jun. 2003
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funny and romantic at the same time. charlotte who likes to be in control sets out to trap the earl of carlisle (dare) into marrage, in the hope of getting back into high scociety. but the ups and downs of her life are chaotic,and at one of the lows she discovers she has actually fallen in love with dare but with things going from bad to worse she tries once again to take control. with a typical but warm ending. I will definatley read more of her books
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I have enjoyed the story line of this author's books, they were hard to put down and would not hesitate to read more and recommend her novels and if you like these sort of story lines like I do then it's the book for you. I will be more than happy to read more of this authors works
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sea Breeze on 20 Nov. 2011
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I am a big Kate MacAlister fan, but this one is a real disappointment. I just couldn't warm to the heroine's character, despite her redemption through the story. The ending was unsatisfying and too brief.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Charlotte is delightful, even if she's not quite Gillian... 28 April 2003
By K. Whatley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was eagerly awaiting this follow up to Noble Intentions, and it truly is delightful. This book picks up several years after the first as Lady Charlotte Collins is returning to England from Italy after the death of her husband. Since she had shocked everyone, including her family, by running away to marry the second son of an Italian nobleman, she isn't exactly welcomed back with open arms. She soon decides that she must marry to regain her former status as the darling of the Ton. So, naturally, she chooses Alsdair, Lord Carlisle, as her new husband. Dare, who isn't exactly in the market for a wife, doesn't put up too much of a fight, and soon the two are man and wife.
The story started to get really good right about then, and I couldn't put the book down. I won't ruin a moment of it for you. I'll just say that you simply must read this book. In my opinion it's got all the elements of a great romance: humor, love, quirky characters, and a little outrageousness. I LOVED Noble Intentions, and I don't think this one is quite as good. But it doesn't miss by much! Go out and read all the Katie MacAlister books you can get your hands on! (I recommend Improper English for those of you who also read contemporaries-- most excellent!)
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A tale of two Charlottes... 8 Sept. 2009
By M. Dinel - Published on Amazon.com
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Cast of characters:
Alasdair McGregor aka Dare. A brilliant engineer with a tragic past.
Lady Charlotte Collins aka Abalongia aka Char. A breathtakingly beautiful (and she knows it) widow who has become a social pariah after eloping with a penniless Italian count.
Lady Caroline: Charlotte's long-suffering friend.
Lady Patricia: Dare's rather bewildered sister.
Batsfoam (yes, you read it right, Batsfoam!) Dare's long-winded valet/engineering assistant/groom/butler/confidant etc...etc...(The Regency era military equivalent was called a "Batman" I believe...hmmmm.)

I deeply dislike writing unfavorable reviews, since I somehow feel it reflects poorly on me, since I chose to purchase and read the book after all, and so I really tried to like this book. I really tried. Another thing I really, really tried hard to do was to finish it, since in all fairness, I couldn't review a novel that I had not read in its entirety.
It's worth noting that the first novel in the trio, Noble Intentions, wasn't bad---not by any means a masterpiece, but OK, amusing, well paced.
I'm not sure what happened with this one.
Where to begin...?
Ah! Charlotte, Charlotte and Charlotte. Here is a woman that makes the sound of bare nails raked across a chalkboard seem like a pleasant experience. She's shallow, selfish, arrogant, narrow-minded (though not sexually, apparently) in that she sees significance in the universe only as it relates directly to, and benefits her, and has a misappropriated vocabulary that would make a moderately intelligent seven-year-old cringe. It's as though someone told the author she had a knack for humorous prose, and she has then proceeded to try very hard (waaay too hard) to make this story funny. Although there are certainly some formulaic humorous episodes, in the style of, say, the Marx brothers or The Three Stooges, those episodes are used over and over again ad nauseum. Batsfoam's moaning, self-piteous soliloquies go on for paragraphs at a time (yes, paragraphs, and this is NOT Shakespeare) and are hopelessly redundant after the first couple of times; Charlotte's capriciousness, selfishness and inconsideration towards her new husband and his dire financial situation is not funny, it is at first annoying, and then infuriating; the infinite patience Patricia and Caroline have in remaining friends with Charlotte while she is self-centered, narcissistic and even condescending towards them...why? There is nothing to redeem this woman. I wouldn't be her friend. And poor Dare...the frequent target of Charlotte's whining...does he really love her? I didn't believe it.
Nevertheless, I plowed on, determined to finish the book so I could write this review. And finally, at Chapter 15, I began to "get it." Charlotte is SO unpleasant a character for 14 Chapters so that we readers can be stunned (at the turn of a page to Chapter 15) at the complete capitulation brought about by an "earth shattering event" (literally).
In Chapter 15, Charlotte becomes Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa and Susan B. Anthony all rolled in one. She's now sweet, considerate, loving, self-sacrificing, a veritable lioness in the cause of her dear, beloved Dare. Hah??
Now I'm as able as any reader to suspend disbelief, and I don't mind doing so if there is--metaphorically speaking--meat and potatoes to be had in the story. I just couldn't do it for Noble Destiny. If Charlotte's epiphany had been more gradual, a process of overcoming challenges and adversity which built and improved her character over time...maybe. But one event to effect such a sudden, dire, drastic turn-around in someone's essential character? No meat and potatoes...just watered-down gruel here.

I have seen that Katie MacAlister is a prolific author in various genres, including historical romance. I'm not ready to write her off yet...but this novel feels rushed and carelessly done, as if the author had something much more interesting she wanted to get to.
I have one more of hers (notice I mentioned "trio" above?) to read, The Trouble with Harry. I have hopes...I do really try to like the ones I choose to read...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Must read! 13 July 2003
By "reluctant_vampire" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I happened to pick this book up in a megastore because the cover art caught my eye. I read the back cover blurb and thought I'd pick it up. I've never read such a hysterical romance novel! It kept my interested piqued at all times and I couldn't wait to turn the next page! It was cleverly written, with hilarious plays on words and innuendos in every chapter. The ending was quite unexpected, but well done. I haven't enjoyed a book as much in a very long time. I highly recommend it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Annoying! 11 Feb. 2012
By Tracy B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really hate to say it but this was NOTHING like Gillian's story which I found highly entertaining. I understand that this is about Charlotte and not Gillian but I cannot believe how different the author has made her in this book. In Noble Intentions it was Charlotte who corrected Gillian's English errors but somehow the English problem seems to have infected Charlotte now. And to a much more serious degree. Charlotte also seemed much more mature (if a bit giggly and ton obsessed) in the last book as well. Noble Intentions flew by with many chuckles but Noble Destiny is making me grind my teeth and I've had to stop reading it twice because Charlotte is just so self-centred! Why Dare actually loves this twit is beyond me. It's as if a French farce and a disaster movie had a baby.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Delightful, but bad Kindle transfer 18 July 2009
By L. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I inhaled the first in the "Noble" series (Noble Intentions) as Ms. Macalister's humor pulled me through the pages that could have easily slipped into tired cliche.

So I immediately downloaded this second book with high expectations. The book itself is ok - not as good as the first, but still fun. I enjoyed Ms. Macalister taking the tired cliche of Earl trapped by desperate damsel and turning it on its ear. It was lovely to see a hero insisting on love in his marriage...not to mention a heroine who <gasps> actually grows and matures as the book progresses!

The prose is fun as Lady Charlotte bungles the English language attempting to use words which she doesn't understands. Ms. Macalister's style is light and fun: she understands her audience and aims to please.

The problem lies within the transfer from paper to Kindle. The scanning for this leaves a great to desire: lines break inexplicably in the middle of the line and there are additional characters scattered about. Plus, the spacing between lines is so uneven that some paragraphs are squished and others are far apart. It's as if someone sloppily scanned the written page, created a PDF and then uploaded that. It's very sloppy and amateurish and, at times, detracts from the reading experience.
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