Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister

Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister
Series: Noble (# 1)
Re-release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 331
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



Noble Britton, Lord Wessex, has come to London intending to revisit old friends, enjoy a modicum of society, and-oh, yes-find a mild, biddable wife.

Gillian Leigh’s Unfortunate Habit of speaking her mind and Shocking Susceptibility to Accidents have left her on the shelf at five-and-twenty. So why can’t Noble resist her?

When Gillian meets the infamous Black Earl, she knows that at last she’s found a man who can match her zest for life, even if that entails the occasional arson…or kidnapping. Not to mention the encounters with his former mistresses…

Although life with Gillian involves as much chaos as laughter, Noble fully intends to claim her for his own-if she doesn’t accidentally kill him first.


Review:  Where has author Katie MacAlister been all these years? I consider myself a rather experienced romance reader, but I can probably count on my hands the number of times I have experienced wild bursts of laughter while reading one. Noble Intentions adds a completely new dimension to the world of romance thanks to a writer with an incredible sense of humor.

On the surface, it appears that this is going to be another Regency romance since the first scene opens at one of the ton’s social events. It doesn’t take long, though, to figure out that these characters are quite different from those typically depicted in romance novels.

Gillian Leigh has all the makings of an Original given her half-English/half-American heritage and penchant for speaking her mind. She catches the attention of Noble Britton, Lord Wessex, who has a rather checkered past involving the death of his first wife. What follows is a side-splitting adventure as Gillian introduces complete chaos into the earl’s rather uneventful life. Combine her lack of worldliness with a tendency to speak without a filter, and the story line almost takes a dip into the world of the absurd.

Just when you think there couldn’t be anything else to top the previous side-splitting scene, the author throws in a twist with the most off-the-wall descriptions. Gillian’s dogs, for example, “have a little problem with their inner workings.” From broken man parts to ladybuds, this rollicking tale will make a lasting impression…especially if you start laughing out loud while reading.

The only drawback is that the story is riddled with typos, so many that I couldn’t in good conscience give it the top score. I am not sure if the original paperback version, published in 2002, had this problem. Some TLC with a line editor would push this story right over the top.