Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister

Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlisterNoble Intentions by Katie MacAlister
Series: Noble #1
Published by Sourcebooks on 02/01/2002
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Humor, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Library

The award-winning, laugh-out-loud Regency romance that launched the career of New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister.

Take one infamous earl...

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

Add an irrepressible American

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?

And good intentions are bound to fail

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.

I am such a lover of historical romance, but at the same time I’m also always hesitant to try out new authors.  I have my theories on why I’m like that, but I won’t go into it here because this post is all about my thoughts on Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister, a new-to-me author.

There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about Noble Intentions.  I’m pretty much always a fan of any type of book that makes me laugh, and this one certainly did.  I must say, though, that a lot of the situations our main characters, Noble and Gillian, find themselves in are ridiculous and even some times eye-roll inducing.  But sometimes I don’t mind that, and I definitely didn’t mind it here because I wanted the LOL moments.

If you are a stickler for your historical romances to be true to the time, then Noble Intentions is not for you.  Gillian is not your typical (as typical as they can be, that is) regency heroine.  She’s accident prone (okay maybe that is a bit on the typical side), and she is often saying aloud what she is thinking – not always the best habit to have.  Gillian is endearing, though, even if her actions are sometimes unbelieveable (becoming friends with her husband’s ex-mistresses, for example).

Noble Intentions has a fun romance, but I can’t really say it was amazing.  There was never a time when I thought to myself “oh my gosh, I can feel the connection between these two.”  I would have loved to feel that; that’s always what I’m wanting to feel when reading romances.  I didn’t get swoony at all.  But still, I enjoyed seeing these two work things out.

Noble Intentions is perfect if you’re looking for a silly romp through Rengency England.  Things never get too steamy, or too swoony, but there are lots of laughs, even if they are a bit eye-rolly.  I know I will be looking into Katie MacAlister’s other books.


13 Responses to “Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    The humor aspect to this appeals to me – I love a good romance with laughs! I haven’t really read a lot of historical romances that do have that aspect, so maybe I’ll try this author. Great review Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I always love books that make me laugh. There is definitely a lot of humor in this book. But if you were looking for a historical romance with humor I would recommend starting with Julia Quinn. She’s a better writer, I think, and her humor is better and more witty. Not all her books are super funny, but a lot are. I would maybe try What Happens in London. JQ is really known for her Bridgerton series (which is wonderful ) and there is a lot of humor in those books, but there are also more serious aspects, too (for romance, anyway). But What Happens in London is just hilarious. So many laugh out loud moments.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I don’t mind bending the rules of the time period sometimes, too. But other times it really bothers me. I guess it depends on the book and the situation. Should I try any of her contempt??

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I haven’t read any historicals by this author. While I know you weren’t blown away by it, I am going to put it on my “maybe” list for those times I need a fun, easy read. Thanks for the review!

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