A Midsummer Night’s Romp by Katie MacAlister
Elaine’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Title: A Midsummer Night’s Romp
Author: Katie MacAlister
Series: Ainslie Brothers, #2
Date: May 5, 2015
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…
MacAlister’s books are always fun to read. The plots are enticing, but it’s really the humor which keeps me coming back. And by humor, I mean laugh out loud, wipe the tears from your eyes, humor.
A Midsummer Night’s Romp is no exception. Sometimes the dialogue was so staged. It was almost too much.
Gunner: “ . . . as a man who values you for more than just your delectable body, and enticing breasts, and truly magnificent ass, I will take it upon myself to provide that distraction so that you might be comfortable, mentally speaking.”
I mean, really, that’s a bit over the top. This sort of dialogue happens over and over again, but it’s not bad writing. It’s completely intentional.
And then there are lines like these, which make me laugh out loud.
Lorina (who has the really bad habit of blurting out whatever she’s thinking): “I did it again. Or rather, my mouth did. I can’t take it anywhere, anymore.”
There’s a villain, or is it two? A hidden treasure and a couple falling in love. A horse-crazy teenage girl who has manipulation down to an art . . . and a Roman archaeological dig.
Somehow MacAlister makes it all work.
You really need to read these two books in order. A lot of the background for “Romp” is covered in the first book, and I can’t wait for book three. There’s no word yet on a title or who the book will be about, but there are plenty of characters to choose from.
If you are in the mood for something light and entertaining, grab these books. Grab anything by Katie MacAlister. You will not be disappointed.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This guest post was contributed by Elaine Willis. Elaine is a school librarian who loves to read and review books. Check out more of her book reviews and articles on her blog.