This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet
Released on January 6, 2015
I was very excited to read this book because the blurb sounded cute, but by about forty pages in, I lost my excitement. At fifty pages after a particularly annoying scene where the heroine shows an exaggerated ignorant American, I pulled the plug. It’s meant to be fun and funny, but it didn’t find my funny bone.
Alice is enamored by the fact that she is sharing space with a specimen of the British aristocracy. She’s not processing it well and gets down right silly about her assumptions and questions. The quote is probably just her teasing Elliott, but I’m not sure since she displayed other evidences of ignorance that I was pretty sure weren’t teases.
[quote]”Do you get to do that droit thing?”
“What droit thing?”…
“That thing where the lord of the land gets to sleep with all the newly married women.” I eyed him. I could just imagine all those lusty brides ogling him and hopping into his bed in order to get their motors started. So to speak.
He gave me a look that spoke volumes. “Droit du seigneur is a myth, Alice. It didn’t really exist.”
“It was in Braveheart!”
“As were a great many other events that bore no resemblance to what actually took place during William Wallace’s life…”
p. 42 Alice and Elliott from The Importance of Being Alice[/quote]
I know its meant to be funny- even slapstick funny, but I just…no, can’t do it any longer. Elliott seems cute and sweet while very put upon by his family. Alice has my sympathies for the way Patrick treated her. However, Alice’s comedic character isn’t doing it for me and she’s just grating on my nerves so I’m going to give this a pass at least for now. Maybe later I’ll try and see if this was just my mood.
I didn’t get far enough along to feel comfortable offering a recommendation or a non-recommendation. Just be prepared for more a mad-cap humor style and a book that begs for the reader to laugh with it and at it. I’m not that reader it seems though I do like some madcap-style humor, but others might be.
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