DARING IN A BLUE DRESS
Ainsley Brothers, Book 3 / A Matchmaker in Wonderland
by Katie MacAlister
Category: Contemporary Romance
Penguin Random House/NAL Signet
June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback & Ebook
Jun 07, 2016 | 336 Pages
Also available as an Unabridged Audiobook | Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins | Publisher: Recorded Books
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Stranded in England without money or a ticket home, Mercy Starling takes a job working for a medieval reenactment company. After all, who wouldn’t want to pretend to live in the past, wield swords and longbows, and dress up in armor? And the best part of her summer job is Bestwood Hall…or rather, its intriguing new owner.
Painfully shy Alden Ainslie is overwhelmed by the medieval reenactors who invade the Tudor house he’s renovating, but he’s drawn to the bubbly Mercy. And he valiantly joins in the fun, dodging not jsut arrows, lances, and the odd sword thrust, but also some pretty suspicious–and potentially deadly–attacks on himself. Someone wants him to give up on the house. But Alden is desperate to prove himself–and win the heart of his lady fair…
I liked this entry in this contemporary England-based series much better than the last one I read in the series, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S ROMP. I was turned off in that particular book by a stupid detail that obviously went unnoticed in editing. Silly little details can often ruin a book for me.
DARING IN A BLUE DRESS (Blue Dress, Blue Dress, Devil with a Blue,…) is a bit of a farce: based on the ridiculous, the improbable and the unlikeliest of situations. Misunderstanding and assumption also play a big part. It’s as if Katie MacAlister has the heart of the Marx Brothers or the Three Stooges living in her and she somehow thinks up these totally ridiculous plots, and populates them with people who are personable and relatable.
Agh, these song based titles! They cause the dreaded ear worm!
DARING IN A BLUE DRESS is not flawless, but I found the story to be more tightly plotted and the writing seems improved: less jumbled and expository. That the story is told in two points of view and two persons (1st and 3rd) is unusual and felt a little weird. It’s a novel way, I think, of novel writing.
As weirdness piles on top of strange event the story line can sometimes go a little too far, like an old movie where much is sacrificed for the comedy. There is one relationship, though supposedly revealed at the end, still eluded me. Much does…..
If you like silly with a little sexy and an underdog, then you’re likely to enjoy this story by Katie MacAllister.