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Improper English by Katie MacAlister

Improper English

by Katie MacAlister

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2.5 stars
Fun, quick, laughable, a bit ridiculous, perhaps a nice beach read.
I was held hostage by this unreliable, sarcastic, insecure, slightly crazy heroine. She dreams of being a writer but writes the most ridiculous story. It's so awful. She reads passages of it to everyone, everyone she meets on the street ! She is in England on her mothers dollar to realize her dream and prove to her mother she is 'something' (yes, she's that insecure) She moves into a apartment building filled with quirky, wonderful people who become important to her growth. One tenant becomes her focus for a romantic adventure. He is her opposite, secure, focused and conservative. They battle through the relationship, at times it becomes ridiculous with some of her comments and actions.
I found this book had some very funny moments, some completely ridiculous actions, rude behavior, unbelievable romance, and yet had some great side characters. I hated how they all bent down to her rude, ridiculous behavior. I just didn't like her, couldn't cheer her on, and wished they would all just let her go. She was rude to her mother, her friends, to anyone. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3rds of this book. At the beginning of the chapter Alix reads part of the novel she is writing to anyone who happens to be nearby and the horrible '80s purple prose had me laughing out loud.
But then Alix started to behave incredibly selfish and childish. I understand why her character was written that way, but to my taste it was overdone. So much so that I ended up disliking her and wondering what on earth Alex saw in her.
All in all it went from 4 to 2 stars. ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
Katie MacAlister's The Corset Diaries was great, so I decided to give this one a try. I am so disappointed. It was simply awful, and I really hate to say that. The main character was a complete bimbo, so I could not understand why the nice detective would even give her the time of day. Ok, maybe she's got a hot bod and he's horny or something. Not enough for me. Not even close to enough.

I kept this book in my car to read during my heinous commute and it was so atrocious, I decided I'd rather stare at the car in front of me than to read even one more page.

I hate giving negative reviews, but this one... this one deserves it. Sigh. ( )
  CyndiTefft | Feb 6, 2014 |
(No, I didn't like this book.) Although, it was a quick and easy read, I felt that it was bery unapropriate. Q4P4 AHS/Kathleen R
  edspicer | Mar 27, 2012 |
Didn't finish it. The heroine is so flippin' stupid and klutzy, it stopped being cute around chapter six and I just couldn't stand any more. ( )
  mbosvyle | Aug 29, 2009 |
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American versus Englishman -- will it be a war of wits, or a battle to find their hearts? Alix hasn't had much luck in her life, but a trip to London, a matchmaking landlady, and the handsome Scotland Yard detective living above her indicate her luck is about to change. Has she truly found her perfect man, or will the disasters that dog her steps destroy everything she's hoped for? Alexandra Freemar should be in heaven -- she's just been handed everything she's ever wanted on a silver plate: a three month stay in London, the time to write the book of her heart, and the chance to finally prove to her mother that she's not the miserable failure her past indicates. Free-spirited, unconventional, and able to find the absurd in almost any situation, Alix finds that heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be when fate, in the form of a matchmaking landlady who promises to fix her up with her perfect soul mate, hands her the devilishly handsome man who lives upstairs. Her perfect man? Hardly! Her perfect man is not a workaholic, straight-laced detective inspector from Scotland Yard who wouldn't recognize fun if it bit him on his (extremely attractive) behind. Alexander Black is a man with a mission, and no one is going to distract him from that, not even the uninhibited, carefree American who personifies everything he dislikes in a woman: she belittles his devotion to work, insists on dragging him into the most unlikely of situations, exudes sexuality that makes his mouth go dry whenever he's near her, and teases him with a brashness that's utterly foreign to him. But underneath that sassy mouth and devil-may-care exterior, he senses a wounded woman who's calling out to him, and try as he might, he just can't refuse answering.… (more)

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