Title: Noble Intentions (Book 1 of 4)
Author: Katie MacAlister
Publication Date: Feburary 2002/ May 2014 (KIndle Version)
I have read Katie MacAlister before, when I was younger and my sister and I first got into her Dragon series. My sister to this day reads every book of hers she can get her hands on, and she told me to read it. So I did (eventually, as I have a pile of TO READ books and still do).
It’s a regency Era romance novel, set amongst the noble elite of London (as many regency novels are). In this case, it tells the story of Gillian Leigh, a half-American lady who is escorting her cousin through her season. She gains the attentions of Noble Britton, an Earl, a man in search of a wife. They quickly marry, but most of the story takes place after the marriage. Hijinks ensue as they try to solve the mystery of who’s after Noble now, and how it relates to the murder of Noble’s first wife Elizabeth.
This novel was enjoyable, although sometimes the dialogue seemed more modern than Regency. Sometimes the minor characters get confusing, especially as there are three identical triplet brothers who work for Noble named Tremayne. My favorite character was actually a secondary character named Harry Rosse, who is Noble’s best friend and confidante.
The story seems to go slowly at first, and changes directions a lot, but it all seems to tie in well when you get to the second half which has a great deal of actions. My only issue is that some of the revel at the end sounds sudden, and a lot of information is given that could have been hinted at earlier. There are also some elements that are not explained. But this is a romance novel, not a mystery novel, so the focus wasn’t totally on the mystery.
My next bookit-review is going to be the second book in the series, Noble Destiny, which features Alasdair MacGregor (Noble’s rival in this book) and Lady Charlotte (Gillian’s cousin).