Daring In a Blue Dress

Daring In a Blue Dress

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by Katie MacAlister
     
 

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Chivalry is far from dead in the third novel in the “gut-wrenchingly funny”* Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance series.
 
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 long

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Chivalry is far from dead in the third novel in the “gut-wrenchingly funny”* Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance series.
 
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 long bows, and dress up in armor? And the best part of her summer job is Bestwood Hall...or rather, its intriguing new owner.
 
The 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 just 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...
 
*Open Book Society

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/27/2016
Two adorably matched leads come together in MacAlister's flawed contemporary romance, third in her Matchmaker in Wonderland series (after A Midsummer Night's Romp) . Mercy Starling takes a summer job working for a medieval combat troupe scheduled to spend three weeks at Bestwood Hall, the ramshackle estate Alden Ainslie bought with his last shilling and hopes to flip for a profit. There's a brief case of mistaken identity when he assumes his meddling sister-in-law's tried to set Mercy up with him. Alden and Mercy complement each other wonderfully; both are perpetual students, she draws him out of his shell, and their chemistry is funny and sexy. Broad humor—including a running gag about birds called hairy tits—avoids slapstick territory. Unfortunately, the machinations of the sister-in-law create some plot inconsistencies, and Lisa, Mercy's irritating foil, is all the more grating because of her illogical motivations. Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary. (June)
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Praise for the Novels of Katie MacAlister
 
“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today
 
“A brilliant writer, funny, fast, silly, and completely irreverent.”—Bitten by Books
 
“Amusing to steamy to serious. The reader can’t be bored with MacAlister’s novel.”—Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101990667
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
A Matchmaker in Wonderland Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
91,076
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Katie MacAlister is the author of A Midsummer Night’s Romp, The Importance of Being Alice, It's All Greek to Me and the Time Thief, Light Dragons, and Dark Ones series.

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Daring In a Blue Dress 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PDX_reader_Jane 5 months ago
Daring in a Blue Dress A light, funny romance with a dash of danger! Katie MacAlister is a master at paranormal stories, but she excels in humorous, off the wall ones, too. In Daring in a Blue Dress, our hero is pessimistic and super shy of women. Our heroine is an optimist with a different take on events. Their situations and interactions are hilarious! They are attracted to each other. And then there is the villain….. Shy Alden bought a “fixer upper” mansion. He has very little money, so has decided to do all the renovations himself. Before he even starts, he discovers that the elderly owner refuses to move and she has allowed a medieval re-enactment company to use the land for several weeks. Mercy is stranded in England and decides to take a job with that company. She is intrigued by Alden, the house and her co-workers. Alden’s sister-in-law is sending a female helper that he really doesn’t want. Every time he attempts to fix something, more damage occurs. A neighbor wants the land for a bird sanctuary. There are all those accidents …. sexy love scenes … funny exchanges and danger. BUT READ UNTIL THE END for a plot twist. You won’t be disappointed!
BubblesBaubles 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book by Katie Macalister. It had her usual humor, and her usual eye for the absurd. It was great seeing some familar faces from A Hard Day's Knight, which fit the story seemlessly. My only quibble with the book is if you are reading it as a stand alone, you might not get the richness of the detail that she is writing. But it's a fun read whether you read the other books previously, or as a stand alone.
GypzeeGirl 6 months ago
Katie MacAlister does it again with Daring in a Blue Dress. Daring in a Blue Dress is a perfect summertime read. Mercy and Alden were meant for each other. This book has something for everybody, sexual escapades, someone out to kill Alden, and a whole lot of sexual bantering going on. I couldn't put the book down and I bet you can't either.
jadevirtue 7 months ago
In this the third book in the Matchmaker in Wonderland series we are introduced to yet another Ainslie sibling, Alden Ainslie, (remember there are 10 in all) and to Mercy Starling. Alden is a total shy guy that recently dropped all of his cash on a Tudor mansion in need of restoration. Unfortunately, the mansion comes complete with the former owners widow Lady Sybilla. He has agreed to let her stay on and live out her life in her former home. She is a wily old bird who without Alden's knowledge rents out the grounds to a medieval arts troupe. Enter some of my favorite characters from another Katie book, Hard Days Knight. ( Vandal and Fenice Mercy Starling is a perpetual college student, who like Alden, loves to learn about everything. She has set out to procure employment as a governess, but on a chance meeting leaves her employ and fills in a spot with the medieval troupe. She is outgoing and a lovely foil to Alden's shyness. Alden admits that he is terribly shy around women and Mercy sets out to ease his anxiety. There are some lovely sexy bits and a bit of intrigue thrown into the mix which makes for great reading. It is always a guarantee that I laugh out loud when I pick up a Katie MacAlister book. If you are looking for a light-hearted and fun read, then this book is for you.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is a fun summer read, filled with romance and adventure! The third book in the Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance, this story features Mercy and Alden. I loved their chemistry and the unique story setting.
marymccormick 7 months ago
The painfully shy Alden Ainslie buys Bestwood Hall that is in bad shape, which he is planning on renovating. It also comes with Lady Sybilla the widow of the Hall’s owner, that he must allow her to stay for the duration of her life. Mercedes (Mercy) Starling has been a perpetual student at universities but never seeming to graduate. She has been stranded in England without money or a ticket home after the job she had accepted didn’t need her at the present time. Mercy Starling takes a job working for a medieval reenactment company being hired by Vandal. She will be the archery instructor as Fenice (Vandal’s sister) has injured herself. After all, who wouldn’t want to pretend to live in the past, wield swords and long bows, and dress up in armor? And the best part of her summer job is Bestwood Hall...or rather, its intriguing new owner. When Alden Ainslie arrives at the Tudor Hall he finds Mercy on the road to the Hall where she hops in the car. Once they arrive at the Hall, he finds that Lady Sybilla had previously signed a contract prior to the sale of the Hall to a medieval reenactment company. The all the people who are in his home that he thought would be empty when he arrived overwhelm Alden Ainslie. But he’s drawn to the bubbly Mercy. And he valiantly joins in the fun, dodging not just 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... The scenes are so outrageously funny between Alden and Mercy such as the one where they kiss in the pantry holding sausages, "I wiggled again, enjoying greatly the way his eyes momentarily crossed. “Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to hurt . . . oh. You meant actual sausage, not your . . .er . . .” He had backed up and held out, with a rueful glance, two packages of now flattened sausages. I touched one of the squashed sausages with anger." Just writing about it makes me laugh again. Then there is Barry the guy who wants to buy a portion of the land where the “Hairy Tits” are nesting. I spit out my tea on that scene, laughing so hard. Mercy talks out loud and to herself throughout the book, so funny, “I want to make mad bunny love to you”. There are times Mercy needs to be the strong one in the relationship with Alden she uses some unusual tactics that seem to work very well. “Men have just as many emotions as women do—you simply process them a bit differently. Let’s go somewhere private where you can cry to your heart’s content, and I will hold you and tell you it’ll be all right and that we’ll get through this, and then afterward I will tie your hands to a bed frame and have my way with you in such a manner that you’ll forget about this horrible day for at least a little bit.” There are a lot of revolving players in the book which keeps it flowing and if you are fan of Katie MacAlister then you will recognize quite a few of the characters throughout the book. I totally enjoyed this book.
Barb-TRC 9 months ago
Daring in a Blue Dress by Katie MacAlister is the 3rd book in her Matchmaker in Wonderland series. I did not read the first two books in this series, but this did read well as a standalone. Daring in a Blue Dress belongs to Alden Ainslie, the shy brother. Alden does his best to avoid his match maker sister in law, who is trying to set him up with a woman in hopes of marring him off. Alden decides to purchase a rundown mansion, Bestwood Hall, in order to have his own home and escape his family insisting he needs to find a wife. Alden finds the Tudor home in worse shape than he thought, and he is also left with the former elderly lady of the house, who refuses to leave. To Alden’s dismay while he begins to renovate, he finds that he is stuck with a group of medieval reenacters contracted previously to use his land for their fair, which includes swords and arrows. Enter Mercy Starling, our heroine, who arrives at Bestwood Hall to work for the Medieval group. Mercy needed a job to make some money to enable her to get back home. Of course, she won’t be going anywhere. Alden, who is painfully shy around woman, unable to even speak properly, finds himself immediately attracted to the outgoing bubbly uninhibited Mercy. Mercy goes out of her way to help Alden overcome his shyness, and at the same time, she finds him so attractive, that she is the one who will begin the seduction. What follows is a cute, funny sexy story of two people who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. In between their sexual escapades, someone is trying to kill Alden and the mystery is part of this story, which will have them both trying to find out who (I figured it out early) and why. This was a good story, though at times I thought the sexual banter was a bit risqué, though funny; at timesa bit too much. Overall, this was a fun read, with some suspense, and a great couple. I suggest you start with the first book in this series, in order to know this family better.