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Improper English

Improper English

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by Katie MacAlister

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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


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.

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For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.

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Improper English 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never would have bought this book had I believed all the bad reviews I've seen thus far. All I can say is that they are all WRONG! Don't judge a book by all the bad reviews, in my time I've found that what some may think as a bad book, movie or play & are not worth ones time or money, are usually people that are impossible to find anything to their liking and impossible standards! I for one LOVED this book and couldn't put it down. I have four boys ranging from 14, 11, 9 and 7 years old and they found it amusing that mom was laughing her head off at the most un-opportune times. They told me that I should Katie MacAlister books more often because mom is always laughing and happy! Well it's true and so are my thoughts on this book. Katie managed to make her characters as close to real life as is humanly possible . They are witty, funny, romantic ,mad, sad, depressed... get the picture? They're REAL people and I have to applaud Katie on another successfully hilariously PERFECT book! So if you want to add a little laughter, spice and romance in your day to day hum-drum lives- READ 'IMPROPER ENGLISH'!
Autumn55 More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Katie MacAlister. I adore her vampire and dragon series, but this made me want to swear off reading any if not all non-paranormal books. I used to be a firm believer in judging a book by it's cover(if it has a good cover then it has to be good), but I have finally learned my lesson. The main character made me want to maim myself to have something less painful to do. I know, why not stop reading it and get something pleasant to read? I foolishly thought she was going to get better(it didn't). Please, save yourself the heartache of a painfully selfish, horribly annoying main character and pick up a different book. Worse $8 spent in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read just about everything. EVERYTHING! This? I couldn't finish. Which was really surprising to me, because i have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. She isn't the best, by any means, but entertaining and enjoyable. This flop was a shock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read and enjoyed many of her books, but I was quite disappointed in this one. For most of the book, the main character is a self-centered cry-baby. She gets peeved at the man (who loves her) because he's out trying to save someone in a hostage situation instead of consoling her when she is told the book she's writing is horrible (which is the truth). I had a hard time rooting for her and the relationship since her actions made her seem so shallow and unworthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend, thinking it would be cute, if not great. I wasn't expecting much, but it ended up being one of the worst romance novels that I have ever read. I absolutely hated it. It didn't make sense, I couldn't follow the plot and it was just plain bad!
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
Boring, predictable and the heroine is really lame. Don't give up on this author. She does have some good books out there. But, the majority of them are best kept on the bookshelf at the bookstore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim, hoping that it would be charming, clever, and witty. I instead found it, and especially the main character Alix to be tedious and annoying. There were a few sharp and funny parts, but these were drowned out by the bulk of the book and the characters within. I would not reommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Where to start? It's hard to write a good review for a good book. You want to do it justice. It's even harder to write one for a SUPER book. And that is my task. Katie MacAlister joined my writer's group this time last year and so I rushed off to read her first book NOBLE INTENTIONS. She really delighted me with her freshness. I have read thousands of romance books, and so few impress me with how original their treatment is. So many settle for tried and true where the books fade into fog as soon as you put them down. Katie's first book was sharp, funny and so FRESH. So I was eager to read more from her. This happened to me once before with Lynsay Sands. Her first book was so special that it left you wanting more. We had to wait two long years, but fortunately she had kept us supplied regularly since. It was a years wait for Katie's second book, but OH WHAT A BOOK!!!!!!!!!! Since I have lived my life on both sides of the pond, I grew with an oddball humour that delighted in the quirkiness of the Brits. Katie MacAlister understands this and puts it on a showcase guarantee to have you HOWLING. To say this book is a contemporary romance it to say the Titanic was a ship. It is warm, loving, sexy and quirky with a capital Q. Katie's freshness gives you a tale you will not forget. She burrows a way into your heart and leaves you so sorry when you have to put it down. Due to time, I rarely reread any books any more, Outside of Lynsay's, JAK gems and a couple Linda Howards. I will reread this, likely more than once. It's just that good. Alexandra Freemar is a Yank on a two month stay in London to write her first romance book. Told in first person, it's a little jarring for first few pages. Years ago, Gothics were mostly in first person, but that style faded and first person is an oddity in today's market. However, Katie wields first person with a razor sharp wit, and you will soon be in the flow. Alix is a bit of a failure at life. 29, divorced and with the mother from hell reminding her of all her failures, so she views her writing this book as a make or break point in her life. She does not have time for romance, though she is not against a quick summer fling. Her landlady says she has MR. PERFECT for Alix, but he won't be interested in a quick fling. The next day she meets Detective Inspector Alexander Black, a Scotland Yard detective in the Internet Squad who closes down porn sites on the net. He lives in the apartment just above Alix's and just happens to be "Mr Right" that her landlady wanted to introduce her to, sure they are a perfect match. They are instantly attracted to each other, but having been hurt so many times in the past, Alix is scared of how strongly she is falling in love with Alex. Their romance is wickedly funny, steamy sexy and dead on. Katie sprinkles the mix with warm and loving, strong supporting character, that are as vivid as the leads, and you end up wishing you could live in this zany apartment building. But the romance is only half the joy. You actually get to read Alix's 'WIP' (Work in Progress), some of the most terrible purple prose ever put to pen as she drags her book around London asking for everyone's opinions and input from the grocery to her hairdresser, and learning in the process 'too many cooks spoil the soup'. I saw one reviewer say they got tired of Alix's self-centredness ...and sorry, they missed this point. Alix's is a wounded, long-unloved bird and she is going through healing and rebirth. Sure the readers gets ticked at Alix, just as the other characters do! You see, it not as selfishness, but SURVIVAL, her defence of being hurt yet once again. It's a brilliant, witty romp that is just so original it will go on that keeper shelf and be visited like an old friend. Only thing, I may have to sue Katie....I hurt myself laughing so hard I might have re-broke that rib that pained me so when I was reading Lynsay's Loving Daylig
harstan More than 1 year ago
American Alexandra ¿Alix¿ Freemar travels to England to get away from distractions in order to write a steamy romance novel. She has two months to succeed or her mother will add this on to the list of basic screw-ups that Alix has caused. She sublets a friend¿s London flat. She meets her upstairs neighbor in her borrowed digs when Alix struggles to open the apartment door. Scotland Yard Inspector Alexander Black catches Alix ¿breaking and entering¿ when her key fails to open the lock and so she uses an awl to ¿teach¿ the bloody lock a lesson. Sparks fly from the start, but she wants a summer spree and he wants a lifetime fling. This is an amusing Anglo-American contemporary romance that never takes itself seriously. Alex is a delightful somewhat stereotypical English stiff upper lip character. Readers will feel schizoid towards Alix. On the one hand one laughs at her antics and reactions; on the other hand want to scream at her to grow up, which she does at the end. Though profanity is used, but properly interwoven into the plot, IMPROPER ENGLISH is a genial romantic romp. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
"I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," Jane Austen declared, before sitting down in her parlor to write a novel centered upon one of her most singular and enchanting heroines--Emma Woodhouse. Two hundred years later, author Katie Macalister has updated the classic theme of a young woman realizing her naivete, learning the realities of love and sex, and achieving true independence. Like Austen's heroine, Alix Freemar has a high opinion of herself and of her own abilities; Alix's attempts at writing romantic fiction are as hilariously horrid as they are outrageously audacious. Like Emma, Alix refuses to contemplate correction, even when it comes in the darkly handsome and stubborn form of Scotland Yard inspector Alexander Black. The irresistible force between these two immovable objects, they both realize, is too strong to be denied. The whirlwind courtship between Alix and Alex that drives the delightful "Improper English" is potent enough to be bottled and sold as a love charm. The love scenes between the pair simply sizzle! And tying it all together is the Macalister trademark sense of sometimes raucous, sometimes tender humor that made "Noble Intentions" one of the top romance novels of 2001. Like Emma Woodhouse, her spiritual great-great-grandmother, Alix's redemption and eventual mastery of her perceptions and emotions are never in doubt, under Macalister's skilled hands. May this classic and freshly comic tale of romance blooming into true love delight as many generations of readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously love this girl and all that she writes. Her characters are real with true problems like you and me, but more on the wild side, since I usually read her paranormal ones. She creates hilarious situations that have a reading veteran laughing outloud and at times worrying my friends who don't understand just how funny she is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny. Great beach read
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Saddened2 More than 1 year ago
I love every character in this book except the heroine. I understand Ms. MacAlister's appreciation for imperfect characters but good heavens. Alix did not have 1 redeeming quality until the last 10 pages of the book. Please enjoy Ms. MacAlister's other works and use this book to start a fire in your fireplace. Improper indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and entertaing.
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