The Truth about Leo

The Truth about Leo

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by Katie MacAlister
     
 

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The much-anticipated, brand-new Regency romance from New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister.

Can Dagmar flee Denmark
Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a

Overview

The much-anticipated, brand-new Regency romance from New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister.

Can Dagmar flee Denmark
Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation.

By Lying to Leo?
Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, and spy in the service of the king, finds himself on the wrong end of a saber and left for dead. He wakes up not remembering what happened...in the care of a beautiful woman who says she is his wife.

Back in London, Leo-with the help of his old friends the eccentric Britton family-sets out to unravel what he's forgotten... Is Dagmar truly the wonderful, irrepressible woman who makes his heart sing, or is she a dangerous enigma bent on his destruction?

RT Book Reviews praise for Katie MacAlister:

"Cheerful mayhem and...witty banter that sparkles...MacAlister is a rare talent."

"Saucy, sexy, and outrageously fun."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/16/2014
MacAlister brings wit and charm to her lighthearted fourth Noble historical (after The Trouble with Harry). Leo Mortimer, seventh Earl of March and an English spy working in Denmark, falls ill and is discovered unconscious by Princess Dagmar. The poverty-stricken princess desperately needs to book passage to England, a feat she can’t accomplish unless she is wed to an English officer. Dagmar and her maid, Julia, conspire to have Dagmar wed the ill, semi-conscious man before they set sail for England. Much humor ensues when an irritable Leo recovers enough to realize that he is well and truly married. As he becomes accustomed to the idea of marriage to the Danish beauty, the newlyweds arrive in England, where a mystery befalls them. The relationship between Dagmar and Leo is filled with raucous humor and spirited dialogue. The lack of intense drama will appeal to readers who care more about fun and engaging repartee. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"MacAlister's cheeky, charming Regency romp will surely please readers." - Booklist

"In this mayhem-filled romp, MacAlister delivers a charming, sweet love story, rife with fast-talking and faster moving characters and a feast of love and laughter." - RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402294464
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Nobles Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
65,723
File size:
867 KB

Meet the Author

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 husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.

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Truth about Leo 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 23 reviews.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I was amused by Dagmar. Her cousin's a jerk, but her way of getting out of Denmark was imaginative. I also enjoyed the slow growth of attraction between Leo and Dagmar as they traveled back to London and got used to one another. Katie MacAlister is quickly becoming a go-to favorite for an enjoyable historical. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jedibarrister More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of her writing. Big fan. But this one was meh. I like her quirky heroines. But whether this book was poorly visioned, or whether I'd read too many of her books back-to-back, I really didn't like it. It was very formulaic. Quirky heroine with running amok of the mouth? Check Staid and stolid hero who is flummoxed by quirky heroine and falls in love with her despite the insanity? Check Completely unconventional butler? Check Madcap group of friends? Check Animals in bizarre types or amounts? Check Reference to manual on connubial calisthenics? Check So once you strip the book of all the usual and you look at the core of this book, it's all about who killed Algernon Hayes. And here's where it utterly failed. There were factual conflicts between what was said early in the book and what later happened at the climax. So I give it a 2/5. It was just meh.
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
Katie MacAlister is back, and I honestly couldn’t be happier! I’ve always loved her trademark witty humor and her colorful cast of characters, so I was delighted to find that she was releasing another historical in her Noble series. I will admit, that I may be a bit of a MacAlister fan girl (it was her books that got me back into reading after all) but I think that she is an amazingly talented lady. The Noble series has always been my favorite of her books, so I’ve eagerly anticipated this fourth installment for some time now. I am exceedingly pleased to report that The Truth About Leo has definitely lived up to my expectations and it was so much fun to read! We start out the book with Princess Dagmar (or her Serene Highness as she likes to be called) in a bit of a pickle, but that doesn’t keep the ever resourceful Princess down for very long. She jumps at the opportunity presented to her in marrying our injured hero, Leopold Ernest George Mortimer the seventh Earl of March, and quite quickly setting course for England. There these two embark on a thoroughly entertaining journey of intrigue and mystery that will keep you guessing as to what is going to happen with this couple next. I was pleased that Katie brought back the majority of the characters from the previous books in this series, so that we may catch a glimpse as to where they have gone since we last parted. As all of Katie’s heroines are known to do, the Princess stole the show for me. I just loved Dagmar (even if she does have an unappealing name). She is a resourceful woman, and I found her to be beyond funny. She has wit, intelligence, and a forthright manner of speaking that you just can’t help but love. On the flip side though, I wish we got to know Leo a bit more, but I did enjoy what little we got to know of him. Overall, The Truth About Leo was pleasure to read. If you enjoy well written stories with light-hearted humor in your romance and engaging plots, then I couldn’t suggest Katie more strongly as a great author for you to read. I’m definitely looking forward to what Katie has in store for us next. *I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE TRUTH ABOUT LEO by Katie MacAlister is a brand-new Regency Historical romance. #4 in the "Noble" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Witty, a bit of danger, lots of sensuality, with the right mixture of adventure and romance. This story will have you turning pages. Mayhem, humor and fun, what can go wrong? To be honest, if you are looking for suspense, you won't find it here, but if you are looking for an enjoyable read with memorable characters then you are in the right place. The secondary characters are engaging as well as the main characters. They have a bit of a sideline story going on as well. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Rating: 4 Heat rating: hot Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, my sister discovered an author who had just started a great new romantic vampire series, not something very mainstream at the time. However, I fell in love with the writing style, and promptly starting looking for everything I could get my hands on by the author. Included were a couple of stand alone contemporary stories and a regency series. My sister is a HUGE historical romance fan, me not so much. However, it didn't take much nagging for me to give them a try. They were wonderful. I couldn't believe how funny they were against others of that genre that I had read. I was disappointed when the series never went any further that book 3, The Trouble with Harry. Which was my abso-favorite of the series, and one that up until very recently still resided on my keeper shelf. (Another sister stole it. I can't prove it, but I know!)  Needless to say, when I saw this book while skimming through Netgalley, I couldn't believe it. Finally, another book after 10 years?! I felt incredibly lucky to be given a chance at an early read. If you haven't read the first 3 books, it really isn't necessary. The other couples make appearances, but years and years have past and their stories aren't crucial to the story line for this book. We are first introduced to Leo as he is rescuing a young girls cat from a tree. He has recently been on a spy mission in Russia and is making a brief stop in Denmark before moving on. Leo ends up passed out in Dagmar's back yard with a saber wound after escaping 2 soldiers trying to detain him after his horse ran off and left him stranded following a confrontation with said cat. At first Dagmar, thinks Leo is passed out drunk, and instructs her companion to just leave him be. It's not until a less than helpful meeting with her crown prince cousin and the admiral for the British navel fleet convince her that drastic measure must be taken if she is to escape life in a french convent. To get passage to England, she must be married to a British officer. Leo's feverish ramblings convince her he is an Army Officer and gains her the leverage needed to get out of Denmark, hauling a near death Leo with her. It's not till weeks later, when his fever finally breaks and he is well on his way back to England that he finds out he is married... to a princess. Dagmar is half English, half German, all pushy female. I absolutely adored how she just went around doing what she wanted and making up the rules to suit her needs. She never maneuvers maliciously, after all that's not princess-ly behavior. But in the end, she confounds, confuddles and confuses people into doing it her way. She was a unique character and her interactions with Leo were witty and wonderful. I enjoyed their story and getting to see what was up with the other couples.  I gave this 3 stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed my way through this book. It was good to find characters in need of brains who were entrusted with the security of Britain.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is eccentric and fun..but sometimes the wacky characters are just confusing or digressions drag. Mostly enjoyable read but nowhere near the quality of eloisa james, for example
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, not great but good. Though i didnt know it was a third book series. Still fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Katie's books. She's got a lovely sense of humor. But it was just too much in this one. However, if you want a constant steady laugh or giggle that has the potential to make your stomach muscles ache, you will love it. But I could not find myself enjoying this book completely because I wanted at least a little seriousness. I loved the other books in this series; however, this book seemed over the edge in humor. If you want a silly book filled with adorable silliness on every page, then this book is for you. If you are in need of a light hearted pick-me-up it is a goofy, fun book-- it's great. I guess one would consider the romance part as a sort of bonus. But if you are looking for a balanced mix of her usual wit, it is just not there. It seemed like she was trying too hard. I know she has had some issues in her life, and I'm completely amazed that she was able to write after, recently enough, going through the pain of losing someone. Maybe that affected how this one turned out. Perhaps she is trying to cheer herself up. If you need cheering up, i do suggest this book. I did not enjoy it as much as I did her other works, but the heroine was very memorable and just adorable in her silliness. A very lovable young lady. And i laughed out loud a LOT even though it was not what I had hoped for. The male character had no depth or dimension, sadly there was nothing memorable about him. Very generic character. 3 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOOT WOOT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most delightfully entertaining historical romance I have read to date. Love it! My first by this author but not my last for sure. LORRAINE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5.99 on amazon Kindle
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caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
 I give this book 3 stars. This book is about a spy who gets left for dead, a destitute Princess (Dagmar) and her companion. Dagmar and Julia have to leave Copenhagen, so that Dagmar does not end up in a convent, so they have to find a way to get passage on a ship to England without any money.  The only way is for Dagmar to marry an officer/sailor, so that they will have free passage.  So luckily Julia, Dagmars companion finds Leo injured in the Princess's back garden, they bring him in but the doctor declares that he will not live, so Dagmar sees their ticket to freedom by marrying Leo before he dies.   However, Dagmar tends to Leo so thoroughly that he lives and this is their story of how they found love, deception and murder!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A light-hearted, sweet, and fun read, The Truth About Leo was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. Dagmar was a good heroine. She refused to let anyone, even the king of Denmark, tell her what to do with her life and she was clever (or perhaps impulsive) enough to figure a way out. She was a likable heroine and I thought she was great. Leo was a total sweetie. He was the definition of a gentleman, totally adorable, and utterly endearing. I really liked him. I thought he was perfect. The romance was lovely. Dagmar and Leo were great together and I liked how they both didn't bother to hide their feelings for each other. And, the chemistry between them was hot, considering how they both could keep their hands off each other (or, at least, couldn't stop thinking about it). I thought they were great together. The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through, though the story did start to drag near the end. The story was delightfully funny and entertaining and, though it did cross the line to silly at a few points, it kept a smile on my face. There was a surprise in store that I never saw coming, about one of the characters. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. The Truth About Leo was a wonderful, light, and fun romance. I really liked this thoroughly entertaining read. From the sweet romance, to the surprising secret, and the endless fun, this book was lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leo is my bae. &heart; mine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AM SO TEAM LEO! I LOVE LEO SOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSO MUCH! ~total leo lover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What about lilystar? I appointed her leader when i started the clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello. My name is nightstorm. I cant post a bio but i will try. For some reason everytime i post one it dosent show up. I wish for the deputy position but i am just as willing to be a warrior
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who cares i think stormstar should be leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh okay