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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Katie Macalister with her Noble Intentions gave us delights and out-right howls as she blithely waltzed her way through Regency England. In her second book, she taught us romance with Improper English, a brilliantly witty book with characters to live long in the imagination and heart. Her third book found her once again in Regency era, and she proved yet another time she has a way with the clumsy heroine. Her fourth full book finds Katie back in contemporaries, this time doing to the Scots what she did to the Brits in Improper English. Another of her `first person' adventures that will have you laughing till your sides are sore. Personally, I find writing in 1st person a pain, and I usually have a problem reading them. It makes me feel like I am crawling around inside someone's head. However, Katie Macalister is at home in first person, a master at it, so she soon makes one forget this `immediate' narrative is not how everyone should do it. Katie avoids all the 1st person pitfalls that make the structure slightly claustrophobic with all the I, me and my...she sparkles, intrigues and is just one of the freshest voices to hit romance (and young adult, too, as Katie Maxwell for Dorchester's Smooch Line).
So buckle up, for Katie gives you romance, love and the whole damn thing - sheep included. She blows the lid of the time honoured secret of what DOES a Scotsman wear under the kilt? It is wildly comical, and fast becoming Katie's trademark - she gives you the less than perfect heroine. I find it so comfy her females are so very human.
Kathie Williams is a mystery writer in England for a writers' conference. She is a bit overwhelmed by jet lag and ends up sleeping through a big part of the first day - unfortunately it is in the hotel lobby! Not bad enough she naps in public, she drools on her new silk blouse! Embarrassed, Kathie is ready to crawl under the table and hide ...but for one thing: Iain MacLaren. The handsome Scotsman is also attending the mystery writers conference. Sparks fly between the two and suddenly, she believes in love at first sight. Kathie falls desperately for the Alpha Scot, so she is delighted when Iain insists she come visit him in Scotland after the conference ends.
Wow what a storybook romance, right? You meet the man of your dreams, he is to-die-for sexy, has a kilt and does not mind you drooled on yourself in public! Wrong, as Kathie soon finds out. Iain is divorced with two grown sons. The first one hates her on site and thinks she is a floozy. Luckily, the second one is more welcoming. But then, waiting for them is Iain's neighbor, once upon a time lover, and she is determined to break up the romance in quick order.
Despite a man less than forth coming about his true feelings, a neighbor who wants to bury the hatchet - in Kathie's head, a son-in-law to be from hell, and flocks of smelly sheep, love finds a way. Then Kathie has to face a Scottish wedding from Hell, with her domineering mother and Iain's first wife making it the wedding event of the year.
Katie writes about Scotland with a true voice. Being a Scot, I often have the cringe at some of the mistakes of Yank writers when they use Scotland as a setting. She keeps it true, right down to the sheep and the realities of business side of it.
I laughed, I cried. Don't think it gets any better!
Keep them coming, Katie! They are a sparkling delight!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2003
Ms. MacAlister has without a doubt the greatest sense of humor! She grabs you with her quirky way of looking at life and love from the very first page and maintains the momentum until the end. I have never laughed so much through out a book as much as I did at this one. Since I have been a displaced Yank in England (I lived there for three years) I not only understood the British/Scottish slang but I understood how Kathie felt during her "love at first sight with yummy scotsman" situations!
I must admit to being frustrated with Kathie a few times but these time were easy to overlook when you consider the other aspects of the story. If you love romance, and laughter you can't go wrong with this story. Ms. MacAlister is a very talented author and I highly enjoyed steping into her world if for only a short time!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 5, 2008
First of all, I am not a 'romance-reader'. Nothing against them just never interested, but almost every friend I have is a romance-addict so on their urging I gave it a try and this was the book I picked - based entirely on the title/cover.

Second: I enjoyed this WAAAYYYYY more than I thought I would. It was written in a snappy, modern dilect similar to a sitcom. (think early 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'.) Being from Wyoming I was able to relate to the book on a couple of levels: The sheep-farming grounded the story enough to add some believability and Kathie reminded me so much of the East-coast women who come out here to, ahem: "Save a horse, ride a cowboy" that I was wiping tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard! Yes, the 'fish out of water' premise is a bit ridiculous but hey, from what I've seen and heard from other romance's there is supposed to be a certain amount of "this could only happen in a cartoon" element.

I had my friends read this as well, they did enjoy it although they also felt it may not entirely qualify as a traditional romance novel. (Kathie's sarcasm kind of detracts from more traditionally softer-spoken heriones.) Hence it is perhaps to not all tastes.

I was not swept off my feet but I was entertained BIG time! And even though Kathie was not some one I would go out of my way to be pals with I was glad to see her succeed in her new surroundings, which rarely happens out here when an East-coast transplant knocks boots with some cute cowboy.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2003
I live in a community next to the pool, and I finally came out of my total absorption in this book to hear some, um, comments. Not clearly, of course, just somewhere in the neighborhood of "What is that crazy loon next door laughing about now?" As I am in the AZ region all the windows are open. Hmmm. Note to self: close windows when reading Katie MacAlister. Men in Kilts was one of the gut-busters I love so much. Kathie the American at the Murder in Manchester conference in London quickly becomes a moron in the presence of a lovely Scotsman, Iain (well, in my book, how could a big Scot not be lovely?). For some male macho reason Iain finds Kathie's witlessness very amusing. The story line of two cultures and mindsets meeting, clashing and totally crossing signals is entertaining with it's freshness. And how many of us ladies have not dreamed, even if knowing it to be completely impractical and possibly yucky, of a simple life with a lovely Scots sheepherder? Or something like that. To read this gem is to love it and keep it to read over and over. As another reviewer said, order a second book for when this one wears out and never, ever loan it out. Now, from my education of growing up with a dear friend whose family owns a large sheep ranch, I can say Katie got it right. That's what makes this book not just fluff. This lady did her research of a working sheep farm, understood it and described it well. It was something like reading a journal of my very enthusiastic experience helping my friend's family out with all the moments of owning sheep. For that alone, Men in Kilts could have been somewhat dry until you throw in Kathie Williams, mystery writer, and Iain MacLaren, mystery reader. Sensual, witty; I think I'll go and read it again. Just to make sure I didn't miss any good parts!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2005
I LOVED Improper English - laughed so hard I couldn't read at points, however this next book from Katie Macalister is a bit of a let down. The two main characters are not completely likable. Ian is a bit atiff and autocratic - it gets old and irritating to me and Kathe is a bit too flighty. There are good things, the book still made me laugh especially at the American/Scottish stuff (pants and trousers for example - not the same thing in England). And I also like the time factor - I never would have believed that these two characters would fall in love in a couple weeks but maybe over a few months? I do recommend Katie as an author but she has better book in my opinion: Improper English and Corset Diaries.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEon July 13, 2005
Katie MacAlister's novels have been a hit or miss for me. She has written some fun novels and others have left much to be desired. I picked up Men in Kilts because of the title. I, like the heroine of this novel, have always had a thing for Scottish men and the kilts have a lot to do with that. Mystery author Kathie Williams travels to Manchester, England, to attend a writers' conference. She wants to make a name for herself overseas. But things don't go too well for her after she falls asleep in the lobby and drools all over her blouse in public. The conference doesn't go particularly well after that, until she meets Iain MacLaren. The tall, gorgeous Scot with a brogue that's to die for captivates Kathie so much that she ends up in bed with him on their first date, meets his two sons and travels to his sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands. In the middle of the passionate lovemaking and sighing over his beautiful accent, she encounters several obstacles -- one of Iain's sons does not approve of Kathie and an ex-girlfriend of Iain's is determined to win him over and get him to do a deal with his farm at all cost. To make matters worse, Kathie is unsure about Iain's feelings and intentions for her. There are various fun twists throughout the novel.

As said earlier, the novel is fun and entertaining and I enjoyed reading about a gorgeous Scot. However, I give the novel three and a half stars because Kathie is over the top annoying, needy and clingy for a large portion of the book. That kept me from enjoying the novel more. She cries a lot, picks fights with Iain, is constantly insecure about his feelings and intentions for her in spite of his reassurances and displays of affection. By the middle of the novel, I wanted to strangle her and marveled at Iain's patience and kindness when dealing with the extremely neurotic heroine. In real life, the man would have gone nuts for sure! MacAlister's heroines are always very high maintenance and neurotic. You'd either love them, identify with them, or hate them. I like feisty heroines, but Kathie was too much for me. She is thirty-seven years old, but her petulance makes her seem younger and more immature. Bridget was also irritating and I felt sorry for Iain whenever he had to deal with those two at the same time. Another thing that bugged me about the novel was the way that Kathie traveled to Manchester. I have traveled to Manchester, England, many times and there are direct flights to the aforementioned place from the US -- or you can switch flights if there aren't direct flights from your city. Manchester has a large, excellent and reliable airport that is just as good as the ones in London. Other than that, I enjoyed Men in Kilts. Is this a MacAlister hit or miss? The humor and Iain made this novel a hit for me.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2005
I've found this author to be hit or miss. In this case - a miss. The story sounded funny - writer travels to England for a writer's conference and falls for a Scot. However, from the beginning, the main character was just plain annoying. For the majority of the story, she whined. It was all about her. Even when verbally attacked by various characters, she had very little back-bone. I forced myself through the first half of the book and then just skipped to the last few chapters. The book was just dragging and I wanted to finish it. However, as I said, I've found this author to be hit or miss. Her series about Aisling Grey is great - funny and an enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2005
I was unsure of this book while reading the first chapter because the protagonist seemed a bit flighty. She does some silly things that made me cringe. I actually had to shut the book and take a moment to remind myself that her actions were supposed to be funny. Despite some of her antics, I would recommend the book. I liked that it took place over a long period of time, not just a week or month, which is typical in romance novels. I also have a yen for men in kilts, so I understand the obsession and the lure of the Scottish brogue.

The setting in the Highlands is interesting and I learned more about sheep than I ever thought I would.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2003
Ok I loved this book, plain and simple. Katie did a wonderful job of bringing to life my greatest fantasy, of meeting a Scotsman and falling in love and living in Scotland. Actually I have to change that a bit, its more like "of meeting a Kilted Scotsman, who is a big hunk and has a brogue that can bring a woman to her knees. The rest is pretty much the same. I wonder if Katie was reading my mine when she thought of this, hummmmmmm.
Well On to the book. Its packed with incredible humor. It had me laughing so hard I was freaking out my cats. The love scenes were so hot and so well written the pages almost ignited. The characters of Iain and Kathie so compelling that you were rooting for them the whole way. I loved the fact that they weren't extremely young and innocent. I like to see heroines closer to my own age. Plus it proves that sex ain't just for the young! The supporting characters were real and truely added to the book.
This is going to go on my keeper shelf. I know that I will read and reread this book until it falls apart and I have to buy it again. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2004
Wonderfully warm and fun book. Interesting how the heroine meets the hero, and their evolving relationship. The fact that this is set in Scotland just adds to the appeal. There are great secondary characters. The parts about the farm and sheep are interesting and add to the book. If you like funny books, kilts and Scotland you can't miss this one.
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