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Noble Intentions (Noble Historical Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katie MacAlister
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Book Description

Noble Britton suffered greatly at the hands of his first wife, and he refuses to fall into the same trap again. This time he intends to marry a quiet, biddable woman who will not draw attention to herself or cause scandal. Gillian Leigh’s honest manner and spontaneous laughter attract him immediately. It matters little that she is accident-prone; he can provide the structure necessary to guide her.

But unconventional to the tips of her half-American toes, his new bride turns the tables on him, wreaking havoc on his orderly life. Perpetually one step behind his beguiling spouse, Noble suffers a banged-up head, a black eye, and a broken nose before he realizes Gillian has healed his soul and proven that their union is no heedless tumble, but the swoon of true love.

The first book in the Noble Historical series, originally published 2002 by Leisure Books. Winner of the 2002 Bookseller's Best Historical Romance

Editorial Reviews


"This story is a true romp. There is much to laugh at when reading this book and much to miss when it is over. A true 'keeper' that will have [listeners] looking forward to the next one in the series." ---RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Katie MacAlister is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romance novels, including Hard Day's Knight, The Corset Diaries, the Aisling Grey series, and the Dark Ones novels. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell. Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Alison Larkin is a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theatre and off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her bestselling novel The English American made the top ten list of best author audiobook narrations of all time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0505528479
  • Publisher: Love Spell (May 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051VRTWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gillian Leigh has come to London to stay with her family. At five and twenty she has no intentions of having a season, and really no plans on marrying. But because her younger cousin, Charlotte, is being introduced into her first season, Gillian finds herself embarking on just that. Who would have ever guessed that at her first ball, even after the `unfortunate incident', she'd meet Lord Adonis?
Lord Wessex, Noble Britton, has decided it is time for him to find a wife for himself, and a mother for his son. He's come to London with a plan, and very exacting requirements for his wife to be. After the scandal he's still living down that occurred with his first wife, he wants a woman who will be quiet, unassuming, biddable, and will not draw attention to herself. But when Noble sees Gillian, he's immediately drawn to her by her refreshing attitude, and the fact that she is so open and honest.
As Noble begins to court Gillian, he quickly finds out that `unfortunate incidents' follow his potential bride around--why, a simple carriage ride turns into a great adventure where you may risk your life! But he finds himself drawn to her in a way that he can't escape...
Kudos, Katie MacAlistar! This is probably the most humorous, moving regency I've ever laid my hands on. Every page was filled with hilarious scenes, to the point I found tears rolling down my eyes-yet she continually pulled at my heartstrings with the slights Noble receives, and how Gillian is quickly at his defense. It was wonderful seeing these two find their way to love!! Ms. MacAlistar weaves the story with wonderful secondary characters I just can't wait to read about, and a plot to uncover to boot!!
This is a not to be missed regency-you'll find yourself unable to put this book down!!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry IT Ended March 2, 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading Romance Books for over 30 years and every once in awhile you come across a real gem. This was one for me. The "blurb' on the back was accurate( finally) ,Romanctic Times should have given more of a review,even tho some of the delicious events might have been revealed. I agree the Strawberry scene was good , but the carriage events,the Earl's staff, everything was a true delight. I read another book at the same time , just to make this one last a little bit longer. Yes. I've already reread it and will probably do it again before it goes in the KEEPER pile--Am looking forward to many more by this author--GO Katie--Thanks for a great read--M.J.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outrageously Funny June 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading the other reviews which so aptly describe this hilarious book by this new author, I predict she definitely has a very bright future. Good Lord, all I could think of while reading book was that it could be the most hilarious comedy of errors since "Tootsie"! I have NEVER laughed so much since I read Lynsay Sands - "The Deed".
Noble Britton, aka, Lord of Lips, Loins, Kisses, etc. fell in love at first sight with the oh so tall, oh so ACCIDENT prone, and oh so delightful half-American, Gillian Leigh. Nothing shy and retiring about this lady! You see, she definitely has this 'problem' with speaking EXACTLY what pops into her mind - no holds barred.
For Gillian, the attraction was definitely mutual, when she first spotted him, her Lord of Magnificence. The author has such a way with dialog that is just so precious you can just picture all of these scenes. I could not put this book down and read it in 5 hours - less if I didn't have to pick myself up from the floor so often from laughing.
Definitely put this book on your list to buy - read and enjoy - then wait anxiously for the next offering from this delightful new author!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very amusing Regency rom March 1, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Five years ago Noble Britton's wife mysteriously died. Unable to resist putting a scandalous label to events without supporting facts, the Ton "logically" concludes that Noble was involved in the death. Dubbed the "Black Earl" by his peers, Noble rusticated for the last few years, but now seeks a new wife, one who is mousy and behaves with proper decorum.

Gillian Leigh does not want a coming out, but though too old at twenty-five, too American by a half, too tall by a head or more, and too accident prone she has no choice. So why does Noble want to meet and marry this amazon paragon who literally sets the Ton on fire if he seeks an unobtrusive spouse? Love works in mysterious ways.

NOBLE INTENTIONS is a very amusing Regency romance that will delight sub-genre fans especially since Noble lives up to his name as he is the victim of Gillian's pratfalls. The lead couple is a delightful pairing whose story line remains true to its basic slapstick like theme. Fans who enjoy a jocular look at the foibles of the Ton will want to read Katie MacAlister's humorous tale - just keep ice packs and bandages handy in case one falls while laughing.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true comic delight! February 27, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, a disclaimer. I'm not a fan of the romance genre. Never have been. Never thought I would be. Yet this book alone could make me a convert.
MacAlister's regency romance follows the escapades of Gillian Leigh, a clumsy and over-exuberant young woman who finds herself unexpectedly marrying a man with a dark reputation. Noble is brooding and abrupt and wishes to marry for convenience. Gillian, however, is anything but convenient.
Huge chunks of the book are laugh-out-loud hilarious. Others, especially those in which Gillian reaches out to Noble's emotionally scarred young son, Nick, are truly moving. And then there are the book's naughty bits. Whew! They left me tingly! Especially the scene with all the strawberries and . . . well, I'd better not reveal too much.
If all romances were this good and this well-written--not to mention this funny--I'd be reading little else.
I highly recommend the book. But then, you could probably tell that, couldn't you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Entertaining Book
The story of Gillian and Noble was fun to read. The main character, Gillian, was extremely quirky and loving. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Ada M. Lieberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious romantic romp!
This author never disappoints! I laughed so hard I wet my drawers! More than once! This book is fun exciting romantic funny and well worth reading. At least twice!
Published 5 days ago by Mmamacat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book so much, I laughed throughout the entire book.
Published 24 days ago by juana lozano
5.0 out of 5 stars Book-a-holic
Just have to keep buying them--love her books/series.
Published 1 month ago by B. Beaudette
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to recommend it to all my friends
I laughed so much throughout this book, I wanted to recommend it to all my friends.
Published 1 month ago by Ricki
4.0 out of 5 stars High on the Fun Scale!
Read for Fun /Listened for Review (Tantor /Library)
Overall Rating 4.75
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 5.00

Audio Rating 4. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Felicia The Geeky Blogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the whole series. Very good story line. Well written.
Published 2 months ago by candy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fluffy Romance
While it follows the typical "guidelines"of a romance novel, (man and woman meet, fall in love, don't admit it, fight, make love, fight again, big dramatic climax, happily ever... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Reading
Normally I like books that have plenty of racy scenes, and if they don't have them I'm pretty upset. Well this book was light on the racy parts but I was not bothered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jannet McGruder
5.0 out of 5 stars utter wonderful absurdity
I laughed out loud. The plot or mystery was faintly obvious, but the ridiculousness was wonderful. I will read more by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Alisha P. Springle
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More About 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 placed 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. You are welcome to visit her at

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