Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Importance of Being Alice (Ainslie Brothers, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Importance of Being Alice (Ainslie Brothers, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Importance of Being Alice

(Ainslie Brothers #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,336 ratings  ·  253 reviews
First in a new series!

From New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister comes a series about finding your own wonderland—through one roadblock at a time...

Nothing about Alice Wood’s life is normal right now. Her fiancé, Patrick, called off their wedding and relationship only days before their nonrefundable wedding trip. And though a luxurious European river cruise fo
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Signet (first published January 1st 2015)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Importance of Being Alice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Importance of Being Alice

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.47  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,336 ratings  ·  253 reviews

Sort order
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

The Importance of Being Alice
was an unlikely romance between opposites, full of madcap fun, spies, and crazy family.

Alice has just been dumped right before taking a European river cruise that she thought would end in marriage. At first she plans on forgetting her travel plans, but then decides to go on the cruise alone, not knowing that her dirt-bag ex, Patrick, gave his ticket to a college friend, Elliot.

Elliot has many responsibilities being the Lord of Ainslie Castle and those resp
Jacob Proffitt
I'm a bit over halfway and I'm quitting. Yeah, it's unusual for me to give three stars to something I dnf. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these two fall for each other. I like their personalities and their banter is a lot of fun. I particularly liked their unconventional (i.e. unsexy) conversations during sex and how it illustrated both their characters and how they connect so well.

What I didn't like was the stupid spy idiocy. Alice isn't stupid but I feel like MacAlister manipulated her to be so t
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful contemporary romance! Lots of humor and quirky characters. Also, it was just a little different from my standard romance. The will they or won't they element was dealt with quickly. The man admitted he loved the woman long before the last 10 pages. Nothing split the couple up other than injury.

Still, it had some wonderful elements. Though, I do wonder about the conflict in the last chapter. It seemed a little awkward.
☕ Kimberly
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Caffeinated Aspects:

A ten day European River Cruise and a mix up with tickets got this tale off to a fun start. Alice Wood has just been dumped by her fiancé and decides to go on their nonrefundable cruise alone. Patrick gives his ticket away to a London friend. Do you see where this is going?
Alice is quirky, and a talker. She talks all the time and at times, it was hilarious. She is one of those characters who makes goals and does not quite keep them. However, she always has the best intent
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Alice is dumped by her kind-of fiance, Patrick, right before they are taking a European river cruise. Patrick gives his ticket to his friend Elliot to use since he and his ex won't be going. What Patrick doesn't realize is that Alice paid too much money to let her ticket go to waste and she shows up at her cabin and meets Elliot. My favorite thing about this book was how humorous it was. It is really funny and there were some situations that really had me laughing out loud. The thing I didn't li ...more
Jan 10, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 49%

Too cheesy/awkward for me. Romance wasn't really believable and didn't see the connection between them.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I finished reading The Importance of Being Alice my first thought was this book was just “flat out fun”.

This is a story of a broken engagement, between Alice Wood and her ex-almost-finance', Patrick. They had planned a once in a life time trip to cruise Europe but when their relationship fell apart (Patrick's doing) Alice decides to take the trip without him... What she never expected was Patrick giving his ticket to his old college buddy (Elliot) adding an unwelcome roommate for this adven
Katie McAlister was one of my first introductions to the Vampire Romance Genre, way back in the day with A Girl's Guide to Vampires, the first book in her Dark Ones series. Those led me to her contemporary and historical romance. I quickly discovered that I enjoyed her witty dialogue and the way each of her characters has a quirky piece that makes them unique and very relatable no matter the genre. So whenever I see that Ms. McAlister has a new book, it is an auto add to my TBR pile.

The book sta
Jan 14, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNFed at 50%

Great hero and great narration but a really foolish heroine. I just can't take her POV and her crazy leaps in logic: she meets a writer who writes spy books and she immediately reaches the conclusion that he's a spy! Because she saw him talking to a guy she didn't know and he didn't want to give her details. Oh and he didn't like the fact that she took pictures of him (without his consent) and posted them on FB. So OF COURSE that means he's a SPY!!

I freaking hate stupid heroines so t
Anna's Herding Cats

Sweet, cheeky and charmingly quirky. The Importance of Bring Alice is just what I love about MacAlister--a fun lighthearted read full of romance, humor and endless heart. It was a fun time as Elliott and Alice land themselves on a cruise and...sharing a cabin despite being total strangers. See. She's determined to take the trip she planned with her ex. And her ex...gave his ticket to Elliott who is just trying to find some peace and quiet to finish writing his book. And so...the adventure begin
Jan 09, 2015 marked it as dnf-set-aside-for-later

I was very excited to read this book because the blurb sounded cute, but by about forty pages in, I lost my excitement. At fifty pages after a particularly annoying scene where the heroine shows an exaggerated ignorant American, I pulled the plug. It's meant to be fun and funny, but it didn't find my funny bone.

Alice is enamored by the fact that she is sharing space with a specimen of the British aristocracy. She's not processing it well and gets down right silly about her assumptions and que
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Leigh‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews


Review copy provided for an honest review

With a cute plot and quirky characters, I had high hopes for this story. Unfortunately, this book was not for me.
At first, Alice seemed to be flighty and odd, but I assumed that the awkwardness would become endearing. For me, it never did. It always remained just…awkward. I think the author was trying for a lighthearted story with funny, Bridget Jones type characters, but it just never made it q
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Importance of Being Alice

A light, quirky romance that satisfies

Katie MacAlister writes paranormal, historical and contemporary romance books. Through all her books, there are heroes, heroines, wit, charm and a bit of danger. Katie’s new series is A Matchmaker in Wonderland. The Importance of Being Alice is the first book of the Ainslie Brothers.

Lord Baron Elliot Ainslie is a writer burdened with producing an income for his large family. His parents have adopted many children and they all liv
The Importance of Being Alice

The Characters

Alice Wood
Elliot Edmund Richard Ainslie, eighth Baron Ainslie

The Story

My intentions were good when I started this books. I took notes all through the first chapter but somewhere in chapter 2 I let go and just enjoyed. I don’t think I can even do a summary justice. I’d just like to say Alice and Elliot are A-freaking-dorable. They are in for an interesting ride. Elliot’s family delighted me and I’ll be very happy to see more from them in the fut
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Ich hoffe, es liegt nur an diesem Buch oder ich komme mit der Schreibweise und dem Erzählstil der Autorin einfach nicht mehr klar. Ihre Aisling Grey-Reihe habe ich ja vor gut 10 Jahren verschlungen, aber bei "Flitterwochen mit einem Unbekannten" passte einfach nichts.

Die Charaktere haben sich sehr merkwürdig verhalten und Chemie zwischen der Amerikanerin und dem englischen Lord gab es für mich fast keine durch ihr abruptes Verhalten.
Blöd fand ich schon Alice Unkenntnis eines Coffeeshops i
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed at The Good, The Bad and The Unread:

Humour is a very subjective matter, romantic comedy perhaps more so than some other forms, since what some regard as romantic, others may regard as irritating. So while I enjoy some romantic comedies, others just leave me cold – even when the basic elements ought to be in line with other plots I’ve found both amusing and heart-warming. There’s also the suspension of disbelief aspect; romantic comedies thrive on unlikely events, but I genera
Amy A
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
After her sort of fiance, Peter, decides to call it quits out of the blue, to say Alice is hurt is an understatement. Still, she decides to go on the cruise her and Peter booked. Unbeknownst to Alice Peter gave his ticket away to his friend Elliott.

Elliott's a writer and a baron. But with his overly large family and running the estate, he's fallen behind on his deadline and needs the peace and quiet to finish his book. Peter ensures Elliott that he'll have the cabin to himself, so when Alice sh
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, I finished The Importance of Being Alice and I still don't know how I feel about the book. I have read Katie MacAlister, and liked her books but I don't think this is one of them. It was okay. At times it was funny, but mostly it was silly. Usually when I read romances and get to the happy ending, I'm happy - I like happy endings. I'm just more blank, this book requires a total absence of thought and the ability to totally disregard reality which I can sometimes do, but this time no go. A lo ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My sides hurt so much after finishing this book from trying desperately to hold in the giggles so that everyone wouldn't think I was losing my mind. Yet again, Katie MacAlister does a wonderful job creating a light, fluffy romance that thoroughly succeeds in pulling you out of whatever reality is worrying you into a world where everything is great. Alice is completely ridiculous in a completely realistic way and Elliot is her exact opposite. At first, even though I am an avid reader of romances ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars, rounded up since I actually did finish it, a fact I doubted would be possible many times while reading. I grabbed this book from the library, because 1) super clever title, 2) its set on a cruise in Europe, and 3) it claimed to be the first in the new Wonderland series. I still don't see how this will be a series, unless its with the male character's siblings, or how that relates to Wonderland. These characters were completely ridiculous and unbelievable - and the scenarios they found ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really had mixed feelings about this book. I did love how Alice decided to go on the cruise without the ex and try to enjoy it. I loved how Elliott started to genuinely like her and wanted to spend time with her and get to know each other better. This book had some really funny parts as well. I didn't really care for the ex showing up and following them around to win her back. The marriage was rushed. The journey to find Elliott was a bit much. Overall I didn't really like the plot of the stor ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
rating 2.5 This book reads like Midsummer Night's Dream on crack.The protagonist Alice's dialogue rambles and she has no filters and that was my problem with the book. Every time the book would pick up there would be random stream of consciousness sentences that turned it into a hot mess. Alas, I wanted this book to work but the romantic timing seemed off. I actually want to read the next book in the series. I hope she pulls it together because the secondary character (the brother Gunner) is th ...more
Stacey Schleisman
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Katie MacAlister never fail to deliver an amusing and delightful romp.
Elliot is a proper British aristocrat with a gorgeous upper crust accent who takes his responsibilities seriously.
Alice is an outgoing, funny and off' times sassy mouthed young lady who was recently dumped by her fiance.
When these two get together fireworks as well as laughter explode, not only from the characters but from the reader as well. ( warning: do not eat tomatoes while reading in public...they squirt.)
Take my advic
Talk Supe
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Don't take this seriously because its insta-rebound love (the good kind). However DO have fun with it, be entertained, and just go with Katie MacAlister's flow. Lots of LOL moments, bawdiness, and the crazy characters round THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALICE up. If you want to start the year in a fun way, keep Ainslie Brothers 1 in mind.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't hate the plot. (Well, except for the last chapter.) I absolutely abhorred the dialogue. The author used words/phrases like: YOLO, owie, mmrowr, holy crapballs, etc... It was not done in an amusing way, either. Elliot's mother was also an incredibly annoying character.

I will pass on future books by this author.

I received a copy via the Goodreads First Reads program.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! it was amazing and I loved the premise. Both characters were fun and I I liked some of the shenanigans they got into were downright hilarious! I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes romance.
Michelle Tempted By Books
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Typical Katie MacAlister; light hearted and fun.
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Elliot - Elliot waved absently, making a decision right then and there. He'd take the trip that Patrick offered. A cruise down Europe's most famous rivers couldn't be any more disruptive than home, after all.

Alice -I stood up shaking the laptop at nothing. "He made me think we were going to get married at the end of this trip! He had me look up the laws for Americans getting married in Budapest!"
"Ball-hanging is too good for him. He serves something worse. Off with his head!"
"I will take that tr
Andra Weis
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Importance of Being Alice

Ainslie Brothers #1

By Katie MacAlister

ISBN# 9780451471376

Author’s Website:

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra


First in a new series!

From New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister comes a series about finding your own wonderland—through one roadblock at a time…

Nothing about Alice Wood’s life is normal right now. Her fiancé, Patrick, called off their wedding and relationship only
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable romp through Europe and England. Alice is delightful as a heroine and I enjoyed the natural progression of her relationship with Elliott. It was fun to watch the resistance, the misunderstandings, and the passion. I didn't think it ever felt forced. Elliott's family added just the right amount of grounding and absurdity from a perspective completely different from the cruise ship passengers. MacAlister never ceases to surprise me with the twists and turn ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Suffragette in the City
  • Back to Basics
  • Heat Wave
  • At The Billionaire's Wedding
  • Golden Chariot
  • Freudian Slip
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass (Bluegrass, #2)
  • Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild, #1)
  • Flirting with Forever (Everson, Texas, #3)
  • Marriage by Design
  • The Naked King (Naked Nobility, #7)
  • Taken
  • Accidentally Yours
  • London by Tube: A History of Underground Station Names
  • Light My Fire (The DeMarco Family, #4)
  • The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet, #1)
  • Ex, Why, and Me
  • Lola's House
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 dialo ...more

Other books in the series

Ainslie Brothers (4 books)
  • A Midsummer Night's Romp (Ainslie Brothers, #2)
  • Daring In a Blue Dress (Ainslie Brothers #3)
  • The Perils of Paulie (Ainslie Brothers #4)
“Elliot - Elliot waved absently, making a decision right then and there. He'd take the trip that Patrick offered. A cruise down Europe's most famous rivers couldn't be any more disruptive than home, after all.
Alice -I stood up shaking the laptop at nothing. "He made me think we were going to get married at the end of this trip! He had me look up the laws for Americans getting married in Budapest!"
"Ball-hanging is too good for him. He serves something worse. Off with his head!"
"I will take that trip!" I yelled at the small living room filled with boxes that I had yet to unpack. "And I will enjoy myself! A lot!”
“It could have been quite worse," he agreed magnanimously.
"And those two guys who felt up your butt while the maintenance dude was working on that hinge were kicked out because they violated the 'must have fondler's consent' rule, or so that pink-haired woman who spoke English said, so at least they won't do that to the next guy trapped in the stocks."
"I will sleep easier knowing that.”
More quotes…