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A Midsummer Night's Romp

(Ainslie Brothers #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  115 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Alice comes the second Ainslie Brothers romance, where finding love means falling head over heels…

Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt undernea
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Signet
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Jacob Proffitt
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audiobook, steamy
This is second in a series and a lot of background establishing happens in that first book. You don't have to start there, but I'd recommend giving it a shot (even if, like me, you stop halfway through).

I already knew from the first book that I'd like Gunner and he doesn't disappoint. I kind of loved the addition of his daughter. She wasn't present much, but she was gold when she was there. She's old enough that I didn't really expect much between her and Lorina so it's as well that didn't mater
Kirsten #EnoughIsEnough
Not as good as the first in the series, but still a solid entry. Lots of flirtation, but I just didn't get as much chemistry between the couple as the couple in the first book. Also, there is a dark subplot that seemed a little dark for some chick lit like this.

Barbara Elsborg
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Anna's Herding Cats

Katie MacAlister is my go-to when I want a delightfully fun, light and quirky romance that'll make me smile and just lift my spirits. And A Midsummer Night's Romp delivered on all fronts as an archaeological dig at a castle bring together an English photographer who lives there and an American French teacher who is set on avenging her best friend against one of the men at the dig site. Zany insanity ensues!

>>>Quirky, quirky, quirky! One of the things I love about McAlister is she's
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the second book in Katie MacAlister's newest series "A Matchmaker In Wonderland" comes "A Midsummer Night's Romp". This book delighted me from cover to cover. As a long time fan of Katie's work,I thought I had an idea of what was to come but she surprised me. "Midsummer" starts seriously with a friend in trouble, revenge, and an unexpected job but the plot twists and the heroine finds herself involved in a startling intrigueand finds romance. Will Lorina complete her mission? Are her feelings ...more
Katie MacAlister's novels are always full of banter, quirky characters and usually at least one of the main characters suffers from word-vomiting (aka. blurting out whatever comes at their mind).

Sadly, for some unknown reason, A Midsummer Night's Romp just didn't work out for me. All the things I mentioned before were there, but I didn't find it funny or cute. Finishing this book was a struggle, since I was bored most of the time.

I hope this was one-time-miss and that I didn't loose one of my fa
Original Post May 19, 2015

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S ROMP: ONE Big Mistake But No Disaster!

copyright 2015 Stephanie Takes-Desbiens

A couple of mainstream-published authors I know have said that the publishing houses rarely fact-check or do much continuity editing. This would account for the several major errors I have found in mainstream published books. I speak of major errors: when a plot hinges on something and it changes (like a murder is solved by someone se
Zel Polev
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gunner Ainslie is looking forward to spending time with his daughter, while helping excavate part of Ainslie castle for roman remains. Dig Britain will be there filming the dig and any artifacts found. With his knowledge of archaeology, the film director decided Gunner would be a good person to explain the dig process to the viewers at home and to teach Lorina, a dig newbie, how to dig. Lorina is a woman on a mission and she won’t let anything get in the way of it. Posing as a photo journalist ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Midsummer Night’s Romp

Katie MacAlister writes paranormal, historical and contemporary romance books. Through all her books, there are heroes, heroines, wit, charm and a bit of danger. This is book 2 in Katie’s new series, A Matchmaker in Wonderland. A Midsummer Night’s Romp is the second book of the Ainslie Brothers.

French professor Lorina and Sandy are roommates. Sandy goes on archaeological digs. Paul, an archaeologist, infects her with HIV. Lorina is on a mission to expose him. She finds ou
Mary McCormick
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something to say when you can pick up a book and find yourself actually feeling like you are right there in the book. That is why I so enjoy Katie’s books.
The latest book A Midsummer Romp had me glued to the pages.. The scene of the tent episode had me laughing until I had tears running down my cheeks. It was like I was outside the tent watching everything unfold. Of course Alice and Elliott opening up the bolthole on Lorina and Gunner had me roaring in laughter. My hubby said what in
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Thank you for giving me a chance to read this book. It's a first reads. I wanted to read this book because I have a niece who's going for her Masters and likes to dig in the dirt. So I thought maybe I could learn something. Not only that but I thought it would be a good read. I was correct!!! The book started out a little slow but the further I got into it the more the story developed and the more I wanted to keep reading. I would recommend reading this book.
Jennifer Markowski
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Who am I kidding I haven't picked this up in a month and a half. I need to stop hogging it from the library and let someone else read it.

**DNF so no rating
Kathy Bryson
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Perils of Pauline, then went back and binged the whole Matchmaker in Wonderland series to date. They're that good!

In this installment, Lorina is actually on a secret mission to get revenge or at least stop a sexual predator. What have might been an unconvincing romantic interlude given her history of abuse is pulled off with aplomb by the male lead, Gunner. MacAlister creates a male character with depth and personality, a noteworthy accomplishment in the world of romance, and promptly plu
Deborah D.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diggin' the connection

Humorous lack of mental & emotional filters for both Lorina & Gunnar.
Non photojournalist, nonarchaeologist female with fierce dedication to her best friend in a time of need...
She finds a man who won't be a nightmare for life with a unique family and an appreciation for archaeology
Lisa Tollefson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Light and easy, a summer read that I found a bit early. The characters are refreshing after having read the first in the series, which used almost the same characters as another, unrelated title I'd just read. This isn't a book to encourage deep thought, but I didn't pick it for that. I'll give this series a rest for a few months, then look for the next.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the hero's daughter a little better than the heroine, but that is just cause like strong women. The heroine is a little ditzy and is seriously hung up on her weight. I did like that the character who was portrayed as the villain turned out not to be so bad and the villain was an unexpected character.
If you like the author's other contemporaries, I think you would like this one.
Nancy Laney
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Another lead character I took way too long to relate to. (view spoiler) Anyway ... it was meh.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The way that Lorina Liddell and Gunner Ainslie interacted and reacted to each other was fun to read. I did not enjoy this story as much as I have liked the other stories in Katie MacAlister's "A Matchmaker in Wonderland Romances" series.
Ron Luty
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great Katie MacAlister book. Good charachters and a good flowing story. She has the best banter in the world, her and Dakota Cassidy have a way of talk between two people.
Cindy Cowan
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: katie-mcallister
I love anything Katie Macallister writes and this series is no exception.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Terribly aggravating and annoying heroine. Just made me crazy.
Sue Dooley
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh! There was nothing at all to hold my interest. And I LOVE Katie MacAlister. But this book was just plain old boring. It feels like it was written just to fulfill a contract.
Andra Weis
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

A Midsummer Night’s Romp

Ainslie Brothers Series #2

By Katie MacAlister

ISBN# 9780451471383

Author’s Website:

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra


Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archaeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andra

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

The second installment of the Ainslie Brothers series is as I had hoped, gut-wrenchingly funny! And the story is pretty good to. I must say up front… I continue to love this series!

In this book we get to know Gunner, the playboy brother of Elliot Ainslie. A confirmed bachelor at heart, he is beginning to realize that the love that Elliot found (in only ONE week), is something he just might be ready for??? Certainty of th
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
--Actual rating 3.5 Skulls

*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

This is a romance with a little mystery to solve, but first and foremost, it's another humorous escapade from this talented author. Ms MacAlister has the knack of turning any story on its head and delivering fun and totally irreverent warm stories that truly captivate her readers. Looking for genuine laugh out loud moments? Then step inside the world created by her
Marta Cox
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a romance with a little mystery to solve but first and foremost it's another humourous escapade from this talented author . Ms MacAlister has the knack of turning any story on it's head and delivering fun and totally irreverent warm stories that truly captivate her readers. Looking for genuine laugh out loud moments? Then step inside the world created by her imagination. If you seek a romance that's peopled with diverse characters filled with heart and an entertaining plot then this book ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3.5 Quirky Fun Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Penguin Group

It's always a joy to read a Katie MacAlister book. They're always so quirky, witty and fun no matter the genre. Most of the characters suffer from no filter rich results in very off-the-wall verbal diarrhea.

Gunner Ainslie is probably closest to his brother the baron Elliot. Elliot was the bumbling older brother who is in charge of the castle where Gunner is the free spirit womanizer. After seeing Elliot settle d
I had such great fun with The Importance of Being Alice, the first book in the Ainslie Brother's series I totally wanted to read this one. This book picks shortly after the events in the last book except this time, the book focuses on Gunner, whom we met briefly in book 1.

Gunner is a forensic photographer of old buildings, but also has a degree in archeology. With Dig Britain!, a reality tv show, coming to film archaeologists dig up and study the grounds around Ainslie Castle, Gunner is put in c
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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 dialo ...more

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Ainslie Brothers (4 books)
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