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Improper English

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  3,443 ratings  ·  230 reviews
London on Three Kisses a Day

Brandishing a loaf of French bread at a dishy detective wasn't how Alexandra Freemar had envisioned starting her stay in London. But the sassy American wasn't about to put up with any flak from the uptight--albeit gorgeous--Scotland Yard inspector who accused her of breaking and entering. She didn't have time to deal with this suspicious upstair
Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Love Spell (first published January 31st 2003)
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Stacey is Sassy
An unsuccessful attempt at a reread...

DNF...I didn't even bother to confirm where I stopped but her hair just caught fire and she referred to the hairy chunk of mascara that she put on the side of her dinner plate as a hairy gonad. Nope, can't go on.

There's a good chance I was insane when I read Improper English the first time as I originally gave it 5 stars. I'm listening to the audio and while the narrator is doing a fabulous job, the story is anything but fabulous.

I admit, I did chuckle but I
Jun 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
NO! no no no no no! This book was bad. Terrible. Horrible. Trash trash trash! I did not enjoy it at all. The character was a feeble minded idiot and I wanted to beat some sense into her. Having two people with the same name is not cute or hilarious. It is stupid. This reeks of a self insert (and looking at her other books, they seem to be much of the same). The hero is a great guy who has a good job and is very sane and normal. He is much too good for Alix. She is whiney, jealous, rude, and is n ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
What a terrible, terrible book. Main character had no redeeming quality whatsoever. Wanted this to suddenly turn into a murder mystery where she was the victim.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
What a total crap book. I only read it because a friend and I chose an author to each read one book by (not the same book, just the same author). What an unfortunate choice. NO character development (except some trumped up denouement at the end), NO plot, just an excuse for crappy writing samples (at the beginning of each chapter there was an excerpt from the worst romance writer imaginable) and lusty sex scenes.

I was hoping the location (London, England) would have been fun, but ... no. The ch
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am so tired of stories where the heroine is a stupid self-centered bitch with no self-confidence who cries incessantly. And of course, the hero is smart, attractive, rational, has his life in order, etc. Why do we perpetuate these false ideas of gender roles? I'm very disappointed in this book. ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The heroine was weak.
She was constantly falling at the hero's feet and basically begging him to do her.
She did all of the chasing. The hero never made a huge gesture of love. Anything that,went wrong in their relationship was blamed on the heroine.
The heroine was kind of dumb. She was a crappy historical romance writer and gotten taken advantage of the entire story.
She used a lot of weird phrases that were supposed to be British slang (she's American) but was just annoying random words tha
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is why I usually don't read reviews until after I've read the book. A lot of people didn't seem to like this book and I found it very entertaining. Our heroine is on a quest to find her chops as an author. She has an idea for a book but can't seem to get it to work. She tries to read it out loud to anyone she can nail down long enough to listen, and the general consensus is that it's crap. My humor enjoyed the picture of a variety of people almost too polite to walk away and trying to help ...more
And I like Katie MacAlister's other books, too, which makes it worse. I really did want to like this - wannabe author finds love in London. But there are three ginormous strikes against it, though, which make this a good candidate for Most Disappointing Read of 2015.

1. The heroine is unlikable. And a book written in the first person, in particular, has GOT to have someone I identify with. But Alix is (a) under her mother's thumb (b) a quitter (c) totally un-self-aware (d) more than a little unpl
N.N. Light
What happens when a feisty American writer and a stuffy drop-dead gorgeous British police inspector clash in London? Alix is trying to make it as a romance writer and this trip to London is her big shot. She may be American and had her share of heartbreak but she certainly isn't a thief. Alexander dislikes her from the moment she opened her sassy mouth but there's something about her that gets under his skin. Try as he might, she might just be what he needs.

I loved this romance so much! MacAlis
Oct 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Steamy Romantics
This book was fun but a little frustrating too. You know how a main character is not getting it and it makes you want to shake them a little bit or slap them like Cher did in Moonstruck to Nicholas Cage and tell them to Snap out of it? Yeah. Like that.

That being said I still enjoyed the read. It had steamy sex and funny moments. It had a character who - although you want to slap a little bit DOES undergo a bit of a journey of self revelation. All in all not a bad book and definetly worth readin
Jun 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book no stars, I would. Honestly thought it was a satire of a feckless, self-obsessed woman but no! It’s actually supposed to be a romance?! There was no believable conflict— just hurdles that any normal person would have gotten through but the heroine, in a rather dramatic fashion, agonised over. There was so much “woe is me” from her that I nearly threw the book at the wall. There was some subtle racism, sexism, discrimination against sex workers, LOTS of body hatred. Ugh. ...more
Aug 03, 2015 marked it as tbr-later  ·  review of another edition
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May 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ok. I'll admit it. I went through a phase were I read a lot of romance novels. A LOT. A sort of ridiculous amount. You could say I swooned into a pit of cheese and couldn't seem to fight my way out. The lifeline that eventually pulled me out was Goodreads, which widened my scope of reading and encouraged me to pick up different kinds of books. That being said, I still had a soft spot for the comfort and ease of romance, and so I thought I'd take a break from more "serious" reading to read this o ...more
2.5 stars
Fun, quick, laughable, a bit ridiculous, perhaps a nice beach read.
I was held hostage by this unreliable, sarcastic, insecure, slightly crazy heroine. She dreams of being a writer but writes the most ridiculous story. It's so awful. She reads passages of it to everyone, everyone she meets on the street ! She is in England on her mothers dollar to realize her dream and prove to her mother she is 'something' (yes, she's that insecure) She moves into a apartment building filled with quir
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, rom-com
Fun, witty, and with a slightly crazy leading lady.
This book is everything I love about a Katie MacAlister book with the added bonus of some of the worst possible romance novel writing ever. Seriously, this book is worth reading if only for the cringe worthy awesomeness of Alix's novel.
Improper English

I Picked Up This Book Because: Random selection from my never ending TBR list, meant to read at night instead of the uber creepy book I was also reading.

The Characters:

Alexandria “Alix” Freemar: American in London to get a jump start on restarting her life as an author
Alexander “Alex” Black: Detective Inspector “so many nicknames” of the Scotland Yard. He has the patience of a saint and I need to find a man just like him.
Isabella, Karl, Daniel, Ray, Bert and
Mary Squier
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love the author but I hated this book. I couldn't stand the main character. Chapter two, I thought she was stupid and I couldn't shake it. It took me a long time to get through and I wasted a lot of time waiting for it to turn around. ...more
Laure Estep
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
While Alix's histrionics grated on my nerves, I still found myself rooting for her in the story. The supporting cast of characters were interesting and entertaining enough to make up for the I-Love-Lucy type melodrama from the heroine. ...more
KaeCee Reed
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars.

I have rarely laughed out loud at a book.. but this one had me cracking up time and again. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. My biggest hang up was the 'adult' content. There was too much.

All in all a very entertaining read.
Bookish Ayushi
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it

I got this from the audible escape package. Although the performance was a definite 5 stars, the overall story, characters and scenes were decent but not one to charm me completely.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Improper English – Katie MacAlister

This is a re-print of an older Katie Mac book, and one that I had hoped would get better with age. It did and it didn’t. I will say that this book does have a lot of off-the-wall humor in it which makes up for the lack of likability of the protagonist Alix. I can see that Ms MacAlister wrote this so we would NOT like Alix and to show us how Alix could grow at the end of the book, but it was nearly too little too late. Had I not read this book years ago and knew
I was tempted to put this down several times, but managed to stick with it to the end. Others have mentioned it being her first novel (and there's even a forward from Katie MacAlister herself pointing out flaws before you even begin).

Alix is...probably the actual worst. Even in her "resolution" at the end where things work out and usually lessons are learned... There's not really much progress. She doesn't see that ALL of her problems are self-inflicted. In solving her problem and "reaching her
Amy Softa
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I love Ms. MacAlister's paranormal books and she is one of my favorite writers. Her books are usually such fun. This one is the first contemporary romance of hers that I have read and I must confess I had trouble getting into it. It could be just that I thought the lead female, Alix was a twit and wanted to smack her upside the head for most of the book and tell her to straighten up. It could just be that I really do prefer the paranormal's over regular romance books. It won't be my last attempt ...more
Jul 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romantics
As a quick, you know what's going to happen, read - I really enjoyed this one. A little too much "adult" content for my personal taste, but not so much that it detracted from the storyline.

It's a fun read, set in London. I wasn't quite certain when, but figured current day at least. The characters are kind of fun, but quizzical. I think I spent more time trying to figure out what these people were like than reading the story! The main character, Alexandra (aka Alix), is staying in a friend's fla
Heather andrews
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alix gets herself in trouble, like a lot and sometimes the outcome from her man is pretty damn sexy, “swapping spit?” he growled, and pulled me up against his chest. I let him. I’m a sucker for an alpha male. “Was that all it was to you?” There are times Alex is ever the gentlemen, “thank you,” he groaned, his hands clutching convulsively at the chaise cushions. “It reassures me to know my genitalia meet your exacting standards.” I really liked this book it was funny and entertaining although th ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book? The story was cute and funny. I loved the secondary characters who lived in the house in London with Alix and Alex. They were all good friends and and looked after Alix. This is a story about a woman who has been a failure at everything she tried to do. She makes a deal with her mother to live in London for the summer and write her first romance book. We (the reader) get to read excerpts of her book at the beginning of each chapter. Her writing is dreadful ....unt ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, humor
4 stars of pure funny.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Having read other books by MacAlister, I was more or less prepared for the level of ridiculousness which basically defines this book. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a quick laugh as much as anyone, and though the writing of the story itself sometimes resembled the lead character's own attempts at authorship too much for comfort, overall it is a perfectly lighthearted summer read. Romance novels obviously arent for everyone, and while I could personally do with a little less, if not at leas ...more
Angie Fehl
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seattle native Alexandra Freemar strikes up an agreement with her mother: Mom will pay two months rent for a flat in London if Alexandra (aka "Alix") can churn out a manuscript in that time. Alix is looking forward to immersing herself in new British surroundings with the hopes it will provide good inspiration for the romance novel she has in mind. She doesn't have a lot of life experience to pull from, admittedly, being a self professed "creep magnet", so she can only hope a new atmosphere will ...more
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
I found this book because I searched Audible specifically for books narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, who is consistently masterful in whatever genre she works, bringing a sense of elegance and urgency to her characterizations. I am an unapologetic lover and reader of romance novels, so to find this book with this premise available in Audible's plus catalog felt like a solid win.

Maarleveld's narration is the only reason I am giving this book two stars. Had I read it or had a less capable narrator t
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