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Noble Destiny

(Noble #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,857 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Dear Worthy Reader:

I take quill in hand to warn you of the inaccurate picture hinted at in this very tome of my modest self. A poor widow, I returned to England eager to take my place in the ton, only to find myself shunned by all. My one choice was to marry again, and who can chastise me for picking a groom who combined those attributes—wealth, a title, and good looks—tha
Paperback, 366 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Leisure Books
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Wicked Incognito Now
Okay, the thing you have to know about Katie MacAlister is that she is a total goofball. Her characters are always wacky. The action is usually just plain silly.

This is why I usually love her books. Now, I wouldn't be able to read more than one at a time, and I need a couple of months between reads, because it takes a certain type of mood for me to put up with this sort of zany mess of a story.

I thought that this was just the sort of story I needed. I'm getting burnt out on super serious romance
Initial Thoughts: Hmmm...not as entertaining as Noble Intentions. I did miss Gillian and her Unfortunate Habits. This book focuses on Alasdair MacGregor and his love interest Charlotte Collins. I had a hard time connecting with Charlotte who was a bit ditzy and a lot of a schemer. She had a horrible habit of misusing vocabulary - sometimes it was funny, but by the end of the book it was a little tiresome. Alasdair or Dare as he preferred to be called, was a lot easier to like and it's one of the ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
First off I will say that I don’t blame those that couldn’t finish this book. Charlotte isn’t likeable to begin with. She’s selfish, vain and superficial. She’s quite forceful almost to the point of becoming a bully but she’s always, always honest. I’ll admit she made this difficult to read although the humour made it easier, and perhaps at first this book will seem light-hearted and silly, it deepens to become serious with moments of utter despair. Charlotte’s personality is what makes the book ...more
Romancing the Book
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Julie
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Katie MacAlister has always managed to make me laugh, sometimes I giggle right out loud when I’m reading her books. This book was no exception. There were several moments of outright hilarity.

However, while Charlotte started off being funny, her charm begin to wear thin. Dare was over the top in his refusal to make the marriage a real one, although I understood his heart was in the right place, he didn’t
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, fun, and enjoyable historical romance, Noble Destiny was a lovely read. I didn't love it, but I did like it and I enjoyed reading it.

Charlotte was an okay heroine. But, I didn't like her all that much. She tended to be shallow, selfish, and a bit of an air head. Over the course of the book, she did start to grow up and she became much more bearable. So, overall, while I didn't really like her, I was okay with her.

Alasdair, on the other hand, was wonderful. He was so sweet and, my goodne
S. Wideman
Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I got this book at a used book store, and thought the plot sounded great. I'm a sucker for funny romance novels. However, this made me see red and toss the book. I barely got through the first two chapters before I started to skim the novel, hoping against hope that it got better. Every place I stopped at only fueled my desire to get the book out of my house. The main character is a twit! Not just a little ditzy, but a full-on, overblown twit that is too stupid to live. I think her little slip-u ...more
Donna Hatridge
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Noble series. This was fun romance story that I enjoyed.

A poor widow, Lady Charlotte Collins returns to England eager to take her place in the ton, only to find herself shunned by all. Her one choice is to marry a groom with wealth, a title, and good looks, but Alasdair McGregor cruelly refuses to be the answer to her problems.

In fact, she is forced by Dare’s obstinacy to take extreme action: the faulty codpiece that leads to this marriage, the wedding that is lit
Ahhhhh.... Katie MacAlister's books never fail to make me laugh. And, this book was no exception. Parts of this book were hilarious!

Charlotte, the heroine, was always mistaking one word for another in her ineloquent speeches. Codpieces with small animals... wives with pistols... explosions... the Vyvyan La Blue's Guide to Connubial Calisthenics... carpet beating antics... eye-patches befitting the finest kilts.

What more could you ask for?
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2003-reads
Love this book! The author's original heroines are always entertaining. This one is constantly mangling words and expressions! And the hero is unique in that he is the one insisting on love!! Give it a read and it should end up on your keeper shelf as it is definately on mine!
Picked this book up from the The Ripped Bodice's "Blind Date with a Book" section.
I'm so glad I chose it. The most entertaining book I've read this year.

You have a lovely and mischievous heroine who is constantly misusing words and who seems to be a student of the connubial calisthenics. A hard working, dedicated and sentimental hero (he wants more than a bed mate, he wants friendship and love), who can't help but fall hopelessly in love with the heroine. A chatty butler / valet / secretary, yo
Elizabeth Mellen
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light, enjoyable, quick read. I enjoyed watching Charlotte mature and get slightly more serious (though not too serious!) and fall in love with her husband for all he is inside, instead of the frivolous outside things that drew her to him.
“How dare you! How dare you insinuate that the only reason I married you was for your money or title or social standing or your handsome face!” ..... “I’m not offended you know why I married you; I’m offended that you think those things still matter to me...
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are delightful, quick reads. Katie MacAlister writes fun, silly characters into stories that don't take themselves too seriously. For anyone who enjoyed minor characters from the first book and was hoping for more, this book focuses on a different couple's journey to romance. I found the character's challenges interesting and refreshing. It was a great book to read before going to bed.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I almost stopped reading this after a few chapters because Charlotte was so annoying, whiny, manipulative and self centered. But then I started to see a little change happening to her and kept going and I'm very glad I did! I loved this story and how Charlotte redeemed herself and outgrew her spoiled brat attitude.
Zel Polev
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not like this one, mostly due to the main character being so annoying and everyone being so long winded. I loved Charlotte in the first book (which I also enjoyed immensely!) but she seems to be better in small doses.
Patricia Anderson
My guilty pleasure

LOVE the dialog, the humor, the characters. I love that it is on my kindle so I could snatch what time I could to read on. Your writing lifts my spirits and keeps me wanting more. Thank you!!!!
I discovered a whole new author and series to love with book one, but the love affair has only deepened after reading this one. It is a loosely tied sequel that could be read out of order giving two minor characters in the last book the lead. Historical Romance is fun, flirty and heartwarming with these. I love how it can be so silly that I'm snorting with laughter, passionate that I start to get a bit warm under the collar but then turn around and offer something so touching that I'm near tears ...more
So much fun wittiness!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This quickly became unbearably silly. What a ninny. 2 stars, and that's only because the author can actually construct a full sentence and properly use commas. Standards are low.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Sadly, not as good as the first book in this series (Noble Intentions)
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves laugh out loud variety sexy romances!
Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister is the second book in her re-published Noble series. I can see why anyone would want these books re-published. These are absolute gems of reads with so much humor and sexy passion to them that one can’t help but be entertained for their money’s worth and then some.

Both the hero Alasdair Iain McGregor and the heroine Charlotte Honoria Eveline Benedict are characters that were encountered in the first delightful romp of a novel in the series, Noble Intentions. Nob
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published May 28th 2003)
original title Noble Destiny
edition language English
series Noble #2
characters Charlotte Collins DiAbalongia, Alasdair (Dare) McGregor - Lord Carlisle
setting London, England (United Kingdom)
other editions (12)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Just how far will Lady Charlotte go to win his heart?

Lady Charlotte Colli
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Noble Destiny is a reissue that originally came out in '03. Normally I like Katie MacAlister, her characters are quirky and fun to read. I like this story but I hated Lady Charlotte Collins. She is a narcisitic, self-centered brat. That threw a fit because she did something stupid and it came back to bit her in the butt. The only reason I finished is because I knew she was going to change and get better, she did but not much. Her character alone ruined the book for me, her personality in real li
Sharon Tyler
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Noble Destiny is the second book in the Noble series by Katie MacAlister. This regency romance was
originally published in 2003, but is being re-released in Kindle format this June. Lady Charlotte Collins returns to England as a poor widow. She's eager to take her place in the ton, but is quickly shunned by all. There is only one way to redeem her good standing: find a groom with wealth, a title, and good looks. Alasdair McGregor possesses all these fine attributes, but he cruelly refuses to be t
Sharon Redfern
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When you read a Katie MacAlister book you can expect red hot lovers, a lot of humor and many plot twists and turns. Noble Destiny is all of that and more. Charlotte Collins ruined herself in the eyes of the ton when she ran off with an Italian nobleman who has since died. Returning to England, she finds herself cut by the ton, shunned by her family and devises a plan to save herself. The plan involves Alisdair McGregor, the man who once loved her and is now an Earl. In one of the most hilarious ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The thing you have to know about Katie MacAlister is that she is a total goofball! I'd love to meet her in person someday to see if she is as nutty as her characters who are always wacky and quite silly...this is why I love her books!

If you have read the Noble Intentions then you must read Noble Destiny. The characters in this book had been introduced to us in Noble Intentions already...Charlotte Collins and Lord Carlisle.

Charlotte Collins return to England as a widow five years after a scandelo
Amy Alvis
This is book 2 in the Noble series.

Charlotte Collins has come back to London after a disastrous first marriage. She has set her sights on Alasdair MacGregor as her second husband. Having landed themselves in a compromising situation, they are quickly married.

Alasdair won't consumate the marriage until Charlotte is in love with him, so she sets her mind to do just that. Between Charlotte constantly getting her meaning of words wrong and Alasdair working on his steam engine there are plenty of ant
Chris Bails
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
What another great book of this series. This one is about Dare and Charlotte. Both are very funny characters. Love the secondary characters, especially the butler. He makes me laugh out loud.
This is about Charlotee, a spoiled, rotten girl that runs off and marries a man she does not love, and then he dies. She left many years ago and was scorned by society and her family because of it. She come back to the only person she can trust, her cousin Gillian. Charlotte has decided that she is going to
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Katie MacAlister, of Regency romance, and of wacky protagonists
Returning widowed to England five years after an infamous elopement, Charlotte Collins finds herself in a quandary: where once she was the darling of the ton, now she is cut by them. Where once she had no shortage of suitors, now she finds herself in desperate need of a husband - and a rich one at that.

Imagine Charlotte's frustration then, when, after trapping Alasdair McGregor, Lord Carlisle, into marriage, she finds that he has no wealth, few connections, and absolutely no desire to bed her wi
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