The Truth About Leo

The Truth About Leo Can Dagmar Flee Denmark Dagmar Marie Sophie Is A Poverty Stricken Danish Princess Whose Annoying Royal Cousin Is About To Have Her Stuffed Away In A Convent When She Finds A Wounded Man Unconscious In Her Garden, She Sees A Way Out Of Her Desperate Situation By Lying To Leo Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, Seventh Earl Of March, And Spy In The Service Of The King, Finds Himself On The Wrong End Of A Saber And Left For Dead He Wakes Up Not Remembering What Happenedin The Care Of A Beautiful Woman Who Says She Is His Wife Back In London, Leo With The Help Of His Old Friends The Eccentric Britton Family Sets Out To Unravel What He S Forgotten Is Dagmar Truly The Wonderful, Irrepressible Woman Who Makes His Heart Sing, Or Is She A Dangerous Enigma Bent On His Destruction

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

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  • 384 pages
  • The Truth About Leo
  • Katie MacAlister
  • English
  • 27 July 2018

10 thoughts on “The Truth About Leo

  1. says:

    This one just scraped a C at AAR, so I m leaving it at 2 starsThe Truth About Leo is the fourth book in Ms MacAllister s Noble series, the first of which, Noble Intentions was released over a decade ago Two books followed, but Ms MacAllister turned her attention elsewhere after the third, and has only now returned to the Regency era with this new addition to the series.I had a good idea of what I d be getting when I requested this book I reviewed the audiobook version of Noble Intentions a while back, and said that it was a well done piece of romantic fluff in the vein of a slapstick comedy, so I was looking forward to of the same I don t know whether the humour I found in that audiobook came from the performance than the material, or whether it s just a better book, but whatever the reason, The Truth About Leo doesn t measure up it falls flat, and, because the author is trying too hard to be funny just isn t.Leo Mortimer, Earl of March, works for the British government and is making his way to Berlin from Russia via Denmark Stopping to rescue a kitten from a tree proves to be a very bad idea, because after heroic efforts on behalf of the imperilled feline, he is beaten, stabbed and left for dead in the back garden of the Yellow House, the residence of Her Serene Highness, the Princess Dagmar Marie Sophie of Sonderburg Beck and her English companion, Julia.Dagmar is in dire straits Her cousin, the Crown Prince, who for some, unexplained reason detests her, is planning to evict her within a matter of days, and Dagmar has nowhere else to go She has no other relatives she can turn to, she certainly doesn t fancy the idea of living out the rest of her days in a convent, as her cousin has threatened, and even though she s half English, she cannot obtain passage to England due to the unforeseen lack of available transport because of the recent decimation of the Danish fleet.It seems there is only one way she can possibly get out of Denmark, and that would be if she were the wife of an English officer But where on earth is she going to find one of those at short notice And even were she to find one, how can she convince him to marry her Yep You re way ahead of me.And actually, the problem I had at this point is exactly the same as the one I had with the earlier book the author tries to draw out the supposed humour in a situation by dragging out a misunderstanding until the reader is tempted to throw the book at the wall Although I was reading on my new Paperwhite, so no way was that going to happen But when Dagmar returns, exhausted, from a day traipsing around Copenhagen trying to either bring her cousin around or find a way out of Denmark, the fact that Julia tells her that the drunkard they d found in their back garden earlier isn t actually drunk, but hurt, and that he s English just doesn t register with her her double take comes about five minutes too late.So Dagmar and Julia drag Leo inside, and in spite of the doctor s pronouncement that he won t live to see the morning, they care for him, Dagmar marries him, they take ship for England and he doesn t die.When he eventually recovers, Leo is by turns furious at Dagmar s actions and unable to keep from ogling her over large boobs Which are mentioned in passing Often.Once returned to London, Leo has to find somewhere suitable to house his new wife, but his search for suitable accommodation is interrupted when Julia is arrested for murder The mystery plot doesn t really get off the ground the author lays a few clues early on in the book, and the identity of the wrong doer is pretty obvious, but the actual d nouement is silly and the events which lead to Leo s deduction of whodunnit happen off screen, so there s no real involvement for the reader.Dagmar is clearly supposed to be kooky and ditzy but while there are moments where she can be quite endearing, she s just too ingenuous and wide eyed to be anything but cartoonish She s incredibly curious about sex and seems to have spent much of her girlhood ogling the grooms and the footmen and her enthusiasm of course delights her new husband But her utterances about her lady secret are so twee as to be vomit inducing And then there are the really crass moments, such as Leo s monologue about shaving a hairy ass Yeah Not going back there Note to Ms MacAllister On this side of the pond, an ass is a donkey, your arse is the thing you sit on Leo is um, I m not sure what he is, because I didn t get a sense of him as a character at all He s not bad looking, he has a terrific arse and nice hands, but other than that he s barely two dimensional.It s a quick read, and while it wasn t difficult to get through, I did find myself skimming occasionally, as there were chunks of it that just don t move the story forward The funniest scene is one in which Dagmar together with three of the other female characters from earlier books gets tipsy while attempting to work out the whys and wherefores of the murder accusation levelled at Julia.But otherwise, if you re looking for a story to make you giggle fairly frequently, I d look elsewhere.

  2. says:

    Initial Thoughts I enjoyed this new addition to Katie MacAlister s Noble series This book focuses on Princess Dagmar and her love interest Leo If you are not sure that you d like historical romance, this series may be a good start as it combines historical romance with a great some comedy It s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face As an added bonus, characters from the earlier books make a lengthy appearance in this book It s so nice to see Gillian and Noble, Harry and Plum and a grown up Nick with lady problems of his own The Review I fell in love with Katie MacAlister s Noble series when I first read Noble Intentions I am convinced that nobody writes historical romance like Ms MacAlister Her books are full of the usual romance, however they can also be classified as romantic comedies, full of hilarious situations and tongue in cheek humor The Noble series is a perfect place for the uninitiated to get a taste of historical romance and all of its rather strange vocabulary Can you tell that HR is not my usual genre The Truth About Leo is the fourth book in the Noble series and while it can be read as a stand alone book, you ll want to go back to Noble Intentions, just to meet Gillian and Noble and her two smelly dogs.What I love about this book is that the women are certainly a force to be reckoned with These women are not the demure, shrinking violet of the time period they are opinionated and resourceful and they do keep their men on their toes In The Truth About Leo, Her Serene Highness Princess Dagmar sort of weasels her way into Leo s life In fact, she weds him when he was injured and unconscious She does have some regrets and offers him an annulment, however Leo seems to like the irreverent Dagmar It was amusing watching Leo and Dagmar get to know each other I loved how their romance built slowly over the course of the book.Each chapter begins with some sage motherly advice from Dagmar s mother, brought about by Dagmar s mischievous behavior The topics are hilarious and underscore exactly what type of personality Dagmar had as a young girl.I enjoyed seeing characters from the previous books make an appearance in this book It was nice to visit with Gillian and Noble along with a grown up Nick Noble Intentions and Harry and Plum and Thom The Trouble With Harry Of course there are references to Plum s scandalous book about connubial calisthenics, too.The Truth About Leo was a lot of fun to read It s a perfect book for a summer read at the beach I m looking forward to reading of Ms MacAlister s books in the future Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a review copy of this book.Review posted on Badass Book Reviews Check it out

  3. says:

    A light hearted, sweet, and fun read, The Truth About Leo was a wonderful historical romance I really liked this book It was entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.Dagmar was a good heroine She refused to let anyone, even the king of Denmark, tell her what to do with her life and she was clever or perhaps impulsive enough to figure a way out She was a likable heroine and I thought she was great.Leo was a total sweetie He was the definition of a gentleman, totally adorable, and utterly endearing I really liked him I thought he was perfect.The romance was lovely Dagmar and Leo were great together and I liked how they both didn t bother to hide their feelings for each other And, the chemistry between them was hot, considering how they both could keep their hands off each other or, at least, couldn t stop thinking about it I thought they were great together.The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through, though the story did start to drag near the end The story was delightfully funny and entertaining and, though it did cross the line to silly at a few points, it kept a smile on my face There was a surprise in store that I never saw coming, about one of the characters I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.The Truth About Leo was a wonderful, light, and fun romance I really liked this thoroughly entertaining read From the sweet romance, to the surprising secret, and the endless fun, this book was lovely Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    I m so frustrated by this series I didn t really like book 1 and 2, but then I LOVED book 3 However, I ve been disappointed by 4 I understand what the author was trying to achieve in the jail section, but it was not only confusing, but began to look really messy It s hard to get characters to talk at the same time on paper and make it understandable That being said, I really liked the beginning even if the novel was once again very predictable , as I thought the set up of the story line was not only interesting, but also fun and different But when they all cram into that jail cell, I feel that not only have the characters lost the plot and a couple marbles, but that I have as well.

  5. says:

    That s the second time you ve saved my life I m a princess, she said loftily, as if he needed reminding Saving handsome men from certain death is what we do best.That and waving gracefully to crowds Have you ever seen me wave My mother taught me Oh, dear author, I ve missed you.

    I attribute Katie MacAlister to jump starring my reading heart when I picked up Love in the Time of Dragons whilst perusing paperbacks at my local Target one Sunday afternoon in 2010 Real life had put my love of reading romance novels on a back burner for decades and with children then off to college, me finally done with college, work life and personal life in perfect chaotic order, I was looking to reacquant myself with my first true addiction romance novels Baltic, Tully, and Brom were just what I didn t even know I needed Then I read everything on KM s backlistso I am well versed in her writing career and remain a stalwart fangirl4ever With that said, I also understand much of the reviewer s comments about her most current writing style, that of a Marx brother s slapstick comedy routine And I am in agreement In part Her stories can be farcical and silly, with some of the banter verging on tedious, but who doesn t need a little silly served with a poignant romance Poo poo to those reviewers that feel they need to pick apart her stories to leave them less, yet miss the main parts for what they are wortha happy go lucky, witty, madcap love affair that ends with a HEA for two fictional characters that are made exactly for each other You know you ll always get a few chuckles, wide eyed smexy times, and a HEA with a Katie MacAlister storyyou just have to have the time to take that trip down the rabbit hole for that sip of Mad Hatter tea

    What can I say other than I ve had this one on my dusty TBR listy for far too long The Noble series is on the lighter side of historicals romps, where the imperfect heroines are quirky and their lonely alpha ish heroes are, well, noble Oh, and I still am in love with Harry Anywho, Leo and Dagmar are adorable together The mystery is not that mysterious, albeit needed to have something to bring all my faves of the series sadly, no Dare or Charlotte togetherliterallyall in one prison cell together And it looks like there won t be a separate story for our young lovers Nick Noble s son and Thom Plum s niece view spoiler as their tale is wrapped up within these pages hide spoiler

  6. says:

    nope DNF at 2% Terrible reader Literal Cat Saving in the first 2 min Annoying My boobs are too big conversation Mediocre at best other reviews Not wasting my time even though it is a library find.

  7. says:

    Absolutely adorable I haven t laughed aloud over a historical romance in a while, but this one had me chuckling throughout Run to get the book

  8. says:

    Katie MacAlisterYour Serene Highness finds, saves and uses a wounded and dying English spy to get to England, for free Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, the Earl of March, is a spy for the Crown and has just finished his assignment in St Petersburg, Russia and on his way to Germany via Copenhagen Leo isn t happy, when a tree climbing kitty, his proud horse, a troublemaking girl and 3 Danish soldiers with swords, make his day go very bad Princess Dagma Marie Sophie of Sonderburg Beck has no family left, but the Prince Regent Frederick of Denmark, her greedy, mean and slightly whimpy cousin After her Sainted mother dies, her Dearest Papa and her Mom s companion, now hers, Julia Deworth are all she has left Over a year after her Dearest Papa dies, Prince Frederick wants Dagma gone from Denmark and she has 3 chooses, back to her Sonderburg Beck relatives who hate and disowned her father , to her mother s English relatives who has 10 kids or a French Convent Dagma doesn t have a kneel on your knees and pray bone in her body So when a wounded and dying man shows up in her garden, Julia and her try to save him, then Dagma marries and uses him for free passage to England.Dagma uses the ship ride to England to nurse her newly and unaware hubby back to the living A fever ridden Leo wakes up to a wartless harpy, evil men who move him to Hades, Hades coming and going and when he is finally alert, he sees a harlot in his room calling him, her dearest hubby Dagma is drawn to her newly awakened, yummy, tattooed and sexy hubby and can t keep her hands to herself Leo is pisses that she married and used him for a ride to England, but she has a to die for body and bountiful breasts When they reach England, Dagma wants an annulment and Leo wants to keep this luscious wife by his side Leo must find a place to live because his bachelor pad won t do After finds rooms with Philip Danes and his sister, who they met on the ship, he must look for Phillip s nephew s murderer, report to his boss, heal his wounds, look for a home and keeps his eyes on his wife This two clash like oil and water and they fight, rip one another clothes off and have a hilarious time having massive sex With a little help from a cast of hilarious and kooky characters from the Noble clan, Leo and Dagma take a madcap journey to solve a decades old mystery, dodge the chicken poxes, get a roof over their head, see Roman relics, drink lots of whiskey and have a tons and tons of steamy, passionate and fire extinguishers worthy sex Will Dagma stay with Leo and open her heart Can Leo stay out of his wife s dress long enough to solve the mystery Will Dagma and her new female family and friends stop drinking all the whiskey Can sea air really make Dagma s breast larger How long until Dagma and Leo s hearts bust with love Will they unusual marriage last This hilarious and madcap romance was so awesome that I rolled on my floor hyperventilating with laughter and it was so not a pretty sight Ms MacAlister has the writing style that I love the most, humorous Dagma is so funny with all her sayings, like Your Serene Highness , Sainted mother and Dearest Papa She is a scrappy, feisty and too curious princess that has a heart of gold Leo is a lone wolf with has a unique, funny and loving surrogate family and friends They give him a sense of family and unconditional love Ms MacAlister pulls in her cast of unusual and kooky characters from her Noble series and she makes you click, that evil and mean, button to order all her quirky Noble books Yes, she made me book POORER and I am a new devotee of her and I can t wait to read the whole Noble series She earns my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes insert pompoms here for this original and hyperventilate with laughter romance.NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.

  9. says:

    When it comes to this series, I get so excited to see each new installment because I know I m going to get high entertainment from cover to cover I was laughing before I finished the first page This book is part of a series and its best read in order due to the inclusion of recurring characters and particularly one side plot that carries over from the last book However, this does feature a brand new couple and their story is completely contained in this book.The story opens with Princess Dagmar, cousin to the Crowned Prince of Denmark, given an ultimatum from him that she leave to her mother s relations in England or he ll have her sent to a convent Dagmar goes to the English navy ships in harbor and is told that they will only transport wives and children of officers Dagmar is determined that this isn t the end of it and finds that fate is kind when she returns home to find an unconscious Englishman in her garden Serendipity She marries the insensible man who happens to be an army officer and whisks him aboard the ship to a new life in England.Leo has no idea how he ended up on a ship for England, recovering for a wound and married to a beautiful, headstrong Princess He knows Dagmar hasn t told him the whole truth of how things came to be, but oddly he is willing to let things be Dagmar is a big surprise He never thought to get married in his line of work participating in political intrigue on behalf of England, but when Dagmar talks of annulment, he won t hear of it In fact, not only does he want to stay married, he finds himself a bit possessive.Dagmar is surprised at how pleasing she finds Leo and worried that he will take her up on her talk of getting out of their marriage She feels the stirrings of guilt for entrapping him in her schemes and is determined to make things right for Leo s sake To add to it all, her companion is accused of murder and Leo s employer is ordering him back to Europe to finish the job he started It will take all their ingenuity and the help of all their friends to get everyone out of danger.The plot is full of the humor and mayhem I ve come to expect from these stories The chronological time frame of the storyline is a few years after the last book and the hero, Leo, is of age and friendship with Noble s son, Nick The entrapped marriage plot line is fun the way it works out and I cracked up over the fixation there was with Dagmar s large bosom and her innocent fascination with the physical side of marriage Dagmar is the spoiled, autocratic type and Leo balances her with his phlegmatic personality Their romance is under developed and not based on anything substantial really, but they were a fun couple The murder mystery plot thread wasn t too challenging, but it was a nice addition I think my favorite part was the reunion feel of all the main players for the series coming together in this one with Nick and Thom s story get resolved While this was a fun story, it was by no means as sparkling as a couple of the earlier ones at least from my perspective The plot isn t as sharp and tight with some stuff left vague.In the end, this one is for those who like saucy, light historical romance with an anything goes quality.My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

  10. says:

    The truth about Leo is the 4th installment in the Noble series, this being the first I have read in this series I would say it can totally be read as a standalone But after you read this one you ll probably smash through the others I found this book to be one of the best Historical Romances I have read, it embodies everything you can want Humor, Historical setting, Love, Deception and Romance.Dagmar Marie Sophie is a princess who also happens to be down on her luck with both parents gone and the impending eviction from the only house she knows, where to go that is the question Dagmar is doing extremely unladylike things to keep food on her table but her ideas get even questionable when it comes to gaining passage to England This witty Danish royalty will do whatever it takes to stay out of the convent her boorish cousin intends to send her to So when a solider of sorts is unconscious and looks like death might take him, she sees opportunity Marry the man If he dies you get safe passage, if he lives you get safe passage and a husband to later divorce Seems reasonable Or just hold him hostage A Lady must have options It s this or harlotry, Julia I cannot go to the French convent I m not at all the sort of person who would thrive in such a strict environment, and if you had any love for me, any love at all, you would help me ransom that hurt man Leopold Ernst George Mortimer is a spy for the king his memory is a little foggy after the kitten rescue One would think getting married would be a memorable thing, upon awakening aboard a ship heading to England with a wife no less His situation gets even peculiar when he realizes he wants Dagmar, even if her companion is accused of murder I am a virgin Would you mind sucking on my other breast It is out of sorts because you ve paid so much attention to the right one Dagmar I want to consummate you as you ve never been consummated, and the continue consummating you until one or possibly both of us expire from sheer, unadulterated pleasure, but that, my fine temptress, is not going to happen until I have made a few decisions And to that end, let us continue the discussion we were having when you attempted to seduce me by means of your delicious breast Leo Another Favorite moment I am gentle, she said pinching his arm And innocent Most definitely not a harlot Dagmar And yet just a few minutes ago you were sitting on my lap, playing with my penis and trying to suck the tongue out of my head Leo That s because we re married Dagmar I am in awe of how wonderful this book truly was I have a large portion highlighted The comical way Dagmar handles all situations is a thing of beauty Katie MacAlister has a magical way of thinking, the way she writes is unique to say the very least The Harpy part was so funny I didn t think it could get any better than that and then it did Quick witty writing even in the most sensually compromising positions, I was unsure whether to fan myself or laugh Well done indeed I received this for an honest review

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