4 star

A Midsummer Night’s Romp

Ainslie Brothers Series #2

By Katie MacAlister 

ISBN# 9780451471383

Author’s Website: http://www.katiemacalister.com/

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 distraction.

Brother to the castle’s current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies’ man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he’ll soon have the beauty falling into his bed.

When an unexpected find turns the academic dig into an all-out treasure hunt, Lorina and Gunner get swept up in the excitement. But when their steamy tryst is caught on camera, it’ll take more than an award-winning performance to get them out of the hole they’re in.


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 this fact emerges once he meets Lorina.  However, Lorina is on the archaeological dig for one reason and one reason only….. …Oh….I can’t say, otherwise I take the mystery away 🙂  So you shall have to read the book.  Let it suffice to say, that while Lorina’s motives are understandable and with the best of intentions, we encounter some very slap stick silly moments in her revenge seeking actions.

I was quickly blown away by the hilarious repertoire between Gunner and Lorina during seduction scenes.  It kept me in total stitches!!!  And this is what drew me in…..As an example -> Lorina is conducting an internal discussion with herself about Gunner’s chest and then asks Gunner to put clothes on:

“Really, I could not continue with Gunner’s chest just sitting there asking to be pounced on.  It was beyond human endurance.”

 “Exposure aside-and speaking of that, would you mind terribly putting on some clothes?-What is your idea about the treasure?”

Their banter vacillates between sexual innuendo and goofy funny lines.  I LOVED it!!!  And the bolt-hole scene was interesting.

Gunner’s politeness was so…refreshingly funny:

“Would it be rude of me to point out that you have a shirt on and I don’t?”

I rather enjoyed the references to my old alma mater, when Cressy is trying her best to convince her dad (Gunner) that she needs a horse…this reference brought me closer to the story:

“Mom says I have to go to the University of Alberta, but if I went to school in England, then I could live with you and take care of a horse.”

I enjoyed the flowery way that Gunner’s playboy ways were described:

“Just because I’m not a fan of long term relationships doesn’t mean I’m misogynistic.  I like women. Women like me.  We like each other in a mutually satisfying way, and when that satisfaction ceases to be mutual, we part. Amicably”

There are several layers to this story and each one is engaging.  With respect to the more “mystery” parts, I was kept guessing until the end on who the actual ‘bad’ guy was and even that had some unexpected twists.  And the horse crazy teenager (Cressy) has her dad wrapped around her little finger…she manipulates him into getting her deepest desire…….

I would suggest reading book one first as there is back history which aids in the flow for this second book.   And I for one cannot wait for the third in the series!  I even praised this series to my book club.

If you want romance (because Gunner is nothing if not romantic), some hilarious sex scenes, a bit of a mystery and to have a goofy grin …then by all means read this book!  You will not be sorry.  Just be aware that you will get stares when reading in public as a result of your belly laughs. 🙂

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*