Review: The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister

The Truth About Leo - Katie MacAllisterPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 1st 2014)
Paperback: 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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 happened…in 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?


I use to read Katie MacAlister books all the time, usually her contemporary and they were always a riot and half. I didn’t realize she wrote historical romances, too! So when the opportunity came up to review this, I knew I had to give it a try and I’m happy to say it definitely has that humour flare of Katie MacAlister that I enjoy so much!

The characters are wonderful hilarious. Leopold is a spy for the British government but due to some  unfortunate events (that all began with a kitten) ends up in the hands of Dagmar, the Danish Princess.

 Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, defender of the crown, spy in the service of the (occasionally insane) king, and sometimes rescuer of kittens stuck in a tree, was not a happy man.

“I am not a happy man,” he informed the kitten[…]

Dagmar the princess, has a problem.  Running low on funds and no family willing to take her in, she needs to get England. Enter Leopold, slightly hurt and amnesiac, but a British gentlemen none the less, Dagmar takes advantage and the newly married couple is off on their journey home, whether Leo knows it or not.

She shivered. “All I want is a quiet little cottage somewhere, where Julia and I can live out our days in quite companionship.

The fisherman she was passing looked up from mending is net.

“That,” she told him, “or lots of money. Great, huge wads of money and a grand house and a handsome man to dote on me. Of the two, the latter seems more attractive don’t you think.

Dagmar is definitely not your typical princess. But Leo though, is your sweet (and slightly snarky) hero (which is kind of required when going up against a equally snarky and strong-headed heroine).

The romance between Leo and Dagmar was pretty cute and funny and I always do love “road trip” stories. The actual plot itself can get a bit tedious, but like I said, it’s usually sprinkled with lots of humour to keep me going. We get to see a lot of characters from the previous books in the series (which I haven’t read yet) so that’s usually always nice.

Overall, The Truth About Leo is a lighthearted read dosed with lots of humour. The characters are entertaining, and though a little bit draggy, the story was still interesting.

He looked down at Dagmar. “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 seen me wave? My mother taught me. I’ll wave for you sometime, but not right now, I’m thinking of swooning.”

{Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister”

  1. Hmmm, not familiar with this particular historical romance novel. I guess that’s not a bad thing, since you gave it three stars. Road trip stories in romance novels can be fun though 😀 I haven’t read a historical fiction book for the month… I guess now is a good time as any to read Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt. I think it’s my next historical romance read anyway. Balancing YA and adult books lol – you understand 😀

    Excellent review, Cyn!!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. This series caught my eyes b/c of the author (I really enjoyed her contemporaries), it’s a pretty hilarious book despite lacking in depth, but yeah, haha.
      Oh Darling Beast! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that!
      Yup, it’s good to mix it up with adult/YA 😉

  2. I’ve actualy seen this all over the place and the cover always looks a bit naughty and fun, and it sounds like the humour was a great part of the story. A nice escape read sounds perfect every now and then. Great review, Cyn 🙂

    1. Thanks Kim! Yup, it was a fun, quick read with lots of humour!

  3. I’ve never read this author but if you say she’s funny, I’ll put her on my list !

    1. She’s quite hilarious!

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