This book is Absolutely wonderful!!! I love the humor and the way Katie writes Her sex scenes are just enough All through the book Harry (H) and Plum (h) talk to each other about what they what to do to each other from the sex guide, that Plum wrote, butHarry doesn't know that until the end The positions have crazy names but wethe reader never get any details how to do them.your imaginations have to step in LOLThe children (5 of them) and their antics are so funny Plum is always telling Harry what the children did when they went to ie the fruitery and made all the fruit roll around or the glass place and now the children will be paying for it out of their allowances their father gives them She is always trying to keep the children in line I could just picture her getting ready to pull her hair out One of the scenes was so funny..Nick (Harry's Godson who is dresed as a beggar in disguise) rescues the children in the Serpentine.only to find out what needed rescuing was little white mice sitting on the boats the children were sailing and started to sink Sooo funny when he says, Mice? I jumped into the water fully clothed to rescue mice?No one asked you to, Thom ( Plum's niece she's raised since she was 15..now 20)said indignantly I distinctly heard you say, 'Save them, they're drowning.' If that isn't asking me to save themThem being the mice, Thom interrupted.I didn't know you were screaming about the mice I thought you meant the children were drowning it was a logical mistake, considering the evidence.I giggled out loud through this whole book At the end when Plum gives birth she tells Harry, You can't imagine the sort of pain you feel in labor It's indescribable, it's absolutely indescribable, it's so bad you want to set your hair on fire just to distract yourself from the consuming, absolute horribleness of it all Then she tells Harry, If you impregnate me again, I will take your scrotum, pull it over your head, and LOL.soooo good. He is Plum's new husband Not normally a problem, but when you consider that Harry advertised for a wife, and Plum was set to marry his secretary, there was cause for a bit of confusionHe has a title Plum has spent the last twenty years hiding from the ton, and now Harry wants her to shine in society? Horrors!He doesn't know about her shocking secret How is she going to explain about the dead husband who isn't a husbandand who now seems to be alive again?He's fallen in love with her And yet, the maddening man refuses to confide in her For Plum knows the real trouble with Harry is that he's stolen her heart Initial Thoughts: This book was a hoot! This book focuses on Harry and Plum Harry, feeling lonely after the death of his wife 5 years earlier, advertises for a wife Plum, ostracized by the ton after an unfortunate marriage to a bigamist, answers the ad and finds herself married to Harry, the Marquis Rosse Both have a few secrets he, his 5 hellion accidentprone children, and she her past marriage and her very popular book Guide to Connubial Calesthenics Lots of wacky situations, coitus interruptus (kids seems to know), and an eccentric cast of characters made this an entertaining read.The Review:Katie MacAlister writes the funniest historical romance.The Trouble With Harry is the third book in her Noble series You really don’t have to read the previous books to enjoy The Trouble With Harry Each book can be read as a stand alone book.The Trouble With Harry focuses on Harry, the Marquis Rosse Harry has been a widower for five years and decides that it’s time he remarried His five children run amock and they need a mother Harry longs for companionship Being the practical sort, Harry places an ad for a wife Enter Plum, a woman with a scandalous past Her previous marriage was a sham and she was ostracized by the ton Plum has nothing to lose, so she applies to be Harry’s wife The two hit it off immediately and Harry arranges a quick marriage Harry has not told Plum about the children and she withholds the secrets of her past.I enjoyed this book immensely Harry and Plum were perfect together There’s some serious chemistry between these two, unfortunately five mischievous children have a way of interrupting those tender moments Plum has a pretty interesting secret about her past She’s written a best selling scandalous book Guide to Connubial Calesthenics I had to chuckle at some of the names of the “exercises:” Heron Alighting Upon a Still Pond and Leda and the Swan are some of the creative names Just trying to visualize some of them made me giggle The funny thing is, Harry has read the book and is waiting for an opportune moment to introduce Plum to some of the *ahem* exercises.Plum takes everything in stride and jumps into her role as mother to the five hellions head first The children are a force to be reckoned with I loved all of their pranks It’s kind of hard to imagine livestock traipsing through a stately mansion, but the kids pulled it off Harry takes a different approach to parenting When the kids are in trouble, Harry hides in his office The kids warm up to Plum quite quickly and Harry is amazed.For added comic relief, the books in this series always seem to have a strange eccentric character (or two, or three.) This book has Juan who outdoes himself with his overly dramatic protection of Plum For some reason, I kept picturing him in a toreador outfit Oh, Noble’s pirate butler Crouch makes an appearance as well.The Trouble With Harry was a lot of fun to read If you enjoy some slapstick comedy with your historical romance, then this book would be right for you The series is being rereleased by Sourcebooks Casablanca.Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for a review copy of this book.Review posted on Badass Book Reviews Check it out! The Trouble With Harry –by Katie MacAlisterHarry has had it trying to bring up his 5 boisterous children all by himself He is lonely and at sea since the death of his wife during childbirth 5 years ago He is not one to leave the country nor is he one to go shopping for a wife amongst the ‘ton’ Sp he has his man of affairs put an add in the newspaper advertising for a wife.Who he finally ends up with is someone who has a lot of secrets and a true love for connubial calisthenics Probably because she wrote the book on them…literally!This is another delightful entry into Katie’s historical series and one I wish she would extend toentries We have well thought out characters, an interesting story, mystery (who is trying to harm Harry’s children?) and a whole bunch of laughs.I highly recommend this book along with “Noble Intentions” another of my very favorite ‘Katie’ historical romance books! Annoying characters (half way through I pretty much hated Harry's children and the heroine was an idiot), a very silly plot and choppy writing (repeatedly telling important developments instead of showing) made this book increasingly something I just wanted to be over The humor was broad, generally missed its mark, and overpowered the weak mystery subplot, destroying any real interest I had in the story I did finish the book and there were moments where the story was interesting, saving this from a one star rating. Katie MacAlisterWARNING: Don't eat or drink while reading this crazy, mixed up, Brady Bunch on steroids MISadventure!Frederica Pelham, Plum, was ruined her first Season, when she married the deceitful Charles de Spencer For 6 weeks, Plum lived in his bed and then learned that his was already married She was called his whore, banished from her family and she never did anything wrong Plum did learn about passion, so she wrote the scandalous book, Guide of Connubial Calisthenics, under the pen name of Vyvyan LaBlue and was able to support herself and her niece, Thom Now she is 40, near poverty and has no rent money, when her dearest friend, Del, talks her into answering the advertisement for a wife Plum decides what does she have to lose and she still wants a child of her own!Harry Haversham, the Marquis of Rosse, is a widow with 5 hellions, India, Digger (his heir apparent), twins Anne and Andrew and last, but not least McTavish His staff is full of kooky and quirky characters, like the flamboyant butler, Juan He needs a zoo keeper or a wife for his clan and with the help of his trusted man of affairs, Temple, an advertisement is put in the local paper Harry just needs to interview Temple's top choices, easy right! Harry loves Plum's body and Plum loves having a roof over her and her niece's heads, so they agree to tie the knot, after a 5 minute interview He never tells her about his family and she never tells him about Charles or her book On their wedding night, they are so close to ripping the clothes off one another, when McTavish runs in to the room with his dead animal and then all Hades breaks loose, as each hellion interrupts them, one by one Poor Harry never gets his wedding night and Plum just gets a headache Plum is shocked the next morning, when all 5 kids, are watching her wake up and she decides she will be the best mom and wife in the world This whole family is one accident after another, animals, large and small, wander through the house, mashed potatoes fly at dinner and Harry hides in office, with government business Plum does tell him about Charles and he is very understanding and says his title will protect her Harry and Plum have an amazing Calisthenics relationship, but he does NOT want any children, but Plum will just keep him busy with their Calisthenics! Harry packs up his clan and they head out to London for his government work and Plum prays her scandalous past would bite Harry in the bootie In London, a mysterious nemesis of Harry is afoot and causing all kinds of mischief and danger Poor Plum's past comes back and threatens her new family, and this mother bear will protect all her cubs, even to her own death How can Plum make Harry understand that not all women die in childbirth? Can Harry's title protect Plum's past? Will Plum be unmasked as Vyvyan LaBlue? Can Harry discover who wants his family hurt or dead? Will Plum and Harry's love be enough to save them all? How long will it take for Vyvyan LaBlue's next book?This book had me ROF and hyperventilating with laughter Ms MacAlister writes one outrageous situations after another Her cast of hellions were such troublemaking, energetic and loveable kids Plum is such a great and understanding mom and she always leads with her heart Poor Harry was so burned out and Plum is his little energize bunny The book of Calisthenics had positions like, Bull elephant at Hadrian wall and Acolyte worshipping the High Priest, I have to ask, where can I get one from? All her characters are special to her, no matter how small or large, they are This tale she weaved made me laugh, cry, SNAUGH, cough up my spleen (I didn't need it anyway), get that tingling feeling that makes my toes curl, stab my Kindle, throw pillows at imaginary foes and just have an absolutely freaky fantastic Friday night Ms MacAlister receives my highest score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes and I am throwing in my slightly moldy pompoms, too! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review. Sadly this wasn’t for me It started out quite refreshingly hilarious, the widower advertising for a wife I started to get a little worried when the heroine had apparently written a quite scandalous sexbook, but I hoped to take it in stride This was just too slapsticky for me I must admit I haven’t been able to finish So if I missed the story taking another turn, please tell me. This book was a lot of fun! I don't remember reading it, but it's on the last page and I have it shelved as Unsatisfying romance, stupid plot, sooo I guess that's done. This was a funny book Mactavish is just adorable all around The story is centred around Plum and Harry Plum is a woman of illrepute She mistakenly married an already married man and is perceived to be his mistress When the truth came out, he was exiled while she was left in England with a ruined reputation Oh, she also wrote a popular pornographic book Harry, is a widower of five years He advertised for a wife to help him with his five hellions and also his sexual needs He interviewed women, young, old, beautiful, and ugly and none passed until Plum met Harry Plum, destitute and desperate, concealed her past so she can have a chance at marriage Harry, wary of scaring his new wife, sought to hide his children Fortunately for them both, Harry fell in love with her and Plum loves children.There is no great drama in the book because this is a comedy Thus misunderstandings that fuel romantic novels are not mean to divide the couple but merely used for comedic effect That is why when Plum, desiring a child of her own, discovered that Harry had no plans of having anychildren, took his plans as merely his lack of trust in her mothering skills And so, she endeavoured to be a better mother, which is a hard task to the devilish kids The story is as follows: Plum is taking care of her friend's baby Her friend tells her about the advertisement and they discuss why she should not tell this prospective husband of her past They meet He has a hard on and so does not dismount from his horse while talking to her They agree to marry two days later She meets the kids His plan is foiled She tries to bond with the kids but they play pranks on her Mactavish begs for kittens They have a food fight She discovers he does not want kids She takes this as a lack of confidence in her mothering skills and not, as he said, a danger to her health, as his wife he believed died due to birthing a baby They love each other She confides in him about her past but not her literary endeavours Harry has to go back to investigate a possible criminal from his old case They travel to London She is wary of being in a ball but nobody remembers her Tony meets Nick and believes he is a burglar Plum meets Charles Plum wants to go home There is a lot of accidents involving the children Plum decides to murder Charles She confides in Tom, who confides in Nick, who relays the message to his godfather, Harry Plum arranges a meeting with Nick Nick calls in Harry, who pretends to be the hired murderer Plum changed her mind and instead moved from murder to scandal Harry discovers her identity as Vivien La Blue He wants to call out Charles The children are kidnapped They save the children Charles breaks in the house to leave a threatening note We discover he likes young girls He falls in a trap set by the children and is almost set in fire He escapes He is approached by Harry's enemy Charles dies Harry comes home and an officer wants to arrest Plum for Charles' murder The children protest because they like Plum The officer lets slip that he knows of Vivien La Blue's true identity, which is a closely guarded secret They discover he killed Charles He shoots Plum Months later, Plum gives birth to a baby girl named Vivien The story was a usual funny one I love that the characters are so whacky I loved the part of Plum thinking of how to murder Charles It was so funny when she was listening to Harry's past and how he had to kill people as part of his job Harry took it as a wifely interest In truth, she is trying to learn how to kill I love that the women are unconventional Romance heroines usually don't entertain the idea of murder as a passing whim In Macalister's book however, it is used for comedic effect and successfully so The characters are written so well They are entertaining and endearing in their own way It still doesn't top the first book in the series but it was a great addition to it.