Jennifer Ashley : The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Mackenzies/McBride Series #5)
Back Blurb :
properly Improper, And Daring To Love. . .
Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns – only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.
Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future – by marrying her.
After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined Manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of a man some call irredeemably mad. And though she is both beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be another to win a second chance at love. . .
My View :
Oh how much do I love this series? and I am ashamed to say that I have only just started reading it, if it wasn’t for some fantastic fellow bloggers such as Carol at Rakes and Rascals, Shivalika at The Whimsey Journals and Lyndsey at Kilts and Swords I don’t think I would have come across this magnificent series, and now that I have been introduced to the Mackenzies and the McBrides I personally think that it is a crime not to read these book’s and get to know these brilliant characters.
The Seductions Of Elliot McBride is every thing that we would come to expect from this series and from Jennifer Ashley we have the brilliant Mackenzie brothers to fawn over and the equally brilliant McBrides. Elliot is such a great character he is so complex and tormented from what he has been through and your heart goes out to him as he struggles through day to day trying to regain his life and regain the peace and normalcy that he tortured soal craves for.
The relationship between Elliot and Juliana is hot and furious and every bit as loving and tender that we would expect from Ashleys heroes and heroines, the way Juliana brings Elliot back from his own tortured mind is so beautiful to read, at times these two brilliant character’s are just so beautifully written that you do feel that you are eavesdropping into very private lives.
“I love you, my wife.” he let his voice go soft. “Tha gaol agam ort.”
A smile spread across her face. “Is that what that means? I love?”
“Then. . .Tha gaol agam ort. Did I say it correctly?”
Hearing the words, in beautiful Gaelic, while she lay under him in bed was undoubtedly the best of all.
“Ye did lass. Tha gaol agam ort-fhein. I love you too.” He kissed the line of her hair. “Thank you.”
“Mmm. For what? Letting you teach me Gaelic?”
“For all of it.”
Juliana knew what he meant. Elliot loved that he didn’t have to explain himself all the time to her. She understood.
Julian touched the tip of his nose, and gave him her most beautiful, warm, and loving smile. “In that case,my love, my bonny husband. . .Your welcome.”
I really cannot do this series justice, it is incredible and the more I get to know the McBrides and the Mackenzies the more I want to know them, they really are some of the best characters around.
I know I said before that my all time favorite character from this series is an Mackenzie but I have to say that Elliot is right up there even with Ian. I absolutely adore Elliot, Jennifer Ashley has once again created this character that you want to put your arms around and hold tight.
I am as always in complete awe of Jennifer Ashley, she continues to amaze us over and over again with her incredible work and The Seduction of Elliot McBride is really no exception.
I promised you all that I was Interviewing some incredible author’s and here at Chicks Rogues and Scandals I am very honored and happy to welcome the best selling author of the brilliant Mackenzie’s and so many other wonderful book’s that there is too many to name, Jennifer Ashley. So take a seat and let’s get to know Jennifer. . .
Reading Chick : Hi Jennifer, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals and Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Jennifer : Imaginative, reclusive, shy, meditative, and happy.
Reading Chick : I can definitely relate to those, If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Jennifer : Well, I like indoor plumbing and technology, so probably I’d live here and now. 🙂 But I wouldn’t mind visiting Regency England, ancient Rome, France in the nineteenth century, Japan during the Heian period (11th century).
Reading Chick : Heian Period? That is a really interesting period to want to visit, Who was your childhood hero?
Jennifer : I’m not sure I had a single one. I admire very strong women, like Amelia Earhardt who wasn’t afraid to get out there and fly in an era where women didn’t assert themselves. Likewise Josephine Baker, an exotic dancer who worked for the French resistance and passed information and secrets to the allies in WWII. I always respected female rock singers as I was growing up, like Chrissie Hynde and Ann & Nancy Wilson for foraging in a male-dominated world. They made me realize that I should not let my gender stop me from doing whatever I want.
Reading Chick : I think those are really great role model’s to look up to Jennifer, I totally agree with you there that we women should never let our sex stop us from doing what we want, OK, On we go. What is your favorite time of the year?
Jennifer : I live in the hot desert, so I love spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant (not too hot, not too cold), and flowers are blooming everywhere. Summer is brutal!
Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favorite character and why?
Jennifer : Wow, that is hard to say! I love Ian Mackenzie of course, but I love all his brothers, and his nephew Daniel, and his ancesctor Malcolm and his brothers. There’s just something about a Mackenzie! I equally like the kind-of crazy shiftersin my paranormal romances, and Mick from the Stormwalker series I write as Allyson James (a dragon who changes into a very sexy man) 🙂 But I also love Captain Lacey in the mystery series I write as Ashley Gardner. I’ve been with him a long time, and he’s wonderful to write about.
Reading Chick : Wow there is some absolutly brilliant character’s there, I have to say that I too adore Ian MacKenzie, He is brilliant, Your books are incredible, where does your inspiration for them come from?
Jennifer : Thank you! Mostly my inspiration comes from the characters. I “meet” these people who walk into my head, and I want to know all about them. So I put them in a scene and watch what they do. The book evolves as I learn more and more about them. This is exactly how the Mackenzie family came about. I love meeting new characters!
Reading Chick : That is very interesting, What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Jennifer : 1. Read as much as you can, in all genres, not just the one you want to write. It keeps you fresh and sparks different directions you can go. 2. Write all the time. Every day. Make it a habit. 3. Never give up! Writing and publishing is a tough business, and it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re discouraged. Don’t let anything stop you. Ever.
Reading Chick : Great Tip’s Jennifer, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Jennifer : Alan Rickman, Hart Mackenzie (from The Duke’s Perfect Wife), and Jane Austen.
Reading Chick : Ooh! those are really great guest’s, Can I come too? 🙂 Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun. . .What is your all time favorite naughty but nice food?
Jennifer : Anything chocolate!!
For more information about Jennifer and her book’s then click on the link’s below
Website : Jennifer Ashley
Twitter : @JennAllyson
Facebook : Jennifer Ashley
Goodreads : Jennifer Ashley
I have been Tagged to do the Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Shivalika from The Whimsy Journal’s.
I have to say that I was very interested and excited to be included in the Tag Game so here is mine.
The Little Mermaid: a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water.
I’m going to go with Billy Blade from Gaelen Foley’s : Lady of Desire (The Knight’s #4) He is a rough and rugged leader of an East End gang, who is forced off the street’s and back into the society he left as a child and Billy has to learn all etiquette all over again.
Cinderella: a character who goes through a major transformation.
I have to go with Sophia Fry from Mary Balogh’s : The Arrangement ( The Survivor’s #2). She start’s off as being called “the Mouse” and being ignored and put down and in the end she end’s up a Viscountess.
Snow White: a book with an eclectic cast of characters.
The Secret’s of A scoundrel by Gaelen Foley for me, it is full of spy’s, pirate’s, kidnapper’s, prostitute’s, and a mix of everything in between
Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.
I hate to say it but I have to say Stephanie Lauren’s : On A Wild Night (Cynster #8) which is a shame as I do really like her work but I did feel that this one did drag.
The Lion King: a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
This has definitely got to be Ian Mackenzie from the Mackenzie Series by Jennifer Ashley. Without giving anything away, Ian witnessed a awful even as a child that had him detained in a asylum.
Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful.
There are three that are quite big book’s, it’s the Languedoc Trilogy by Kate Mosse. Labyrinth,, Sepulchre and Citadel. Each one has it’s one beautiful story and the way that they are all interlinked together is really lovely.
Aladdin: a character that gets their wish granted, for better or worse.
This for me is definitely Heathcliffe out of Wuthering Height’s, all his life he has wanted to be with Cathy and he doe’s eventually get to be with her. Do I have to say any more about him?
Mulan: a character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not.
In A Year Of Living Scandalously by Julia London, Kiera Hannigan and her cousin Lily swap place’s and Keira end’s up living as the Countess of Ashwood for a year.
Toy Story: a book with characters you wish would come to life.
I would definitely love the entire Knight clan to come to life, from Gaelen Foley’s; The Knight Miscellany and The Spice Trilogy. Pure Heaven!
Disney descendants: your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.
There are so many Villain’s out there. . .I am going to go with Valantine Napir from the Maiden lane series, he really is quite evil but yet he is so enthralling to read and with him being focus of the next Maiden lane series : Duke of Sin out soon, we will get to know so much more about this intriguing man.
I Tag for The Disney Book Tag
Carol : @RakesandRascals
Rebecca : @Rebeccabookreview
Caz : @Caz’sReadingRoom
La Deeta : @LaDeetdaread’s
Jennifer Ashley ~ The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasure’s #4)
Back Blurb :
Lady Eleanor Ramsey is the only one who know’s the truth about Hart MacKenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.
Hart has it all – a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desire’s. Every woman want’s him – his seductive skill’s are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brother’s safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He’s also suffered loss – his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.
Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart’s doorstep – with scandalous nude photograph’s of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eye’s – and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination – Hart wonder’s if his young love has come to ruin him. . .or save him.
My View :
This is actually the first Jennifer Ashley book that I have read, I have read a lot of good review regarding her work and I thought it was about time that I gave her ago and i have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. This was amazing, the only thing I have to say against it and that is that I should have started from the beginning of the series and not the end which is entirely my fault but one that I m going to correct by starting reading the Highland Pleasure’s from the beginning.
But even thought I jumped into this series at the end it didn’t take any of the shine of, it was so well written that you know exactly who is who and what’s going on from the first page, because I hadn’t read any Ashley’s work before I didn’t have any high or low expectation’s so even if her work wasn’t has good as a lot of other review’s claimed it to be I wasn’t going to start wailing that I was severely disappointed but in this case all the review’s that I have read were correct Jennifer Ashley is a marvelous writer she is a skilled and intelligent writer, The Duke’s Wife is pure brilliance.
I absolutely adore Hart MacKenzie he is the ideal Historical Romance hero that we all wish for he is charming, self righteous, a sensual devil that never take’s No for an answer and I have to say that I did fall in love with him and my oh my can this man love a woman. . .If Hart is just one brother then I can’t wait to get acquainted with the other’s and if they are anything like their big brother then I am going to have a jolly good Christmas. Eleanor is the perfect heroine, she is independent, self assured but you can see that vulnerable side of her that shine’s through especially when she is in the same room as Hart, they are a match made in heaven how on earth Hart could have walked away from her is a mystery, but in a way it is a good thing that he did because in doing so it has made him the man that he is.
This really is pure brilliance and I am so glad that I finally picked up one of Ashley’s book’s and I do have to thank all those wonderful blogger’s out there that have introduced me to one incredible author, and I can’t wait to read more, the MacKenzie’s are incredible and I can’t wait to get to know them a bit more.