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The Seduction of Elliot McBride | [Jennifer Ashley]

The Seduction of Elliot McBride

USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue. Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.
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Publisher's Summary

USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue.

Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.

©2012 Jennifer Ashley (P)2013 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Ashley simply has a gift with her storytelling.... " (Night Owl Reviews)

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    Chantelle 01-02-14
    Chantelle 01-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I want MORE...."

    Ms. Ashley, there has to be one more story here. This book was fantastic... I am listening to it again because. It's hot and steamy and full of love. Nice work here....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!!!"
    Would you listen to The Seduction of Elliot McBride again? Why?

    I Loved this book!! Some of it broke my heart, it was funny at times, the characters were so amazing and enjoyable! I'm thoroughlyl enjoying the MacKenzie's and their extended family!!! And I wish all of my books could be read by Angela Dawe!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seduction of Elliot McBride?

    The first formal dinner, with the chicken bag pipes and the "happy ending". Wow - what a great dinner that turned out to be!!


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    I thought Julianna was the best!!! Prim, proper and very organized. But became so disorganized to make her life with Elliott work. And his out-of-nowhere kissing her against walls and in various rooms and the gardens; how scandalous!! But loved her through it all!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to this series!!! It's one of the best ones I've ever read and I've read A LOT!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sandy 12-10-13
    sandy 12-10-13
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    "wasn't at all what I expected"

    If your looking for a book about war time flashbacks or post traumatic syndrome I guess you would like this book, it jus t wasn't my idea of a highlander romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 10-29-13
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 10-29-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Sweet story.Ashley knows her stuff!"
    Would you listen to The Seduction of Elliot McBride again? Why?

    The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seduction of Elliot McBride?

    When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 08-22-13
    DK 08-22-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Seduction of Elliot McBride: #5 Highland Pleasures"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seduction of Elliot McBride the most enjoyable?

    This is the fifth in the Highland Pleasures series. I cannot wait for more.

    Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elliot & Juliana's relationship evolution. I also LOVE that it starts out hot and continues throughout.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Elliot-Angela Dawe never lets me down with her Scottish accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Sexual Situations

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-22-13
    Karen 08-22-13

    O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!

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    "Sometimes crazy men are the sexiest!"



    This book has a lot going for it, My personal favorite, a crazy person who knows they are crazy!! Can you beat that?
    A historical afghan war vet. PTSD and second chance at love, now come on how can you go wrong with a recipe like that.

    Ms Ashley does deliver. With new characters that blend in seamlessly with the old, glimpses of old well loved characters and a love affair that proves that yes! in deed opposites attract and first loves rule.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie Clarksville, TN, United States 06-06-13
    Kristie Clarksville, TN, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK, WISH I COULD FIND MORE LIKE IT!"
    Where does The Seduction of Elliot McBride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very, very long time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seduction of Elliot McBride?

    There were too many to list, but I loved the slightly damaged Hero who was so compassionate and loving, and I loved the Heroine's unwavering love. I do not enjoy sappy hero's, Elliot was far from sappy. I cannot abide a over-the-top strong-willed heroine, one who is argumentative, misreads everything, or reads slights into every action. This heroine was not that. It was so refreshing not to have "misunderstandings" that torpedo the relationship. Loved this book!!


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ms Dawe's voice takes me a few minutes to get used to, but then it is fine. She ends her sentences emphatically, almost harshly. However, it did not, in any way, detract from the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BOLIVAR, MO, United States 06-04-13
    Amazon Customer BOLIVAR, MO, United States 06-04-13
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    "Take it for what it is."

    Love the MacKenzie brothers series. "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" is possible my favorite book in the light romance genre. This is something of a "spin off" of that series. There were things I liked. Won't attempt to spell the names of the Indian members of the household (the downside of audio books), but the manservant was a truly dear character.

    I liked that the relationship moved quickly. The two main characters were childhood friends and more, so there wasn't a lot of hem-hawing around about whether they had feelings for each other. There was some behavior that didn't add up, even considering Mr. McBride's fragile mental health. Won't reveal more, but will just say its always a little unsatisfying when this kind of book tries to tackle heavy subjects like the long term affects of torture. Either write romance novels or write a serious work of fiction, don't try to combine them.

    Angela Dawe's style is clear and easy to understand. If, like me you are uncomfortable with her fragmented style of speech, increasing the narrator speed to 1.5 does the trick.

    I like Ms. Ashley's other books in my library, but not this one so much.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dickson City, PA USA 06-09-13
    Amazon Customer Dickson City, PA USA 06-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great listen"
    Would you listen to The Seduction of Elliot McBride again? Why?

    This is a must listen to again book. The story is a good one and the reader is really good.
    I would compare this book to any of the others in the Mackenzie series, except for Ian Mackenzie's story which is one of the best book I have ever read or listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Seduction of Elliot McBride to and why?

    I have always enjoyed the Highland romances but Ashley's books have made me look outside of the "traditional" highland romances with the feudal Laird.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wish she had more of a Scottish brogue - I understand that the Scottish aristocracy adopted a more "English" accent but I like the brogue and the Mackenzies and McBrides tiake a great deal of pride in being "Scottish"


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 06-02-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 06-02-13
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    "Great plot, but missed the Mackenzie's"

    I think the plot which involves Elliot McBride being held prisoner and having to deal with those terrible demons was excellent. He's obviously suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The part of the story which revolves around Juliana making her lists and organizing and the fact that she thinks this could help Elliot recover is a little silly - but overall I enjoyed the book. I'm not sure how making lists and being organized is supposed to help someone with PTSD - at least not in the way that this part of the story is written.

    You have to get used to Angela Dawe's narration, but she does a great job with the different voices and accents. I enjoy her interpretations and I often seek out her narrations.

    I am still trying to figure out why this book is part of the Mackenzie series because the Mackenzie's barely have any mention in this book. I think the McBride's should be a series all their own and not included with the Mackenzie's. I know there's potential for another McBride brother love story although I don't know if there is any plan for Ms. Ashley to write this story or not.

    Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and I'll definitely listen to it again and I would say that if you like a good highland, sex-filled romance, this is the book for you. Well worth the credit!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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