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
"Ashley simply has a gift with her storytelling.... " (Night Owl Reviews)
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I prefer JA's shifter bound series.... that is JA's best writing...
This book falls under the Mackenzie Brother series... The female is the sister or daughter-in-law or something... of Cameron's new wife...
The smex of course is great... in that regency way... this kinda feels a lot like Ian's book...but Ian's book was way way better. I still liked it though...
Narration was great.. This is Dawe's best type of narration... (regency-like)...
Great credit if you have the Mackenzie Brothers series.. this falls after book 4... next comes Cam's son book... I hope it's better than this one...
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very, very long time!
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!!
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.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
The Seduction of Elliott McBride is the 5th book in the Mackenzie / McBride series from Jennifer Ashley. It is my least bit favorite book so far.....but that doesn't make it bad...just the others have been so good!
While there's plenty of steamy scenes in this book....there's not a ton of real "content". The main conflict is within Elliot's mind. He suffers from PTSD and it is a struggle he needs Joanna's help with.
Overall...it's a must because it's part of the series. It's a good book that could easily be a stand alone.
My least favorite part of this book is that it has the least amount of interactions with the rest of the Mackenzie family. They are present in this book...but not as much as the previous books.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Reviews lead me to think this story would be too dark, but this was not the case.
I have listened/read many of the great historical romances e.g. Kathleen Widdowiess The Wolf and the Dove, Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendor and I have to say that this book ranks right up there. How clever of this author to weave a modern day dilemma into a historical novel. It is hard to impress me with the current day historical novels, but this one does.
Well edited and a great listen.
Elliott "why n Devil would you knit socks?"
Note: must use new 1.25x speed to get the full impact of the story.
I purchased this author due to Ms Dawe reading this series. I have about 5 stories from this author and they all are good entertainment. Ms Dawe brings this delightful series to full life.
Her male and children voices are simply great.
Our heroine, Julianna is simply the best. Strong, focused and she stands by her man. The caring she shows can humble you.
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!!!!
The first formal dinner, with the chicken bag pipes and the "happy ending". Wow - what a great dinner that turned out to be!!
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!!
Read or listen to this series!!! It's one of the best ones I've ever read and I've read A LOT!!!
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.
The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.
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.
Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.
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!
Okay, I'm a fussy reader. That said, this is an entertaining book. It combines a troubled hero with a harsh backstory, a very sweet heroine, and tops it off with the most delightful group of secondary characters I've ever seen. The story has enough twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and fun. The writer obviously knows what she's doing. The narrator is Angela Dawes, and she does try. She's just not my cup of tea. When a novel is set in some place other than the US (where I reside), I do prefer a narrator that can handle the accents. There are plenty of narrators who can, but this one can't. Her Scottish accent needs work, and her English accent isn't any one of the broad spectrum of English accents I've ever heard. Bless her heart, she's probably a nice person. Sorry Angela.
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!!!
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.
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