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3,0 von 5 Sternen"They called you duchess," he said
16. Januar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Steven McBride is in London on leave from his Army posting in Africa. Drunk at the end of a night playing cards he does not remember where his lodgings are and he climbs into the first carriage available. An attractive woman sits in it and she takes Stephen with her. Soon we learn that the woman is actually a recently widowed Duchess, in a bitter fight with her dead husbands son by his first wife. Was Rose the legal wife of the deceased Duke of or an impostor? Steven helps untangle the mystery and necessary involvement of various Mackenzies and McBrides propel the story towards a happy ending. Short and predictable.
Rose Barclay finds herself in the middle of scandal because her husband, the Duke of Southdown, happened to die during their honeymoon. Of course journalists decide to create a juicy story out of it and now follow her wherever she goes trying to find another reason to write another dirty note about her. This situation alienates her from “friends” of the ton and while trying to escape those journalists, Steven McBride, literally stumbles at her feet. She’s thinking he’s a homeless man and doesn't want to make him a part of the atrocity she thinks her life is and so as the good samaritan she is, she takes him to where she’s staying to provide food and shelter for at least one night. The truth is that Mr. McBride was too drunk to stay on his feet, and lets her take care of him. When Rose realizes her mistake, not only does she notice her impeccable uniform, but also his masculine stance… and his very lack of decorum. What I've always liked about Ashley’s books is that they don't follow the conventional rules. All her heroes have that “devil-may-care” attitude and her heroines all have a mind of their own. That’s the twist she gives to her stories, it’s her own special ingredient. The romance in this one is fast-paced but doesn't feel rushed. They are both adults and they both know what they want. There was a previous husband but clearly Rose never loved him, as I'm sure it happened many times at the time when women had to marry just to find security. They helped resolve the each other’s issues and in the process realized they had genuinely fallen in love. This story can definitely be enjoyed as a stand alone or be read as part of the series, in no particular order.
4,0 von 5 SternenQuick & Enjoyable Mackenzie/McBride Family Novella!
18. September 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I just finished reading this book last night and thoroughly enjoyed. It's book 6.5 in the Highland Pleasures series, or more commonly known as the Mackenzie's. If you like this series, no doubt you should enjoy this short story. Here's a quick description and my thoughts:
Captain Steven McBride (brother to Ainsley, who's married to Cameron Mackenzie) is in a drunken stupor when he crashes into Rose. Rose is a dowager duchess who is being harassed by journalists and accused of not only being a strumpet, but having caused her husband's death. Steven concocts a fake betrothal to help Rose out, but has his own agenda as well. Together they try to get her inheritance from her rotten stepson and turn the tables on the tongue-wagging journalists. Steven also has to overcome a terrible tragedy and the guilt that comes with it.
I really liked these characters. Rose was just a total sweetheart. I liked that Steven was gentle with Rose, but also seemed a little dangerous. The passion and desire these two felt for each other was palpable. The connection, trust and love they feel for each other is nearly instantaneous, and I bought it. Some of the things Steven thought and said to Rose were touching. There were a couple of things that seemed contrived or silly, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story. I loved seeing Beth and Ian Mackenzie again and am looking forward to Sinclair McBride's story. Grade: B+
3,0 von 5 SternenA small bump in the road that is the Mackenzie series.
14. November 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Not my favorite book by Jennifer Ashley. I read her books religiously and this story fell a little flat with me. Her characters are usually so well developed and Steven and Rose just didn't catch my interest like her other characters have done in the past. The story seemed rushed and I didn't really believe that Steven fell in love with Rose as fast as it was depicted. It's almost as if his story was thrown together by the author because she had to fill in the family gaps before moving on to Sinclair's story (well worth the read, I might add).
I'm also getting seriously tired of the word "plump" being used in her books. Every time I read it I get visions of Thanksgiving turkeys dressed in corsets and gowns. It messes with my head!
Despite how this book fell flat with me, the Mackenzie series is definitely worth reading, and if you want to see Jennifer Ashley at her absolute best, read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
I absolutely loved "Scandal and the Duchess" and must question whether the low raters even read it!
Rose and Steven were destined for each other. Steven was a proper scoundrel who spent his energy in drinking, gambling and wenching. Rose was practically a recluse, having become a victim of malicious gossip although she had done nothing wrong.
Their unusual meeting was the turning point in their lives and marked the end of Steven's days as a wastrel. That's how it goes when you finally meet the one who rocks your world.
Also worthy of mention is the history of bed-and-breakfasts. Apparently they were around in the18th century (the 1700s) and one in particular is mentioned in the 1830s. A bed-and-breakfast was merely a private home that provided a bed and a morning meal to travelers and people on holiday.
Especially if you are following the Mackenzies series, you won't want to miss this one.