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The Seduction Of Elliot McBride (MacKenzies & McBrides #5)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  2,328 ratings  ·  319 reviews

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 a...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Jennifer Ashley
Elliot McBride is out New Year's Eve! :-) The hero is Elliot McBride, the brother of Ainsley from Many Sins of Lord Cameron. The heroine, Juliana St. John, is a new character. The story has an old Scottish house, plenty of Highlanders, kilts, a steamy love story, Punjabi food, dogs, and a goat.
Blacky *Romance Addict*
"She believed him. The rest of the world thought Elliot irretrievably mad, but Juliana had decided to trust his word.
She’d just given him the most beautiful gift he’d ever received."

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Another great installment in the Highland Pleasures series! I swear, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading these books, I thought them as average historicals about some Highlanders :D Was I wrong...
I enjoyed every single book so far, this one included, and some of the books have gone to my "
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Elliot McBride

The Seduction of Elliot McBride is the fifth book in Jennifer Ashley’s amazingHighland Pleasures series. It’s romantic, witty, poignant, and deliciously sexy… it’s everything I love in historical romance!
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 fir
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review completed January 6, 2013

3.5 stars. "Tha gaol agam ort."


Scotland 1884
Two hundred people are waiting in the church for Juliana St. John and Grant Barclay to wed. Unfortunately, though, Juliana's soon-to-be husband eloped and married his piano teacher. Juliana is shocked when she knows that there will be no wedding. Still numb, she realized that her future had just crumbled to dust. Cameron MacKenzie wants to take her home but she insists that she needs a moment to get her bearings. She en...more
Another troubled character that has me swooning. Apart from my beloved Lord Ian Mackenzie, Elliot McBride has also won my heart. He’s been broken both mentally and physically. Enter Juliana St. John who holds the key to mending his tortured soul.

The cameo apperances we get of the Mackenzie family is a real treat, along with the smooth and sublime writing style makes this a great read.

Ms Jennifer Ashley truly is a gifted author in portraying these strong men and the demons they face. Her heroines...more
3-3.5 stars

Dear Elliot,

I am so very sorry. I'm sorry for your traumatic captivity, which left you scarred inside and out, and I'm sorry for how very difficult it's been to readjust to life since. I am also very sorry that, try as I might, I found it difficult to accept you as one among the indomitable MacKenzie heroes I've come to love from books past. I tried hard, really I did, but in the end it would appear I only have room in my heart for one mad man and that is (and always will be) Ian.

Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

It is Juliana St. John’s wedding day; however, the man she marries is not he man on her guests invitations. After being jilted at the altar by her intended grom, the very proper and strait laiced Juliana makes a proposition to the man she has loved since she was sixteen but never expected to marry, the very mad Elliot McBride. Elliot never expected he would have his dream land in his lap and offer him heaven, but when Juliana asks him to marry her he snatches at the cha...more
4.5 Stars. Because I felt that Elliot's healing needed some more page time, the book suffered 1/2 a star. I don't know how Jennifer Ashley and Courtney Milan can write such wonderfully damaged heroes and have us love them like we do, but I hope they continue. Elliot McBride is no exception as he was captured and tortured in India for many months before he managed to escape. But harm was done to his soul, maybe to the point of madness. One place that the bad men couldn't go was his heart, where h...more
Lady Wesley
My friend Dhestiny began her review with this:
Elliot is to the McBrides as Ian is to the Mackenzies, except that Elliot wasn’t born as he is now. His “madness” comes from being captured, held as a slave and tortured, mentally and physically.
That’s such a perfect intro, that I had to steal it. Yes, if you wanted to take Ian home with you, you’ll need to build on an extra room for Elliot.

Full disclosure: Jennifer Ashley is one of my top three HR authors, and her Highland Pleasures s...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Review posted at Got Fiction? books

I love this series so much and this book was a welcome addition.

Elliot McBride is the brother of Ainsley, Cameron’s wife, and he’s been imprisoned in India for a year. Now he’s back in England and between the nightmares and the blackouts, he wants nothing more than peace and quiet. Until Juliana sits on him in the church on her wedding day.

Her fiancé has eloped with his piano teacher and she’s groomless. It wouldn’t be a big deal, oh sure the scandal would be...more
Well. A good book.
With a theme I love. Or should, I say….was supposed to love?

(insert thriller music)

This is the second book in which I read about an adorable hero that was in love with the heroine since his childhood days.
Sherry Thomas’ s “Tempting the Bride”, anyone?
Then again, these two books have one more thing in common. And it drove me bonkers.

Bastard kids!!!

*gasps for air*

For reasons I may never know, bastard kids in HR give me the willies. There is just something utterly unattractive abo...more
4.5 out of 5. Is it possible for Jennifer Ashley to write a bad story? I don't think so. And all those who have been enthralled by her MacKenzie family saga will appreciate this novel that features the life and experiences of their cousin Elliot McBride, a man with his own inner demons and one who has done just about anything he could to secure the presence of his new bride, even if it did appear that he took another man's leavings on her wedding day. It's a story that is deeply emotional and is...more
I am giving this 3.5 stars, I really wanted to give it more, but I thought about the other books I have given 4 stars to and I couldn't put this book in the same category as those.

This is about Elliot McBride, he is a tortured and badly damaged man having been held prisoner while in the military. He returns to Scotland after escaping and takes his indian servant and his family with him. In fact, Elliot was so badly tortured that the people around him fear he is suffering from "madness", even El...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Grade: C- ...Meh. I'm just not into you.

A tale of a tortured hero marrying his secret childhood sweetheart. She loves him, too. This is at the beginning of the book. Where's the conflict?

Elliot has moments of insanity. (He relives his captivity and torture.) Juliana is understanding and comforts him. Where's the conflict? A mysterious 'watcher' enters the picture. Tension! Finally!

The story is romantic, but the backstory wasn't make a whole lot of sense to me. She's his great love and vice ve...more
Beanbag Love
This was a great read. Very enjoyable. I had a hard time putting it down to fulfill my real life obligations.

I won't go into much detail because it's been a few weeks since I read it, but I will say that I thought the ending -- while romantic -- was a bit thin.

I loved that the couple was together in the book for so long. That they were allies and lovers from so early in the book. Their love story is one that started long before we get to read it and it seems like a very "forever" HEA.

I look fo...more
Elliot's madness was too much like Ian's and their singular focus on Beth/Juliana is similar as well. I felt like I was reading an inferior version of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

2.4/5 stars
Mandi Schreiner
I’m a huge fan of this series but unfortunately not a huge fan of this book. It doesn’t live up to the previous books in this series at all. Elliot McBride is a broken man. Having been imprisoned in India, and I guess imprisoned is a mild word for what he went through, he was tortured and stuck in a dark hole for a long time. He was missing for ten months and feared dead by his family (for those that read this series, he is Ainsely’s brother). But Elliot did survive and made it back to England....more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Review @ Under the Covers

It is Juliana St. John’s wedding day; however, the man she marries is not he man on her guests invitations. After being jilted at the altar by her intended grom, the very proper and strait laiced Juliana makes a proposition to the man she has loved since she was sixteen but never expected to marry, the very mad Elliot McBride. Elliot never expected he would have his dream land in his lap and offer him heaven, but when Juliana asks him to marry her he snatches at the chan...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Juliana St John was raised to be the perfect wife and hostess to a proper gentleman. Unfortunately, that proper gentleman left her at the altar before a crowd of her family and friends. Embarrassed and bereft, Juliana seizes the opportunity to wed the brother of her childhood friend. Unfortunately this marriage made in haste has not bound her to the boy she fantasized about as a girl, but the man life has forced him to be.

Elliot McBride cannot believe his good fortune. The most beautiful woman i...more
Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed another Jennifer Ashley book! This is the story of Ainsley Mackenzie's brother; Elliot McBride, who had been captured and totured in India and then escaped. He is still struggling with the demons in his past and most people find him quite "mad". Juliana St. John whom has been abandoned at the alter by her groom, comes out of no where and accidentally sits on Elliot while wanting to grieve her wedding that was supposed to be. Juliana and Elliot begin talking a...more

I'm a fan of this series and The Seduction of Elliot McBride was enjoyable enough but I felt something was missing in this book.

Juliana is nice, Elliot makes a great hero and there is plenty of well written love scenes, even so I found their relationship flat/not enough passionate.

I loved the Indian cultural references and how Jennifer Ashley describes Elliot's struggle but the plots (view spoiler) were weak and, in my humble opinion, under developed....more
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Ahhhhh, I loved this story. Poor tortured, fucked up Elliot. Jeez, what he went through it is amazing he lived. No wonder he was walking a thin line between reality and insanity. The only thing that held him together was thoughts of Juliana and getting back to her.
Elliot reminded me a lot of Ian, and I LOVE Ian. I also liked Juliana and her lists. I confess I also make a lot of lists so I can relate to her. She and Elliot were perfect together. Just what each other needed. I do wish there had be...more
Vanessa Kelly
I've enjoyed all the books in the Highland Pleasures series, starting with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. The MacKenzie men are simply fabulous, and I was a bit concerned when Ashley wandered a bit outside the family circle. Why was I worried? This might possibly be my favorite book of the series. Juliana is great heroine - good-hearted, good-tempered, and pretty unflappable. A regular Mary Poppins. But she's not perfect. She fears letting people down, and has an almost obsessive need for or...more
Aly is so frigging bored
01- JAN

Main characters:
Elliot McBride
Juliana St. John

What I Liked: everything? I hope it counts :D

What I didn't like: -

Favorite character:
Juliana for her organization obsession and her ability to understand Elliot and not to... I don't know how to say it... to press him;
Elliot because he doesn't run from his emotions and has an unique way to look and act on them;
Gemma, Juliana's step-mother, she's very smart and gives good advice;
Uncle McGregor and Nandita: they are a constant source of amuseme...more
Hmmm, pretty uneventful, but there is definitely something about this series that draws me to it but I'm not sure what it is. The family dynamic? Scotsmen in kilts perhaps? Even though this was my least favorite so far I am still really looking forward to Daniel's novel. I have really enjoyed watching him grow up and liked where they have taken his character. (that is one of my favorite things about reading a series, letting future characters get introduced early or watching minor characters ste...more
3.5 Stars

Not the best of the series, perhaps the worst, but the excerpt at the end gives me hope for Daniel's book. There was so much going on but honestly nothing captured my interest. Those pages seemed to drag at times then fly by at others.
I very much enjoyed this book, but Unfortunately the last 20% of the book just sagged. Great hero, something JA has proven to do very well.
**** Gurls. Guyz. Check this shit. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS I GUESS. ****

Meh. I started reading this in May or something and stopped about 3/4 in. Just now finished it, and only because I had nothing else to do.

I don't know why I found this so boring. I just did. The writing was the same as always for this author. Maybe I simply didn't care about the characters. Juliana's a control freak and wants the carefree Elliott she first fell in love with. Elliott has PTSD and is obsessively in love w...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) *A bit spoilery…*

I know it’s not going to sound like it, but I did like this book – I like the way JA writes, I like her characters. I really liked Juliana, who is the first heroine in a long time who I didn’t want to slap! But…but…but there were timeline issues and basic storyline issues I just didn’t follow. Ok, so Elliot fell in love w/Juliana when they were in their teens. But then he left for India, gone for years and from the sound of it really not in touch w/Juliana at all. In his e...more
Jennifer Ashley continues the Mackenzie series with the story of Elliot McBride, one of Cameron Mackenzie's brothers-in-law. I have only recently caught up on the Mackenzie series and just finished last years fun Mackenzie Christmas novella and equally enjoyable book on Lloyd Fellows, The Untamed Mackenzie, the Mackenzie's illegitimate half-brother who has been a recurring secondary character in the series. So, I had high hopes for this one. And, wow, what a disappointment.

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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries, as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

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