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The Seduction Of Elliot McBride

(Mackenzies & McBrides #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,881 ratings  ·  597 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 an
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 sexual healing Stars

first read may 8, 2015
reread August 25, 2016
Re Reread July 29 2020

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“But you’re wicked, lass. You sat on a man’s lap, in a chapel, and told him to marry you.”

The Seduction Of Elliot McBride is the 5 novel in the MacKenzies & McBrides series. And though I will acknowledge this one was not as good as the first 3 books, it was still damn good! Elliot is no Ian, Mac, or Cam, but he was still a yummy Scottish treat.

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Juliana St. John has been
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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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, passio
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. ...more
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 gon
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
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
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.

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
Joanna Loves Reading
Downgrade to 4 Stars—Buddy read with Mariana and Missy...will try to add more later.

Ok, I am trying to go back and add more later, but it’s now been awhile since reading. I have read it twice though, so ....

The reason I downgraded this was due to the lack of apology/groveling of the hero. It was needed at some point. But, but, but.... I also found him very gravitating. He had this non-verbal zone of protection and care and if you were in it you’d do anything for him because you knew there was re
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
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ "Stand by your man." Stars!

Loved it! Love this series!! I'm to the next one very soon. Even though they all made an appearance, I miss the Mackenzies a little. Still loved it though. Elliot stole my heart and Juliana is a strong willed lass. 😉 Happy reading!
Lady Wesley
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
2 stars. Maybe 2.5.

I didn’t like this one for so many reasons. Part of it is bc I was really looking forward to it! Bought it full price and I hardly ever buy books full,price any more!

Elliot MacBride has been through a lot in his time in India. He was held a captive for 10 months and tortured. Taught to kill others with his bare hands and starved and sleep deprived and kept like an animal. Had his finger nails pulled out among other things...

Needs the love of a good woman to heal right? Am al
Had a hard time with this one, hopefully it's just historical romance burnout because I liked the others in this series. This just seemed too much of everything. The sex seemed almost porno and the backstory between these too was just silly and not really fleshed out. ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: v-card, historical
4.25 Hello McBride Series stars.

Honestly this could have been a new series, since we are now jumping into the McBrides and I was hesitant at first because I loved me my Mackenzies and this book had rough reviews, but to my surprise, I really liked this one!

Ian will still be my favorite, then Cam, BUT Elliot holds a special place in my heart.

The Seduction of Elliot McBride had two things going for me, it had a damaged Hero and a damaged hero obsessed with the Heroine. Yes and yes and more yes.

Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good read. Our author has taken the damaged hero almost as far as they can go. He was horribly abused while held prisoner in Afghanistan. He comes home to find the girl he’s always loved to be on the brink of marrying someone else. Planning to interrupt the wedding ala The Graduate, he takes advantage of the bride when she is left at the alter. Wham bam, they are married. What she doesn’t know is that he has come home with terrible PTSD, or ‘Soldiers Heart’ as it was called. Our hero suffers f ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.

Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it

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.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was 4 stars for me! Elliott and Juliana were sooooo sweet. Really. It was quite a sad story for Elliott - what a horrid ordeal he went through, but ending up together was a gift. The narration of this on audio book was wonderful. I had been hoping for more and it is rare that a story ends too soon for me. This series is great.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Beanbag Love
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Suzanne (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
Another good read in this series. In some ways similar to #1, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. The hero is considered 'mad' by many, but in this case it's serious ptsd after imprisonment and torture while in India.

There were a couple of moments that stretched credulity a little (view spoiler) But I just went with it, and overall enjoyed the story.

Elliott has bro
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

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Other books in the series

Mackenzies & McBrides (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1)
  • Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (MacKenzies & McBrides, #6)
  • Rules for a Proper Governess (MacKenzies & McBrides, #7)
  • The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #8)
  • Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction (Mackenzies & McBrides, #9)
  • The Devilish Lord Will (MacKenzies & McBrides, #10)
  • A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady (Mackenzies & McBrides, #11)

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