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The Stolen Mackenzie Bride

(Mackenzies & McBrides #8)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,137 ratings  ·  278 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Rules for a Proper Governess returns with an engrossing tale that promises to delight lovers of Outlander.

1745, Scotland: The youngest son of the scandalous Mackenzie family, Malcolm is considered too wild to tame…until he meets a woman who is too unattainable to resist.

Lady Mary Lennox is English, her father highly loyal to the kin
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 359 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Berkley
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 I'll always come for ye stars

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*May have Mild Spoilers*

“You’ll ruin me,” she whispered. Malcolm studied her, his amber-colored gaze intense. “Marry me, lass, and I’ll ruin ye every day.”- Mary and Mal

I loved this book. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride was soooo good. And emotional it had me tearing up. This book is kinda a prequel, even though it's the 8th book of the series, timeline wise it would have happen first. The hero Mal Mackenzie is the Mackenzie that anyone who has read this serie
Jennifer Ashley
Booklist gives Stolen Mackenzie Bride a starred review! (those are few and far between ...)

RT Book Reviews gives Stolen Mackenzie Bride a 4.5 Top Pick! review.

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride takes us back to 1745 and the ancestor of the current (Victorian age) Mackenzies. Meet Malcolm (Mal) Mackenzie, youngest brother of five in a family of wild Highlanders. Mal isn't much for politics or the Jacobites' wish to restore the Stuarts to the throne of Britain--his interest during his sojourn to Edinburgh
Sammy Loves Books
My MacKenzie Love Affair continues!!
This is a Must Read for all fans of this series!!
*****5 Romantically Tragic stars *****

Jennifer Ashley takes us back in time to the couple that started it all. Malcolm Mackenzie and Lady Mary's love was Epic!!!


Malcom is the youngest son of the Duke of Kilmorgan. He keeps the family together and takes care of everyone, even his dad. Times are good and prosperous for the young genius that has perfected their Mackenzie malt.

Malcolm has also just met a woman tha
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Favorite Quote: “You’ll ruin me,” she whispered.

Malcolm studied her, his amber-colored gaze intense. “Marry me, lass, and I’ll ruin ye every day.”

One of my favorite historical series is Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie series (starting with Lord Ian – a favorite book of all time). I was thrilled to hear she is changing things up a bit with this series and taking us back in time to the mid 1700’s. She introduces us to the ancestors of the current Mackenzie’s and gives us a loud, chaotic highlander fam
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"Very well, then." Mary's chin came up. "I will sneak to Kilmorgan with you."
Malcolm closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. "Ye aren't going t' be an obedient and unquestioning wife, I'm thinking, are ye?"
"Certainly not. Englishwomen are resilient creatures. I do not know why people assume we are sweet and docile, innocent and weak." Mary unfolded her arms and rested her hands primly in her lap. "Look at Boadicea, who led forces against the Roman army for a long, long ti
I loved being back into the world of the Mackenzie's again! The Mackenzie men are possessive, obessessive, and they love their women so deeply and I melt for them everytime! This book was on the darker side as there was a lot about the war between England and Scotland..This was the only reason I didn't rate it five stars. I am not big on reading about war, so it is a personal issue with me. I do have to say that Jennifer Ashley did a brilliant job of her history facts and entwining such a dark s ...more
5 "I'll always come back to you." Stars!!

I loved absolutely every bit of this story. Even the sad parts. This was very romantic as well as being action packed. There is war and of course potential scandal. There always is with these wild, rebellious, wonderful, braw, (-all things good in a male [learned that meaning from Mary 😏] ) Mackenzie Highlanders.

Malcolm and Lady Mary were both fantastic! I loved reading their story. I can certainly see where the later Mackenzie's get their fantastically s
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: I liked this! I was interested but not so convinced that I would like it, so this was a great surprise! The H was ah-maze-ing! Pretty much perfect H in my book! It’s been a really long time since I’ve read this author, but I do remember really enjoying The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. This makes me want to revisit that book and the rest of the series that I never went back to (especially if there are references to these characters in them). Just FYI — you don’t have to
Anna's Herding Cats
Breathtakingly poignant. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride left me fighting back tears and wanting to fall down and have a massive sob. Beautiful, heartbreaking, passionate and utterly moving it gripped my heart and wouldn't let go.

This was a Mackenzie throwback to Scotland 1745 and the life of the Mackenzie family ancestor Malcolm as he found love, fought for family, freedom and everything he held dear as the Scots clashed with the British and Malcolm's family was pulled into the mix. It's brutal and
Joanna Loves Reading
The only reason this is not 5 Stars is because I got confused with the characters and had to restart listening. This was a heartfelt, emotional read, and it felt more epic than most HRs these days. Kudos to JA for not making light of the Jacobite uprising, for writing a story through it that felt reasonably realistic and authentic, and for making that story include major consequences. The h&h worked for their HEA and deserved it. I wish I had read the lovely paperback I received from Whiskeyinth ...more

We're traveled back in time...the first Duke of Kilmorgan who brought back a clan home after a war.
I remember only a little about "Old Malcolm", this is Young Malcom's story, in a much wilder and darker story before the 'modern' Mackenzies.

This is dark, heart breaking, and I found myself crying over the Mackenzies brothers and their bravery to keep their lands from England.
I dunno much about England and Scotland's war, but this is an eye opener. I like history, a
Jen Davis
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I love this series. I really do. So much so that when I got my hands on this book, there might have been a small amount of dancing. Sadly, I may have celebrated a bit too early. This was a very difficult book for me to connect to. I found myself wanting to skim and even put it down at times. This was such a far cry from my favorite MacKenzie books, it almost like it was from an entirely different author.

This story doesn’t feature the MacKenzie men we know and love. It jumps back in time to their
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: v-card, historical
2.75 this wasn’t for me stars

I have been on this up and down journey with the Mackenzie and McBrides series. I can’t believe I’m on the 8th book.

I have liked some books and some I haven’t liked. This one, I didn’t like too much.

If you have been keeping up with the series, you will know this one is VERY different from the other books. This one is written in the past (but it’s a historical book?!), the time line happens prior to all the books.

I would even say this one doesn’t have too many romance
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Finally read this. I had hoped the author had matured in her writing skills, but eh.
Beanbag Love
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Short take: too many inner monologues. Picked up at around 75% because of events, still too many endless inner monologues. Ending felt rushed.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
"Ashley had me swooning on more than one occasion."

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Well, it took me a month to get through this, despite my being a huge fan of the series and the excellent writing. I think because it is several generations before the Mackenzies in previous books, and I recall reading that Malcolm was the last surviving Mackenzie in the war. Since this book starts with him and 4 brothers, I was expecting total doom. There were definitely brutal and heart wrenching parts in this book. I was crying a lot in the last third of the book. However, the romance between ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This is my second favorite MacKenzie book. This book felt more like Ian’s book which the romance, adventure, family and humor. I liked Mary Lennox as she reminded me of a mix of Beth, Eleanor and Isabella. Malcolm MacKenzie was definitely a rascal!

The author did a great job developing the characters, the plot and keeping the story so entertaining. I really appreciate that Jennifer Ashley threw in enough of the English versus the Jacobite rebellion to give the romance a historical backdrop, but m
This author's talent is amazing. She knows how to write a super romantic, emotional love story. Hero was so deeply in love with heroine and so perfect you will all fall in love with him. It was love at first sight for him when he met Mary and he didn't care she was engaged. He was determined to make her his wife. Not even war or death could separate him from his one true love. Malcolm is so dreamy and my new book boyfriend!
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

In this installment in the Mackenzie series Jennifer Ashley is taking us all to where is started. Old Malcolm, the first of the Dukes of Kilmorgan, of course there is nothing remotely old and crusty about the Malcolm that Ashley presents in The Stolen Mackenize Bride, as Lady Mary Lennox discovers when Mal determines to seduce her and take her as his wife…despite her engagement to another man.

I confess, I have an addiction, an addiction to men in skirts *ahem* I mean kilts. I am a puddle of
2 1/2 stars bumping up for the epilogue. Sad to say that the best part of this book for me was the ending and epilogue. This is the story of the early Mackenzies, or the ancestors of the characters we know and love from the series.

It took me a long time to connect to the main characters and I never felt totally invested. I wasn't too upset with some of the more emotional situations because I wasn't really connected to the brothers at all. I felt that there was a lot of politics that I have read
Loved Mal and Mary! This was an epic book about the history of the Mackenzie's. I loved it. The action was amazing. The war was tragic. It was such a great story Mal never let me down. He was a fabulous hero. Mary was a surprisingly brave heroine who was perfect for Mal. A must read if you have read any of the series or just enjoy historicals.
Sabina (Whatsername_reads)
Mal is super sweet, romantic, funny and loyal guy, so it is not weird that I fell in love with his character after a first few chapters. Story is good written but sometimes I was annoyed because actions were too fast and that was confusing.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the Mackenzie series and this one is such a great prequel that i was sad when i finished the book.

The book tells the story of how it all began with the rich, powerful and eccentric Mackenzie men. You'll get the whole picture of the Mackenzie family drama and the beginnings of a business empire back during their grandfather's time - the dangerously wily and infallible Malcolm "Mad" Mackenzie and his brave English bride Lady Mary Lennox, daughter of the Earl of Wilfort (it is unfortunate th
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Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jennifer takes us back in time with this historical romance to where the MacKenzies all began, Malcolm and Mary. Their story was beautifully written with passion, grace and loyalty. You really can't expect anything less from the MacKenzies!

While there were trials and tribulations, the love Mal and Mary held for one another stayed strong. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride is not nearly as light-hearted as some of the other novels but the story was never too dark because within the severity, there was p
Paige  Bookdragon
Probably a bit different from the usual romance books that I've read. In this one, the H and h didn't dither about being in love with each other. The story isn't about the progress of romance between the hero and the heroine and how they admitted that they love each other and then it's HEA. This is about how they survive a war to get their own HEA.

It's an insta-love that puts disney to shame but weirdly, it suited me.
4.5 stars

I really needed this book! I will admit I was weary because of the timeline that this story took place. Being an avid Outlander fan, the idea of reading a book centered around Culloden made my insides squirm. But, Jennifer Ashley did an amazing job weaving this story around history. Of course I got chocked up during certain scenes. I say if you're a Highlander fan, this is a must read.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok I don’t know why this book has an average of 4.03 stars rating.

It isn’t poorly written, Jennifer Ashley is good for it. But the story itself is lacking. Mal fell in love as soon as he saw Mary and decided right then that Mary was the woman for him. This happened in the first 20 pages or so and Mary could do no wrong in his eyes. So they had no conflict between them. It was all about what was happening around them, not between them.

Since there was no conflict between the characters, what we
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet and fun... Mal is awsome :)
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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 Seduction Of Elliot McBride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #5)
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (MacKenzies & McBrides, #6)
  • Rules for a Proper Governess (MacKenzies & McBrides, #7)
  • Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction (Mackenzies & McBrides, #9)
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“Mal watched Mary hurry to meet her aunt, her skirts rippling like water. She was beauty itself, and Mal wanted her.
Not simply in bed- though he definitely would have that- he wanted her nearness, her warmth, that silken voice that tried to be haughty, the sudden flash of her smile. Mal's body tightened, goading him to pursue her and do all the good things he longed to.
He would. He'd see her again; he'd make certain of it.
Mal reflected as he moved down the passage on his errand that he'd already learned much about Lady Mary Lennox. She was passionate and romantic, beguilingly so, but tried to hide that nature under proper behavior. She'd wanted Malcolm to kiss her- he'd seen it in her heartrendingly blue eyes. Mary had stopped herself only at the last moment, and reluctantly.
She also had compassion, helping her sister communicate with a forbidden lover. If Mary *truly* believed in propriety, she'd never condone her sister writing such a heartfelt letter.
She also risked censure for being the go-between. This showed that Mary was fond enough for her sister to risks for her. Brave then, as well.
Courage, passion, beauty, compassion, and something inside her that longed to be wicked- *what a woman.* One night in bed with her would be worth every step he took to get her there. Whatever errands Mal had to run for her, whatever billet doux he needed to carry, or drippy-nosed suitors to run through with his sword, he would do it all for his reward at the end.
*Mary*. Even her name was a joy to say. Mal spoke it out loud in the silence of the empty hall. He'd teach her to call him Mal, and she'd say it in her smooth voice when she was deep in passion.
She'd be reluctant at first, but Mal would coax her, like a bird to his hand, teaching her to trust, never breaking her. And then Mary would be his.”
“Ye have to be bold, lad. We're told that ladies want cringing politeness from a gentleman, but what they really want is a bit of forwardness, even carnality. It's exciting for them.” 1 likes
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