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The Pleasure of the Rose

(The MacNeil Legacy #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  25 reviews
As Fletcher MacNeil sat in a jail cell, the last thing he expected was a Scottish solicitor bearing news of an inheritance. Fletcher, half Comanche and half Scottish, is the only surviving heir to Castle Sheiling and a fortune beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he must escape his current predicament and travel across the ocean to a world of loyal clans and kinsmen ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Diversion Books
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie


3.5 Stars

I had absolutely no expectations when I started this book, and to be quite honest I had put off reading it because of the cover. Let it be known that I'm quite a judgey reader and I tend to judge a book by its cover and in normal circumstances I probably wouldn't have read this book. Which would have been a shame because I really enjoyed it.

The tale takes place in two settings, it begins in Texas where Fletcher, maker of arrows finds himself about to be hung. Back in Scotland, the pairs of the Macn
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am a huge fan of western and Scottish historical romances. It's a lovely double whammy to get both in the same book. I liked Fletcher's authenticity (and sometimes crassness) and Rosalyn's feistyness. They made a good couple. This felt a little short to me. I was like, "is that it?" when it ended. I would definitely keep reading this series.

Overall rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
I requested this because I had read and reasonably enjoyed Bonander's Wild Heart. Though this wasn't as scorching or swoonworthy as I like my romances, it wasn't a bad book.

This was an interesting setup, one I can't say I've seen before. The book starts in Texas, where the half Comanche, half white hero is waiting to be hanged after being framed for murder. But it turns out he's the heir to a Scottish island, and the solicitor is able to bribe his freedom. The story then moves to the islan
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Dorine
An interesting combination, THE PLEASURE OF THE ROSE by Jane Bonander introduces a Scottish inheritance romance that must produce an heir. Half Comanche and half Scottish, Fletcher MacNeil expects to live only two more days when he gets an unexpected visitor in jail. Fletcher has been tried and convicted of rape and murder, with no hope but to face a hanging. A solicitor from Scotland instigates an escape and Fletcher is on his way to become the next Duke of Kintyre.

The solicitor’s s
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eyes.2c
The Wild West meets the Wild Highlands!

This is a very different take on the 'highlander' historical romance theme.
The Isle of Hedabarr has lost its laird and the heir's whereabouts are unknown. Solicitor Geddes Gordon knows that the current presumed heir will wreck havoc with the island and its people. The only thing to do is to find the younger son, Shamus McNeil, who'd made his way to Texas and never thought to inherit.
Unfortunately Shamus is dead. His son Fletcher, mak
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Dilushani Jayalath
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
* Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Am I the only one who thinks that the Fletcher in the cover doesn't match the Fletcher described in the book? Isn't he supposed to be a Red Indian?



Well other than that little mishap, I liked the book. The cover wasn't my favourite and if I saw this in a bookshop I wouldn't buy it. (Yes I'm the type to judge a book by its cover, I'm sorry)
The story was likeable,
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Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Fletcher MacNeil, half Comanche Indian and half Scottish, was raised on the stories of his Scottish ancestors and homeland even though he lived his whole life in Texas. When Fletcher was 15, his father remarried and Fletcher, feeling that he was just in the way, set out to make his own way. Unfortunately, he gets into a bit of trouble and finds himself sitting in an army jail cell, accused of murder, and awaiting the gallows. The last thing he expected was Gordon Geddes, a Scottish solicitor, ar ...more
Belinda
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
First off, just let me say this was a very good story. The characters were developed with strong beliefs which held my interest. I like a romance with a bit of American West and Scottish theme.
The strong, male lead was half Comanche Indian from Texas. His name is Fletcher MacNeil. He grew up with a different lifestyle than other people. Fletcher's father was Scottish and told him about his history of his people in another country. He was very close to his father, but when Fletcher was just
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Brittany
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
The cover just needs to changed. This book is about a half Indian man that inherits a dukedom but the man on the cover is white. The story was long and I didn’t really see a lot of romance in this but yet the character were in love? Yeah story okay but not in love with the romance or should i say lack there of.
DemetraP
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The hero and heroine spent most of their time not sleeping together or having intimate relations. The heroine told the hero she wanted Sundays "off" so the hero decides to interpret this as not having sex for months. Yawn.
MELISSA
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical HEA with a twist

Interesting combination - a Scottish duke’s son who is half Comanche brought back from America to take over the title and castle and other assets. A sweet story with a bit of sizzle made for a charming story.
Annette
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fletcher MacNeil is half Commanche and half Scottish. His Scottish father has told stories of Scotland and the life on their island. All the stories have made a big impression on Fletcher and he remembers them well. His life in Texas has been much different than what he believes Scotland to be, but he has not forgotten the stories. After his father's death, Fletcher has become responsible for his 3 younger siblings. But, the responsibility does not keep him at home.

Gordon Geddes, a S
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B.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had several interesting premises that were intriguing. We have a hero, Fletcher MacNeil, who was born in Texas, the son of a Scottish immigrant and a native woman. So that is interesting. He’s then arrested and sentenced to die when the husband of the woman he’s sleeping with kills her and blames him. That is interesting and the reader might be interested to find out how that is resolved if the book blurb didn’t give it away. Then it turns out that he is the heir to a Scottish duke and ...more
AnnMarie
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Pleasure of the Rose is the first book in the 'MacNeil Legacy' series of books by Jane Bonander.

This is the story of Fletcher 'maker of arrows' MacNeil. He is half American Indian because his Scottish father fell in love with and married an Indian Squaw. The story begins with him in a jail cell in Texas, waiting to be hung for a murder he didn't commit. Happily, he is rescued from that fate by a solicitor that has come all the way from Scotland looking for him. It turns out that
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Book Gannet
If you like your historicals easy to read, with a slightly different kind of hero, then you might well enjoy this. On the whole I did, it’s just that it felt a little incomplete for me. Things happen very quickly, big changes take affect without much notice and some things that are built up to seem very important just fade away without a whimper.

Like Fletcher. He’s half-Comanche, half-Scot, had a difficult relationship with his father and starts off this novel in jail for a murder he
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booksofallkinds
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is 1857 and Fletcher MacNeil has lived a reckless life in Texas. Half Scottish and half Comanche has not made life easier for him - where men despise him and women love him for his unusual looks. Having left his family behind, Fletcher soon finds himself in a predicament - convicted for a crime he did not commit, he is soon to face the gallows. But when a Scottish solicitor shows up at the jail, his luck is just about to change - in more ways than one.

Geddes, the solicitor, is del
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Janet
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for a review
Fletcher MacNeil, an army scout in Texas, has been found guilty of murder & rape & is due to be hung in 2 days time. The last thing he expected was a Scottish solicitor, Geddes Gordon bearing news of an inheritance. Fletcher, half Comanche and half Scottish, is the only surviving heir to Castle Sheiling and a fortune beyond his wildest dreams. He escapes with Geddes’ help & money. His arrival on the Scottish island isn’t how everyone imagined as he
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eatbookseatworlds
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
This book was, in a word, unique. We meet Fletcher - the male protagonist - in bed with a married woman. Things go horribly wrong, and the next thing he knows he is incarcerated, waiting to be hung for murder. But in a strange twist of fate, he is rescued from death by a solicitor who shows up to take him to his newly inherited Scottish title, which comes with a castle, land and vast wealth. The sailing is not smooth, however; as a half-breed, Fletcher is hardly what his people are expecting, pa ...more
Nicole
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had good character development and was a cute love story. Fletcher, half Scot, half Native American becomes the next duke after his grandfather died since his uncles are deceased. She escapes from a Texas prison with some help for a crime he did not commit. He meets Rosalyn, who had a dark past and difficulty overcoming it. They have very playful batter which escalates at times. They marry so fletcher can keep the dukedom but he must Aldo have an heir.. Both characters le ...more
Tammy
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good historical read. Fletcher is sitting in a jail cell awaiting his fate when he is saved with new that he is the MacNeil heir. He arrives in Scotland very ill and is nursed back to health by his housekeeper Rosalyn Geddes. Fletcher learns that he must produce an heir within one year or the fortune goes to another. He and Roz agree to a marriage of convenience but as their connection grows what will happen once the heir is here and the year is over. This is an entertaining fast paced ...more
Shanice Singh
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I've never read any of Bonander's books before but I really enjoyed this one. Roz is instantly attracted to Fletcher when he arrives to reclaim his home and title as Duke. She reluctantly enters into a marriage of convenience with him so that they can both keep the property. As time goes on Roz begins to develop feelings for Fletcher but they both hide secrets in their past. I loved Fletcher's character and found the chemistry between him and Roz tangible. This book was incredibly well-written a
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Miekenstein
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
While I won't say this is a bad book, I did had trouble finishing it. For whatever reason the writing style and the characters never really hooked me into the storyline. I never felt any real connection between the characters (except maybe between Rosalyn and her brother Geddes and Rosalyn and her friend Fen). I mostly skimmed this book after the first 20% or so because I wanted to finish reading it but I didn't really care what happened.

I received this ARC for an honest review.
Michelle
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I really enjoyed this historical romance. Fletcher MacNeil is half Scottish and half American Indian, and is surprised to learn that with his Scottish grandfather's death, and his uncle passing without heirs -and his father deceased, he has inherited the title of Duke and a castle on aScottish island. There is a twist that he must produce an heir in a year to keep his inheritance. I enjoyed the twists in historical romance with serious real work topics thrown in.
Tabby Shiflett
A light-hearted romance that starts off as a marriage of convenience. The romance isn't exactly steamy; it's more of a blended family unit that grow to care for one another. I like both MCs, but the more interesting love story is that of the female lead's brother and best friend. Overall, a quick and easy read that's best for a rainy day.

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Jane Bonander has always had a flare for the dramatic. Just ask her mother. When she was five, she ran home from kindergarten and scrambled under her parents’ bed, hiding there until her mother came looking for her which was longer than Jane had anticipated, for she fell asleep. When her mother woke her, she told her that a big, hairy monster had chased her home. Since over an hour had passed, the ...more

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