Title: The Seduction Of Elliot McBride
Author: Jennifer Ashley
First published December 31, 2012
320 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780425251133 (ISBN10: 0425251136)
In The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley, Juliana St. John’s wedding day turns out to be a disaster when she is left at the altar. As she flees the cruel crowd, she bumps into Elliot McBride, her first love.
In a spur of the moment decision, she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future by marrying her. Elliot, who has just returned from brutal imprisonment, is tormented and vastly wealthy.
Juliana takes on the challenge of restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and mending his broken heart. However, as she tries to win back his love, Juliana wonders if being beautiful and spirited will be enough to make Elliot hers once again.
About the Author
Jennifer Ashley is a talented author who has written a wide variety of novels in genres such as historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy. She writes under the names Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.
Jennifer’s books have been translated into numerous languages and have received rave reviews from prestigious publications such as Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. To learn more about her impressive collection of books, visit her websites.
Jennifer Ashleys The Seduction of Elliot McBride is a historical romance novel that was first published on December 31, 2012. This book is part of The Highland Pleasures series by the author and is set in the early 19th century.
With its vibrant characters, impeccable pacing, and intelligent storytelling, this book delivers a romantic and engaging read for fans of historical romance. The story follows the journey of Elliot McBride, a former soldier who has been locked up in an asylum for five years.
When he’s finally released, he is a broken man, haunted by the demons of war and his experiences in captivity. Distrustful of everyone, Elliot goes back home to Scotland to seek solitude and healing.
However, when he pursues a marriage of convenience with a wealthy heiress, Julianna St. Clair, he finds himself falling for her instead. But his past, his mental instability, and the secrets he keeps will test their love to its limits.
Ashleys skillful narration brings the characters to life in this book. Elliots fierce loyalty and bravery, coupled with his broken psyche, make him a multifaceted and compelling character.
Meanwhile, Juliannas courage and determination to make things work with Elliot, despite the odds, reveal her as a strong and empathetic heroine. The chemistry between the two is captivating, and Ashley does an excellent job of building up the tension between them, making it clear they have several obstacles to overcome.
In addition, the novel is well-researched, and the portrayal of social customs and class structures of the era adds depth to the story. The depiction of Scottish highland life is also vivid and imaginative, adding to the allure of the book.
While some may argue that the romantic plot is predictable, Ashleys powerful prose and memorable characters offer an enjoyable and immersive reading experience. The book is well-structured, with a well-paced narrative and smooth transitions between its different subplots.
However, the story can be a bit dragging in some parts, and some scenes may feel repetitive. Overall, Jennifer Ashleys The Seduction of Elliot McBride is an engaging historical romance novel that offers an insightful view of Scottish highland life during the 19th century.
It is an emotionally charged story of love, redemption, and healing that will appeal to fans of historical romance. Therefore, if you’re looking for an exciting, well-written romance novel to sink your teeth into, this book is undoubtedly worth your time.
Final rating: 4/5 stars.