Series: MacKenzies & McBrides, #8
Published by Berkley on September 29th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands
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 king, and promised to another Englishman. But despite it being forbidden to speak to Malcolm, Lady Mary is fascinated by the Scotsman, and stolen moments together lead to a passion greater than she’d ever dreamed of finding.
When fighting breaks out between the Highlanders and the King's army, their plans to elope are thwarted, and it will take all of Malcolm’s daring as a Scottish warrior to survive the battle and steal a wife out from under the noses of the English.
In The Stolen Mackenzie Bride, we have a story of a romance that is set in a turbulent time between the English and the Scots. This story takes place in the mid 1700’s. Jennifer Ashley has taken us back through the family line, to the infamous Malcolm Mackenzie. Malcolm, is the youngest of the five sons, and is nicknamed “runt” by all of his brothers despite the fact that he is the biggest of them all. Malcolm meets our heroine, Mary Lennox. When Malcolm first meets Mary, he knows he wants her. He doesn’t seem to care that she is English, or that is engaged to another man, he sees something in her that is special and powerful. We have a beautiful love story that is wrought with danger and conflict.
I was very impressed with what Jennifer Ashley wrote in this latest installment and she is planning on writing more books on this wonderful family. This family of brothers are a riot, each brother is a bit different from the others but they are all rowdy and passionate men. Their bantering is quite lively. The story itself, is pretty intense at times. It does have a more gritty and darker feel to it, due to the time period and the growing tension that is building between the English and the Scots. This story takes place shortly before the battle of Culloden which was one of the most worst battles between the English and the Scots. We are taken through battles, loss, loyalty and passion. This was a romance that I wanted to cheer for joy upon reading. I was a bit nervous, curious to see how Ashley would handle the change in time periods and the different culture. There is such great historic detail that is portrayed in this story and I loved seeing the balance between the historical context and the romance. Jennifer Ashley did a marvelous job in working together all the unique elements of the story to create a full belly satisfying read that will have you laughing and will keep you on the edge of your seat!!! Simply stunning work this author has created for us and I highly recommend to any romance lover. RIVETING AND POWERFUL!!