Quickie Book Review-The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley

Posted January 27, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 18 Comments

Quickie Book Review-The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer AshleyThe Stolen Mackenzie Bride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #8) by Jennifer Ashley
Series: MacKenzies & McBrides, #8
Published by Berkley on September 29th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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.

My Review

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!!

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About Jennifer Ashley

NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries, as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

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  • I’ve heard GREAT things about Jennifer Ashley, but I haven’t read her books yet. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this, especially with the different time period.

    • you HAVEN’T read her yet??? My goodness, you would adore this series. Hope you try it out soon.

  • While I’m not a huge fan of historicals, I used to be. I think I need to try the genre again and see if I fall back in love with them. Great review!

    • Thanks. I think this one would be a good way to go if you ever want to try out the genre again.

  • Mmm hot

  • L.

    I have had this title on my TBR list for quite sometime and just haven’t made the time to read it. Your review has convinced me to read the book this week! 😀

    • oh you definitely should…you will LOVE this book so much. Or at least I hope you will.

  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    A Jennifer Ashley historical romance I don’t have?! *runs off to purchase*

    • oh yes Amanda!!! Its a must. I LOVED it….probably second to Ian and Beth’s story. Hope you enjoy.

  • Oh yeahhh… I forgot she writes historical romances too! I didn’t like her shifter PNR series, maybe I’ll do better with her histrom…

    • oh really? I really like her PNR….but her historical’s I LOVE even more. Hope you get to try this series out soon.

  • I want to read this so bad! I love that she is looking into the past of the Mackenzie family. I am intrigued to see how she handles the turmoil of the time period. I’m off to add it to my library wishlist…

    • oh you would love this one so much!!! So dang good. Probably one of my favorites of the series…other than Ian and Beth’s story of course.

  • Oh, this does seem like a powerful read. I will get to this series eventually. I have one on the pile.

  • Aaaand this is way this series is top of my list of HR series to read.

  • I like the sound of this one! I love this time period and this is an author that I have been wanting to read. I will definitely be looking at this series. Great review!

  • She really did a wonderful job changing things up with this one. I was surprised with the raw grit in this one. Was quite the experience.