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HISTORICAL ROMANCE- “SCANDAL AND THE DUCHESS” BY JENNIFER ASHLEY

SCANDAL AND THE DUCHESSBook Description
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow’s portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate’s dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does not need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her son-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride–a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.

This is a fifteen-chapter, 47K word short book. Action occurs after A Mackenzie Family Christmas and before Rules for a Proper Governess.

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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

SCANDAL AND THE DUCHESS was a quick read, with well-developed characters and storyline. When Rose’s husband dies during their honeymoon, the newspapers seem to love writing about her. When she is seen with Steven McBride a decorative soldier, the newspapers come at full force. When he decides to give the papers something to chew on, like Rose and him are engaged, the papers lap it up like milk. After being in her company, he comes to care for her, and wants to make the ruse engagement real. How can he get her to understand he wants it to be forever. This was a very sweet read, and and I give it 5/5 stars.

PROPERLY IMPROPER…AND DARING TO LOVE… Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After
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THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT McBRIDE BY JENNIFER ASHLEY- -WHO WILL DO THE SEDUCING?

the seduction of elliot mcbridePROPERLY IMPROPER…AND DARING TO LOVE…

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

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Juliana and Elliot have been friends since childhood, and Elliot was and still is her first love. When she is jilted at the alter and runs from the rumors and the pitying glances she finds Elliot. Teasing her as he always does to put a smile on her face and by doing so giving her an idea to save her future and also her hearts desire.

Elliot comes home  from the war with PTSD and a broken man. People believe he Elliot is mad, but Juliana does not. Elliot went through hell in the war and when he was captured, barely holding on to any sanity that he had . Now that he is home he tries to stop Juliana’s marriage, but falls asleep in the church drunk.  Now that Juliana is jilted at the alter he has a second chance to show her his love. Will he be worthy of her, or will she think he is mad like everyone else?

This book has a great story line a characters. This book shows that when you that all doors were closed to you, that one window was left open and that chance is there, whether it be love, happiness, peace of mind, or whatever you are looking for at that time in your life it is there. You just have to go looking for it. This is a warm-hearted read, about two people really getting to know each other, not just as friends, but as lovers, a true couple.

She is helping him deal with what he saw over in the war, and to show people that he is not mad. Their love for each other will help them overcome any obstacles in their paths. I really liked The Seduction Of Elliot McBride and I give it 5/5 stars.

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