Book Review

THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT McBRIDE
by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Historical Romance, Scotland
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Victorian Scotland

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Ashley creates marvelous, unforgettable and heart-stopping stories with unique heroes. She touches on a multitude of human emotions while never losing sight of the love story. With lush prose and memorable scenes, readers learn how wounded characters can be healed by the power of love. Memorable, remarkable, tender and touching, here is a book to cherish, re-read and sigh over time and again.

Returning home after years of imprisonment, Elliot McBride seeks shelter in the local church, just as his childhood friend Juliana St. John is left at the altar. Left alone together, Elliot helps Juliana face the situation with a bit of humor and an idea: Since everything is set for the wedding, why don’t they get married? Juliana doesn’t know that Elliot has come home a tormented man with a broken heart and wounded soul. He needs her love to rebuild his life and chase away the memories that haunt him. Juliana falls in love with Elliot and hopes he will allow her to pull him from despair and grab the love they both deserve. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: BERKLEY SENSATION

Published: January 2013

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
(2 ratings)

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The Seduction of Elliot McBride

Submitted by Robin in PA on April 4, 2014 - 6:44pm.

When Elliot McBride escaped from his prison, he was in bad shape. The only thing that had kept him alive was thoughts of his true-love, Juliana St. John. After some time to recover, Elliot makes his way to London to stop Juliana's wedding. But he doesn't have to lift a finger when he finds that the groom has eloped with another woman, leaving Juliana at the altar. A crying Juliana sees Elliot and promptly proposes. Elliot quickly accepts and they marry that day. Now it's time for them to start a new life....

I liked the first couple chapters of this story, but it quickly fell flat. Elliot suffers from PTSD after being wrongly imprisoned and tortured for over a year. Juliana knows very little of what he went through, but sees the results in his nightmares and blackout episodes. When Elliot is accused of a murder and he confesses he remembers nothing of that time, Juliana stands by her man against his accusers. I usually like a good tortured hero, but I really could not get into this story at all. My rating: 3 Stars.