HIGHLAND PLEASURES # 5
Setting: Scotland 1884
PROPERLY 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.
This is the 5th book in Jennifer Ashley’s amazing HIGHLAND PLEASURES series. I love all the books in this series and THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT MCBRIDE is a wonderful addition. It’s a beautiful, sad, heart-rending, poignant, romantic, funny, sensual, and heart-warming story.
Elliot is such a tortured hero. My heart ached for all he’d endured at the hands of his captors; the abuse, the torture, the deprivation, the dehumanisation. Only thoughts of Juliana sustained him; she was his secret, his soul, the only thing that kept him sane.
My heart ached for all the mental torment he still endured – the dreams, the waking terrors, the darkness when time passed and he knew nothing of it. His love for Juliana and his desperate need to keep her by him was so poignant.
How I imagine Elliot ~
I adored Juliana; her strength, her determination, her compassion, her practicality. She’s perfect for Elliot. Just the sound of her voice can bring Elliot back from the darkness. She believes in him even when others doubt his sanity.
How I imagine Juliana ~
Wow! There were some pretty hot love scenes. I’m glad Juliana wasn’t the ‘will it fit’ type virgin but embraces Elliot’s lovemaking with enthusiasm.
Why a goblet of whiskey? I suggest you read the book for the answer!
There were some great secondary characters. One of my favourites was Elliot’s old curmudgeon of an uncle, McGregor. Whether he was shooting up the castle or telling the odious Mrs Dalrymple “You’re talking through your ass” , I adored him.
Daniel Mackenzie is becoming a firm favourite of mine and I loved the funny scene where Elliot recruits Daniel to help him sell the jumble at the fȇte. They prove the perfect double act and add some light relief!
“A pen wiper, dear lady,” Daniel said, holding up a round piece of knitting for a woman with a basket on her arm. “Why not two, or three? Ye have more than one pen, surely.”
“A glass vase, lad,” Elliott said to the young man. “To put wildflowers in for your lady. Ye can barely see the crack here. Ye fill this with flowers from yon meadow, and she’ll be baking ye oatcakes in no time.”
There’s mystery, blackmail and danger afoot but, ultimately, this story belongs to Elliot and Juliana, a couple who truly deserve their happiness.
SENSUALITY RATING: HOT
Read January 2013