Jennifer Ashley is back with the Mackenzies & McBrides series. A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady is the eleventh book to the series.
David Fleming is Hart Mackenzie’s right hand man. He was the one that got things done and did it in his own fashion. David was also always one for drinking but when he comes to his old tutors place plastered he will soon see a woman that will have him changing his ways. He wants to protect Sophie but also knows that he could never be with her.
Sophie, Lady Davenport was hiding at her Uncle’s place since her scandal was every where in London. She thought she would be alone with her Uncle but then David Fleming comes to their home. Sophie will be weary at first but as she spends time with David she will find that he hides the true man beneath the cynical words.
I love going back to this series. It has been one of my favorites. This book was really good. I enjoyed David getting his own story. At times I was annoyed with David in the past books because he was a threat between Eleanor and Hart, although that really would never happen. David was always and forever just a friend for Eleanor. I liked hearing more of David’s thoughts, he was thought to be very cynical man but he was much more and that made me like his character all the more. Now Sophie’s character was a vulnerable woman whose name was being dragged through the mud. I liked that she had backbone but she was also stuck and could not pull herself out of the scandal that was attached to her name. David and Sophie will help each other in their own ways and it is a sweet romance that builds between the two of them.
I had expected more of a retaliation from one character. A part of me wanted more with that conflict because it felt like the ending was rushed but the other part of me was happy to see how the author ended the story.
There is a novella that will be coming out which I know I will read. Can’t get enough of these Mackenzies.
Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton lived in a world of debauchery and wealth but then it all goes away. The life that he loved just did not feel right. He will visit a notorious house party and expecting to enjoy a month of drinking but then he meets Valentine March.
Valentine March is a companion and someone who is unnoticeable but she will be noticed by a notorious rake, Tristan. He will soon learn that she is not the drab little spinster she appears to be. Valentine will be tempted by Tristan, she will know that he is not for her but with one scandal her life will get turned upside down.
The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter by Mimi Matthews is the first book that I have tried from the author. I found this book to be enjoyable and refreshing. There is nothing new to this story line to make it original but the fact that I have not been reading a ton of romances could be the reason. This book was lighthearted and intriguing with Tristan and Valentine. I was cheering for Tristan to get his act together and to be ready to be with Valentine. I wanted him to be the man that was hidden behind all the debauchery. Then there was Valentine who was trying to get answers about her past. I found her story interesting and enjoyed the mystery of her life.
Based on this book I will be back to read more from Mimi Matthews.
Miss Charlotte Warren had been involved in a scandal which left her weary to want to marry. When he father sends her a man who would be perfect for her, Charlotte fights the attraction but that fight will only last so long. Charlotte will find Ewan someone she could love but she is afraid to give him her heart.
Ewan Macrae, Earl of Lyle, would not have believed in love at first sight but Charlotte changed his mind. He wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her to change into a timid woman like her previous suitor. Ewan will have to work hard to show Charlotte they could be good together.
Stranded With a Scottish Earl is a novella from Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. It was a fast paced story that told a story of love at first sight.
I thought that Ewan’s character was perfect, at times a little too perfect. He was a man who I thought at first was a rogue with his charming ways but he turned out to be a man who just knew what he wanted. I liked that he wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her changed. Although I will say that Charlotte was a little too surly at times. Though I did like her character. She was not a woman who just jumped into any rogues arms. She certainly wanted Ewan but she had to trust him first. That trust is built rather quickly but again this is a novella, so everything has to be built up quickly.
Ian Mackenzie and his family were first to arrive at Hart’s home for Christmas time. Ian will be woken abruptly from sleep. Quietly he will investigate only to find burglars in Hart’s home. Ian will be unable to stop the men but he would not rest until he found these men.
A Mackenzie Clan Gathering is a novella in the Mackenzie/Highland Pleaures by Jennifer Ashley. This novella is number 7.5 in the series. I really loved this novella.
I loved that Jennifer Ashely brings back the Mackenzie family for these gatherings. Of course the main focus was Ian and his family which I didn’t mind, as Ian is still one of my favorites. Now this story had some mystery to it with these burglars who had taken the items. You wonder who was the villain but that mystery will only be solved with Ian’s ability to solve problems.
So there was an added part to this story that was interesting. Ashely wrote in Beth’s brother in law who had come to help cure Ian from his madness. I thought it was interesting with how the brother in law was trying to help but I couldn’t help but feel that this was wrong. I loved Ian’s character because of how he was different, and anyways he had been getting better because of Beth and his children.
Well I am done with the series at least for now. There is only one more book to read in the series which will take you to the Mackenzie’s past with Malcolm Mackenzie. I will be reading this book but a little later.
Rose Barclay was hounded by reporters where ever she went. She was not good at dealing with them always but then Steven McBride will be there to help as he will provide a fake engagement. With Steven so close Rose will find herself falling in love with him.
Steven McBride was home for a mission which would only bring sadness to him and the receiver. Steven will delay the news when he stumbles upon Rose and will find it necessary to help her. Steven will find that with every moment he spends with Rose the more he will want her.
Scandal and the Duchess is a novella in the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures. This novella is number 6.5 in the series. I really liked this novella. It was quick and fun. I liked that Jennifer Ashley is continuing on with the extension of the McBride brothers.
Steven McBride is mischievous but you know that he is a good man. He works hard and is a man who understands honor. Rose is a young woman who has been through enough but she still finds herself able to help others. Together they are on a mission and things will get heated. It is lustful but there is a sweetness between them, and it builds to a sweet romance.
I liked the mystery of the two pieces of furniture that Rose’s husband left in his Will. I was intrigued with what the Duke had left for his wife and when you found out the mystery it melted your heart. I loved the thoughtfulness of the Duke, it gave Rose something in the end.
Lady Louisa Scranton knows that she should marry a wealthy and respectable man as that was what she was brought up to do. Though Louisa was not attracted to those men, she wanted a stern but passionate detective Llyod Fellows.
Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows worked hard at solving crimes. He never cut corners or lied about a report. That will all change when Louisa Scranton is accused of murder. Fellows knows that she was innocent but he knew that the system still found the innocent guilty. He would do anything he could to help Louisa.
The Untamed Mackenzie is from the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures by Jennifer Ashley. This novella is number 5.5 in the series. I really loved this novella. Like the others there is that intrigue and mystery but this was an actual case where you got to read about how Fellows worked as a detective. It was different and intrigued me from start to finish.
The character of Lloyd Fellows in the beginning of the series was a hard man and one who hated the Mackenzies. Well he is still that man but there is more trust with his half brothers and he is becoming part of the family. I liked that Fellows was a ruff man, he had to be in his line of work. There is not a lot of gentleness, although when he is with Louisa it can be seen. Louisa’s character was not a spoiled woman, but she had lived the life of privilege. I think that Louisa was a smart and vibrant woman who did what she needed to do. She also had passion flowing through her veins which only heated whenever Lloyd Fellows was around.
The Mackenize passion is alive and well as it flows through Fellows veins. The heat between Fellows and Louisa is passionate and it compels the characters to be together.
The mystery of the murder was interesting. There were a couple bad guys and the one that looked to be the villain was not the main villain, although that character was bad in what they were doing. So the true villain was a surprise and I liked how Fellows finally figured out the truth and all was explained.
Sophie Russell did not like waiting for her sisters who were trying to solve the mystery of who really took the money. She decided to go after their last suspect, Viscount Griffiths. She loathes the man but when she gets to know the real man she will find that she starts to feel things for him.
Viscount Griffiths knew that his new cook was more but not exactly what he had expected. He will work hard to find out her secrets only to be shocked with what he finds.
Never Marry a Viscount is the third and final book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell. I really liked this book. I thought it was a great finish to the series.
Sophie to me in the other books was a little immature and spoiled, and she was in this one but she learned. She became a better person as she worked but she still had her moments. Now Viscount Griffiths was a very confident man who had a lot of stress which was mainly due to his stepmother. He wasn’t a bad man per say but he did like to do things his way.
Anne Stuart creates the plot to be humorous when she has the viscount thinking that Sophie is to be his new mistress that was sent by an agency. This creates a problem for Sophie as she is pursued relentlessly by the viscount, though that chase will only last so long for Sophie until she gives in.
So there was a surprise moment that happened at the very beginning and it dealt with the villain of this book. You will quickly find out the identity and I have to say that I was surprised. I thought that Stuart described Rufus Brown perfectly especially with how he came to be such a villain.
I liked that the other two sisters were involved in the book as well. They were towards the middle to the end of the book but I felt that with them there it wrapped up the series nicely.