The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: The Stolen Mackenzie Bride
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Mackenzie & McBride, #8 (prequel)
Date: September 29, 2015
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.
This book is a precursor to Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie series and takes place about one hundred years earlier. However, you do not have to have read the earlier (later?) books in order to enjoy it. It is a complete standalone, although I hope she writes additional books in this time period. Just like the Mackenzie family of the 1800s, each of these earlier brothers deserve their own story.
What can I say about this book? Malcolm Mackenzie is the youngest son of the Duke of Kilmorgan. His brothers all call him “runt.” There is Duncan, the eldest, who is to inherit the title, Will the information gatherer, identical twins Alec and Angus, and Malcolm.
Just as an aside about Will because information gatherer needs explaining. This is a quote from his own mouth.
“But I know everything.” Will said. “Whether you want me to or not.”
Now, doesn’t he deserve his own book?
Anyway, there was another brother Magnus, who died as a child. Malcolm is the one found him and it had a permanent effect on his personality. Even though he is the youngest of the family, he feels it is his responsibility to take care of everyone. And that sense of responsibility includes Mary.
Mary . . . Lady Mary Lennox
Mary is the daughter of an English earl who hates the Scots. The book begins shortly before Culloden and the Earl of Wilfort is working to put down those filthy Jacobites.
So, of course, Mary and Malcolm fall in love.
Mary, who has always been an obedient and dutiful daughter. Mary, who is engaged to another man – English, of course.
That Mary falls in love with a Scot and discovers she’s not all that obedient and dutiful after all.
Culloden plays a major part in this plot. I had to make myself keep reading when I realized how important it was going to be to the story because I knew how horrible the battle and aftermath were. I just didn’t want to read about the terrible things that happened. The book was so good though, I couldn’t put it down.
And I was right! Terrible things happened at Culloden. People died. No details, because of spoilers, but PEOPLE DIED!
Was the book worth the heartbreak of reading about Culloden?
Malcolm and Mary are a wonderful couple. With Mary, Malcolm can be human. He can admit he can’t save everyone. And with Malcolm, Mary comes alive.
I highly recommend this book and I really hope the author expands on this series. If you haven’t read the later books, you are missing out.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.