The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley (MacKenzies and McBrides #8)

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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 prequel to the remarkable Mackenzie Series that I have loved from the beginning. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is my all-time favorite historical romance and I was excited to find that the author had written a book about the man who started it all, Malcolm Mackenzie. I thoroughly enjoyed this story that takes us back to the struggles between Scotland and England and the men and women who fought so bravely.

Malcolm Mackenzie is the youngest of five sons; he is usually a carefree man that many call The Devil Mackenzie. When he notices Lady Mary at a ball one night, he is intrigued and realizes he must meet her and will not let anyone stand in his way.

Lady Mary Lennox is the daughter of the Earl of Wilfort, and is engaged to Lord Halsey. She is attending a ball the night she meets Malcolm and she immediately knows he will forever change her life. She is on a mission to support her sister Audrey and is willing to let Malcolm help her; this is the outcome Mal wants as it allows both of them to spend time together.

The world in which they live is on the cusp of war and everything changes in an instant as the two along with his brothers Alec, Angus, Will and Duncan fight for their lives and those of their brethren in the highlands of Scotland.

This is a heartbreaking and passionate book, I love that we are swept away to the beginning of this amazing family saga with Malcolm’s story.

What an amazing heroine Mary is, she moves into this different world, the wilds of Scotland with ease, becoming the woman she never knew existed and takes his family by storm. Mary and Mal’s unfailing love for each other is tested and torn between the war and deceit of others and still it prevails.

In the original books we had heard of the antics of Malcolm Mackenzie and I love that we get to meet him. He is everything a hero should be, protective, loyal and fierce and I fell for him from the beginning. Everyone says that once he sets his mind on something you cannot sway his intent and they are right because as soon as he sees Mary he knows they are meant to be and it does not matter what anyone else says. Their passion for each other is intense and their love survives through it all.

Secondary characters play huge roles, Mal’s brothers are always around and they have a great brotherly relationship and even though they might have different views, there is still love. Both Mary’s father and Mal’s father are also deeply involved in the story and it is interesting to see that they are very similar. This story is woven with fiction and facts as the author tells us a tale that is rich is history and romance, the Mackenzie’s lives will never be the same during this time of uprising and the ending had me shedding several tears before I read the last page.

The pace of the book is fairly fast, there is unrest in the area as the Jacobite followers are on the move, the story moves quickly from the ballroom to the wilds of the highlands and back again with danger all around. Although this is part of a large series, it can easily be read as a standalone as it is the prequel to the Victorian Mackenzie’s, and I am excited for more.

I give The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley 4.25 stars!

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