A fugitive Highlander.
A proper English lady.
Alec Mackenzie knows Lady Celia is key to finding his missing brother. The trouble is, Alec is supposed to be dead, and he needs the world to keep believing that.
The artful ways of Alec Mackenzie.
Alec will do anything to find his brother, including pretend to be a penniless drawing master to London aristocrats. The one man who might know where his brother is being held is a powerful duke, and that duke has daughter who needs art lessons …
Lessons can lead to startling revelations …
Lady Celia is intrigued by the Scotsman, so obviously a warrior, who pretends he is not. She's also intrigued by his instruction on painting the human form, something no young lady should take an interest in. But Celia, ruined by The Disaster and already beyond hope, dares to let the Highlander teach her all he knows …
Note: Alec Mackenzie is the brother of Malcolm from The Stolen Mackenzie Bride. He is an ancestor of the Mackenzie family whose story begins with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
Absolutely brilliant from start to finish! Another Mackenzie masterpiece!
Book: Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction by Jennifer Ashley
Series: The Mackenzies Series, Book #9
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2) Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Overall Rating: 5 STARS
Blog Rating : 5 KILTS
Writing my review now here is my quick opinion while finishing.
This is Jennifer Ashley’s ninth book as the story's hero is the handsome, charming and swoon worthy Alec Mackenzie! He is the brother of Book #8 Malcolm, from “The Stolen Mackenzie Bride.” Also ancestor of long time MacKenzie favorite Ian. How this unforgettable,
phenomenal, Mackenzie series started with - “The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie”. It is pure brilliance in my opinion, one of my favorite reads of 2017!
Attic of Kilmorgan Castle ,Scotland 1892
The story starts as Mackenzie series favorite Ian, ( The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie) is going through the family history carefully and methodically. Well that is until his beautiful wife Beth enters the attic. His Beth is the keeper of his heart, Ian easily gets distracted whenever she is in his surroundings. Beth is always interested in anything that captures Ian’s attention. He is the husband she fought so hard for so many years ago. She also taught Ian to always tell a story one specific way. That way is is with “Once Upon a Time”, so it begins…
In the aftermath of The Battle of Culloden Alec MacKenzie’s brother Will is missing after sadly losing a few of his other brothers to misfortune . The family has exiled to France during this turbulent time. Another reason why they can’t understand why Will would be in dangerous London. Not after the bloodbath the Bonnie Prince Charlie/ Tearlach led them in. Alec refuses to lose another brother! Rumors are flying that a certain English Duke of Crenshaw might have the information he seeks! As it’s rumored Will might be imprisoned or possibly executed. This English Duke also has a beautiful daughter who is also a talented landscape artist. Her selfish duchess mother feels her daughter Celia is a disgrace and embarrassment to the family. Refusing a promising marriage to a man three times her age, but a big financial and titled opportunity. In punishment she has been pretty much living in seclusion as her mother's prisoner. Her mother wants her to paint faces for advancement opportunities. Especially since she is ruined for another marriage opportunity!
Now Alec is living in London with his infant daughter, at the well known and infamous Lady Flora’s. He is using the identity of a drawing master under an Irish assumed name - Mr. Finn. No English aristocrat would allow their daughter near a traitorous Highland warrior! Now the seductive Alec has other ideas for his new student and that is to study anatomy! As the Scottish Mackenzie’s are known Jacobite traitors now living in France. It would be a death sentence if his true identity was ever know. Plus might even put his exiled family in France at risk, not to mention Will if he is in London.
Celia is definitely not what Alec expected and now he feels rather protective. Plus seeing her so nurturing around his daughter starts melting his cold heart. Her talent, tenderness and caring surprise him. She is no shrinking violet that is for certain. He also realizes he wants her very badly and not for information!
Celia recognizes Alec for what he truly is a Highland warrior as she is food at listening and studying people. She is mesmerized by his drool worthy good looks and charming personality. Yet she sees his tenderness with his daughter, his talent as an artist and his protectiveness. In addition she see’s a side of him that scares her if anyone crossed him he wouldn’t accept it lightly. She also feels horrible that he and his family's home and livelihood was destroyed by her King and country! She also realizes she’s falling in love with a Jacobite highland warrior!
What will she do when she realizes she is just a pawn in a very dangerous game? Will Alec find his missing brother Will? Or God forbid Will is being held as a prisoner or worse! Does Alec get caught trying to locate his Jacobite brother?
Again, another beautiful written Jennifer Ashley masterpiece. It is filled with favorite MacKenzie characters, plus all the elements historical readers love! From a riveting, fast paced adventure, filled with betrayal, misfortune, and heartbreak. Plus the aftermath of war, destruction, treachery, murder, scandal, death, exile, passion and love. In addition, it weaves true history with a phenomenal, fictional, historical, romance that I could not put this book down!
Setting is absolutely dazzling and dialogue was magnificent. Plotting was so awe inspiring and paced perfectly! I was holding my breath with anticipation not knowing what could possibly happen next! The characters were so delightful from infant Jenny to the infamous and cold Lady Flora. Plus the nasty unfeeling duchess, delightful Duke and of course our beautiful and appealing star crossed lovers, Alec and Celia.
I loved this book so very much and I know I will be re-reading again and again. Those Mackenzie’s know just how to tie this reader in a feel good knot. I mean this in a great way! Jennifer Ashley pens another phenomenal master piece you don’t want to miss! I can’t recommend it enough!
Bravo Jennifer Ashley you totally rocked my world once again. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish!
I was honored with an early arc of this book from the author. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog. All words, thoughtand ideas are my own.
This book is to hard to read it drains along and says nothing. I would not buy it.
Alec Mackenzie is a ghost of a man, reported dead along with his family during the war. Hiding out in the open as Mr. Finn Irish painter and art teacher. Alec has been commissioned to teach art to Lady Celia Fotheringhay. Alec has a reason for getting close to Celia, he needs info on where to find his missing brother Will. Word has it that Celia’s father may be hiding Scottish prisoners and Alec plans on using Celia to fret out information including seduction if necessary. Celia is nothing like Alec expected, she’s a feisty passionate woman with a mind of her own.
Lady Celia was caught in a compromising position of her mothers making and has refused to wed the terrible man. Being shunned by society and her mother her one concession is the art lessons to learn to paint portraits of high society.
Both Celia and Alec know there is much more then what appears in each other and there’s a strong attraction but Alec is on a mission and the last thing he needs is to fall for the very intriguing and beautiful Celia. As things escalate and information is gained Alec realizes that Celia may be worth just as much as his brother but there are unknown forces are against them. They may not get the chance to explore their feelings and it will take trusting each other to make it out alive.
The fact that Ian Mackenzie starts this book out made me incredibly happy. Ian is my all time Book boyfriend and one of the best books I’ve ever read. This was a really good book and well worth reading. I need to go back and read Malcom Mackenzie’s and I’m looking forward to Will’s Book to come.