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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    I have been anticipating Edmund┬┐s book since he first appeared i

    I have been anticipating Edmund’s book since he first appeared in Colin’s story,having the monsters chased from his room. Even though Edmund isn’t related to the MacGregor’s by blood, he is the son of Colin’s wife Gillian. He was readily adopted into the clan at age 4. Edmund has grown to be a man of honor and courage, just as his adopted father. He and his cousins are determined to stop the progress of a treaty that would join England and Scotland. This band of brothers were fighting hard and covertly.

    Amelia was to be married. Her father assured her that marrying the Chancellor of Scotland, she was helping the family. Amelia adored her father and agreed, even though she didn’t like the man they chose. In fact, the only people who liked him was her mother and her uncle the duke. Extremely accident prone, Amelia was made to feel that she was worthless by most everyone. Her mother was especially cruel. Amelia’s only solace was her friend Sarah, a servant and although Amelia didn’t care about that, her mother did. Amelia dreamed of being away with a brave and true man, like the beautiful statue of David in her mother’s garden, someone who could slay all of her giants and protect her. But that could never happen.

    Edmund and his cousins decided that the quickest way to stop the last of the signatures on the treaty, was to kidnap the niece of the duke, she also happened to be the fiancé of one of the signers, quite a boon! Disguised, they invited themselves to Amelia's engagement party. The kidnapping was successful. Little did Edmund know that Amelia would affect him the way she did. What started off as a kidnapping for a great cause, soon turned into two people discovering that there was more to life than a cause, a country, or what others had planned for them.

    Though this book focused on Edmund and Amelia, it also included love interests and an HEA for other characters. This book flowed so smoothly, that when the new romance happened, it was perfect timing and you didn’t feel deprived from the main characters. I adore the men that Paula writes. They are the men that I dreamed of loving as a child; bold, strong, loving and caring, with just a hint of bad! Oh and did I mention really gorgeous?

    I thought at first that I didn’t like Amelia very much. Oh, I had the giggles during a few of her misadventures, and felt sorry for her during others. But when she turned wishy-washy I thought, “oh no!” I just don’t like that. Then I thought about her life. Her mother treated her as if she were worthless. Her only solace was her secret friend and at times her father. I understood. What do I love about Paula’s books? Not only do they entertain me with the hottest men I’ve ever dreamed of, but she makes me think! She intricately weaves history in with fiction. She makes it come alive, to the point that I find myself laughing and crying, gasping… holding my breath along with the characters. They become real!

    Without question Paula Quinn’s books are on my auto-buy list. I buy not only the written book, but also the Ebook! Print for my Keeper Shelf and one that I will read over and over again. My advice is to quickly buy at least one for yourself! You won’t be disappointed. The Highland Heirs series is a stand-alone series and it isn’t necessary to read either the MacGregor or Children of the Mist Series prior to reading this book, however, if I were you I would read the whole series when I finished. Why? Because this is a fabulous series, that’s why!

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

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    THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL by Paula Quinn is an exciting

    THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL by Paula Quinn is an exciting Scottish Historical Romance set in Eighteen century Scotland. First in "The MacGregors: Highland Heirs" new series and what a beginning!

    "A Highland rogue and an Adventurous Lady"

    This is the tale of Edmund MacGregor, a Highlander,who wishes to keep the sovereignty of his nation(Scotland) and Lady Amelia Bell, who is the niece of the 2nd Duke of Queensberry, and MacGregor clan nemesis, and who is betrothed to Lord Chancellor of Scotland, Earl of Seafield, whom she doesn't want to marry. What a tale!

    Fast paced and passion filled! What an adventure!

    Filled with passion, romance, danger, a kidnapping for ransom, the quest to save Scotland from English rule, revenge, danger, a kidnapping for ransom that turns into so much more. Oh, did I forgot to mention love and passion! The secondary characters are entertaining and engaging as well. I loved Sarah, Amelia's best friend and ladies maid and Edmund's cousin, Luke. They make a wonderful couple. Then you have Malcolm, another cousin, can't wait to see who will capture his heart, but I think I might know who that will be,hopefully. Than there is Darach, the youngest MacGregor, oh he is adorable.

    The neighboring clan, the Buchanan's. Oh and you have Lady Amelia's papa, who loves her dearly, and will do what he has to, in order to save his beloved daughter. And her mother, who I disliked immensely. What a not so lady, she was or is! I would have like to see her get her upcomings.

    I absolutely loved this tale of intrigue and romance. A must read! I can hardly wait for the next installment. Ms. Quinn is a true storyteller. I would highly recommend "THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL" to anyone who enjoys Scottish Warriors, Highlanders, a struggle with emotions, drama, and feisty Lasses. Received for an honest review.

    RATING: 4.5


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    A sweet, hot, and absolutely fantastic historical romance, The S

    A sweet, hot, and absolutely fantastic historical romance, The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell was a wonderful read. I loved this book! It was lovely from start to finish and I enjoyed every bit of it.

    Amelia was a wonderful heroine. She was very loyal to those she cared about and often thought of their needs first (which was both admirably selfless and frustrating, when she got into her head that she needed to sacrifice herself for their happiness). She was stronger than she first seemed, particularly when she decided it was time to fight for what she wanted. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

    Edmund was also great. He was so sweet and intensely loyal to what he believed in, but even more so to those he loved. He had his own code of honor and was noble enough to follow it no matter what. He was perfect and I absolutely adored him.

    The romance was lovely. Amelia and Edmund were so sweet together. I loved how they instantly had a connection and simply understood each other. And, the chemistry between them was sizzling from the moment they met. There was definitely some spice to go along with the sweet. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few twists that kept me riveted. I loved all the secondary characters and I'm excited to read their stories in the upcoming books. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this book and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Captivating Scottish adventure! OMG! What a great medieval Scott

    Captivating Scottish adventure! OMG! What a great medieval Scottish romance to enjoy! I have just finished reading Paula Quinn’s first book THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL in her new series The MacGregors: Highland Heirs. This book had every element to please me, a highlander, passion and adventure. If you have read her previous series Children of the Mist; then you will be delighted to read Edmund’s story, eldest son of Colin MacGregor and Gillian, her two main characters in her fourth book Conquered by a Highlander. It’s an amazing introduction to her new series that you really don’t want to miss. Edmund shared his family’s love of Scotland and the only way to save his country, was to dissolve the treaty. To do so, he needed to kidnap the young and beautiful Amelia in exchange for a ransom. On the other hand, to respect her parent’s wish, Amelia accepts to be betrothed to the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, a man she doesn’t love. Then the adventure begins…Will the captor fall in love with his charming captive? Will he be true to the new woman that entered his life or to his beloved Scotland? This story is fast paced, very well written and fun to read! Some scenes have a touch of humor! Let yourself be pulled into Edmund and Amelia’s romantic Scottish story filled with tenderness and passion. Beware, once you start to read it, there is no way you will be able to put it down! Paula Quinn is a very descriptive writer of little details that makes Scotland’s history fascinating to discover. I highly recommend this book THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Very sweet loving story

    This is my first read by P.Q. & i am a fan! Loved her characters & story line, especially the humor spun along the way. Will be reading all the others she has out. Would have liked a little more story at the end but maybe there is more comming later....J

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    An exciting opening sets the stage for danger and intrigue in Pa

    An exciting opening sets the stage for danger and intrigue in Paula Quinn’s action-packed first book in her MacGregors: Highland Heirs series. A rogue band of Highlanders—Edmund, the hero, along with his cousins Darach, Malcolm, and Lucan—plan to confront influential Scottish peers in a brothel and expose their debauchery in hopes of coercing them into relinquishing the names of the men who will sign the Union with England Act, a document that will unite Scotland and England.
    This is my first Paula Quinn novel and I am very impressed with her storytelling and likeable characters against a rich backdrop of history. There is perhaps a wee bit too much narrative of “she’s so beautiful” “he’s so hot” but overall, it is an enjoyable and entertaining romantic story.
    Lady Amelia Bell is the niece of an influential and powerful duke who supports the Treaty of Union. He has arranged a marriage for her with Walter, Lord Chancellor Seafield, to unite the families for great political gain; it is not a love match, merely a strategic alliance.
    Amelia tends to be a little accident-prone and bad luck seems to follow wherever she goes, something her waspish and power-hungry mother, Millicent, never lets her forget. For example, Amelia dropped her cousin when he was a babe and he later became mad and her father once almost choked to death on his food while in her presence. As a result, it has been difficult to find her a husband and this may well be her last chance to make a good match. Amelia is very young and immature, and wants love and romance, especially after learning about her best friend Sarah’s sexy adventures with handsome young men, but she has resigned herself to her fate.
    Edmund MacGregor is half English but was later brought to his Scottish mother’s clan, so he feels a strong loyalty to Scotland. With his three gorgeous cousins, they crash Amelia’s betrothal party posing as aristocratic guests. Edmund is disguised as the handsome Viscount Essex and he immediately catches Amelia’s eye as the dreamy young man she spied in her uncle’s statuary gardens at dawn. When they meet, it’s love at first sight. Edmund falls for her beauty and innocence. They flirt and share an unforgettable kiss…and then he kidnaps her.
    Amelia is not what Edmund expected her to be; instead of a spoiled and proud supporter of the Treaty, he finds a guileless and beautiful innocent. Amelia is also kind and loyal to Sarah, a servant as well as her best friend, something which also endears her to Edmund.
    Unbeknownst to his cousins, Malcolm kidnaps Sarah, too, hoping for some action while they’re working toward justice, much to Lucan’s and Edmund’s disgust. These are honorable men, and they do not hold with using women though they are obviously not above kidnapping for a cause but Malcolm likes to push the boundaries.
    Lucan is a very memorable and likeable character (and my favorite of all the sexy cousins), very much the gentleman, and he falls hard for Sarah. Sarah is a huge flirt—her overtures to Malcolm and Darach made me cringe—but, when she catches a man’s interest for more than just sex, she is scared to death and tries to avoid him. This secondary love story is endearing, funny, and charmingly depicted. Lucan is a knight in shining armor with his quiet and reserved manner and his irrepressible honor toward all ladies. He reminds me of the serious but sexy Thorne from Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series. And there is a hint of a future happy ending for Darach in the unlikeliest of heroines.
    You might think that the serious and frightening kidnapping situation would have quickly doused any flames of love or lust, but it does not as both ladies swoon over the men. I found this part of the story a little distasteful but shook it off as very young girls who didn’t know any better. Life at Ravenglade, where the Highlanders camp out with their quarry, becomes rather like a holiday adventure, with lovely sunsets, flirtations, and fleeting happiness; they even dress for dinner, something I found funny considering the circumstances. But it is also very charming as, even amid chaos, there is some semblance of civility.
    Amelia fears that the feelings she has for Edmund will be her one and only chance at real passion in life and so she grabs it. They become close while tending to a comrade’s injuries and Edmund comes to realize that Amelia is as much his passion as his beloved Scotland is. Their love story is both passionate and sweet.
    Amelia’s mother, Millicent, is a dissatisfied shrew, who belittles her husband while she tries to sell off her youngest daughter for money and power. But Amelia’s father, John, loves her dearly and only wants her true happiness. The disposal of Walter, Amelia’s fiance, is a little too convenient.
    This sweeping story is rich in history, with detailed descriptions of the long-fought (and fraught) troubles with England, brutal fighting between clans, the breathtaking landscape of the Scottish Highlands, castle interiors and just simple everyday life in early eighteenth century Scotland. I especially enjoyed reading about Ravenglade, Malcolm’s estate and the setting for a large part of the story. Constant clan fights—with the rival Buchanans—comes to take second place to the even greater threat of England on the Scottish way of life. I don’t know anything about Scottish clan life and history but I found this realization significant and interesting.
    Memorable moment:
    “‘He’ll make ye smile as much of out of bed as he does in it. He’ll come to know what makes ye happy and then do everything in his power to give it to ye. Ye’ll find his interest in things that matter to ye and his protection from things that dishearten ye. He’ll see yer faults and love ye despite them.’” (p187)
    A very entertaining, romantic, and adventurous story.
    *A modified version of this review appeared on the Romantic Historicals Review blog.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks! Man that was one amazing h

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

    Man that was one amazing highland read!  Everything that I treasure in a historical/medieval/highland romance novel was present.  You will find friendly banter among the warriors (speaks volumes of the kinship they feel towards on another), a feisty and easy to love heroine and her down to earth sidekick, one HOT leader who is captivated by this feisty heroine but has to stick to a code or sorts as opposed to falling in love with her, action packed battle, dreadful antagonists and a setting so beautifully described you are left with a stunning image in your mind.  PERFECT MIX! :)

    The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn is the first book of her new The MacGregors: Highland Heirs series.  I have not read anything previous of Paula Quinn's but I will say that I am bumping up her series on my TBR list.  This series is a spin off of her previous series that feature the children of previous couples.  I an excited to go back and read all about how they came to exist!

    Edmund MacGregor is the epitome of a highland warrior.  He is brave, strong, handsome, feared, deceptive as required, patriotic, and will do anything and everything he can to prevent a treaty from being signed allowing England to official own Scotland ... even kidnap the daughter of a duke and the betrothed to a Chancellor who will be in attendance to this signing.  Hoping to use this woman to force his enemies hands, it is quite ironic that it turns out it is his hand that is forced .... in love.

    Amelia is a sweet beauty who lives her life loyal to her family.  Haunted by "bad luck" she is somewhat looked as an disaster in the making but absolutely treasured by her father.  When she is told to marry for the benefit of her country, she is prepared to do her duty.  When she meets a visitor and experiences a stolen heart stopping embrace with him, her whole world is about to be turned upside down.  Especially when her visitor kidnaps her and shows his true intent.

    Throughout this novel we experience a wonderful story of how these two fight, embrace, admire, regard, love, and understand each other.  You can see where the conflict of "how can we be together" arises and how they get to a point where they know they want to overcome it.  Supported by cast of secondary characters that add their own spice to this story, these two go on a remarkable journey together.

    If you love a good highlander novel, you have to check this book out!  I was absolutely satisfied by the time the last page was read!  LOL


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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Give me a book that involves romnce and Scottish Highlanders, an

    Give me a book that involves romnce and Scottish Highlanders, and I’m a happy woman! “The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell” by Paula Quinn definitely hits the mark with this great historical romance. The characters are great, and both Amelia and Edmund are people who you can relate to and root for. I love Amelia’s passionate nature and her rebellious side. You can’t help but like her. Edmund is the typical rogue at first, until he falls hard for Amelia. The writing style is great, and there is the perfect mixture of romance and action going on. I hate romance novels that are like one giant orgy, this one has some steamy sex scenes, but evens it out with an actual story line that is easy to follow. The sexual tension between Amelia and Edmund is thick, and as a reader you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for and wanting something to happen between them. The wait is worth it though, because when they do finally hook up, it is a steamy scene. I like that the writer also followed Amelia’s servant Sarah’s life in this novel. It wasn’t all about Amelia and Edmund, it also brought other characters stories into this novel. 

    I would definitely recommend this novel to all lovers of historical romance novels. Paula Quinn definitely has a knack when it comes to writing well-balanced romance novels. If you get a little hot thinking about Scottish Highlanders in their sexy kilts, than this novel is definitely for you!

    I give “The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell” a FIVE out of FIVE stars!

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    Paula creates characters that sweep you up and place you within

    Paula creates characters that sweep you up and place you within the MacGregor Clan. We were
    1st introduced to Edmund when he was a small boy in "Conquered by a Highlander". It was
    heartwarming to read of the man he became. Romance, Honor, and Family are integral themes
    throughout all of Paula's books and she never disappoints. Her stories flow seamlessly and her
    characters leave such a mark that you don't need a cliff note to remind you of who they are or where
    you last encountered them. You can read this book as a stand alone, but I highly encourage you to go
    back to the beginning, "Laird of the Mist", and get to know the MacGregors and the Grants. You will find
    yourself wearing a genuine smile as you read and will also find yourself dreaming of going to Scotland to
    see for yourself the landscape theses heroes and heroines have loved on.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    This was my first time reading Paula Quinn. She is a very enjoy

    This was my first time reading Paula Quinn. She is a very enjoyable author. I think she was masterfully able to keep different elements of the story in play at the same time and keep them all interesting. One element is the romance between Amelia Bell and Edmund McGregor. Edmund is determined to stop the signing of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. Edmund, along with his clan believe that this treaty will strip them of their rights and their identities as Scotsman. Edmund and his clan come up with an idea on how to stop the signing. He decides that he will kidnap the niece of the Duke of Queensberry who is a big advocate of this union. Amelia is promised to the Chancellor of Scotland. Everyone knows that it is not a love match but an advantageous political step for her father.
    The night of her betrothal dinner she meets Edmund and she falls in love with him immediately. She knows that she is promised to the Chancellor and that her parents are depending on her to fulfill their dreams but she finds Edmund attractive and irresistible at the same time. While they share a kiss he covers her mouth with a cloth and kidnaps her. Obviously this changes her feelings a little bit towards his trustworthiness. Edmund for his part begins to regret his decision once he meets Amelia and also begins to fall in love with her but he also feels responsible for his duty to his clan and his home Scotland. Although Edmund is raised in Scotland and adopted at the age of 4 by his clan he is really from England.
    In the midst of this romance lies the tension between England and Scotland. I personally found that more interesting than the romance between Edmund and Amelia. Although I liked both Amelia and Edmund I found them to be boring… I know they are caught in the middle of this big conflict but they basically make googly eyes at each other throughout most of the story. I personally was more interested in Saran and Lucan’s romantic story more. I loved that they were complete opposites. Sarah is Amelia’s best friend but their friendship is banned by Amelia’s mom since Sarah is a servant. Sarah and Amelia are completely different. While Amelia is a devoted and virginal Sarah is adventurous and very experienced with the opposite sex. Sarah is also naturally drawn to the wrong men. Lucan, Edmund’s cousin, is definitely the right type of man. He is a knight in shining armor sans the shining armor with a kilt. I loved seeing them fall in love and Lucan’s unwavering patience with Sarah. Although they were secondary characters I liked them best.
    If you’re looking sweet romances, intriguing history and sexy men in quilts you won’t go wrong. Amelia and Edmund have many obstacles standing in their way, both of them are torn between their devotion to their country, family and to each other. I loved learning about Scotland and its history and the fast pace adventures along the way made this a great read!

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