Moonlight on My Mind (Second Sons Series #3)

Moonlight on My Mind (Second Sons Series #3)

by Jennifer McQuiston

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Moonlight on My Mind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wondered if all her books were this good now I know! Keeping these in mind for anyone interested in great love stories.
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Excellent story.
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Jennifer McQuiston has written a funny, emotional, intriguing story. This story is about Julianne, who wrongly accused Patrick in the murder of his brother. After his father's death, Julianne travels to Scotland to bring Patrick home so he can save his family and clear his name. Patrick marries Julianne to protect himself and to save Julianne's reputation and her. What follows is a love adventure. This book is so beautifully written that it is hard to put down.
Frisby More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book to read, liked it very much, just like all of her other books.;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is fun and exciting too. Great writing and great reading.
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horseloverJH More than 1 year ago
Keep it up Ms. McQuiston!  I need more books by you!  You have become my favorite author and I am looking forward to what you will come out with next.  I love the style and intelligence with which you write.  You are able to transport  me into another world, but do it lightly, romantically, and with words that do not talk down to the reader.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND by Jennifer McQuistion is an interesting Historical Romance set in 1441-1842 England and Scotland. #3 in the "Second Sons" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Filled with secrets, betrayal, romance, trust and passion. Fast paced. Julianne Baxter and Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham's tale of love, passion, forgiveness and healing. One brother dead, another accused of his murder. One woman could cause his death or be his salvation. Engaging characters who are believable and likeable, the storyline is intriguing and suspenseful. Suspense, mystery and finding the truth could just get them both killed. A great story from beginning to end. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak She accused him of murdering his very own brother eleven months ago, and now she’s here, coaxing him back to England and claim the title his father left because of his demise. She might start out like a manipulative, conniving, spoiled member of the ton, but as the story progress, I have to admit that she’s got one strong indomitable spirit that will make you pin for her. So despite the fact that she had cost him his exile in Scotland away from his family, this girl would make it hard for you to hate her. I love her strong personality, determination, and courage. Although, she has a penchant for cleanliness, and of course speaking and following her own mind rather than obeying. If Julianne loves clean, and tidy – Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham is the complete opposite. He doesn’t mind the dirt and the blood and he was completely content in staying in Scotland, playing veterinarian, until she came back into his life once again, insisting that he come back with her to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A wedding might only be the way to save her reputation, after the vicar saw her in his home, and of course, it will save him from being hanged. Julianne quickly agreed, much to my surprise. Every day, she is more convinced of his innocence. Every day, they grew closer to each other – spending time in and out of bed, knowing each other intimately and personally. Now the only problem that is hanging between them is for him to clear his name, and she might know the only person who can help them. I just love the surprising twist that I didn’t see coming – just when I thought I figured out who the culprit is, Ms. McQuiston did a turn that had left me dumbfounded (I-should-have-known-that-moment). One surprise came after the other, and finally, it was a total relief when the culprit has been found and the mystery of the murder has been solved. Jennifer McQuiston brings in the right amount of romance, thrill, suspense and steam that makes this regency romance a delight. It was a complete page-turner that had me hooked all afternoon. Lovers of Regency romance will surely enjoy this read! ¿Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Moonlight On My Mind is the third book in this amazing series. This is the story of Patrick and Julianne whom we were read about them in previous books. Julianne is an unpredictable , stubborn and loyal heroin, In "Summer is for Lovers" I did not like her really in the beginning of the story but by the end of the book I start to like her. In this book the same thing happen for Julianne accused Patrick of murdering his own brother by mistake that force Patrick to leave his family and hide in Scotland. She starts to feel guilty to ruin Patrick and his family lives so she goes to Scotland to bring him back. As soon as she sees Patrick again she is confident that she made a huge mistake. The story is amazing and I really adore Julianne strength and loyalty to Patrick and how honorable is Patrick.I keep guessing who murdered Patrick's brother and I was surprise , by the end of book I was wrong. Thank you Mrs. Jennifer McQuiston for another great story.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I am completely loving the opportunity to follow Jennifer McQuiston’s publishing journey: the third title in this Second Sons series is as enjoyable as the first two, and there is the added bonus of getting to catch glimpses of characters highlighted in earlier works as they appear in this story.  Julianne was a memorable guest at a house party at the Earl of Haversham’s estate, particularly after she named Patrick, the earl’s son as the murderer of his brother Erik. When the earl suddenly dies, Julianne heads to Morag Scotland to track Patrick down to inform him of his inheritance.  Patrick, for his part, wanted nothing to do with the earldom or society: after convincing his father to support his veterinary studies in Turin, he returned to England expecting to set up a practice.  While that dream was not supported: men of the Ton do NOT work in trades, he still kept his hand in the field within his father’s stables.  When the potential for him to be arrested and charged with his brother’s murder was feeling eminent, he fled to Morag Scotland: and has been serving as the local veterinarian for the town, scraping by as he waited for his father to clear his name.  Julianne was an interesting character: a touch flighty but determined and despite thoughts to the contrary, quite intelligent. While dancing the fine line of propriety as a young, unmarried woman, her unchaperoned carriage journey via public conveyance to Scotland to hunt down a man she barely knew would bring her utter disgrace.  The two have an unmistakable chemistry, from their first encounter nearly a year earlier to the forced proximity of their situation: although they are often at cross-purposes with the secrets that they have, and the preconceived notions about each other.  Yet, someone did murder Erik, and the Earl’s decline was far too rapid for anyone’s comfort.  This story is less light-hearted than the earlier works in the series, but the characters truly do come to light and life throughout the myriad of twists and turns to find the one (or ones) responsible for the two deaths.   With clever asides of veterinary treatment and a three legged doggie companion, a victim of a coach for hire, and the obvious affection between Julianne and her father as well as Patrick and his sisters and mother, the story will have you wondering who did it, and hoping that the truth would come out before a trip to the gallows becomes the solution.  McQuiston’s stories are emotion-filled with a solid sense of characters, place and time: always giving at least one dislikable character set to provide conflict and dissent among those who are destined to be together, even when they don’t see it.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review with Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.   
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
This was a tough one for me. I had a couple of issues with this story but the whodunit aspect kept me going. First, let’s start with our “heroine” Juliana Baxter. I had a hard time figuring out how she was a heroine. In my opinion, she boarded on being a villain. Although, I love strong-willed, I-do-what-I want- heroines, she was beyond all this. She was so spoiled, self-absorbed and wreck-less. She pushed people around just to get her way. When the story begins she is picking between two brothers and decides leans towards one after he kisses her. Then after sharing a kiss with Patrick (the less important, second son) she accuses him of murdering his brother!!! So one would think, ok she is a witness to a murder… she wasn’t!! Apparently our ego-centric, spoiled heroine has bad eyesight! Seriously, I couldn’t deal with her after discovering this…She basically ruins this family’s life and causes the death of Patrick’s father. How I will let readers decide from themselves. I have to confess she is the first heroine that I truly disliked. I kept hoping Patrick would come to his senses and leave her (a first for me). Once she becomes the Countess she continues to push people around and demand the respect that is entitled to her…(deep sigh). Really… I had a lot of issues with her as a “heroine”. Patrick was definitely more likeable although he was full of contradictions. He is the less important-second son. He becomes a veterinarian to try and have a purpose since he is of no importance to the family. After being accused of killing his older brother he hides out in Scotland until his father can figure out what really happened during this ill-fated hunt that took his older sons life. While Patrick is hiding out is father dies and Juliana brings him the news. So Patrick, was also very frustrating because he knows that Juliana is a “handful” to put it nicely but he is still attracted to her and realizes that he has to marry her for both their mutual benefits. Once Patrick realizes that the death of his father and brother were not accidental he becomes more active in his destiny. He realizes that his life could be in danger and stops moping about what has happened to his life after his brother’s death. Once the murder mystery began to be introduced into the story-line it began to pick up, although it was more than half-way through. What I did like about this story was the supporting characters. Patrick was fortunate to be surrounded by friends that really gave him good advice and looked out for him. The identity of the killer was a no-brainer for me. Once the characters were introduced it was easy to figure out who would benefit from all these deaths. But if you’re looking for romance/murder mystery you will enjoy this story.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
A year ago a kiss changed the lives of Julianne and Patrick forever. For Patrick, he was accused of killing his brother with Julianne the witness and has been hiding out in Scotland ever since. For Julianne, her plan to make Patrick's brother jealous by dancing with Patrick has left her hungry for the intense emotions his kiss inspired in her. No man's ever equaled him though and his absence has left her contemplating what she truly saw on that fateful night. To see why he affects her the way he does and to assuage her guilt she travels to Scotland to bring him home to claim his birthright, but once again a kiss leads to life-altering events. Together they must forge a path to HEA through trust and the discovering of truth before the real killer strikes again. Julianne is a very complex and surprisingly modern heroine in her thoughts and deeds. She was brought up with all the expected training of finding a rich and titled husband, managing a household, and having a family. How she goes about finding that husband is a bit mercenary though. She used Patrick to get his brother's attention but became enthralled by Patrick and his kiss and tried to recreate the searing electricity their kiss engendered by going from one titled gentleman's kiss to another's with no luck. She often looks before she leaps and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. She might seem superficial at times but deep down she's a woman of great loyalty and compassion which is what binds her to Patrick and makes for their formidable connection. Julianne wasn't always easy to like early on but I admired her strength and forthright nature and was happy she found someone who could truly see her for who she is. Patrick is an unexpected man of his time too in that he's a veterinarian and cares nothing for titles. He's happiest spending time with animals rather than people but finds himself drawn to Julianne against his will. He hates her for testifying against him but will do whatever necessary to keep her safe when her life's in jeopardy too. He has a hard time trusting her at first as he knows she's played him in the past but the flashes of compassion he sees in her and her devotion to make things right for him and his family slowly win him over. Patrick's a good man who Julianne's lucky to have because of his loyalty and need to do what's right, he's unfailingly kindhearted which sometimes works against him but he's ultimately the quintessential hero. Add in the subtle sexiness he exudes and you have a drool-worthy hero too! The witty and engaging banter between Patrick and Julianne enhances an already entertaining story. They're both equals in intelligence and strong-willed natures and it shows in their scintillating dialogue that adds to the sexual tension between them that is already off-the-charts. The mystery that brought them together is extremely well-written with numerous twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end with just enough clues to make it all come together perfectly. Along with the likable main characters come an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters, namely Patrick's friends who support him every step of the way. From colorful ballrooms to the rustic countryside Ms. McQuiston has vividly depicted the varying degrees of social class and continues to entertain with her talent and bright future in the historical genre.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Julianne gave a statement that Patrick killed his older brother. She now thinks she is wrong and as his father has now died she sets out to find him and bring him home. Patrick knows he needs to marry her to keep her from testifying or he could be facing a hangman's noose. It seems Julianne has a habit of getting into things and Patrick will have his hands full. They come back to face the scandal and to try and save Patrick. They may have been married do to odd circumstances but Julianne will do anything to save Patrick She really cares for him and hopes he does her as well. They have a danger close to home and they need to find who really killed Patrick's brother before the killer kills again. This is a delightful historical romance. I really liked both characters as they are different from what they are classed to be. Julianne is head strong and jumps before looking. Patrick loves to help animals when he should be a Lord of leisure. They both butt heads constantly but have the same goal. Julianne isn't one to lay down and stay safe at home. They have a great chemistry in bed bit have t work on other things. They need to communicate with each other more. There is a killer that needs to be found so there is plenty of danger in this book. I enjoyed every bit of it as I am sure many fans will. Don't think you have it all figured out because the author does an amazing job throwing in some surprises.
Buckland More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well as the entire trilogy. A nice conclusion to the trio. I would strongly suggest you totally disregard the above Publisher's Weekly review dated 12/16/2013. I would perceive the author of that entry was having a very bad month. The suggestion that Moonlight ends the trilogy on a sour note is insulting, impossible to ascertain the origin of the perception and an egregious use of so called critical license. The Publishers Weekly review should be removed from this page as superfluos waste. Moonlight on My Mind is a lovely tale and should be enoyede as such.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Second Sons series by Jennifer McQuiston, a relative newcomer to the historical romance genre who debuted last year with her unique and impressive all-in-one-day romance, What Happens in Scotland. Set in Victorian Scotland and England (1841-1842), this is another very different romance. Her writing voice pulls you into the story, with interesting and realistic characters and situations as well as the little period details that I love to read about. The heroine, Julianne Baxter, first appeared—and not to much advantage—in the second book in the series, Summer is for Lovers. In that story, she was the snobbish debutante who made life difficult for its heroine, Caroline. Like Charlotte from One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick, I wondered how in the world McQuiston would make Julianne likable; she succeeds admirably. Yes, she’s still very bossy, direct, snobbish, and loves to be clean, but she also knows what she wants and takes responsibility for her actions, even when she’s wrong. Patrick is a veterinarian, a second son of an earl, who fled England after Julianne accused him of murdering his brother, Eric, during a house party hunt. He has scraped by in Moraig, Scotland with his friends James MacKenzie and David Cameron (the heroes from the first two books in the series), although his practice and life in Scotland hardly compares with the elegant and comfortable world he left behind. McQuiston is also a veterinarian so there are some details about animal care; the surgery scene in the beginning of the book is a bit gruesome in what is implied but it also displays Julianne’s determination and strength when she aids Patrick, much to his surprise. At first, I was curious as to why Julianne would seek out Patrick but it soon becomes clear that she is the only one who knows where he is after she attends his father’s funeral. She has determined to bring him home—he’s now the earl and his family needs him—as well as to confess she is unsure of what she saw the night of the murder. Because she traveled unchaperoned to Scotland, they agree to marry quickly but, with James MacKenzie’s counsel and assistance, Patrick also sees his chance to clear his name. If they marry, a wife cannot testify against her husband; Julianne thinks he is marrying her to protect her reputation. “She was a cosseted, perfumed, damnably inconvenient intrusion into his easy, ordered, unhygienic life.” (p355) Julianne and Patrick have been attracted to each other since they first met eleven months before, at a house party held at his parents’ estate in Yorkshire. At that time, she flirted Patrick into dancing with her to make Eric, his brother and the heir, jealous. But Patrick also kissed her passionately and she has not forgotten it.  Julianne exasperates Patrick but she also fascinates him with her strength and beauty. She likes to be in control and, often, Patrick finds that she is correct, especially in managing the rules of Polite Society, something of which he knows nothing about nor does he wish to. Unfortunately, sometimes Julianne’s bossiness misfires. Especially on their wedding night when Patrick wants to take things slowly for her. It’s only later that she understands exactly why he was taking his time with her. Later in the story, when Patrick is arrested, Julianne takes charge as the countess she truly is. Even her father remarks upon it, much to her satisfaction. It’s admirable that she doesn’t wait around for someone to help Patrick, she takes matters into her own hands, much to Patrick’s exasperation and worry. “It was a hell of a thing to be locked in gaol while your wife ran amok.” (p287) The family scenes when they return to England as man and wife are lovingly portrayed with his mother and two young sisters, but there is also humor and drama with extended family members who seem to be almost living at the family estate. Julianne charges in and takes control not letting anyone belittle her or Patrick.  The extended family who have literally camped out at Patrick’s Yorkshire family estate, most notably his cousins Jonathon Blythe and George Willoughby, are dreadful. Blythe is an angry and jealous young man—his violence toward Patrick while he was in gaol is appalling—while Willoughby is simpering in his attentions to Julianne while Patrick is away. There is a beautiful realism to the story, especially in noting how things aren’t very clean (or hard to keep clean) with mention of Patrick’s less-than-sweet-smelling self after working all day with animals, bodily perspiration after love making, and the frankly less than hygienic conditions of Patrick’s Moraig home and practice. This book is as much romance as it is murder mystery and I felt that both stories were told with equal attention. It brought to mind Stephanie Laurens’ mystery romances.  Memorable moments: “To be kissed in this manner was to stand on the edge of a cliff wearing only paper wings and believe you could fly.” (p110) ”’She makes me want to stick around to discover what unexpected, brilliant thing she might do next.’” (p347) A very enjoyable and original historical romance.