Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #9)

Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #9)

by Jennifer Ashley

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BN ID: 2940158906992
Publisher: JA / AG Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 26,976
File size: 608 KB

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Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels and novellas. She writes romance, mysteries, and fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

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Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I have read all of the Mackenzie and McBride books through this one. I liked both Alec and Celia. Their chemistry was real and the adventure was intriguing. I recommend if you like any other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author did it again
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy more MacKenzie adventures and I really like how Ashley has set up these pre-Mackenzie romances focusing on the ancestors that brought us Ian, Hart, Cameron, Mac, and Daniel Mackenzie. Though I don’t like thinking too hard on the fact that the couples I’m falling in love with now are no longer around when the first books I read and fell in love with take place. Makes me hunger for immortal highlanders not mortal. Anyway, loved the adventure Alec and Celia have in the hunt for his missing brother Will. I do wish the part where he turns cold and distant for days and then suddenly tells her she can trust him when her life goes to hell was done a bit differently. She is such a strong-willed female I would have loved for her to give him a verbal set down and a piece of her mind when he turns cold towards her, or that he had to come to the realization that he couldn’t actually push her away like Lady Flora wanted him to. I wanted that small scene to be done differently. Other than that, I liked who ended up being the villains and who were not villains, and I liked how her mom didn’t get her way. Such a nasty woman. Their story and romance was sweet, passionate, beautiful, and adventurous from beginning to end.  Can’t wait for Will’s story.
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
FINAL DECISION: This was a very enjoyable book. I loved Alec and Celia together and there is a good plot surrounding the romance.  I can't wait for the next book. THE STORY: Alec Mackenzie is least to the English who are searching for the traitors after the Scottish uprising that ended with Culloden. After his remaining family fled to France, Alec has returned to England with his young daughter in order to search for his brother Will who may have been captured by the English. Alec is masquerading as Mr. Finn, a poor Irish artist taking on students. His student is Lady Celia who is the daughter of the duke that Alec suspects is implicated in his brother's disappearance. Celia is intrigued by Mr. Finn and feels that there is much more to the man than he presents. OPINION: I loved the interaction between Alec and Celia. That interaction is what made the book for me. Like the other Mackenzie books, this book has larger than life characters who have intense feelings for one another. The connection between these two is immediate and quite beautiful. Alec's kindness and gentleness made me fall for him, too.  He is a man who has big emotions and love. One of his best qualities is the love he has for his daughter and his family. He is adorable in that seriously manly fashion. As he meets Celia, he is pulled into caring for her as well. His support for her artistic talent and her wishes and thoughts is very attractive as well. Celia is strong and determined even under the intense manipulation and pressure of her mother.  Her willingness to do what is right for her despite the pressures of society which leaves her ruined, her complex feelings for her family members, and her insistence of being treated as a partner give Celia depth that I enjoyed as well. The plot here works as well. Alec's search for his brother involves various schemes and plots and unwinding the villains and heroes. There is also enjoyable glimpses of the remainder of the Mackenzie family so those who have read THE UNTAMED MACKENZIE will be pleased to see what has happened with the family since the events of that book. Ian and Beth also open and close this novel. Fans of the original books will be pleased. I'm hoping that in the next book we will get to see more of the more of the Victorian era Mackenzies. WORTH MENTIONING:  This book sets up Alec's brother Will's book. I can't wait to hear his story. CONNECTED BOOKS:  ALEC MACKENZIE'S ART OF SEDUCTION is the ninth book in the Mackenzies and McBrides series. While this book is a self-contained romance (which is a prequel to others in the series), there is an introduction from Ian Mackenzie (THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE) and I think at least that book should be read first just to put the story in context. STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC from the author in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
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.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Now I have to go get the other stories that are associated with this one. I want to know the story of Alec's brother, Malcolm. Alec is looking for his brother, Will. He thinks that Celia's father knows where he is. He just needs to get close to her to get the answers he needs. But, when he gets close to Celia, he finds out that things aren't what they seem. Celia is so much more. Celia's mother is always trying to arrange a proper match for her. Celia doesn't like the men her mother picks and refuses. When she meets Alec, she knows she will only marry for love. Will Alec be the one? He comes with a little girl and a very big and loud family.
Barbee114 More than 1 year ago
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! 1746, London. 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! Celia recognizes Alec for what he truly is a Highland warrior as she is good 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! I was honored with an early arc of this book from the author. I voluntarily agreed to read, review and blog. All words thoughts and ideas are my own.
Dragonrose More than 1 year ago
Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction is the ninth book in the Mackenzies & McBrides series by Jennifer Ashley. I hadn't previously read any of the other books in the series so can happily say that you can read this book easily as a stand-alone one. Since the battle of Culloden, which the author managed to portray both sides of superbly, Alec Mackenzie lost some of his brothers. His father, himself and surviving brothers went into hiding after making sure their names were on the 'dead' list. Alec was living in France but has had to return to England after finding out his brother Will is still alive but is being held captive somewhere. Time is of the essence because even though Will may be alive, he will soon be heading for the hangman's noose. Lady Celia Fotheringhay refuses to marry the man her mother deems appropriate for her. A 'disaster' occurs which puts Celia into the bad books of her mother and society. Her aunt, Lady Flora, persuades Celia to take some art lessons from a famous artist who is lodging with her, arguing that she could get back into society's good graces by being able to paint their portraits. Celia is happy to oblige and it pleases her mother as well. What neither realises is that Lady Flora has more than Celia's wellbeing in mind when she makes the arrangements. Alec is a supposed impoverished French artist, living at Flora's earning money be teaching art. He needs to earn Celia's trust in order to get information from her. It is her father who Alec believes knows exactly where Will is being held! Their lessons begin, but from the very first moment, there is a huge attraction between our couple. It isn't long before Alec is questioning having to use Celia as Lady Flora has suggested. But what is he do, he NEEDS the information about his brother, but he also needs to not hurt Celia. How can he manage both things, can he save his brother, or will it be too late anyway? This was an amazing story from the very first page. I love Alec, he is such a good man and a very sexy Highlander. I love how Celia could see through his disguise from day one, not surprising really as he oozed 'warrior' from every pore. It is no wonder that Celia fell for him hook line and sinker. I love her determination and that she is a strong enough character to deal with the things she finds out during this story. Love gives her a strength that surpasses any she had before. As for Alec, he finds Celia to be a much needed calming influence, and to watch their relationship flourish was a delight. Every part of this story kept me riveted, as I am sure it will you too. I absolutely recommend this story and am myself going back to make a start on all the wonderful ones I have missed. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
When I read a Jennifer Ashley historical I can feel the air, smell the streets and river, see the furnishings and touch the clothes. I find myself transported into the story. She knows London as well as those who live there. Awesome, just awesome. Ian MacKenzie has been researching the family history and tells the tale of Malcolm's brother, Alec the artist, who leaves the safety of exile in Paris to locate his brother Will who has been missing far too long. You see this family was supposedly all killed in the war but William, Alec and Malcolm as well as their Dad, the 9th Scottish Duke of Kilmorgan have escaped to Paris. Will has returned to do his spy thing and is AWOL. Alec goes to London disguised as Mr. Flinn an Irish art instructor, to try to find and bring Will home. Lady Flora, the Dowager Marchioness of Ellesmere is sympathetic to the MacKenzies and has set Alec up in her London home. to teach. Enter Lady Celia, disgraced and off the marriage mart, daughter of the Duke of Crenshaw. It has been decided that Celia will take portrait lessons from Mr. Flinn so she may be useful to her father's political career since she's no longer marriageable. You see she refused to marry the man her mother chose to "compromise" her, forcing her into an advantageous marriage. Lady Flora's plan is to pump Celia for information, in any way necessary, for the location of Will. Her father, the Duke was the most likely person to know where he was being held. Ah, the best laid plans often go awry. This is the tale of how those plans derailed and Alec ended up falling madly in love with Celia and Celia becoming a partner in locating Will. Awesomely crafted tale as only Jennifer can accomplish. I was enchanted from the first paragraph. Thank you Jennifer for granting me this free ARC for my review. Perfection as always.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I love the MacKenzies. This book goes back to the earlier MacKenzies who fled Scotland after Culloden. Alec and some of his family are now living in France. He, and his infant daughter, return to London to discover what happened to his brother who may be an English prisoner. Alec is an artist staying at Lady Flora's home posing as an instructor and giving lessons to Lady Celia Fotheringhay, daughter of the Duke of Crenshaw. Alec believes Celia's father may be key in the search for his missing brother Will. As they get to know each other, they fall in love. Celia discovers he's a Highlander, but she loves him and will do all she can to help him find his brother. They marry and continue to search for clues. Lady Flora and her companion, Mrs. Reynolds, are helping Alec. They discover where a group of Scottish prisoners are being held in a private home outside of London. And the rest you'll have to read because I won't ruin a wonderful story. There's much more about Celia's family and Lady Flora. It's definitely worth reading! Thanks to the author and publisher for giving me an ARC. No one has asked or required me to write a review.