Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review:The Bruised Thistle

The Bruised Thistle by Ashley York
Series The Order of the Scottish Thistle #1
Published By Ashley York
Publish Date December 15, 2013
Pages 312
Format eARC
Genre Historical Romance
Source via NetGalley
Rating 4 Stars
Buy at Amazon B&N

Blurb from Goodreads:

Iseabail MacNaughton, the orphaned daughter of a Scottish laird, is forced to flee her home and seek assistance against her lecherous uncle, who has usurped her family’s land. When she meets Seumas, a strong and valiant mercenary, she cannot help wondering if he could be the one to stand with her against her uncle. But with a price on her head and enemies on all sides, her trust is not something she can afford to give lightly… 

Seumas MacDonell is a man wounded in body and soul, driven by guilt. When he rescues Iseabail from one of his men, he cannot deny the attraction he feels for her, despite the wound that left him unable to act on it. In the hope of finding redemption for his sins, he agrees to help Iseabail…but will his feelings for her prove to be the ultimate obstacle to his salvation?

My Thoughts:
Iseabail and Seumas are both running from something. In Iseabail's case it's her uncle who wants her lands and her. She mets Seumas who is running from himself. She doesn't know if she can trust him but feels that she can get him to stand against her uncle.

I liked the characters but Iseabail sometimes acts younger then Calum, her youngest brother. She sets herself up to get into trouble and then can't find away to get out of it. Seumas is an understanding soul to put up with her sometimes.

After reading this book I can't wait to read the second book in this series.

About the Author:

Always an avid romance reader herself, Ashley York decided to get her BS in History to learn what she'd only read about in these books and maybe become a teacher. When she got her MA in History, it was so she could realize her lifelong dream of becoming a romance novelist herself. 

She enjoys bringing history to life through vibrant and meaningful characters, writing historical romance novels full of passion and intrigue set in the 11th and 12th century British Isles. Her debut novel, The Bruised Thistle, is set in Scotland and is the first in The Order of the Scottish Thistle series. 

When she is not writing, talking about writing, or thinking about writing, Ashley relaxes with visits to the local pubs listening to live Celtic tunes, participating with guitar, voice, and whistle. In the words of one of her favorite songs, she enjoys "…singing songs to pass the night away…" 

She lives in southern New England with her husband, three children, and 3 very spoiled animals.

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