Mini Review: Scandal And The Duchess (Highland Pleasures, #6.5) by: Jennifer Ashley

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Title: Scandal And The Duchess (Highland Pleasures #6.5)
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Rating: 4 Teacups / 3 Handcuffs


Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault – honor bright – but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow’s portion, now contested by his younger brother, who kicks Rose out of the estate’s dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does *not* need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride – a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. But the journalists get wind and start a campaign to couple Rose with the scandalous Steven McBride. (via

Our Thoughts:

  • This novella is a sweet little story that will have you engrossed from page one, we could not put it down, which is a common occurrence when reading Jennifer Ashley’s novels.
  • We fell in-love with Steven from the first moment he fell into Rose’s bosom. He’s troubled, loyal, and knows a good thing when he stumbles into it.
  • Rose was in need of a hero, someone to help her fight against the injustices of her evil stepson. She won over Steven with her kindness and openness. She is the first women in a long time who actually cares about him for who he is. Her simple sweetness won us over too.
  • We loved this pair because they both have the same desires for adventure, and are not your typical couple for the time period. They were made for one another! Le sigh…
  • Don’t worry, all your favorite McBrides and Mackenzies are either mentioned or you get to visit with them.

Happy Reading!

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