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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Great Scots Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway of The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn


Buried Under Romance has the pleasure of participating in Forever Romance's The Great Scots blog tour with authors Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I will be reviewing the books in two separate posts. :)
My review of Sue-Ellen Welfonder's To Love a Highlander can be found -> CLICK HERE

Giveaway
Prizes are as follows:
1) One winner will win a $25 American Express Gift Card
2) 10 winners will win copies of Paula Quinn's The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and Sue-Ellen Welfonder's To Love a Highlander. 
Enter via the rafflecopter below

About THE SEDUCTION OF MISS  AMELIA BELL
Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn
Edmund MacGregor is a fierce Scot intent to preserve the independence of his adopted clan, by which he means to prevent the Act of Union between England and Scotland, advocated by the Duke of Queensberry.

Miss Amelia Bell, niece of the Duke of Queensberry, is going to marry the Chancellor of Scotland to help her father gain needed prestige, a duty she plans to carry out against her own wishes. Amelia is at times flirtatious, at times innocent, and with Edmund (who had faked a title for himself and came to her engagement ball) she becomes a laughing, giddy girl, thinking him a personification of a Roman god.

Little did Amelia know that she would be kidnapped by the very man with whom she scandalously danced at her engagement ball, for Edmund and his cousins planned to use her to force the hands of Queensberry and the Chancellor in order to stop the signing of the union treaty. And along the way, what complications would arise than an unexpected and unwelcomed need for each other, a blossoming, lighthearted love, and Edmund’s desire to keep Amelia forever?

From their first meeting, Amelia and Edmund were taken with each other’s physical attributes. Yet, as they come to know each other, their blazing physical attraction was only fuel for their understanding of the other’s personality and position. Edmund, despite kidnapping Amelia, dearly wished her to like him, and understand the essential free ruggedness that marked him as a Scot, without wanting to submit to English rule. He embodies honor and royalty with his clan, and willing to abandon his mission for the love of a certain beautiful lass.

Amelia, on the other hand, was a more complex character. Despite her outwardly demure and accepting demeanor, she is inwardly daring, much to the surprise of herself. She tried to hate Edmund for his kidnapping her, yet could not forget his kisses or the gentleness he showed. In the end, though, her growth as a character was not fully complete, even as she tried to nobly sacrifice herself (by means of denying her love for Edmund) to save him. I had hoped that the ultimate act of her growth would be her defiance of her uncle, of abandoning her duty and timid self for love as Edmund had done. Without that, the ending felt slightly rushed, as Edmund had, a few scant pages ago, been a hairbreadth away from possible death, and suddenly, it’s congratulations for the couple and bid farewell for Amelia and her family.


This is my first Paula Quinn book, and I enjoyed her use of historical background – Duke of Queensberry, Lord Chancellor, and Earl of Seafield were real figures who commissioned the treaty – and skillful depiction of the intense political climate of the time. In the end, as we know, the Act of Union of 1707 did occur which united Scotland and England, and it was a good thing that Edmund eventually prized love above his clansmen’s political goals, for it saved his life and captured his heart.   


Giveaway
Prizes are as follows:
1) One winner will win a $25 American Express Gift Card
2) 10 winners will win copies of Paula Quinn's The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and Sue-Ellen Welfonder's To Love a Highlander. 
Enter via the rafflecopter below
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15 comments:

  1. I love the accents and old fashioned ways of historical romances

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  2. I truly enjoy any historical that is thoroughly researched and has a well thought out plot. This looks like a great read that I am happy to add to my TBR.

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  3. Hi Mary, thanks so much for hosting the giveaway and for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed The Seduction of Amelia Bell! It's a pleasure to be here to answer any questions your followers may have.

    Victoria, I love old fashioned ways of historical romance too! There's nothing better!
    Elise, it's fun to make the reader feel like they are right there in the story with my hero and heroine. The right amount of research helps!

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  4. Thinking of the Scottish brogue!

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    1. Hi Amy, I don' t think there is anything sexier than a Scottish brogue!

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  5. I love any time I can read about and see kilts in my mind! :-) The brogue melts my bones and just makes me sigh. Thanks for sharing this with us, Mary.

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    1. Lisa, I agree. I think all men everywhere should wear kilts :) Good luck in the giveway!

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  6. Hi Mary and Paula! The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell is a great medieval Scottish romance to enjoy! I devoured it! I love Paula's stories!

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for your wonderful review of The Seduction of Amelia Bell! I'm so glad you loved it!

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  7. I love Scottish romances, Scotland, the scenery, the accents, they wear kilts, and love their women passionately.

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    1. Hi Cathy,
      All my heroes live in Scotland, have accents, love the scenery, wear kilts, and love their women passionately! You'll love them! :)

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  8. I love highland romances for the beautiful land, wonderful brogue, and of course, because my ancestors lived there!

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  9. Tas, those are wonderful reasons to love it!

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  10. Mary, just want to give you a great big thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway! Good luck to all who entered!

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  11. I love Highland romances because Scotsmen look very nice in kilts =D Not really, no. I mean yes but It's the folklore, their traditions, the lilt of their voices, their language, the castles. I've never been to Scotland but I've been there thanks to the books that transport me there. And to imagine those rogues and their conquering and fighting, survival skills trying to keep their lands it's all so appealing. Thanks for taking me there with your stories;)

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