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The Bruised Thistle

The Order of the Scottish Thistle
The Bruised Thistle by Ashley York

Published: December 13, 2013

Series: The Order of the Scottish Thistle

Paperback: 344 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0990864004

Iseabail is the much adored only daughter of the MacNaughton laird. Upon his death, she is forced to submit to her lecherous uncle who threatens the very fabric of their clan. With her brothers by her side, they plan their escape  to get help from outside their uncle’s tight sphere of control. Circumstances change and she must travel unprotected and incognito when he puts a price on her head and labels her a murderess. Unable to reveal her true identity even to the handsome mercenary who saves her not once but twice, she must fight her growing attraction or jeopardize their entire plan. 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. Recently returned from the pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, he struggles with finding a purpose for his life. The wound that has left him impotent stands as a testimony to God’s punishment for him. When he rescues Iseabail from one of his men, he cannot deny the intense attraction he feels for her. Her protection falls on him despite her apparent distrust of him. 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?

"Ashley York has created an exciting medieval adventure with lots of action and romance and brings to life the medieval period."



“How dangerous it was then for a woman is disturbingly perfect. The villain is more typical to history than readers may be comfortable with, but life was more brutal than we like to believe…the writing is clear and tight, the characters believable, and the accents are written well, which succeeds in making the overall story quite a good read. ”


“Writer Ashley York brings it all to the table in her work The Bruised Thistle with a swoon worthy hero, a gutsy heroine and hands down the best villains currently lurking in historical romance.” 


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