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Moonlight on My Mind (Second Sons Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer McQuiston
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Book Description

To ruin a man's life once takes a regrettable mistake. To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.

Eleven months ago, Julianne's statement to the authorities wrongly implicated Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham, in his older brother's death. The chit is as much trouble as her red hair suggests, and just as captivating. Now she has impetuously tracked him to the wilds of Scotland, insisting that he return home to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation—and his neck from the hangman's noose.

Julianne has no objection to the match. More and more she's convinced of Patrick's innocence, though when it comes to igniting her passions, the man is all too guilty. And if they can only clear his name, a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure . . .

Editorial Reviews


McQuiston secures her reputation for creating romantic, empathetic, and unique love stories. She truly touches readers with her characters’ compassion toward each other, as well as to a dog too adorable not to love. (RT Book Reviews (4 star review))

Jennifer McQuiston continues her series with this immensely appealing tale with a mystery that will keep readers off balance. Both hero and heroine are exquisitely rendered, warts and all. (ADC Magazine)

Refreshing historical romance is a fantastic blend of traditional historical romance with unexpected plot twists and characters… I also had NO idea who the killer in this novel was. When the killer was finally revealed, I had to scrape my jaw off my Kindle so I could finish reading. (At the Corner of First and Romance)

A delightful story of righting wrongs, even though it may be hard and finding that one person to love. McQuiston was magical, like always. Fantastic addition to the Avon collection. (The Brunette Librarian)

About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB369D0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting romance and murder April 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a tough one for me. I had a couple of issues with this story but the whodunit aspect kept me going. First, let’s start with our “heroine” Juliana Baxter. I had a hard time figuring out how she was a heroine. In my opinion, she boarded on being a villain. Although, I love strong-willed, I-do-what-I want- heroines, she was beyond all this. She was so spoiled, self-absorbed and wreck-less. She pushed people around just to get her way. When the story begins she is picking between two brothers and decides leans towards one after he kisses her. Then after sharing a kiss with Patrick (the less important, second son) she accuses him of murdering his brother!!! So one would think, ok she is a witness to a murder… she wasn’t!! Apparently our ego-centric, spoiled heroine has bad eyesight! Seriously, I couldn’t deal with her after discovering this…She basically ruins this family’s life and causes the death of Patrick’s father. How I will let readers decide from themselves. I have to confess she is the first heroine that I truly disliked. I kept hoping Patrick would come to his senses and leave her (a first for me). Once she becomes the Countess she continues to push people around and demand the respect that is entitled to her…(deep sigh). Really… I had a lot of issues with her as a “heroine”.

Patrick was definitely more likeable although he was full of contradictions. He is the less important-second son. He becomes a veterinarian to try and have a purpose since he is of no importance to the family. After being accused of killing his older brother he hides out in Scotland until his father can figure out what really happened during this ill-fated hunt that took his older sons life. While Patrick is hiding out is father dies and Juliana brings him the news.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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We were first introduced to Julianne Baxter in a "Summer is for Lovers" but, her character wasn't nearly as captivating in that novel as it was portrayed in "Moonlight on My Mind." Our hero, Patrick Channing, was first introduced in "What Happens in Scotland" as the local town vet. I really did like both Julianne and Patrick in this book. However, and this is a pretty big "however" - some parts of this book I just didn't like at all. I'm not going to rehash the overall book's description because it has been done a few times already. I will, however, denote some issues I had with the storyline.

* Very Slight Spoilers Follow*
There was a lot of chemistry between Patrick and Julianne but I didn't feel that the storyline made enough of that chemistry. When Patrick came into the little gathering Julianne had prepared for the local community and she saw him dressed in formal clothes for the first time, he made a bee-line to her and the chemistry was enough to raise the hair on the reader's arms. However, they didn't even have a "much looked forward to" intimate evening together later that night. The storyline simply fast forwards to the next morning.

When Patrick was arrested and beat up by his varlet cousin, Blythe, and Julianne visited him in his cell, he was hurt, dirty, stinky and his ribs were broken. Where was the Julianne who should have been absolutely outraged? Where was the skillful planner who normally could and would find a way to get the job done in everything else? She barely acknowledged his bruises and wounds. This was a 180 degree turnaround from the Julianne up to that point. This just seemed unrealistic and totally out of character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A year ago a kiss changed the lives of Julianne and Patrick forever. For Patrick, he was accused of killing his brother with Julianne the witness and has been hiding out in Scotland ever since. For Julianne, her plan to make Patrick's brother jealous by dancing with Patrick has left her hungry for the intense emotions his kiss inspired in her. No man's ever equaled him though and his absence has left her contemplating what she truly saw on that fateful night. To see why he affects her the way he does and to assuage her guilt she travels to Scotland to bring him home to claim his birthright, but once again a kiss leads to life-altering events. Together they must forge a path to HEA through trust and the discovering of truth before the real killer strikes again.

Julianne is a very complex and surprisingly modern heroine in her thoughts and deeds. She was brought up with all the expected training of finding a rich and titled husband, managing a household, and having a family. How she goes about finding that husband is a bit mercenary though. She used Patrick to get his brother's attention but became enthralled by Patrick and his kiss and tried to recreate the searing electricity their kiss engendered by going from one titled gentleman's kiss to another's with no luck. She often looks before she leaps and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. She might seem superficial at times but deep down she's a woman of great loyalty and compassion which is what binds her to Patrick and makes for their formidable connection. Julianne wasn't always easy to like early on but I admired her strength and forthright nature and was happy she found someone who could truly see her for who she is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Dangerous Adventure, Fantastic Love Story
I adored What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons 1) and liked Summer is for Lovers and Her Highland Fling (Second Sons 2 and 2.5). I absolutely loved Moonlight on My Mind. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Andrea Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a story
This final story in the second son series was packed full of everything you could want. Patrick has been hiding out and we now know why. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tracey P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by Rob Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite read
This is the first time ever this author. I look more of things to come. Fabulous story, great characters, and wonderful romantic love scenes. What more could I want? Another book
Published 3 months ago by Luvleelorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book
Published 4 months ago by Molly B. Laird
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST PACED AND INTRIGUING!
MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND by Jennifer McQuistion is an interesting Historical Romance set in 1441-1842 England and Scotland. Read more
Published 10 months ago by My Book Addiction and More
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the series
I loved the murder mystery in this book, making the story so much deeper than just a romance novel. The main characters really spoke to me... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight on My Mind by Jennifer McQuiston
This is the third book in the Second Sons series by Jennifer McQuiston, a relative newcomer to the historical romance genre who debuted last year with her unique and impressive... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I enjoyed reading this book. Ms. McQuiston did a good job of drawing the reader into the story and keeping you hooked on their story.
Published 11 months ago by scarlett #3
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing mystery, a riveting story about second chances, an...
I've sat down to write this review three times now and my mind is, at once, lost for words and full of praise. How do I find the words to say just how much I loved this book? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tin @ Love Saves the World
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Jennifer McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two daughters (who got a pony out of mom's book deal!) A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks.

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