Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval Scotland)

Series: The Order of the Scottish Thistle series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author and Net Galley

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494730812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494730819


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?



THE BRUISED THISTLE by Ashley York is an intriguing Medieval Scottish Historical Romance set in 1149 Scotland.  #1 in “The Order of the Scottish Thistle” series and what a beginning!

Meet, Iseabail MacNaughton and Seumas MacDonell.

Fast paced tale with dark romance and filled with sexual and physical abuse, romance and the power of love. A very complex, compelling tale of overcoming sexual and physical abuse by someone who is or was suppose to love and protect in order to find true love. This is Iseabail MacNaughton’s tale. Seumas has been wounded both in body and soul. Salvation or redemption? This is what Seumas wishes to find with saving Iseabail. What neither of them ever expected to find was their soul mate and happiness.

A powerful story and one that should not be left untold or unread!

I loved this tale coming from darkness into the life. The struggles that brought both Iseabail and Seumas together. I can hardly wait to see what this amazing author has in store for readers with her next tale from “The Order of the Scottish Thistle”.

Powerful, and brilliantly written with engaging, and charismatic characters. The storyline is compelling, complex, and intriguing to say the least. A must read and a keeper. You will stay up all night reading BRUISED THISTLE. Well done indeed!! This was my first read by the author but it will not be my last. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More