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Product Details

  • Series: Leisure Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Ackerley knows Lord Ian Mackenzie is mad. Only a madman would give a woman he had never met before a letter warning her not to wed her fiancé and then propose to her. Beth knows Ian is bad for her. One kiss from Ian, and Beth is prepared to give up her quiet new life as a widow and indulge in a scandalous affair with the sexy Scottish nobleman. But Beth knows that Ian is not dangerous. Even if everyone else in society might believe he is connected to the murder of two different women, Beth believes Ian is innocent, even if it means risking her life to prove her faith in him. Ever-versatile Ashley begins her new Victorian Highland Pleasures series with a deliciously dark and delectably sexy story of love and romantic redemption that will captivate readers with its complex characters and suspenseful plot. --John Charles


"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." ---Elizabeth Hoyt --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others.

For information on all her novels visit Also see (Ashley Gardner) and (Allyson James) for her other works.

Customer Reviews

And I loved Beth for loving Ian.
The characters were well round and imperfect which made this story a unique read.
Christine S. Morehouse
I loved this book and it gets better every time I read it.
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163 of 172 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Oh, oh, oh! I loved, loved, loved "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" by Jennifer Ashley! I began the book two hours ago and could NOT put it down. I laughed and I cried from both sadness and joy. The characters and the plot are at times mysterious and softly heartbreaking, but the ending is probably one of the best I've ever read.

She is Mrs. Beth Acklerly, the impoverished daughter of a sham French peer and a disowned daughter of an English squire. She was saved from life on the streets by a poor vicar and widowed shortly afterward. For the last several years, she served as companion to a rich widow who left Beth her entire fortune at her death. Not long afterward, she becomes engaged to Sir Mather; mostly just to avoid being alone. Then...she meets the infamous Mad Lord Ian MacKenzie.

He is Ian MacKenzie and his childhood is the stuff of nightmares. Being nobly born didn't do anything for Ian but make it easy for his father to have him locked away in an asylum from the age of eleven where he suffered ice baths, shock treatments, and other unspeakable 'treatments' until his father died and his brother, the new Duke immediately had him freed. He still has difficulties with crowds, but reads a book a day, has a perfect memory for anything he's seen, heard, or read, and has many other characteristics of a genius. He can become lost in the perfection of a raindrop or the line of a drawing. He's blunt, suffers from headaches, and uses sex to forget. Then he meets a woman whose mere touch can still the noise with eyes of the most beautiful blue...and Mad Lord Ian is lost.

Two flawed characters who come together in what must be one of the most unusual meetings I've ever read.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By cm on April 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not going to go into detail on the story. The other reviewers have done a great job already. What I do want to say is what a wonderful job Jennifer Ashley has done depicting Ian, a hero with Aspergers (highly functioning one). I can picture Ian examining the Ming bowls in his unorthodox ways. Ian's lack of eye contact, photographic memory, ability with numbers, fixation with patterns, straight forwardness, and uncensored comments made him very real to the readers.

Beth, the heroine, is no mousy girl. Her gumption to stand and defend Ian against others highlight the courageous woman she is. When Beth has an issue, she comes right out and questions Ian and gets a resolution. If only Ian and Hart were so upfront with each other.

Ashley didn't have any quick fixes for Ian's condition (rightly so). But, we know Ian and Beth's love and devotion for one another will help them navigate the world they live in.

This is truly a wonderful read. Now, I am anxiously waiting for the books on the rest of the Mackenzie brothers.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By D. Merrimon Crawford VINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
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Lord Ian MacKenzie and his brothers have quite the reputation. Rumors abound. He may be wealthy but he is worse than a scoundrel --- Lord Ian MacKenzie is a murderer. As a youth, he was confined to a mental asylum. Dark and dangerous, Lord Ian MacKenzie should come with a warning sign: Beware. His very presence leads to scandal, scandals that can ruin a woman. When Lord Ian enters the opera box of Mrs. Beth Ackerly and her fiance, his lack of manners surprises her. Having recently inherited enough money to have a few more choices in her life even as a widow, Beth just wants to settle into a more comfortable life. When her fiance leaves the box, suddenly her whole word turns upside down! He breaks every rule of polite society taught to her by her mentor, Mrs. Barrington. In a society that values an outer expression of appearance of dignity, restraint, and even prudery, Lord Ian MacKenzie is a man not afraid to take pleasure in a woman. In a moment, he asks her to marry him! She refuses, of course, but this is not the last she will see of Lord Ian MacKenzie! Inspector Fellowes is determined to solve the brutal murders of two women and he will do anything to trap Lord Ian even if it means using Beth to trap him. While her desire for Lord Ian grows, so do the threats around her. Can she find out the truth behind Lord Ian's dark past secrets and if she does, will she still love him?

In the first of the HIGHLAND PLEASURES series, Jennifer Ashley introduces readers to all four MacKenzie brothers, men known for their wildness and passions. Jennifer Ashley takes her readers on a journey of passion and intrigue from England to Paris to Scotland. From the very beginning, Lord Ian breaks all the rules of Victorian society.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ridley on June 13, 2009
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When I picked this book up knowing that it featured a hero with Asperger's, I imagined the crux of the story would be about Beth and Ian learning to love each other despite his emotional detatchment. I didn't feel like I got that.

There's no real discussion of how Ian and Beth came to love each other. I noticed they had great, wall-banging sex often, but that was the extent of the romance, it seems. There were few scenes that showed them interacting with their clothes on over something mundane. Sure, she supported him through a murder mystery, but how often will that come up in a lifelong marriage? I wanted to see them becoming attached to each other and enjoying each other's company despite his communication quirks. Instead, he dominates her in typical alpha style and she accepts sex as attachment.

Oh, and there's a murder mystery with a ton of plot holes.

And a bunch of sex scenes thrown in for no particular reason other than to be graphic and to titillate.

And a ton of obvious series set-up.

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