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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies Series) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2011
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“Mysterious, heartfelt, sensitive, and sensual…Two big thumbs up.”—Publishers Weekly’s Beyond Her Book
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Actually I had a problem with the love story right from the beginning. The first chapters of the book relate to how the two main protagonists meet each other and how their love story starts. It felt too rushed, too unnatural : Hero meets a guy he doesn't like who tells him he has a fiancee who turns out to be Heroine, then Hero wants to 'see' Heroine out of curiosity, Hero 'sees' Heroine and warns her about fiance BUT within the same minute proposes himself to Heroine because he wants to bed her (let's recall he met her five minutes earlier), then Heroine doubts him because Hero is rumoured to be mad, but eventually lets him kiss her two minutes later... My reaction : EH ?
Just be reasssured : I've only summarized the first chapter and a half.
Take that apart, and then the rest of the love story is likeable or not depending on reader's own opinion and sensitivity. For my part, I thought it was boring because I never felt something unique about Ian and Beth. I think the author put the emphasis on Ian with his mental disorder, and he was much more enjoyable as a character as the story went on but 'enjoyable' was not enough for me and Beth made me... indifferent. Their love story seemed force on me and the lack of character development was a big negative point.
I must say that the secondary characters did not do a great job either for me. I didn't feel anything towards the MacKenzies brothers but dislike, that made me not want to read the other books of the series.
As for the mystery... well, I was intrigued by that, who does not like a good mystery ?Read more ›
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This is the first book I've read/listened to by Jennifer Ashley, but it will not be the last. I adored both Ian and Beth from the start and the chemistry between them fairly jumps... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Reader Lady
Absolutely loved this book and see myself re-reading it at some later day.Published 17 days ago by Just D
4 1/2 stars
The first book in the MacKenzies series, and this book had a lot of hype behind it before I picked it up. Read more
One my favorite reads as Ian MacKenzie did not have it easy with a cruel father he spent a portions of his childhood in an insane asylum well as soon as his cruel father died his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barb Massabrook
Jennifer Ashley/Ashley Gardner has a very nice writing style which is on exhibit here. The Mackenzie family starts with Ian & Beth and has an unusual set of lead characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue
This is a book that I honestly hadn't heard of until it came up as a candidate for a group read. I'm so glad I had the chance to read it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by eabreese
It starts out interesting. Im getting that Ian is probably Autistic, but then takes a right and it's a dose dive from there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlene B. Crowe