Feared as a demon because of his two different colored eyes, as well as by his outlandish actions, Highlander Onyx MacKeefe is known as a madman. While celebrating his birthday one cold night at a Lowland pub, he meets a bonnie Englishwoman who says she is searching for her father's murderer and thief. And when he recognizes the name of the person she seeks as his own mother, his birthday takes a bad turn.
Lady Loveday de Lacy, known as Lovelle, comes looking for not only a murderer from the past, but also something that's been stolen - her mother's Book of Hours. She is desperate to find it, as she needs the help of the mystical charms at the back of the book. But when she meets a rugged Highlander who takes her captive in order to secure his mother's life, she finds herself being reckless, and also attracted to the dangerous man.
But things only become more complicated as Lovelle and Onyx find themselves needing each other, but knowing they are enemies. And the more they try to fight off the attraction between them, the stronger it becomes. But neither of them see the harrowing future in store for them as Onyx is faced with demons of his past and there is also an outbreak of the plague that threatens their very lives.
Can a proper Englishwoman and a Scottish madman find the strength and will to work together before impending doom overtakes them?
©2013 Elizabeth Rose Krejcik (P)2016 Elizabeth Rose Krejcik
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"Terrific story, artfully told."
I will listen to this story again, as it relates to the stories of his four sisters, so I am certain after I go to each of those I will want to revisit Onyx's story. It went by so quickly- really interesting plot.
Aiden and Ian, Onyx's two best friends made me laugh. I envisioned them as his hot sidekicks. I also thought the blind hag added intrigue, and Onyx's natural father was a man who had regrets, but was a complicated person.
I have listened to several of Tim Campbell's performances, by several different authors. I have yet to be disappointed! His interpretation of each character in this story, and their voices, along with differing accents was wonderful. I truly enjoyed myself listening to the tale.
I found myself laughing throughout the reading, especially at the antics of Onyx's two friends. I felt for Lady Love as she worried for her son, and was saddened with Fenella's fate.
I enjoyed this story and can highly recommend it. The plot was interesting and had moments of varying emotional ups and downs, with humor and romance. All this and told by a fantastic narrator.
"An unexpected journey"
I loved listening to Onyx's journey of discovery of his true self. From feeling unloved to discovering he not only could find someone to love him, but he had a father that loved him and the clan that had raised him loved him deeply and would always be there for him.
I loved them all. Tim Cambell puts much into all the character's Making each their own unique being bringing Elizabeth Rose's vision from paper to life.
I often wanted to reach in the device and shake sense into Onyx when he was being so hardheaded.
I can't wait to find out about the rest of the MadMan MacKeefes!
Onyx was thought to be dead when he was born. His mother tried to steal a dagger with an onyx embedded in it from a witch before he was conceived. He was taken to Scotland by a women who was a thief. She discovered he was alive and he grew up thinking she was his mother. When everyone saw that he had two different colored eyes, they called him the devil.
This is only a thread in the tapestry when you listen to this one. It has many twist and turns---then the real story unfolds!! Only a great storyteller can put color into these threads. The Narriator brought it to life with every thread. This masterpiece will be so complete in your mind when it ends, you will want to hang it on your wall. We all have choices in life. We curse ourselves by our thoughts and actions. Make a right choice and choose this book, you won't be sorry.
First in the next series after daughters of the dagger.
Well done! Lots of room for more stories and such a good one to build off of. Medieval romance, yes!
Oh, and I love Tim Campbell as a narrator!
"An entertaining listen"
I enjoyed listening to Onyx, especially Tim Campbell's narration. There is a distinct difference in his male & female voices. I find women narrators don't always have a deep resonate male sound and sometimes the men don't sound soft enough for a woman.
The story was very good, with humor making such a seriously sad story run smoothly.
I believe knowing some of the previous stories help understanding the scenes with the old blind hag, it is not necessary. Onyx is very successful as a standalone.
The reason I enjoy historical romance books so much is the obligatory HEA ending. I gave up years ago going to a movie and come out crying over the ending. I feel my entertainment should be just that - entertainment!
I believe you will be quite entertained with a listen to Onyx.
"Wow what a book"
This book wa fantastic I loved listening to Onyx's story after reading about his sisters and mother. Thanks for such a great book series Elizabeth.
I enjoyed this audiobook. It was a well-written story with good characters, a suspenseful plot, and some humor to mix in with the tragedies. It even had a little paranormal thrown in. I liked the narrator's voice, especially when he did a Scottish brogue, but I missed dual narration and hearing an actual woman perform the women's voices.
"Loved this story."
Tim Campbell does a great job narrating the books characters. An absolute must have. Loved It.
Onyx: Madman McKeefe Series, Book 1
Raised in the highlands, Onyx McKeefe meets a beautiful woman on his 21st birthday. While celebrating in a local pub with his friends and clan members, Onyx couldn't possibly imagine how one English woman will change his life. Together, Onyx and Lovelle uncover secrets of a past Onyx never knew, a heritage, siblings and a love that will last forever.
Author Elizabeth Rose writes incredibly fun, loveable characters in this first book of the Madman McKeefe series. With tall, sexy highlanders and their amusing pets, you will absolutely love this story.
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