It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.
Despite his decadence and intimidating intelligence, she could see he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was the madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
©2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." (Elizabeth Hoyt)
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"Unique Hero Made This A Great Read"
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friends who enjoy romantic suspense who are open to historical settings.
One of the big strengths of this book for me was the character of the hero Ian Mackenzie. Ian had some undiagnosed peculiarities that undoubtedly today have some long medical names, but back then the peculiarities weren't particularly seen as strengths or weaknesses but as madness.
Ian has a photographic type memory - though not just with things he sees or reads...but with things he hears as well. He has a strong ability with music, with math, and with other things. He also has trouble relating to people socially...crowds drive him crazy...he interprets things literally, not understanding jokes. These things make him a unique and wonderful character.
That he was abused and labeled mad because of these unique aspects made him a wonderfully wounded hero that it was easy to hope would get his happy ending.
I liked the realistic treatment of the heroes extraordinary abilities and his weaknesses. I liked the way that the heroine accepted his unique traits without judgment and without automatically thinking him mad. I liked that she trusted her instincts where it came to him. I liked her spunk and her willingness to stand up for herself and Ian.
This was my first Jennifer Ashley book. I will definitely be looking for others from her. This one was definitely worth the credit.
"Soooo romantic !!"
Oh I like this one, it's in another setury and so romantic. I will rank this one pretty high.
Three nights of sin
Some time it was difficult to here the diffres betwen the carecter.
Diden't laugh or cry
"Original characters, great love story!"
It’s been a long while since I read an historical romance, but I’ve always had a soft spot for unusual main characters. Ian Mackenzie’s “madness” drew me right to this one, and I’m glad it did! This was a very good book. Great characters, lots of plot, excellent narrator!
Ian has what must be a mild case of autism. He’s extremely intelligent has learned to handle himself in society fairly well, but other people’s emotions and actions often baffle him. Enter Beth, who’s also a somewhat unusual character for an historical romance. She’s a no-nonsense, common widow who’s recently come into a lot of money. (Egad! Whatever should society do with her? Marry her for the money or shun her for her lack of noble blood? Oh the dilemma!) Things heat up when Beth and Ian cross paths, and romance and a murder mystery ensues. And along the way, two unusual main characters become perfectly endearing. The author handled Ian’s differences with sensitivity, never trivializing them but always keeping us aware of his humanity. I’ll be excited to see what she does with the other characters we’ve met so far!
It’s clear as Beth begins to meet Ian’s brothers that his whole family has had a tumultuous history. I almost double checked to see if I’d skipped an earlier book in the series! There are plenty of hints about what we might expect to see happening with the other brothers in the books to come. Historical romance may not be my usual genre, but after this book I’ll be sure to look into those too.
"Great start for this series!"
This is another book that I loved in print and loved even more on Audio. Ian Mackenzie is one of those rare unexpected sexy heroes. He is considered mad (by the standards of his time) but he finds true love in Beth. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing him to life, along with his loving family. I look forward to the rest of the series in Audio as well.
I loved every book in this series..
When Ian first realized what love was..
I only wish they could go on and on... What great way to travel to work!!
"Great story; Good Performance; Weird editing"
Sexy, fun and sexy.
The story and narration were very good, but there were odd pauses in the middle of conversations that was a little off putting. Some of them go on for so long that I look down to see if my ipod has accidentally turned off. I don't think it's the narrator -- I think the editor didn't do a very good job in linking up tracks.
"Lacking in Substance"
I kept waiting for it to get more interesting, but it took at least two thirds of the way for it to develop any interesting turns to the story. Not a total waste of time, but was looking for more depth than this provided. Good narrator. I will not continue the series.
"Madness of Ian"
Both the characters Beth and Ian make this book. It had a nice little mystery, but nothing too strenuous to figure out. This story went by fast and was a great little romance. A fun start to a series, but I didn't really like the brothers characters in this book so I probably won't finish the series unless there is a sale on. Angela Dawe does a good job narrating, I have enjoyed her in Nalini Signh Psy/Changling works.
"Passionate, Seductive, Endearing and Unique!"
I'm typically into paranormal romances (I'm a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward) but this time I was looking for something a little different. One night I was shopping a sale at Audible and came across the first book of this series. I figured it would be a nice diversion from what I normally read so I decided to give it a shot. What a pleasant surprise! I absolutely loved it! Jennifer Ashley - you are an awesome writer! The story is passionate, seductive, funny at times and is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. This book (as well as the entire series) is well written, entertaining and (for lack of a better word) it’s just special.
Lord Ian Mackenzie's childhood was heartbreaking. He is extremely intelligent with a touch of something akin to Autism. He witnessed his mother's death at his father's hand and is placed in an institution for the insane to keep him quiet. You can imagine the horrors he faced in such a place. His older brother took him away from the institution has soon as he was able but a certain amount of damage had already been done. Ian is little odd, a little introverted, a little broken and he’s not ruled by the social dictates of the time or his status. At the same time, he is bold, direct and oh so sexy! From the moment he meets Beth Ackerly, he knows that he wants her and nothing will stop him from having her. Beth seems to understand Ian in a way that no one else does and a bond begins to form (and sparks begin to fly). The characters are colorful and the relationships between the four brothers are heartwarming in a rough, Scottish sort of way. Last but not least, Angela Dawe does a fantastic narration! Buy this book, buy the entire series, you will not be disappointed!
"An original male lead; captivating listen"
Original Scottish Romance
This series (4 books about 4 brothers) brings to mind Maya Banks Scottish Romances. But Ian can't really be compared to other heroes. He is different than the stereotypical male lead. My guess is that he has something akin to Aspergers, though the author never names the condition. He doesn't read social cues, and has an eidetic memory. He isn't sure how to relate to others, especially women. The story of he and Beth, and her love for him bringing him out of his shell is refreshing.
I like the scenes where Beth is figuring him out. His brothers have long understood that Ian is different. They love and protect him, but don't really understand how his mind works. Beth loves him too, and they find their way as the book goes on. I like to hear about them in the subsequent books as well!
Yes! But it is long. I used it to make household tasks more entertaining!
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