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Summary

A woman is drawn to a dangerously intriguing man in this unique historical romance from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Ashley.

It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly 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 his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was...The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

©2009 Jennifer Ashley (P)2020 Jennifer Ashley

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Romamce with a bit of mystery

This is a new author to me and she does have a different style insofar as there is mystery and  suspense as well as romance.

The hero is the third son who has spent a deal of time in an asylum, with what I would suggest is autism, but in those days was considered mad. This can be seen very clearly early on by his love of Ming porcelain and his love of the widow, Beth Ackerley, who he saves from a disastrous marriage. 

In the meantime, however, there has been a murder for which a police officer is convinced that our hero did it. Added to the mix is Ian' family that to say the least are rather eccentric.

I loved the hero and his love and devotion for the Beth was very touching. I loved his slow seduction and the way that Beth was undaunted by everything that was thrown at her.

There were bits of the book that droned on and a good editor would have been of benefit, but having said this, he was a great hero and if you are after romance, this book has it in spades.

I was also left intrigued enough to read the next book in the series.

The narration was excellent.

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love it, love the character, and how they develop.

great read..
narrator did a great job. making me enjoy the story more.. I was able to picture each character by the description.

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  • Pookie_Plans
  • 09-03-21

Perfect

One of the best books I’ve ever read: Ian and his family will break your heart as you fall in love with them. No one writes like Jennifer Ashley; she is an extraordinary wordsmith who crafts luscious characters & stories you won’t soon forget.
Beautifully written, exquisitely performed, this is a masterpiece. Bravo!!

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  • Bree D
  • 18-05-21

Love this book and the rest of the series!

At first I was a little unsure if I would like this book. It seemed interesting but did I think that it was going to be one of my favorites no not really. But boy was I wrong. Great writing and you just fall in love with the characters (for me so much so I made sure to read all books in the series) it has a mystery aspect that keeps it from just being another romance novel and the fact that Lord Ian Mackenzie and his family are not the every day make leads/characters in romance book doesn’t hurt either. Angela did a great job narrating she really helped keep you in the book. I say get the book you will love it!

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  • Ceal
  • 01-11-21

Loved It

Not s normal story line, the main character is emotionally scarred but is also a genius. The cadence of his speech put me in mind of a savant. There is some mystery , interesting people and passionate love scenes. The heroine is confident and smart.

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  • Mutli
  • 09-10-21

Disappointing

I got this based on the reviews. I am a couple of hours in and cannot continue. No story really so far just unpleasant physical garbage. Wish I could return it for something better. Wasted a credit :(

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  • Taramisu
  • 30-10-21

Meh

I think the fact that I didn't love this book says more about me than it. It's impossible for me to love a character who pays for sex. Whether or not it's acceptable in the book's time and setting doesn't matter. It's gross. And I don't find it "sexy" for the male protagonist to demand the heroine to "lift your skirts." Really gross.

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  • Kelly
  • 06-11-21

Pretty Good

I think the story went on a few chapters too long, but overall a good book.

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  • Katy
  • 30-06-22

The best review I’ve ever given on an Audible

I love this series. It is the best of both worlds, often voiced by the male character, but obviously written in the way a woman wishes her man to think about her. I love Ian Mackenzie’s character and have from the start, even though I initially started this series on the third book; I had to go back to learn Ian’s story. The narration on this particular book was perfect. It almost seemed as if the narrator had memorized the book, and was able to add inflection and emotion perfectly; even before they were stated outright. I will keep coming back to this book.

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  • Karen long
  • 29-06-22

Interesting story.

Love Ian but for me Beth was just ok. She was good for Ian but I can’t explain why I didn’t love her. And in my opinion it was more of a mystery story vs a romance story. Anyway I liked it and all of the supporting characters. On to the next book.

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  • Sam
  • 19-04-22

Paper thin plot stabbed with holes.

Truly boring. Main dude is portrayed as neurodivergent which is a great concept but there are insane plot holes. Hates physical contact but somehow an amazing lover? Our heroine grew up in hard knocks but somehow isn’t tough enough to look out for herself? Too much suspending disbelief for me, it made the characters hard to relate to in any way. I honestly couldn’t even finish it.

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  • 05-02-22

Take time to enjoy and fall in love.

Sometimes the story feels like it is dragging out but the there is the reward of finding the hidden truths. So many intriguing secrets and the deep love of the main characters, making this a great story. I can not wait to start the next book in the series!