Friday, July 16, 2010

Review The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie book one in the Highland Pleasures
Author- Jennifer Ashley
Historic romance
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Authors website

Book description
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

My review


This is the first historical romance I found mind-blowing. I was sucked in from the first chapter. I tend to get tired of the same old virgin line you find in a lot of historical. This one was nothing like them. I loved the writing style of Jennifer Ashley, she makes characters come to life in your head. I really like reading tortured men and these for brothers are just that. But then Jennifer adds them with some madness, scandals and topped off with some hot steamy romance you just cant go wrong.

Beth found herself engaged to the wrong man when Ian gave her a letter telling her what her soon to be husband truly was. But what she doesn’t know is what scandals the madman Ian is into either. I really liked reading Beth she is a very strong heroine that has the backbone to do the impossible that no Mackenzie has gotten done and that she solved the case and it almost cost her everything.

Ian was in it to steal her from Mather. But who can blame him considering what Mather is. I really liked reading Ian he finds that his life is worth more than he ever imagined with Beth.

I loved the romance in this book it starts out slow and picks up a lot from there. I really liked the way Jennifer adds the other three brothers in the story. You get to read about them enough to where you cant wait for their book without it being over board and taking away from Ian and Beth’s story

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