Rather high given the fact that I'm not really into romances. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp.
A deep, contented sigh.
A real talent for accents.
No laughing or crying but rather, a real interest in the happiness of the characters. A writer who can get you to care about the heroine and her hero is truly skilled.
Despite being a period romance the characters were so refreshingly atypical I became enthralled with the story almost immediately. They seemed accesible and complicated all at the same time and I eagerly burned through the book in one day. Hooray for unconventional main characters!
This book, although set in the 1800's, doesn't feel like it. It's a very captivating story. I love the way it unraveled in stages and kept you guessing who did it till the end. Lord Ian was socially inept and he was willing to learn, always asking questions. He met a lovely lady and fell in love with her but couldn't express himself. He worked hard at it and in the end, you couldn't shut him up from expressing himself. I love the Duke also, with his gruf character but he was soft when it came to the people he loved. He ruled with an iron fist, but loved with all his heart. Great love story, can't wait to start book two to find out more about Lady Isabella scandalous marraige.
What a terrific story. I think that Elizabeth Hoyt wrote about Jennifer Ashley, something to the effect that the heroes in her books were "my kind of manly man" that is paraphrased, but you get the point. SO TRUE, the best men!
She did a fantastic job describing a man in the late 19th century who obviously had Aspergers syndrome, if not autism. Wonderful wonderful
Unfortunately the reader (performer) was dreadful. It made it difficult to listen. Every sentence was the same , kind of a breathless statement always accenting the last word.
I can't believe the publishers listened to her read and said, "great, your hired". Jennifer Ashley's books are too good to be brought low by an incompetent reader.
Yes I would listen again, and will. This book holds your attention from the very beginning. It has everything needed for a good book. I truly enjoyed Ian's characters. I couldn't figure out at first what was wrong with him. However, the more you get into the book and learn how smart but strange he really is, then you understand that he is autistic. I loved the way that Beth was very willing to deal with it.
When Ian meets Beth at the opera and makes a play for her and succeeds. He has pure tunnel vision when it comes to Beth.
A.D. is very good. She handles the different characters quite well. I would listen to her again.
This was my first book by J.A and I enjoyed the content and the way she develops a story.I loved Beth's wit and the fact that Ian didn't get it at times and that was ok.
I picked up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie in one of those Audible 2 for 1 credit deals – I had one book I really wanted, and I saw this one had good reviews, so I grabbed it. And then didn’t read it for months. But then I had a chance to sit at Jennifer Ashley’s table at an author event and the last thing I wanted was to sit there having never read anything by her. So I pulled up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.
And cursed myself for waiting so long. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie was nothing like I’d expected. When I saw madness in the title, I jumped to ideas of a over-the-top, eye-roll-worthy insanity. Boy was I wrong. The madness Jennifer Ashley wrote was genius!
As I grew to know Ian Mackenzie better and better, I found myself speculating about his illness. Right off the bat, I was pretty certain he fell on the Autism spectrum. By the halfway point, I was all but certain he had Aspbergers. What made this so genius, though, was that Jennifer Ashley couldn’t come out and tell us what was “wrong” with Ian, like she could have done with a modern setting. She had to do such an INCREDIBLE job writing his character that we’d figure it out ourselves. (BTW: I TOTALLY asked her if I was right, and I was!)
The other brilliant thing about this move was the creation of a historical hero like you haven’t read. There’s very little predictable about this story line (except that it’s a romance), and in large part because Ian is so remarkably different. He says things that break your heart, when coming from any other man would not be romantic at all. And I dare you not to fall for him.
Olivia sure didn’t have a chance. Who’d have thought a man telling you he can’t love you and never will would do the trick, huh? (that’s not a spoiler, btw, happens in like chapter 1 or 2) Olivia was the perfect character to pair with Ian, since she also isn’t traditional. Olivia is a widow, giving her more freedom than other single women. It also makes her sexually experienced, so she’s not a blushing virgin, but also not a misplaced modern woman in a historical setting. That opens up doors for some steam people ;)! Added to that, Olivia wasn’t brought up proper – she was a lady’s maid and only came into money by luck – so she’s not really buying into propriety.
The fascinating characters really came to life with Angela Dawe’s narration. She did such a good job with both the male and female voices – particularly with the British and Scottish accents. I will definitely continue listening to this series (and add Angela Dawes to my narrator short list).
I’d recommend The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie to fans of historical romance that are looking for some unique leading characters. The best part? He’s got brothers and we get to see their crazy family some more as the series progresses!
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
While Ian MacKenzie is not your typical romance novel hero, his uniqueness makes him likeable and his devotion and loyalty to his love interest makes this a great book!
The characters in this book grow on you due to their flaws and weaknesses, they make them real and you end up rooting for them and becoming consumed by the story. This is a great start to an excellent series. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
I bought this for the autistic hero. Being on the spectrum myself, I am always intrigued by fictional depictions of people like me. It didn't disappoint, but I also didn't go out and buy everything the author writes, so I had to dock stars for it being non-obsession-inducing.
I already have. Lord Ian Mackenzie is believe has Asperger autism which is what my nephew has and acts the same way about many things.
I like Beth. From the moment she met Lord Ian Mackenzie, she didn't realize it but she was lost. Not only did he ask her to marry him within five minutes of meeting her, but her own body was willing to go with him. It Ian's brother hadn't entered the opera box, she would have probably done it.
When most of the McKenzie family is at the dinner table, Beth who had had her first riding lesson, commented that she needed a softer horse, Ian laughed, a warm, velvety sound. Everybody at the table, except for Beth was stunned. Nobody had ever heard Ian laugh before.
BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, AWESOME
hmmmm that's a good question because in this book my focus and awe comes from Ian's asperger's or some form of autism I'm assuming? Which holds a special place in my heart that Jennifer Ashley incorporated this into her historical novel. It was nice to imagine how someone, but mainly others, dealt with differences during that time period.
She brings the characters to life, making them real for me. If I read the book, then they would all have "my" voice so to speak. She puts personality to the characters giving them voice for lack of better words. So much to the point to where some of the character's voices (i.e. Eleanor in Book 4) get on my nerves. Angela is that good, that all of these characters are real in my mind LOL!
Overall the connection and understanding between Ian and Beth still gives me tears and I have already completed book 4 of this series. They are still my favorite couple by far! Most of all, I love and admire Ian's understanding and acceptance of himself.
LOOOOOVED THIS ONE! STILL MY FAVORITE!
Absolutely. This is a well-researched story with strong characters and an intriguing plot.
When Ian is shooting the pistol in one of his rages.
Easy to tell the voices of different characters, and she didn't detract from the story.
Prejudice doesn't stand in the way of love, or something cheesy like that
This is a one-of-a-kind story. An autistic hero? A strong, independent heroine that doesn't lose her personality? I love this story.