I've become addicted to books of this era and this book is to blame for my current obsession
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I have read the Mackenzie series more than once, and this is my favorite. I love the lead characters and the plot. The secondary characters are also interesting, especially because many are in following books. Lord Ian Mackenzie is my favorite character. Misunderstood, distant, distracted, called mad by all who have heard of him. He admits to having rages, of hurting others. But Beth gets through to him, gives him focus. That's just the tip of the iceberg on the two lead characters. The plot is compelling. A murder mystery, but with misunderstanding between different people in the story. A Scotland Yard investigator who is obsessed with arresting Ian and seeing him hang for it. While Angela Dawe isn't my favorite narrator, she does a very good job with the different accents. Really, give it a listen even if you don't usually get into historical romance.
Creativity was lacking.
The performance wasn't bad. Not great, but not bad.
One of the top ten, hands down. This book was wonderful. I had to listen to it everywhere. Such a wonderful introduction to a series about brothers that I can't WAIT to learn more about.
For a while here I've had such bad experiences with narrators and was disappointed time and time again. Angela Dawe is wonderful for this series and I'm THRILLED to see that they kept her to read for the whole thing. Her accents and the changes in her voice are perfect and just made the experience that much more wonderful.
When Ian and Beth are in his bedroom @ the Duke's house and she shoots straight up off the bed (don't want to reveal toooo much), That scene....was so touching and emotional, and Angela's voice bring life to the characters just made it all the more so.
If you're like and tend to shy away from 'historical' romances...this book...gave me faith in that genre again. I had to go out and buy the 2nd one right away and I allowed myself to even look at more books that are similar like this....This series restored my faith in a genre that I had given up hope on.
Angela Dawes is one of those narrators that u either fall in love with or u utterly hate..... She grew on me.... I bought this book a few months ago but did not like her narration at first.... Then just a week ago I noticed I had multiple books purchased but never read.... Its a good thing I gave this book a second chance.... As a narrator she captivated me and I was pleasantly surprised.... To top it off the book was no ordinary romance..... But my the end I was in love with Ian myself..... I just settled to the second book... I hope Mac's story is as good as this! If you are waivering don't; this is a great buy.
Yes, it is a thrilling and engaging read.
I liked that the hero Ian was flawed, he has aspergers and has suffered through a terrible time at an Asylum. The heroine is a widow, who has recently inherited a fortune.
She did a great job with all the male voices but the main character was off. I don't think she got the pronunciation of words correctly and I could tell she was American.
It made me laugh, cry and a little jealous of Beth.
This book has been trending as a best seller for weeks now, so as soon as I listened to the sample to determine if I could take the narrator I had to buy. It is a decent book, I listened to the whole thing in about two sittings. Not surprising that the hype is built around another lead who that has photographic memory, this one talent seems to be working for all who use it, from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Witness.
I have to say the I do not generally like period pieces, the language for me is unbearable and the fake British accents on narration is the worst. However, I was so happy to hear that it was much toned down for this book because the characters were Scottish and part french, which means the narrator didn't try to use a strong accent either way. The narrator did a decent job and made the book a pleasurable experience.
The second most compelling feature outside of the peculiarities of Lord Ian was undoubtably that there were several very very hot scenes with some very blunt dirty talk for the period that the book is framed. This was a hilarious surprise for me as none of the wording would be sexual in today's world but actually quite technical. The characters actually fit together quite nicely and Lord Ian has a surprising tender and loving relationship with his brothers, that I do love where ever I see it in this book.
Out with the good and in with the bad.The story was not all that interesting and in fact, the photographic memory was barely used for the entirety of the book. Alot of other reviewers found the fact that the star couldn't look people in the eye or focus on conversation to be quite endearing or some handicapp which make women swoon for the character in pity. I however, found it to be quite creepy, and find it even more difficult to believe that he could have a real relationship if he really only focuses on his side of a conversation (of course they got around this fact in the book). I actually felt so bad for her, that multiple times in bed she could not get him to look at her. This is not a turn on.
Technically well written, good narration, regular plot formula with a lot of steam, I give 4 out of 5. I would recommend for a light summer read.
Hero is the first Asberger's porn star character I've encountered in my reading.
Really good narrator can't pull this book together for me.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I was disappointed with this story. Poorly narrated and poorly written. I will not be listening to more books in this series if released on Audible.