The plot was typical Victorian romance. But the hero was fascinating. He was institutionalized most of his childhood, and today would have been labeled autistic. At the same time he was the classically good looking and brilliant hero. The heroine had a great sense of humor and chattered mindlessly whenever she was nervous. All of which was lost on the hero. Yet somehow they made the perfect couple. They made the book. Truly a joy to get to know. The narrator was OK. She handled the heroine well, but wasn't quite up to all the Scottish male characters.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Ian is so great. He is not mad but then again, he is completely mad!
I like how Beth could tell right away there was something interesting about him. I love the bluntness of Ian. The fact that he was so direct made him seem mad to everyone, but not to Beth, his Beth. Very cute story. The bed talk was just so cute and funny, but so erotic at the same time. Very good. Worth the credit.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
The Mackenzie family was interesting as a whole, but the character of Ian was very captivating. The concept is very unique and was well executed by the author. Overall, this is one of the best historical romance novels I have read.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
.."Is this what love feels like?" He whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much"
**swoon** I'm in love with Ian Mackenzie...I resisted getting this book because I had my reservations about a hero with high functioning Autism. It had such high ratings that I decided to try it. And I loved. I loved it to pieces!!! I don't like to give spoilers so I'll just say that by the end of this book I was in love with the hero, I really liked the heroine and I was very intrigued to know more about the other Mackenzie brothers. And it is HOT! When you can't communicate well with words, you let your body do the talking. And Ian was a master at that **sigh** This is one of those series that I don't just read, I devour and obsess about.
Narration: I've listened to several other books narrated by Angela Dawe and she is a good narrator. The way she portrayed Ian was amazing. I really liked the voice she gave to him. But she does sound very American and there is not one American character on that book. She tried the Scottish accent and failed miserably. The story was so good that I really didn't mind the accent.
This book is a must listen. It is worth every penny and every second you spend on it. <3
Did not think I'd be a person to be swayed by narration style. But I think the problem is that I've listened to other REALLY well done Scottish accents (Davina Porter, Kaleo Griffith) that made this one sound washed out. 4 stars for story is only because I found some of the love scene dialogue to be corny. I moved to another series after listening to this first book. Shame... If you're not bothered by accents, you'll like the story. The hero is unique.
It's the hero that makes this story unique. Reading it, I could feel his pain. I also loved the relationship portrayed between the brothers.
Meet the woman that tamed the mad Lord Ian Mackenzie.
I was very, VERY disappointed with the narration of this wonderful and well written book. Ms.Dawe was not able to portray the most important character of this story which was Ian. His character came across too wooden, stoic, That is not what he was.Ms. Dawe's narration is too fast, too forced and I'm sorry to say, extremely annoying. Every sentence has a high pitched ending.
Frankly, I am surprised that a woman was chosen to narrate this story. If this story had been narrated by a male narrator, I believe it would have been much better. I would be willing to buy it again in that case.
Ian and Beth work. This is a romance that makes you feel the love. Two flawed people who find in each other exactly what the other needs to make life worthwhile. A simple premise to romance really, but in so many romances I have read in the past, I finished the book with the vague sense that the featured couple in the book just really didn't seem to belong together. That was not the case with this book. If there has ever been a couple who belonged together, it's Ian and Beth.
Beth is a product of an unfortunate union between a well bred girl and a French con artist. She's seen the seedier side of life. She spent 3 years in her late teens in the workhouse, but was saved by a kind young vicar and became his wife. There's was a happy marriage until he dies and leaves her a widow. She's then taken in as the companion of a grand and wealthy lady, who eventually dies and leaves Beth her fortune.
Being a new heiress, she ventures into different social circles and stumbles upon Lord Ian MacKenzie. Ian is the youngest of the MacKenzie brothers, and by todays standards, would have been labelled autistic. His father, a duke, had him committed to an asylum, but as soon as his father died, his eldest brother, now the duke, gets him released and brings him home. Ian has a phenomenal memory, and helps his brother in certain business and political tasks.
There is a wonderful love story. There is a neat (though a tad predictable) mystery. There is a good deal of humour. What's really special about this book though is the hero and Jennifer Ashley's portrayal of his autism. For the most part, she stays true to the stark truth of the disorder that afflicts Ian, and the effect it has on those around him. Still, she doesn't make him into a victim. Instead he's a strong, brilliant man who has to work within the limitations of the autism.
Never mind his disability, I reckon Ian is one of the sexiest heroes in literature. How the author made it happen, I'm not sure. It sort of snuck up on me. There is no doubt, however, before I was halfway through this book, I was head over heels for Ian, and I see by other reviews that I'm not alone in my adoration.
I have read several books by Jennifer Ashley, and this is the best one by a mile. Her characters are endearing without being too "sweet", her jokes were funny, and the action was paced perfectly.
Angela Dawe is a tried and true narrator, and I always have faith that she will deliver wonderful performance. She certainly didn't let me down here. I loved the way she softened Ian's voice. Her Scot's accent wasn't the best I've heard, but I found it credible. It certainly didn't make me cringe. I thought she delivered a solid performance.
From beginning to end, the story is captivating; the theme different and truly unique. A mentally ill hero? Wow. To be honest, I usually do not like Angela Dawe's narration (Nalini Singh's novels)however, Angela did a great job. It was even a plus to find this book on sale.
If you like romance, I believe you'll truly believe like this book.
Yes I would ,This is the first and the best in the series. You can't help but root for Lord Ian.
The story was great and Angela Dawe was awesome. I loved this story. So much so I listened to it twice! I liked the fact that Ian, although the protector was also fragile and vulnerable, while at the same time had such strength of character, but most importantly he was sincere. I was happy that Beth did not give up on him although he had some obvious disabilities. I liked the fact that the story line was not obvious. I can't say enough. I liked the book so much I don't think that I will wait for credits to purchase the rest of the series.