There comes a time when you have to choose between listening to audible or going to bed.
This was a great story. I wasn't expecting plot twist hot and steamy all throughout the story. This was well worth the credit.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.
Prior to listening to this book, I hadn't read a historical romance in quite some time. I think it's safe to say that it's probably been a few years. It's a little harder for me to get into historical romance than some other romance genres, but sometimes, I get the itch to read one. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie introduces us to the MacKenzie clan, a group of Scottish brothers who are the scandal of London. In London, Ian meets and subsequently begins having an liaison with the widowed Beth Ackerley after warning her away from a dubious suitor. Surrounding their affair is a bit of mystery as an inspector begins hounding them due to the death of a woman with connections to the "mad" brother, Ian MacKenzie, who has spent some time in an asylum. Despite their status and wealth, the brothers grew up with an overbearing, abusive father. We get to dip into some of Ian's torment at the hands of his father and again at the asylum he was confined to and see how these events have shaped him as a person.
I liked both Beth and Ian. Beth was warm, funny, and assertive when she needed to be. I appreciated that she wasn't an 18-year-old virgin, but a woman who'd been with a man, enjoyed sex, and while she had decorum, she eschewed convention for happiness. Ian obviously had Asperger's, which would be seen as defiance and madness in 1881. Ashley was consistent in his actions. His "eccentricities" weren't just conveniences needed for certain scenes and then forgotten. The decision to write Ian on the autism spectrum is probably something you'll never see in a historical romance again. Be warned. This is a fairly steamy book. You're not going to find as much bawdy language in the descriptions as books that take place in modern erotica, but it manages to slip in a few laugh-worthy words and phrases that had me shaking my head a bit. This book doesn't overwhelm you with sex on every page, so it's easy enough to skip over if you don't enjoy reading explicit sex.
A couple of things I wanted to point out that hindered my reading experience a little. Beth flip-flopped between believing Ian's sincerity and questioning it at the strangest times, which was a little odd because she seemed to maintain that she believed him to be a man of his word. I guess she was supposed to be put-off some because Ian wouldn't meet her gaze or always pay attention to what she was saying (all due to his being on the autism spectrum), but Ian was straightforward about his intentions and never wavered in what he wanted from her. Also, even though there's a hint of mystery, this doesn't overtake the romance portion of the story. It's not supposed to, but what I mean is that, despite the fact that Ian stands accused of murder by an inspector, there's not really much official about the investigation. The accusations come from an investigator who has a personal vendetta against the family and uses his own time to "investigate" the matter.
Angela Dawe narrated this story, and this was the first time I've listened to anything by her. She did an admirable enough job even with a few production hiccups in the story, such as sometimes not changing her voice until she caught herself mid-dialogue for the male characters. Overall, I enjoyed the story for what it was, and of course, it ends with happily ever after because of course it does. I don't know if I want to continue reading more about the MacKenzie clan, but I think this has scratched my historical romance itch for a while. When the urge pops up again, I'll certainly consider these books to sate that need.
I was looking for something light and quick to listen to and this was entertaining, to say the least. While the base story was actually pretty good, I found the romance part to be laugh out loud funny and the narration to be in an odd panicky monotone. Entertaining? Yes - but for all of the wrong reasons.
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More focus on the romance developing between Ian and Beth.
Better use of language for the era.
Slow down the narration.
I found there was way to much time wasted on less important subjects; from Mrs. Berrington's opinions finding its way into everything Beth does to antique ming bowls to solving the murder mystery sub-plot. A lot of thorough scenes have Beth galavanting off to distract herself in Ian's absence, but the author kind of just breezes over the times they were in each other's company but not in bed.
I could totally see why these two fall so madly in love, it is definitely clear, but I would have preferred to better know the details. We all read these novels KNOWING how it'll end, but we love the "what" that brings us to the predictable ending.
On the language...
I just don't feel this novel was a good example of a well researched period novel.
Using a lot of flowery words does not make it Victorian.
The flow just felt mimicked from better authors that are authorities on this time period.
She read way to fast and was much to matter of fact.Period.
Otherwise this was a really good book. All the other raving reviews can tell you why. I wrote this one because I always read reviews and I like to know the good + the bad. This is one just to warn futures listeners of this novels considerable flaws.
I feel that if you are interested in listening to a period romance with a serious twist and separates from the normal obstacles our hero and heroine must face in order to be with one another this particular novel definitely offers exactly what you have been searching for.
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.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I have not read the printed version.
I am just beginning to listen to this genre and really have nothing to compare to...but I am
glad I chose this based on numerous good reviews.
I am a listener now...it amazes me how the narrator brings the characters to life!
Well of course the evolution on Ian....similar to the evolution of Christian Grey.
This is a family of 4 brothers and I cannot wait to listen and learn about all of them!
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.
Yes I would. As someone who has read thousands of romance novels for over 15 years I have never heard this story. It is a breath of fresh air.
The personality of the earl
No, but I will.
It was truly original, It was a bit redundant at times, but the story was so well done I didn't care.
Loving my life and hanging out with my four grandchildren!
I have listened to this book about five times now, and I still love Ian and Beth!
I really like how Beth stood up to the MacKenzie brothers. She was able to understand and see past the problems Ian faced. She saw him for the "Man" he really was! She was strong and smart, her own women, just as Ian was his own man.
I think this was the first listen, but it will not be my last.
My heart hurt for Ian. Hearing about the things he went through while they tried to "fix" him. It broke my heart! It made him strong.
I liked this book. I went out and got the paperback to add to my personal library just so I can read it when I'm traveling.