The story is good, sexy!
The narrator didn't show any inflection - and made the story sound grim.
On the high end...Pretty good
Can love make you crazy or Can it make you ~Sane~
I've already listened to it twice and have it loaded on my iPod for the third time. It is a WONDERFUL story and so sympathetic. My friend's son has Asburgers so I know a bit about mild Autism and it is horrific that it was so misunderstood, yet Jennifer Ashley's empathy and description of Ian was gripping.
Too many memorable moments to select only one ... I smile to myself while listening. Beth's introduction to Hawk is memorable, as is Ian's reaction to it.
Angela Dawe is one of my favourite narrators ... I have listened to all of the Nalini Singh Psy Changeling series and she is fabulous in that also. I now look for books she has narrated.
Yes ... when Ian's "muddle" in the park caused him to think that he would lose Beth because of it.
Read it ... listen to it ... enjoy it.
One of the best. Ever.
I love the story because it has a flawed hero who is transformed by love, but not "cured" of his quirkiness as happens in so many novels. Oh, and it's steamy.......
Probably Curry, but she does an AMAZING job with all of the characters.
I did both. It was very well done.
I love this book. I have read it a few times and I didn't think I could love it any more, but Angela's performance and the quality of this audiobook proved me wrong. Whether you have read this story or not, you will love the audiobook.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I have to say that I am constantly in search of stellar reads, and more often I'm disappointed. So, imagine my absolute delight upon falling up on this AMAZING book!!! This book is about Ian Mackenzie and Beth Ackerley. Let me say it is superb....just superb from start to finish! SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TO BE CRAZY NOT TO BE DRAWN IN BY IAN MACKENZIE! ☺
THINGS I ADORED ABOUT THIS BOOK:
1) CHARACTERS-- I loved how mature and strong the characters in the book are. These are decisive, compelling strong characters; both the leads and the supporting characters. I loved both Ian, Beth and the Mackenzie family (Ian’s brothers)!
I felt like counting my lucky stars & was so impressed with the author in the way that she did not infuse this novel with stupid misunderstandings between the leads. The leads don't mince words, nor waste time on senseless details. You know exactly where everyone stands. They face their issues with truthfulness and courage. All of the characters are multi-dimensional including Ian’s valet and Beth’s lady maid---very rich, interesting people.
2) HEROINE- Beth Ackerley is highly intelligent, sharp-witted, tenacious, and just a good, healthy, independent woman—how’s that for a mouthful? I was so impressed with this heroine. She is the type of woman who follows her instincts and rarely makes a mistake. She falls madly in love, and accepts Ian Mackenzie unconditionally (and who can blame her?—he’s delicious!). Beth is super funny & sarcastic & I love how even though Ian doesn’t get humor well, he learns from her. Beth is ever so patient and loving toward Ian.
Also, I LOVED how Beth interacted with Ian’s brothers, especially Hart, the duke. She engaged in some serious verbal fencing with the duke and didn’t cower to his bullying tactics. Overall, Beth provides stability to Ian and his whole family. Seriously, toward the end of the book it is evident that Beth brings color and happiness to all of their lives (the MacKenzie family). Beth brings such a powerful resolution to the problems the MacKenzie family have faced for years, that it’s almost as though she takes on the role of a type of matriarch for them. She’s a pretty powerful heroine!
3) HERO- Ian MacKenzie oozes sex appeal. He is absolutely SWOON worthy! He has some form of autism (perhaps Asperger’s?), has superior memory and intelligence. Ian is alluring, sensual and different…or what others would term “mad.” I think Jennifer Ashley’s gift as a writer is in her ability to create a hero such as Ian who is equally attractive as he is different. It was so interesting to see the world through his eyes. When he would avoid eye contact with the heroine, his distraction of objects and his forward way of expressing himself (without filters). Yet, what made Ian most captivating was his expressed love and fascination for Beth. Ian is hands down one of my favorite heros ever!
4) STEAMY, SENSUAL ROMANCE!!! The romance in this book never loses it’s place. It stays front and foremost in the book. The subplots are fabulous, but maintain a secondary place in comparison to the love between the leads. The love scenes never lost steam and potency…they are hot, hot, hot throughout the book!
I could go on and on because I loved this book so much. This is my first Jennifer Ashley book. My only regret is that I don’t have a vacation lined up right now to read/listen to the whole series in a matter of hours.
The narrator is just amazing! Angela Dawe is gifted in her ability to create both male and female voices. She made this listening experience so enjoyable!
Love Historical fiction, 1750 -1950, stories from cold/temperate climates, stories from the British Isles, & physical disability fiction.
No. The idea of the plot was interesting, but every time anything interesting began to happen, a steamy childish sex occurred with mad passion being the only emotion. It was like one of those 1950's musicals where normal life events are going along, and then suddenly the characters start singing and dancing, and then when they finish, the story starts again.
In this story, it was sex instead of music being inserted into scenes, and like the music in good musicals, the sex scenes were interesting enough as stand-alones, but they often just got in the way of the plot. I like a good sexy book, but I thought that in this book, a serious interesting topic was going to be explored in a historical fiction format.
The story was ostensibly about how the behaviors that today are diagnosed as Autism were perceived and treated few centuries ago. The problem was that the plot kept getting tangled up with its apparent need for suspenseful action and uncontrollable lust. The characters were stilted, one-dimensional, and completely predictable. The interesting plot line just got lost in the lust.
The narration was fine. It was the story that was bad.
Gratuitous, unrealistic, for the time period, explicit sex right off the bat. No time to develop characters to even care about them. I turned it off as soon as this book proved it's direction.
Not without a sexual content rating.
Didn't give the listen time to tell.
Disgust and disappointment. Do we really need this stuff to feel good about ourselves?
I wish that audible had a sexual content rating that protected it"s listeners.
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
Dang........another series I'm not enthralled in. Narrator was excellent; story was excellent; writing was excellent. Will be downloading second book immediately.
Just love the "madness" of Ian and ..love his strong scottish love for Beth and his brothers!.
I love regency romance and this really had its own special story... plus the heroine is perfect for Ian...cannot think of any comparison...
There are many but love how Ian takes every word literally.. my favorite is how Ian finally gets to begin to laugh because Beth cannot ride a horse and keeps falling off and the supper afterward was great~
Many areas moved me because of Ians madness.. appears normal but is not, and absolutely love how Beth makes it all so simple...
There is no whinning in this book, no repeating, has its own deep twist with wit ...love it...want the series in audio asap!