Say something about yourself!
Hart Mackenzie is the glue that kept the three brothers alive and on track to make their own successes. He is mostly an enigma through the first three books but this one is his story. Angela Dawe gave her normal perfect performance of Jennifer Ashley’s ‘script’. It really filled in the blanks and gave a bit of the Irish/Scottish history. I believe I think back to this novel more than the others because it fills in so much.
Lady Eleanor Ramsay is a force to be reckoned with, which makes her the perfect match for Hart. Her dialogue in this book is excellent and often very funny. Her father is the quintessential nutty professor that always lends to humor and enlightenment. I loved her story about her Great Grandmother after the slaughter - priceless!
This book is a bit of a roller coaster and I thought best in the series – though they are all good. Some reviewers disagree, but that is to be expected I suppose.
Lady Eleanor was Hart’s first betrothed and why she broke it off comes later in the book. The photo sessions were a surprise, as was Eleanor’s wish to learn EVERYTHING; but that is for the readers’ discovery.
I listened to this over two months ago and still remember it well and love it still. It is worth the credit, and I will listen again. I recommend the series – and leave this one for last.
The whole plot...the fact that she goes back to him after 8yrs?! The fact that the reason why they parted in the first place was because of his mistress.. and then he leaves the mistress because of this..then he goes off and marries someone else and have a baby with that person and when the wife dies rather than try to mend fences with the his love interest he goes back to the mistress who caused their breakup in the first place?! That he still cared for the mistress despite the fact that said mistress was willing to have his brother IAN blamed for a crime he didn't commit and that said mistress almost killed IAN's wife? Then after all this happened, that's when Eleanor comes back into his life even though he was at fault in the first place..she pretends it's to help him out with this issue with the photos and yet it just seems like she meekly accepts all his proclivities and his depravities and his past women...where is her pride? If that was the case and she's ok with all his stupid crap, why bother breaking off the engagement in the first place? why is it ok now and not then? If he's suppose to love her why go back to the mistress and not her? Why marry someone else after the breakup? Couldn't he change his ways when they broke up and persuade her to take him back rather than get married to someone else for political reasons? I don't really buy that the wife dies while trying to birth their baby, that's too convenient an excuse for the author to get rid of the wife, Oh and killing off the mistress too, in book one..so that all obstacles are out of the way so that further down the road she could write (Harte and Eleanor) back together again. I know it's just a story but still it doesn't compute into a love story really, because without the love scenes, there really is no substance to either of them, because of their actions before and after their breakup, the chemistry isn't really there, otherwise why does he need to go to other women and take 8 yrs before they get back together again? Really? What's she doing during those years, pining away for him? waiting for him to come back to her? Yeah right..in the end she's the one that went to him....no chemistry, no real love,.because in spite of him thinking he couldn't live without her or that he really loves her, he married someone else and still go off to his mistress or other women so where was the love for her in his actions?
I like the fact that the brothers care for each other and that they look out for one another especially IAN, with his special needs and their patience with him.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen.
Almost as good as Ian's story. The story was interesting, narrator was awesome and this was ever so close to being as good as my favorite brother Ian. If you liked Ian's story, you will love Hart and El's. This is a story of love worth waiting for! Time to start from the beginning because they are all worth a second listen!
By now, I was hooked on the series. However, this main character was changed/misrepresented in earlier books in the series. The characters were engaging, but when the story line is carried from book to book, the characters need to be the thread of commonality.
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
Yes and I've already listened to it twice. The main character was such a terrible man, but loved his family at the same time. After the other books, couldn't wait to learn more about him.
I liked L.
I loved that Ms. Ashley blended in a mix of all the Mackenize brother. It was nice to hear how Ian, Mac and Cameron were all doing with their new wives.
The book is very similar to Jennifer Ashley's other Mackenize novels.
She does a great MacKenize Scottish accent. It is hard to tell the MacKenize brothers apart however.
All of it. Great Story!
Very Enjoyable. I would recommend this recording to anyone who has already enjoyed the first 3 novels in the series.
Got to know and love the characters in the first book "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie". Even though this fourth book in the series did not disappoint and was almost as good as the others, Ian MacKenzie remains my favorite character.
The Eleanor Ramsey was not a push-over even though still in love with the Duke.
Yes. I have listened to the previous three installments of this series and I think she does a fairly good job. I like it when a female narrator can do gruff, sexy male voices. Ms. Dawe is pretty good in this arena.
There were times I laughed. No crying, but did get anxious a couple of times during the story.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This was my least favorite book of the series!
maybe it is because my expectation was too high but with Hart proclavities and past history with the heroine, I was expecting hot bookie nookie, a stong heroine who makes him crawl...
but it was not to be
I haven't read the print book, but I can't imagine reading it without hearing Angela Dawe's voices in my head. In fact, I just downloaded the print version of A MacKenzie Family Christmas, now that I've finished listening to the four main books about the brothers. I hear Angela's voices in my head as I read it. I am relatively new to audible.com, but after hearing the four books, I have been searching for other books she reads. I'm ready to pack my bags and head to Scotland after listening!
This is the Fourth book in the series; I recommend starting with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. The second book is Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage and the third is The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. All main characters from the first three appear in this fourth book, and you will enjoy it more in chronological order.
Similar to Maya Banks Scotland books. Strong, stubborn hot men, headstrong women, wonderful Scot accents. What else could you want in a romance?
The family photograph scene towards the end.
Yes, but instead I listened while I did chores around the house. Made folding laundry much more enjoyable!
Jennifer Asley makes you love family in this story. I didn't think any of the brothers in this series would be more interesting then Ian. To my surprise Hart was as complex, interesting, and unpredictable as his younger brother. Hart MacKenzie has sufficed much for his family's security and his career. He is handsome, but has a dark side to his personality that not everyone understands. I would listen to this story again because of the complexity of his character and interaction between the MacKenzie men and women.
I loved both Hart and Ian. Hart for his ability to show commitment to family, intergrity in relationships with friends. Ian is my overall favorite character because of how he demonstrates the same high level of commitment and intergrity as Hart. Between the two of them there is a perfect parternship in profecting the ones they love.
The MacKenzie Brothers series was the first time I listened to Angela Dawes. She was perfect. I enjoyed listening to her.
The interaction between Hart and Elleanor was delightful. Her ability to ignore Hart and proceed with her own agenda kept me laughing.
I can't waite for the series to continue with Daniel Mackenzie.