Sooo, I'm a little confused. In book 4, Hart's book, Eleanor has a baby boy, Hart Alec and they called him Alec.
Then, in book 4.5 she's pregnant with the same child but hasn't had it yet, but does have it in this book (too.)
Then in book 5 she's referred to as Hart's "recent bride." WTH? Am I missing something?
Isn't this a little bass-ackwards or something close to that? Anyway, I loved Elliot and Juliana's story. And if anyone was deserving of being a little mad it was Elliot, after what he'd been through. Also, Fellows was referred to as a bastard Mackenzie. When the heck did that bit of information come to light? I've read every book up to Lloyd Fellows' and nothing was ever said about that? Oh, and when everyone gathered for Christmas, in book 4.5, Elliot was there with his wife Juliana, whom he doesn't marry until book 5. So confused!! But a great series.
Book 4: The Duke's Perfect Wife (Hart) Berkley Sensation, April 2012
Book 4.5 A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (Ensemble) , Dec 2012
Book 5: The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Elliot) Berkley Sensation, Jan 2013
Book 5.5: The Untamed Mackenzie (Lloyd Fellows) Berkley, September 2013
Book 6: The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Daniel) Berkley Sensation, Oct 2013
My biggest complaint, which I've mentioned in every review is with the narrator. First of all I've never heard a narrator swallow so much in a book! Very annoying. Also, she does the voices OK but she has no emotion in her voice at all. If someone is angry she says the words like every other one.
No emotion = bad narration.
The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.
When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.
Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.
Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!
Okay, I'm a fussy reader. That said, this is an entertaining book. It combines a troubled hero with a harsh backstory, a very sweet heroine, and tops it off with the most delightful group of secondary characters I've ever seen. The story has enough twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and fun. The writer obviously knows what she's doing. The narrator is Angela Dawes, and she does try. She's just not my cup of tea. When a novel is set in some place other than the US (where I reside), I do prefer a narrator that can handle the accents. There are plenty of narrators who can, but this one can't. Her Scottish accent needs work, and her English accent isn't any one of the broad spectrum of English accents I've ever heard. Bless her heart, she's probably a nice person. Sorry Angela.
I swore after I read the last book in this series I was done with it. If The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie had not been one of the best books I ever read, I would never have read the second book in the series. Each subsequent book has been less interesting than the one before it.
I read a detailed synopsis of this book and reluctantly decided to give it a try. The main character seemed off-beat and troubled enough that I thought the author might be able to recreate a little of the magic of Ian Mackenzie's book. Unfortunately she did not. This plot was flat, the two main characters seemed to have nothing in common and no spark between them. It was never explained and never clear why they cared for each other, what in their history showed that they were meant to be together or why we should care about them. The author barely used any of the most interesting characters from earlier books and while the secondary Indian and Scottish characters were interesting, they were hardley developed.
However, in case it isn't evident, I really enjoy this narrator. And I probably would have listened to this book even if I knew it would disappoint me, just to listen to her.
The perfect combination of strong "Lovable" characters, surprise, mystery, and happiness. I Love, love, love, happy endings and loyal husbands.