Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013
It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.
Despite his decadence and intimidating intelligence, she could see he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was the madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
©2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." (Elizabeth Hoyt)
The story was pretty weak, but the narration was worse.
The story was full of holes and the characters made little sense
Don't waste your pennies
I love it when an author provokes you to think outside the box. I loved Ian and Beth and while the HEA is a given, I never found this boring. The dialogue and characters are intelligently written. This is the favorite of the MacKenzie series for me...but I do like books 2 and 3 almost as well. I am so tired of cookie cutter, black and white romance, this author explores a disability (a level of autism) which certainly would have been referred to as "madness" in that time period. I am certain many disabilities existed and many abusive situations that are not discussed or necessarily known about in Austen's books. Much ignorance and tolerance was afforded the elite since they "deserved" to do what they wanted to. The MacKenzie's father was a case in point. I found this quite interesting, I'll listen to this again.
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.
Yes I would. It was a very unusual story. Totally unexpected.
The Lord of wicked intension.
Every scene with Ian's man servant.
Oh yes, found it hard to put down.
It think every one should read it.
Ok, I tried to enjoy the book. It is really boring. I returned it because I just could not get through it. I've read historical romances before and enjoyed them but this was just fluff. The storyline was boring and the characters were not engaging. I can do slow storyline if the characters are exciting but you got neither with this book. Even purchasing the book from the first book sale at a discount could not make me finish it. I would rate this as a pass. To me if a book does not capture your attention 4 chapters in then it is not going to.
Book addict, romance lover, sometimes blogger, and everyday librarian!
There were parts of this narration that I enjoyed and there were parts that ruined my enjoyment of the story. The narrator had an mellowness of tone and pacing that weren't rushed, but there were times when the pauses between sentences and paragraphs were too long. So long that I thought a new chapter was starting only to discover it was still the same conversation. The narration did serve well enough to highlight important parts of the story, parts I may have missed if I had only read the story.
I love Audible!
I never read the print version; I'm glad I haven't read it. this was really interesting...
Ian Mackenzie's character was memorable throughout the whole of the book. A character like his, just show you that all people, no matter what they have that works against them, want to be loved unconditionally. I trully lliked this storyline.
I don't know exactly, except that I can say, she didn't take anthing away from the book.
A good book of unconditional love and how people mental issues or those that are considered as special, need love and someone that will love them without condition.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Intriguing, suspenseful & passionate
It is SO unique in its premise and character execution I cannot think of any other to compare it to. Perhaps others in this series (which I will be getting!)
Sure, but 5 Stars would have been easily earned if there was a stronger accent!
No [I don't react strongly to much], however it was very well written and there were a few instances when I found myself chuckling a bit.
It is very rare that I can stand to listen to 'historical' romances. I took a chance on this one as it was on sale for $4.95 and am so glad I did; I believe it IS 'credit' worthy and I plan to get the rest!
NOTE: Some sexual content
Lost in a good book
Definately! It is so honest and well written. I decided to trust all the other reviews before me and I am so happy I did! It is hot and enticing, specific, but totally lovely! It is graphic in the most perfect and well written way. The love scense are tasefull and unique. It made me shudder more than once!!
How open and honest Ian and Beth are with each other. There's no games, no wondering how they feel - there's no embarrassment and you can hear that in the way the story is written and the delivery of the narrator. I found myself falling in love with this couple and just rooting for their happiness.
Her voice is perfect! She has a deep voice - never shrill. It is seductive and works perfectly for both male and female. She has a great flow - never too fast, never exaggerated and she speaks each charater in such a way that really helps portray their personalities.
Wicked Hot Indulgence!
Go have a hot, enticing listen that will satisfly all your "great book" expectations! This book feels like a vacation - I hope you enjoy it too!
I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.
Lord Ian Mackenzie loves Ming bowls to the point of obsession. Their beauty kept him from going insane after being put in an asylum by his abusive father when he was a child. He is brilliant but appears to walk to a different drummer. He prevents beautiful young widow Beth Ackerly from marrying Sir Lyndon Mather who is only after her money. It takes little time for Ian to want Beth himself and when she breaks the engagement to Mather and goes to France he follows her. They come home to Scotland married. Ian's brother Hart, the Duke of Kilmorgan is not happy about the marriage and makes life a little uneasy for Beth at first. There is a power struggle which involves a former lover of Hart's that puts Beth in peril and Ian has several setbacks. A well rounded story with great love /sex scenes. Jennifer Ashley writes this type of novel very well. All the books in this series are good and book six will be out soon. Have really enjoyed the stories of the Mackenzie brothers. Well worth a credit. Have listened several times and will again.
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