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)
Yes. If you like regency romance, you will like this series. Strong main characters. Easy to follow storyline with just enough info to lead you into the next book.
She did an excellent job in bringing the characters to life.
Most definitely. Finished the series in a week.
I enjoyed the development of this story a great deal. Since Mackenzie is not your archetypal hero, I truly enjoyed him. Yes, this is a nice romance. Yes, Ashley wrote a pleasant story. But her hero is the best part.
I just did not "buy" this story from the very beginning... I'm all about suspending belief but this was a bit much for me... it seemed like the story was secondary to the sex scenes.. and it's not my personal preference. The narration was fine. However, the last two hours or so of the book were great. I really enjoyed the ending. It was very satisfying. I won't be downloading the other books in this series though. Not my thang.
An avid listener of audio books.
It took me a while to get into this book because I didn't enjoy the narrator. I stuck with it and finally got into the storyline and got used to the narrator's style. I find the narrator got better in subsequent books. Either she improved or she grew on me. Its a great series and I'm intrigiued by the characters.
My tastes vary. I like PNR and some HR. I have been known to like YA and NA just as well as some naughty bodice rippers and other romance books.
This is in my top 5.
I loved almost everything. I loved Ian and his brothers the most.
Ian. Ian. Ian.
When Beth was ill -- Ian was a god.
I will not be trying additional books by these authors. I am very sorry I ever spent the money on this one.
I will be extremely selective of future books...I have always enjoyed romance novels that include A background of Scotland's history. It is a rich environment. Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors. This book was a total disappointment to me.
She was not too bad, but not one of my favorites.
Too numerous to mention!
Wish I had not wasted my money!
The fact that you cast a strong male lead with a difference and make him sexy, despite it!
In the Theater when Ian meets Beth.
Have to be honest, I was really bothered by her narration in the beginning of the book. Her voice seemed Whiny. I don;t know if she worked her way out of it or if I just became used to it; because I went on to listen to books 2,3 and 4, without a hitch. In fact by the close of book four I was really enjoying her.
If my life was that simple I surely would have.. however, reality rules my life.
TO AUDIBLE: Please don't partially publish series. There is a book 4.5,5, 6 (6.5 I think) and 7....and I am now left haning unless I want to go to another source to finish the series...which I am in the process of doing. Your business loss Audible!
pretty high for a romance
well, period romance....
no - Her performance was pretty good - a bit strident tone throughout. I liked her light Scots accents, Her plumy english accent a bit forced. Some strange pauses, like she stopped for a sip of water. A couple of times I thought I'd leaned on the pause button.
SPOILER - I wonder if a hgh functioning autistc person can get to that place - I hope so,
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This book was awesome!! I've never read a book by this author before and I am totally impressed. I now have an overwhelming need to read the next 3 stories to find out what happens for the other 3 brothers, but I digress...
Beth grew up poor and had to struggle most of her life. When she was younger, she had been married happily but it ended after a year leaving her widowed. She lucked in to a position of a companion to an old rich lady. A little more luck came her way when the lady left Beth all her money when she died.
When we come in to the story Beth in engaged to a man that she doesn't realize is a scumbag. Ian saves her from making the mistake of continuing the engagement but then starts pursuing her himself. Beth finds herself attracted to Ian but after her close call with the last man she almost married she decides she's best off not getting married again.
Ian is a strange duck but I love him to death! He's what would probably be considered in the modern day to be mildly autistic. He has issues with dealing with certain things and when things overwhelm him can go in to a rage. He's extremely intelligent and has a photographic memory as well. As a child his issues with not being able to deal with things maddened his father who treated him horribly and later had him committed to an insane asylum. So poor Ian spent his childhood getting beaten and electroshock treatments. When their father died, Ian's brother (who was the new Duke) had Ian released from the asylum but this has left a stigma on Ian with most people because they see his idiosyncrasies and think they're indications that Ian is actually mad.
I feel so much for Ian. Because of the way he grew up and his own afflictions he has trouble identifying emotions in others and having them himself. When he first proposes to Beth he warns her that he can't love her...he doesn't know how to love. It's not true...he just hasn't known love before and doesn't know how to identify the feelings rising within himself. All he knows is that he has to find a way to make Beth his.
Ian pursues Beth and with some ups and downs manages to catch her in marriage. Ian tries to protect Beth from things from his past. There's a murder mystery as part of the plot and a detective is trying to pin the murders on Ian. When he tries using Beth against Ian she becomes determined to find out the truth so she didn't risk losing Ian to the gallows.
In the end Beth manages to find the killer but not without some risk to herself. She ends up wounded and almost dies while Ian tries nursing her back to health. During this time her realizes that maybe he does love her because why else would the thought of losing her hurt so much. Fortunately Beth recovers and the ending of the books was just wonderful.
This book had me tearing up multiple times, sometimes in distress and sometimes in joy. I loved Beth, she's so strong and caring and just perfect for Ian. Ian is slightly strange but wonderful in his own right. I'd take Ian for my own without a second thought. I loved this book and will be listening to this again. I'm also planning to listen to more in the series.
I'd highly recommend this book. It was awesome! 2 thumbs up! :D
Probably not. I'd sort of like to re-read, but I'll probably get the text version. The narrator isn't the worst I've heard, but she's pretty weak. Part of it is (I think) an engineering issue: there were weird long pauses between sentences, and then sometimes no pause between chapters. The other half is definitely a narrator issue, as she had a very?! bizzare?! cadence?! I'm guessing that her accent was not natural, and the stress of maintaining a fake accent made it hard to read naturally, but for whatever reason almost every sentence, whether declarative, inquisitive, etc, had exactly the same inflection. It got pretty annoying, pretty quick.
Almost anyone. Publishers tend to go with a British accent for this type of book, so Emily Gray, or Davina Porter, or Bianca Amato have done a great job with other books.
There have been two books that I actually couldn't finish because the narrator was so bad. This wasn't one of them, but she DEFINITELY made it hard to listen to. I find that an excellent narrator can bring an average book up to great, and a poor narrator can bring a great book down to middling. This book is the latter case, unfortunately.
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