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)
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.
Always on the lookout for the next great read
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friends who enjoy romantic suspense who are open to historical settings.
One of the big strengths of this book for me was the character of the hero Ian Mackenzie. Ian had some undiagnosed peculiarities that undoubtedly today have some long medical names, but back then the peculiarities weren't particularly seen as strengths or weaknesses but as madness.
Ian has a photographic type memory - though not just with things he sees or reads...but with things he hears as well. He has a strong ability with music, with math, and with other things. He also has trouble relating to people socially...crowds drive him crazy...he interprets things literally, not understanding jokes. These things make him a unique and wonderful character.
That he was abused and labeled mad because of these unique aspects made him a wonderfully wounded hero that it was easy to hope would get his happy ending.
I liked the realistic treatment of the heroes extraordinary abilities and his weaknesses. I liked the way that the heroine accepted his unique traits without judgment and without automatically thinking him mad. I liked that she trusted her instincts where it came to him. I liked her spunk and her willingness to stand up for herself and Ian.
This was my first Jennifer Ashley book. I will definitely be looking for others from her. This one was definitely worth the credit.
Oh I like this one, it's in another setury and so romantic. I will rank this one pretty high.
Three nights of sin
Some time it was difficult to here the diffres betwen the carecter.
Diden't laugh or cry
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
It’s been a long while since I read an historical romance, but I’ve always had a soft spot for unusual main characters. Ian Mackenzie’s “madness” drew me right to this one, and I’m glad it did! This was a very good book. Great characters, lots of plot, excellent narrator!
Ian has what must be a mild case of autism. He’s extremely intelligent has learned to handle himself in society fairly well, but other people’s emotions and actions often baffle him. Enter Beth, who’s also a somewhat unusual character for an historical romance. She’s a no-nonsense, common widow who’s recently come into a lot of money. (Egad! Whatever should society do with her? Marry her for the money or shun her for her lack of noble blood? Oh the dilemma!) Things heat up when Beth and Ian cross paths, and romance and a murder mystery ensues. And along the way, two unusual main characters become perfectly endearing. The author handled Ian’s differences with sensitivity, never trivializing them but always keeping us aware of his humanity. I’ll be excited to see what she does with the other characters we’ve met so far!
It’s clear as Beth begins to meet Ian’s brothers that his whole family has had a tumultuous history. I almost double checked to see if I’d skipped an earlier book in the series! There are plenty of hints about what we might expect to see happening with the other brothers in the books to come. Historical romance may not be my usual genre, but after this book I’ll be sure to look into those too.
This is another book that I loved in print and loved even more on Audio. Ian Mackenzie is one of those rare unexpected sexy heroes. He is considered mad (by the standards of his time) but he finds true love in Beth. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing him to life, along with his loving family. I look forward to the rest of the series in Audio as well.
I loved every book in this series..
When Ian first realized what love was..
I only wish they could go on and on... What great way to travel to work!!
Sexy, fun and sexy.
The story and narration were very good, but there were odd pauses in the middle of conversations that was a little off putting. Some of them go on for so long that I look down to see if my ipod has accidentally turned off. I don't think it's the narrator -- I think the editor didn't do a very good job in linking up tracks.
I kept waiting for it to get more interesting, but it took at least two thirds of the way for it to develop any interesting turns to the story. Not a total waste of time, but was looking for more depth than this provided. Good narrator. I will not continue the series.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Both the characters Beth and Ian make this book. It had a nice little mystery, but nothing too strenuous to figure out. This story went by fast and was a great little romance. A fun start to a series, but I didn't really like the brothers characters in this book so I probably won't finish the series unless there is a sale on. Angela Dawe does a good job narrating, I have enjoyed her in Nalini Signh Psy/Changling works.
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