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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1 | [Jennifer Ashley]

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." (Elizabeth Hoyt)

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "You might see madness, I see perfection..."

    .."Is this what love feels like?" He whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much"

    **swoon** I'm in love with Ian Mackenzie...I resisted getting this book because I had my reservations about a hero with high functioning Autism. It had such high ratings that I decided to try it. And I loved. I loved it to pieces!!! I don't like to give spoilers so I'll just say that by the end of this book I was in love with the hero, I really liked the heroine and I was very intrigued to know more about the other Mackenzie brothers. And it is HOT! When you can't communicate well with words, you let your body do the talking. And Ian was a master at that **sigh** This is one of those series that I don't just read, I devour and obsess about.

    Narration: I've listened to several other books narrated by Angela Dawe and she is a good narrator. The way she portrayed Ian was amazing. I really liked the voice she gave to him. But she does sound very American and there is not one American character on that book. She tried the Scottish accent and failed miserably. The story was so good that I really didn't mind the accent.

    This book is a must listen. It is worth every penny and every second you spend on it. <3

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 01-25-13
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    The story was great and Angela Dawe was awesome. I loved this story. So much so I listened to it twice! I liked the fact that Ian, although the protector was also fragile and vulnerable, while at the same time had such strength of character, but most importantly he was sincere. I was happy that Beth did not give up on him although he had some obvious disabilities. I liked the fact that the story line was not obvious. I can't say enough. I liked the book so much I don't think that I will wait for credits to purchase the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Fall in Love with The Mackenzie Brothers"
    What did you love best about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures Book 1, by Jennifer Ashley and Narrated by Angela Dawe will leave you breathlessly wanting…
    This book by Jennifer Ashley, was my first exposure to the author. I enthusiastically must say that before I finished book 1, I had already purchased the entire series, anxiously reading/listening to Angela Dawe’s masterful performance! I am currently in the second half of book 3, and loving it!
    Jennifer Ashley has a wonderfully vivid imagination as is reflected throughout the Mackenzie Brother’s series. She artfully illustrates her characters and their environments so that the reader is magically transported into the book to observe each, as their stories unfold.
    Each wild and somewhat mad Mackenzie brother is absolutely, and unconditionally devoted to his family, despite growing up with an abusive father. They are all large, and powerful of stature; each one uniquely gifted. They are proud Scotsmen, who live life with a hearty fervor. They are faithful, caring, attentive, and fiercely protective. While they share these traits, as the glue that binds them; they are vastly different in temperament and personality.
    The women in their lives are strong, intelligent, and accomplished, making the journey delicious.
    A must read for those who enjoy Historical Romance Novels.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TX, USA 07-16-12
    Jay TX, USA 07-16-12

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "Fabulous!!!"
    Where does The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Right up in the very top. I couldn't and didn't want to put this book down, I enjoyed it so much. It threw me to begin with but I gradually got into it. I was a bit surprised when it dawned on me that Ian is autistic and was very glad that Jennifer decided to write him this way. He was portrayed exactly as I imagined and very eccentric!


    What other book might you compare The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to and why?

    Because of Ian autistic portrayal, no other book. It is the first historical novel I have read that has been written this way. I was truly elated with the author for this.


    What about Angela Dawe???s performance did you like?

    All of it, she did a remarkable job, and kept me interested in the storyline.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Beth explained that Ian remembering everything and being able to recall everything was weird at first but she actually came to love that about him. I was so proud of her for actually loving him for who he was and not what everyone was seeing him to be.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to catch up on Ian and Beth in the other books in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 03-29-12
    Lulu 03-29-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "What a Fascinatingly Unique Hero"

    The plot was typical Victorian romance. But the hero was fascinating. He was institutionalized most of his childhood, and today would have been labeled autistic. At the same time he was the classically good looking and brilliant hero. The heroine had a great sense of humor and chattered mindlessly whenever she was nervous. All of which was lost on the hero. Yet somehow they made the perfect couple. They made the book. Truly a joy to get to know. The narrator was OK. She handled the heroine well, but wasn't quite up to all the Scottish male characters.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-13-13
    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Mel

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    "Touching romance ruined by narration."
    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Unique; Romantic;Sensual


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the hero that makes this story unique. Reading it, I could feel his pain. I also loved the relationship portrayed between the brothers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Meet the woman that tamed the mad Lord Ian Mackenzie.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very, VERY disappointed with the narration of this wonderful and well written book. Ms.Dawe was not able to portray the most important character of this story which was Ian. His character came across too wooden, stoic, That is not what he was.Ms. Dawe's narration is too fast, too forced and I'm sorry to say, extremely annoying. Every sentence has a high pitched ending.

    Frankly, I am surprised that a woman was chosen to narrate this story. If this story had been narrated by a male narrator, I believe it would have been much better. I would be willing to buy it again in that case.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Great story from beginning to end!"

    Ian is so great. He is not mad but then again, he is completely mad!
    I like how Beth could tell right away there was something interesting about him. I love the bluntness of Ian. The fact that he was so direct made him seem mad to everyone, but not to Beth, his Beth. Very cute story. The bed talk was just so cute and funny, but so erotic at the same time. Very good. Worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 06-02-13
    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 06-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Surprise"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 04-25-13
    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2014

    I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.

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    "just a few things"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More focus on the romance developing between Ian and Beth.
    Better use of language for the era.
    Slow down the narration.

    I found there was way to much time wasted on less important subjects; from Mrs. Berrington's opinions finding its way into everything Beth does to antique ming bowls to solving the murder mystery sub-plot. A lot of thorough scenes have Beth galavanting off to distract herself in Ian's absence, but the author kind of just breezes over the times they were in each other's company but not in bed.
    I could totally see why these two fall so madly in love, it is definitely clear, but I would have preferred to better know the details. We all read these novels KNOWING how it'll end, but we love the "what" that brings us to the predictable ending.
    On the language...
    I just don't feel this novel was a good example of a well researched period novel.
    Using a lot of flowery words does not make it Victorian.
    The flow just felt mimicked from better authors that are authorities on this time period.
    Narrator...
    She read way to fast and was much to matter of fact.Period.

    Otherwise this was a really good book. All the other raving reviews can tell you why. I wrote this one because I always read reviews and I like to know the good + the bad. This is one just to warn futures listeners of this novels considerable flaws.
    I feel that if you are interested in listening to a period romance with a serious twist and separates from the normal obstacles our hero and heroine must face in order to be with one another this particular novel definitely offers exactly what you have been searching for.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-14-13
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is the Best I've Heard in Romance!"

    From beginning to end, the story is captivating; the theme different and truly unique. A mentally ill hero? Wow. To be honest, I usually do not like Angela Dawe's narration (Nalini Singh's novels)however, Angela did a great job. It was even a plus to find this book on sale.

    If you like romance, I believe you'll truly believe like this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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