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)
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
This was one of my favorite reads of 2010
Who knew that being odd could so be hot!
One thing makes this book exciting, fresh and captivating; Lord Ian Mackenzie.
I love, love the way Ms. Ashley took this unconventional hero and turned him into one my most endearing characters, and hopefully one of yours.
Institutionalized since the age of twelve, Ian Mackenzie is brilliant to the point that borderline madness, but thanks to his brother intervention he was rescued, and has being living a semi normal life, that is, until Beth Ackerly walks into his life.
Once thing Lord Ian knows, is how to value, and the authenticity of a treasure, and when he meets Beth for the first time, he immediately recognizes her worth, and he???s determined not to let it go to waste with her broke and unappreciative fianc????. With tunnel vision and uncompromising determination he decides, he will make Beth his wife.
Beth is a nice complement to Ian, and one of the few people that quickly recognized his brilliance, and she undoubtedly helps him bring it to the front.
But things are never easy, are they?
With that, we get a story with so many elements that won't allow you and won???t want to pause for a minute. This novel has it all; mystery, murder, entertaining dialogue, humor, a nicely paced and scorching romance (did I say I love Ian?) not to mention great secondary characters that will have you coming back for more, which BTW, I haven???t done yet, but I assure you that I???m highly anticipating the next audio release.
This was a fantastic introduction to the series, and a must listen for all Historical Romance fans.
When I found out that Angela Dawe was going to be narrating this novel, I had to admit I have doubts, not because she???s not a capable narrator, but because I had envision how nicely Susan Ericksen would have brought this novel to life.
But what do I know? It turns out that Angela Dawe was the perfect choice; she beautifully and with commended accuracy brought the characters and the story to life.
Angela???s tone, pace and approach were precisely what the story demanded.
I had no problem at all distinguishing the voices; the only small flaw I found was her Scottish accents, let???s just say I???ve heard better; nevertheless, this was a very good performance.
Genre: Historical Romance
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I decided to get this book on a whim but am very grateful that I did! It was amazing. Beth is able to look inside of Ian and see him for what an amazing person he is. He is so focused on her from the start that she can be a bit overwhelmed, that is until she learns to welcome his attentions and share in his "madness". I believe that Ian could have a small case of autism. He is afraid to look Beth directly in the eyes because he gets so obsessed he can't look away. He has also struggled in his family relationships and Beth helps him to reconnect with his brothers in meaningful and heartfelt ways. Wonderfully enchanting and I definitely suggest we all have a little "Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie".
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I am so glad I got this book based on other Audible reviews. I can't believe how much I liked it. I don't particularly like the title or cover art and I expected this one to be a fluffy romance. Wow, was I wrong! I was hooked from the very beginning. It had interesting and unique characters, mystery, romance and some surprising plot twists. I'm not a huge fan of historical romances, but this one was amazing. I was up at all hours of the night listening. Just excellent.
HOPEFUL ROMANTIC. I Enjoy Historical & Inspirational Romances With Great Narration. Oh, And I give Honest Reviews with No Spoilers. ;-)
I was really drawn to this book from the first few minutes. Beth and Ian's love story was so sweet and touching. The way that Beth was so understanding and caring to Ian was so tender and sweet. I'm not sure but I think maybe Ian is Autistic? His "disability" was definitely an asset to his personality. This book was a joy to listen to! I want more madness!
I never thought I would get hooked on historical romances, but I read this one...and loved it! I still re-read it. Jennifer Ashley steps outside of the box by giving us an autistic hero, and she does a brilliant job portraying him and how others react to him. Ian and Beth are a truly endearing couple. They make appearances in future books, and I never get tired of them.
When I saw that Ian and Beth's book was coming out as an audiobook I was over the moon, and downloaded it as soon as I could. The narrator did a good job, and I will definitely be listening to this book again. I really hope Tantor produces the entire series. My first historical romance is still the best historical romance.
Never judge a book by its movie
An amazing spin on the historical romance. Lord Ian MacKenzie, youngest of 4 Scottish brothers who's father ( a Duke) had abused them all as children. He believed he was "fixing them"
Ian wouldn't look at people , he could play complex music just by hearing it, he would refuse to speak for days so his father placed him in a institution because he was "mad
(more likely he was mildly autistic).
Ian meets a beautiful newly wealthy widow, and decides he must marry her.
Beth is a sweet girl who understands Ian and wants to protect him from people who want to destroy Ian and his brother, the currant Duke.
The brothers are difficult and complex, but they have a very close relationship, and will protect each other with their lives.
I loved Angela Dawe's narration, she has a melodic voice that really grabbed me.
I have read the whole series, and I was so excited to see the audio-book.
I can't wait for the rest of the series. Each book is fantastic, each brother has their own tragic life that becomes less tragic with the help of a special woman.
Well worth the credit.. You won't be disappointed.
Great entertainment, definitely credit-worthy. The MacKenzie brothers will suck you in to all their dysfunctional issues and make you want to see them achieve their HEA's.
Say something about yourself!
I have not read all of the reviews of this book but honestly ??? everyone was gushing over Lord Ian ??? but BETH ??? she is hilarious. I loved her dry sense of humor and laughed out loud several times. Poor Ian just didn???t get it, he understood finally that she was joking, but she was laugh out loud funny! Her humor is very dry, and really added to the mystery/tragedy of the Mackenzie???s.
The story was unexpected; Lord Ian is surprising and empathy producing; Beth is strong, brave, funny, unique, and yet very much like ???everyone???. I recommend it and I will listen to it again.
The narrator was spot on. She delivered!
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.
Home is where my books are.
This book is incredible. It has a great romance between wonderful characters with absorbing back stories that are masterfully revealed as the story progresses. There is a villain or two with subtle motivations, and a change of setting from London to Paris to the Highlands, and back. There are coach rides, and train rides, and underground gambling dens. It also contains the best wedding scene(s) ever in an HR. These are all reasons enough to love this book, but Ashley goes one big step further, and I applaud her for it.
Writing a character with Asperger, much less a strong romantic lead, couldn't have been easy -- no easier than living with it, (I imagine). Jennifer Ashley does a brilliant job of bringing us into the life of a character who lives with the condition, and she does it respectfully, and with compassion, making this book unique in my experience. Her genius in including it in what is already a great romance, is masterful. The romance is gorgeous, and the arc of understanding, acceptance and love, that grows between the MCs makes it even more so. This is a beloved book, and a guaranteed yearly reread.
(A note on Angela Dawe: I have previously stated that it's a shame she is so often chosen to read Highlander books. Other reviewers have remarked that she ruins this book. IMHO, she does a great job with this series. While not a native speaker, she handles the accents with subtly, and doesn't turn the Scotts accent into a caricature, like so many American narrators tend to do. Her performance of Ian is particularly well done. I enjoyed her reading of this book very much, it is a beautiful performance.)
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