A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.
©2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"Ashley's latest flawlessly written historical romance richly rewards romance [fans] with its multilayered characterization; sexy, secrets-saturated plotting; sharp wit; and enthralling writing." (Booklist)
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This should be called the Mackenzie Series. Highland Pleasures is so commercial and obvious.
Angela Dawe narrates the entire series and is excellent. I could see someone else with more of a Scottish accent but she captures the characters so well I don’t see any negatives in her performance.
Lord Cameron is as flawed and damaged as his other brothers, possibly more so because of his father AND first wife, but the intensity and focus that came out of those disasters made his character so intriguing.
Ainsley Douglas, the love interest, is also damaged and flawed, but in a much different way. They each have an intensity that makes this romance believable.
Daniel’s character, Cam’s son from his first tragic marriage, is so believable you want to adopt him – well – watch him grow up anyway. He is a first class character, and I believe Jennifer Ashley has a book about him coming. I will look for it.
As I said before, the all of the brothers are in every novel, and each add a measure of interest. The first book was just the four brothers – by the end…well you will have to see.
Each book in this series is worth a credit.
The stories about the Mackenzie family is touching, and sad and triumphant. Jennifer Ashley has done an amazing job with this series.
I didn't start the series in order. I started with this book then went to the beginning. Cameron's story & Ian's story were my favorite.
I'm struggling with this one. I mostly enjoyed book one of the series (other than the frequent repeats of information already given and set-ups already in place), and I faintly remember reading these in print when they first came out and running into the same issue. Years and narration hasn't made this one any more palatable. I'll pass on the rest of the series.
Angela Dawe does a great job with accents and voices and I really enjoyed her rendition of J Crusie's most recent book. But, sorry all, the lilt she tends to add to the end of most of her sentences tends to make me twitch. Mildly, I grant you, but like any irritant, after a while it all adds up.
So, for you Scots-lovers, this might be right up your alley. For me, it was a narrow and dreary alley, indeed, and I will take a road more original for my next read.
And, as always, YMMV.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
This novel follows the story of Cameron, the second to oldest of the 4 brothers. He is a beautiful, scarred man, with rumors that he murdered his wife. He is a horse breeder/trainer with a teenage son. He has vowed never to marry again and concentrates on short-term affairs with bored, married society women. Ainsley Douglas had met Cam once, 6 years ago, when he caught her picking the lock of his bedside table on a mission for a friend. He tempts her then to start an affair, but she remains loyal to her husband. Now she is the widow of the man who had been more than twice her age, and is in service to the queen.Once again, she has a task to complete, and once again Cam finds her in his bedroom. There are still sparks between the two. But will Ainsley risk leaving the queen for an affair with a rakehell Mackenzie?
Lord Cameron. Who could resist his toured soul?
Great voices for the male characters.
Learning all he did to save his son.
it is part of the MacKenzie series - Oh My Goodness!
Keeping up with all of the family in each book - and Voila! here they all are again!
She is by far one of the very best - her voice is awesome
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
I loved both Ian and Mac's story. I didn't think Jennifer Ashley could write another 5star book. But she has. Cam story is sad, passionate and beautiful. Surpassed my expectations, and then some.
Angela Dawe's performance was superb! I want to read the next book, but I'm willing to wait to hear Dawe's beautiful interpretation.
Highly recommended!!! Every book in this series is exceptional.
I would read another book by Jennifer Ashley simply because they are such easy reads. No need to concentrate. Her first in the series about Lord Ian was by far the most interesting. They're books to escape with though and aren't especially believable. As for Angela Dawe her skills as a narrator are limited. All of her voices sound entirely too similar. It's even hard to tell between her male and female characters.
I wouldn't change a thing. This was a nice easy listen and I got exactly what I expected.
I found this narrator to be somewhat monotonous with little variation between characters.
A pleasant read with a happy ending.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
When the first thing I think of when I remember an audiobook is how much I love the narrator, then I know the book was definitely missing something. A narrator makes or breaks a mediocre book. If the narrator is no better than the story they are telling, I lose all motivation to finish the book in any format. But if the book is good, the narrator makes no difference to me. If I don't like their voice, I put the audiobook down and pick up the ebook.
I finished this book. The narration was great, I love a couple of the secondary characters that were featured in previous books and put in brief appearances here. I didn't dislike the main characters. But they were characters desperately in need of a plot.
I got the feeling that since the first book in the series talked of 4 brothers, the author felt she had to devote a book to each, whether they warranted it or not.
There was no drama, no suspense, no climax, no heartfelt emotion, no plot. And it didn't seem to know how to end. So it petered out the last quarter of the book, until it just kind of disappeared. The book could have been telling the story of the courtship and marriage of any couple, no matter how ordinary, mundane and dull it was.
I am going on the assumption that The Madness of Lord Ian Makenzie was a fluke. It would have stood much better on its own. I think there is a lesson to be learned here. Yes, book series can be entertaining for the reader and incredibly profitable for the author. But that doesn't mean that every book deserves a sequel, no matter how good the book is.
I will read the last in the series, because I am hoping for more than a glimpse of Ian and Beth. And there are a couple of questions raised back in the first book, I am hoping the next book will answer.
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