Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.
Now Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes - and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination - Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him ... or save him.
©2012 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"Ashley demonstrates her gift for combining complex characters; emotionally compelling, danger-tinged plotting; and a delectably sensual romance into one unforgettable love story." (Booklist)
For those of us JA fans who have listened to this entire series so far then I am sure they will agree that each of these books have just been wonderful and a joy to listen to.
If you're a historical romance lover then they just don't get better than this addictive listen about Hart - he has it all - a Dukedom (lovely), wealth (comes in handy), good looks (especially when he's in his kilt), women falling at his feet (well who wouldn't), a high job in Parliament (mmm not so sexy) but the one thing he hasn't got but desperately wants is Lady Eleanor his ex fiancee. He is a deeply tormented soul full of regrets and unfulfilled dreams so can she love him again and save him from himself (everyone say "ahhh").
There's well thought out characters both from previous books and new ones whose input into the story gives it depth, passion, intrigue, humour, sex and it's also touching, tender and sensual as well. You really feel like you know what makes the two lovers tick and what drove them to make the decisions they made in the past.
I hope Audible will give us book 5 The Seduction of Elliot McBride (out now) and 6 The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie (sometime in Oct 13) because her fans want this series to continue for generations to come.
Worth a credit? Do you really think I'm going to say Naah after that review - it's a MUST HAVE LISTEN and definitely a re-listen series ..... so that would be a YES. QUI, SI, AYE, SIM, DA, SHI ..... well you get the message.
I loved this book as much as the others. The narrator is great & the story was perfect. I really enjoyed this entire series and hated to see it end. Too bad there was not another brother to write about. Maybe Daniel the son of Cameron would make a good addition to the series.
Not a thing, I buy a book from this series whenever I need a mental break from a difficult or depressing read. It's uplifting and enjoyable.
I wouldn't have changed anything. This is all about one big, happy family.
Angela is quite limited but her voice is very soothing. It's not uncommon for her to get the male and female character mixed up and her accents are terrible.
No...all of the brothers are married now, lol.
Don't expect anything spectacular but you will be content.
Just looking for something to distract me...
Hart Mackenzie is the glue that kept the three brothers alive and on track to make their own successes. He is mostly an enigma through the first three books but this one is his story. Angela Dawe gave her normal perfect performance of Jennifer Ashley’s ‘script’. It really filled in the blanks and gave a bit of the Irish/Scottish history. I believe I think back to this novel more than the others because it fills in so much.
Lady Eleanor Ramsay is a force to be reckoned with, which makes her the perfect match for Hart. Her dialogue in this book is excellent and often very funny. Her father is the quintessential nutty professor that always lends to humor and enlightenment. I loved her story about her Great Grandmother after the slaughter - priceless!
This book is a bit of a roller coaster and I thought best in the series – though they are all good. Some reviewers disagree, but that is to be expected I suppose.
Lady Eleanor was Hart’s first betrothed and why she broke it off comes later in the book. The photo sessions were a surprise, as was Eleanor’s wish to learn EVERYTHING; but that is for the readers’ discovery.
I listened to this over two months ago and still remember it well and love it still. It is worth the credit, and I will listen again. I recommend the series – and leave this one for last.
I tend to get into grooves where everything I read is historical romance, mystery, light romantic comedy, thrillers, or whatever. I used to read (in print) 2 or 3 books at the same time, switching one to the other, depending on mood. But there are medications for that now, LOL.
Duke Hart Mackenzie is politically motivated, strong willed, the leader of his family and his political party. Widowed for many years and having suffered the loss of his infant son, he has been concentrating all his energy into gaining power. Now nearing victory, he needs a wife who can stand at his side, to be hostess to all the balls and fetes that will be expected of a Prime Minister. Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the one who got away, the woman who jilted him many years ago, though he never really understood why, despite her explanation. Now he has her back in his sphere of influence, he is determined that she will fulfill the role he has planned for her. This is the 4th of the Mackenzie series. I enjoyed the characters, especially the growth experienced by the Duke, motivated by the events in the plot.
read & watch
I had liked the narrator from the other two books, and I waited for this one and was not dissapointed.
The beginning when she comes back into his life.
I don't have a favorite, as I think she does a spectacular job on each character.
Yes, it was.
I recommend all three of the audible books to others!
Never judge a book by its movie
I have read this whole series more than one, so I am pretty confident I will listen again.This series has a beautiful balance of characterization, story line, mystery and romance, which is hard to find in most books.The MacKenzie brother's have damaged souls but, have found away of surviving their horrific upbringing to become much better men ( with the help of their wives, of course)
2 come to mind, without giving much away. The first one was Elle, taking pictures of Hart, and Hart being almost shy about it. Second, when Elle finds Hart in the MacKenzie mausoleum.
Really love Cameron and Daniel, they are hilarious
The Duke's (not so) Perfect Life
I thought it the end of the series, but it looks like there might be a book for Daniel.. Can't wait.
I loved that Ms. Ashley blended in a mix of all the Mackenize brother. It was nice to hear how Ian, Mac and Cameron were all doing with their new wives.
The book is very similar to Jennifer Ashley's other Mackenize novels.
She does a great MacKenize Scottish accent. It is hard to tell the MacKenize brothers apart however.
All of it. Great Story!
Very Enjoyable. I would recommend this recording to anyone who has already enjoyed the first 3 novels in the series.
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! ;)
This book is just as good as the previous ones. The ending was very good and complete as it gives you a glimpse of how each brother and their families are doing. Hart was completely redeemed in this book. He changed a lot from how he was portrayed throughout the series. Eleanor was his perfect match in every sense. The bit of BDSM between Hart and Eleanor towards the end of the book was kind of weird but I guess it was appropriate to explain his "dark" side. It's nothing too descriptive though.
Narration: well by now Ms. Angela Dawe has improved her Scottish accent a bit and her narration has only gotten better. I highly recommend this book and I'm sad the series has ended.
Got to know and love the characters in the first book "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie". Even though this fourth book in the series did not disappoint and was almost as good as the others, Ian MacKenzie remains my favorite character.
The Eleanor Ramsey was not a push-over even though still in love with the Duke.
Yes. I have listened to the previous three installments of this series and I think she does a fairly good job. I like it when a female narrator can do gruff, sexy male voices. Ms. Dawe is pretty good in this arena.
There were times I laughed. No crying, but did get anxious a couple of times during the story.
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