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; ..Show More »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.
Narration: 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.
I thought this was going to be the usual 'period romance' you know - rake sees beautiful woman over dance floor but things go wrong type book - but I..Show More » was very pleasantly surprised. It had everything - romance, humour, intrigue, tears - just a very good listen that was well written.
I have listened out of order so I haven't heard book 1 yet but I can't wait, I would have preferred to listen in order but it did not detract from the book's enjoyment in any way.
Worth my credit? Oh yes absolutely, and it will be an automatic download for the rest in the series. If you like these types of romance novels then you HAVE to get this series !!
This series just keeps getting better and better. I didn’t think there would be a Mackenzie brother I would love more than Ian, but Cameron sure did ..Show More »come close. He is such a rake but deep down you know there is something more to him than just carnal pleasures.
I enjoyed the love story between Cam and Ainsley and thought she was the perfect match for him. Add to that the side stories of Daniel, Hart and the rest of the Mackenzie clan and you have a perfect regency romance book.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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 wonderfu..Show More »l 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.
Although Audible hasn't listed it yet this is book 5 of The Highland Pleasures series and phew ..... what a book it was.
You have a very dama..Show More »ged Highlander - in walks Elliot who was mentally and physically tortured in India and who has returned home to the Highlands to try to stop the wedding of his childhood sweetheart however he is barely but desperately clinging on to his sanity. Juliana is about to be married but her heart has really always belonged to her childhood sweetheart Elliot - then fate steps in and gives the two another chance.
If you're a historical romance lover then this book will move you, excite you, sadden you, thrill you .... but above all, in the end it will give you that 'Ahhhhhhhh' feeling that comes after finishing a book that has ticked each and every box. This plot has passion, romance, sex, kilts, drama, funny moments, sad times, a couple of sub plots but above all there's a broken man clawing his way back to life and a woman willing to help him.
This could easily be a stand alone listen but the others in this series have each been a really great listen as JA's brilliant writing brings to life her fantastic characters and, as you mentally play each scene, you too will be drawn into a bygone era.
Worth a credit? Well that's a billowing YES across a clear blue sky.
I really liked The Madness of Ian MacKenzie a lot. The rest of the series has gone down a bit each book. I have read some, I've listened to some. I wa..Show More »s really looking forward to Daniel's book and I liked the set up. But somehow it missed the potential. Daniel has always been able to get what he's wanted in the past books off his charm. In this book he sort of runs over everyone and no one gets angry cause of his charm. As far as the Violet, I really dislike stories that feature her particular form of damage.
Now for the biggest problem. What is going on with Angela Dawe? Her limited voices and odd cadence haven't bothered me AS bad in other books. I didn't notice it at all in Madness of Ian. In this book, especially the first file, you can count to 2 between every sentence, sometime 3. It's like she's being presented ONE sentence at a time on a dragging monitor. The pause is frustrating and very distracting. She has a habit of framing each sentence strongly anyway, but the gap between was far too long.
Setting: London & Scotland, 1880's Genre: Romance Another wonderful installment in the MacKenzie & McBride series I just love this series...Show More » What can I say? Gotta love a Scotsman. This one is Sinclair "Basher" McBride, known throughout London as an eloquent barrister who always gets a conviction. He's being considered for a judgeship. On the personal front, he has been widowed for 7 years and has two unruly children, Catriona (Cat), 11, and Andrew, 8. The children are known for getting governesses to quit the family's employ, post haste. Roberta "Bertie" Frasier is a 26 year old, brown-haired, violet-eyed cockney woman who becomes fascinated with Sinclair as he is prosecuting her friend, Ruthie, for murdering her employer. Bertie starts following him to his work, and to his home (stalking much?), and one day she happens to be around when the kids put themselves in danger and she saves them. The regular governess walks away and leaves the kids with Bertie. Because they behave with her, the rest of the household won't let her leave. Sinclair finds her there and insists she stay until his gilly finds a new governess - though he never actually looks. There's a mystery going on, as well as the development of the relationship. The other McBrides, as well as the MacKenzies, make appearances, but don't take over the story. I hope this isn't the end of the series, though I don't know what characters Ms Ashley can create stories for in this wonderful Victorian world. I hope she figures something out, though, because I love it there! The narration is really great. Angela Dawe does an excellent Scottish accent, and her English narrative isn't as laconic as in previous books. There's a good differentiation of gender and age, and consistency in the voices of specific characters across the series.