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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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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
Sensuality: HOT

59 of 63 people found this review helpful

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Way above my expectations!

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".

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Just WOW! Don't let the title or cover fool you.

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.

5 Stars!!

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I love the Madness!

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!

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Wow! What A Great Histroical Romance!

Historical romances are not my usual genre but I must say Jennifer Ashley did an amazing job on this story, and I really enjoyed it. There is plenty of hot romance, and a captivating mystery.

The hero, Ian, is not perfect and has "quirks" which makes him see and react to the word differently, This makes him socially awkward to others; however, his brothers love him and will do anything to protect Ian.

Ian saves Beth from marrying a man who would not be loyal, and decides he wants to be the one to marry Beth. He seduces her whenever they meet, slowing drawing her in. Beth is drawn to Ian; however, as things heat up, accusations come up indicating Ian has committed murder. Beth is determine to prove Ian and is brother are innocent.

I liked Angela Dawe performance, and thought she did a great job narrating this story.

I really enjoyed this story a lot, and look forward to listening to the other stories in the series.

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What a Fantastic Book

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.

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  • laura
  • Morgan City, LA, United States
  • 04-25-13

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.
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.

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 07-16-12


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.

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  • Jan
  • Indiana
  • 04-03-12

The First And Still The Best

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.

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  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 03-05-13

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

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