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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Leisure…

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Leisure Historical Romance) (vuoden 2009 painos)

– tekijä: Jennifer Ashley

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In the aristocratic circles of London, 1881, everyone says Lord Ian McKenzie is crazy, and possibly a murderer, but a young widow longing for passion is determined to bare the truth about the dashing and darkly charming Scotsman.
Teoksen nimi:The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Leisure Historical Romance)
Kirjailijat:Jennifer Ashley
Info:Leisure Books (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (tekijä: Jennifer Ashley)


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Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Mackenzies and McBrides series. There are currently eleven books in this series, with more to be published. I bought a copy of this book for my Kindle.

Thoughts: While I am not a huge fan of pure historical romance, I enjoyed this. I prefer some fantastical/supernatural/paranormal elements in my historical romance. However, this was a very solid book. I like there is a well done murder mystery plot woven into the romance here. There is also a lot of mystery around the Mackenzie family that I really enjoyed.

The characters here are what really make the story. Ian Mackenzie is autistic which has labeled him as “mad” very early in life and he spent a lot of his youth in an asylum because of this. He is an intriguing character and I love how Beth learned to work with his peculiarities and see them as strengths in character rather than weaknesses. Beth is a strong character in her own right; she is a vicar’s widow who has come into fortune via an odd route. She is strong, determined, and honorable and I love watching her navigate both Ian and his family.

All of the Mackenzie brothers and the women who love them are intriguing and interesting characters. I mean really, this book is about the intriguing characters that fill it, they are soooo well done. The writing here is also incredibly well done. There is humor, irony, well done romance scenes, and beautiful settings. I love that there is complete mystery story woven through this book too and that the overall mystery of the Mackenzies is going to go over multiple books. This is pretty much everything I expected and more.

This is also one of those books that practically reads itself. I was always excited to sit down and read this and found myself completely absorbed in the story. I kept wandering off to sneak in extra reading time.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I really enjoyed this historical romance novel. The characters are unique and engaging and the book was incredibly engrossing and well written. If you are looking for a good historical romance I would check this one out. This is a wonderful blend of romance, intriguing characters, engaging mystery, beautifully written love scenes, and majestic settings. I will most likely continue the series at some point. I am not huge on straight-up historical romances but there is enough going on here that the next time I am in the mood for a historical romance this is the series I will go to. ( )
  krau0098 | Sep 7, 2021 |
I love Ian and Beth!!!

I thought the whole murder-mystery aspect was a little bit much, but it was interesting enough that I wasn't like rushing through those bits or anything. I only wish there hadn't been so much focus on those parts. I really loved this though and I'll def finish the series ! ( )
  beethovensfruit | Aug 21, 2021 |
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is the first book in Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies & McBrides series and the first full-length novel by her that I’ve read. It begins the saga of the four Mackenzie brothers, all of whom are scandalous in one way or another. Each of them is a tortured genius but all sorts of rumors follow them regarding their shocking mistresses, dark sensual appetites, and (gasp!) even tales of murder. In this installment, we have Ian, the youngest Mackenzie brother, who spent years in an asylum until his oldest brother, Hart, a duke, finally released him. Now he puts his unusual talents to work helping Hart with investments and political matters. Ian chances to meet Beth, a woman from the opposite side of the tracks, who unexpectedly became an heiress and who is engaged to a man Ian knows is not on the up and up, so he informs Beth of this fact and then offers to marry her himself. She politely refuses, but they meet up again in Paris, where Beth can no longer resist Ian’s charms. However, they’ve also been followed to France by Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows who is convinced that Ian has committed two murders. Fellows believes that Ian got off the first time because of his powerful brother, but now that there’s a fresh corpse that’s linked to Ian, he’s not about to let it happen again and wants Beth to be his informant. With the threat of prison or worse yet, execution, hanging over their heads, it’s all but impossible for Ian and Beth to truly find their happy ending until the mystery is solved, and Beth won’t stop until she figures it all out and clears her new husband’s name.

Ian is a genius in more ways than one, but most people have never seen or accepted him for what he truly is. Instead, he was declared insane when he was just a boy and thrown into an asylum by his abusive father where he was basically tortured for years in the name of so-called doctors trying to “cure” him. When his father finally passed on and his beloved oldest brother, Hart, became the duke, Hart immediately had Ian released. Out of gratitude, he uses his unique mind to help Hart with his work. Ian is also a collector of Ming bowls, and when he discovers that a rival collector, who he knows has money problems and deviant sexual appetites is about to marry a vulnerable widow who just came into a fortune, he can’t let it rest, especially after he sees the lovely woman in question. Instead, he tells her everything, and in his usual direct way, asks her to marry him. He desperately wants her in his bed, and because Beth is a respectable lady, he believes it’s the honorable thing to do. After she refuses, he follows her to Paris, where he continues trying to persuade her, eventually winning her over, but when Fellows shows up, the man’s vendetta against the Mackenzies may ruin everything. Beth wants the truth about the murders, but believing he’s protecting someone he loves and also not wanting to taint the beauty of their burgeoning relationship, Ian refuses to tell her anything, which sends Beth down a dangerous rabbit hole that could end in Ian’s worst fears coming true.

I absolutely fell for Ian and loved the uniqueness of his character as the first neurodivergent romance hero I’ve ever read. He reminds of a hybrid between Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), Sherlock Holmes (Elementary), and Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor) with his own individual personality. It was utterly heartbreaking to think of how people with autism were treated in years past and how they were often declared insane just like Ian was. Because of the different way in which he experiences emotions, he treats the whole incident of being locked away in a rather matter-of-fact manner, but there are hints throughout of just how much it truly affected him. In reality, he’s a genius with a photographic memory. He can instantly memorize almost anything: books, documents, pieces of music, etc. He’s refreshingly direct, but at the same time, he can be very sweet and charming. His exquisite memory paired with his love of the fairer sex makes him a very adept lover who can pleasure a woman until she can’t see straight, and his candor makes him great at naughty talk, too. He’s also loyal to a fault when it comes to his older brothers, all of whom he adores, even though they don’t always agree or get along, and that devotion extends to Beth from the moment he meets her.

Beth was the daughter of a gentlewoman, but after her abusive, con artist father ruined them, she grew up in the slums and spent years in the workhouse. Although unable to find much respectable work, she finally met and married her beloved husband who was a kind, forward-thinking minister. The two shared a great love, but it was all cut short when he died of a fever less than a year later. After that, Beth became a companion to a wealthy older woman who had no family, so when she passed on, she left her entire fortune to Beth, who has spent so many years living frugally, she hardly knows what to do with it all. Wanting a quiet life, she accepted a marriage proposal from the son of a friend of the woman for whom she used to work, but when Ian makes his revelation, she immediately breaks it off. Equal parts shocked and amused by his instant marriage proposal, she politely declines, but when she meets up with him again in Paris, he proves to be irresistible. She’d very much enjoyed the pleasures of the marriage bed and misses that intimacy, so thinking that perhaps she can indulge a little in being a worldly woman, she propositions Ian who eagerly accepts, beginning a passionate affair. But when Fellows comes sniffing around, wanting Beth to be his spy, she refuses, and Ian finally persuades her to marry him to protect her from Fellows’s inquiry. She desperately wants to clear her new husband’s name, though, so when Ian refuses to tell her what really happened, she decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate for herself. I loved Beth just as much as Ian and think that she was the perfect match for him. She’s completely accepting of Ian’s quirks and oddities right from the start, always treating him like a normal person, and seeing the beauty in his “madness.” I adored her for never losing faith in his innocence even when Fellows pressed hard and tried to turn her. She’s a smart woman in her own right, solving a case that had stumped others for a long time, and she was brave to set out on her own to do it. I also liked how loving, giving, and loyal she is to Ian, never holding back any part of herself from him.

Jennifer Ashley started the Mackenzies & McBrides over a decade ago, and since then, it’s grown into a long-running series with plenty of cross-over characters, some of whom are introduced in this volume. Ian’s next-youngest brother, Mac, and his wife, Isabella, have been estranged for three years. Mac, it seems, never stopped loving Isabella, and although she was the one to walk away from the marriage, she now seems to regret it on some level. We don’t learn exactly why they parted ways, so I’m looking forward to finding out their story in the next book, Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage. Cam, the second-oldest Mackenzie brother has a scandalous story of his own, having had a wife who purportedly went mad and tried to kill him and their infant son before committing suicide. He becomes the hero of the third book, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. Then there’s oldest brother, Hart, Duke of Kilmorgan, who also lost a wife and who’s harboring some shocking secrets of his own. It’s hinted that he once shared a great love with a woman who left him, and they’ll be reunited in the fourth book, The Duke’s Perfect Wife. Detective Inspector Fellows frustrated me at times with his seemingly irrational hatred of the Mackenzies, but we learn things about him that make his feelings more understandable and that make him redeemable. He becomes the hero of the novella, The Untamed Mackenzie. Then there’s Cam’s charming, mischievous son, Daniel, who appeared to be a teenager in this volume, although his exact age was never mentioned. He will be the hero of Book #6, The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie. There will also be several between-the-books novellas that revisit all of the characters.

Years ago, when I put The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie on my TBR list, I’d heard lots of good things about it, and I’m happy to say that it definitely lived up to the hype for me. It can be tiring to read the same character tropes all the time, so it’s fun to periodically mix things up. Ian is a character who definitely fit the bill for that. I don’t know of a lot of romances that have autistic main characters, and as I mentioned before, this is the first one I’ve read. His unique, out-of-the-ordinary persona was a refreshing change that in no way made him unappealing. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an oddball myself, but I found myself relating to him very well. I think Beth was the perfect foil for him, as someone who saw him as a whole person in spite of his disability and who loved him anyway. These two just fit together like two peas in a pod, complimenting each other superbly. The love scenes are deliciously steamy. The mystery surrounding the murders was very well done, keeping me guessing as to what really happened. I enjoyed how all the Mackenzie brothers pull together and look out for one another even though they don’t always get along. I also liked learning a little about each of them and their scandalous backgrounds and look forward to reading more about them in the books to come. But for now, I’m very impressed with this first foray into Jennifer Ashley’s full-length historicals. I couldn’t have asked for a more romantic, sexy, entertaining, and perfect read. ( )
  mom2lnb | May 18, 2021 |
Historical romance. Great characters. Touches on autism spectrum. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Mar 19, 2021 |
Ian and Beth.

This book is so amazing, truly amazing.
I don't know why I put off reading it for so long.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Ian is absolutely the Hero.
Ian has Asperger's Syndrome.
It is hard enough to be accepted in this day and age when you are different even with all the medical understanding and allowances that are made for people but to think how a person would have coped back in the times of this book and the treatment...
There is a serious undertone with Ian's condition but there is also amazing humour.
Ian and Beth are so funny together in their mutual understanding of each other.
A fantastic start to the series.



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