The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Date Read: March 2013
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.
Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.
And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.
The first of a new historical series.
Publisher: Berkley, Tantor
Series: Highland Pleasures #1
Also by this author: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron, The Duke's Perfect Wife, A Mackenzie Family Christmas: the Perfect Gift, The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie br> br>
Also in this series: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron, The Duke's Perfect Wife, A Mackenzie Family Christmas: the Perfect Gift
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: What a wonderfully unique leading man Ian was! The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley was a brilliant surprise!
Story Talk: Can I just say that the Mackenzie brothers are an interesting group of guys! Ian, the most unusual of them all–so far,is a story that not everyone will get but it hit me square in the heart. He was so darn unique! I believe he was a high functioning autistic character but he could have also had some PTSD from an incident when he was younger. He was very perceptive and while independent, his brothers were very protective because of his differences. His “issues” were dealt with in a very real and sometimes shocking manner in this story. For the time period, he had to be totally unique. Jennifer Ashley took a huge chance and I think it paid off in spades.
Character Talk: I am going to start with Beth because it takes a super special woman to see beyond the obvious with Ian. She seems to get him even though she had to war with herself to accept their relationship on his terms. Ian could be manipulative but never in a way that made you think he was doing just for his own good. His “difference” played a huge part in how he thought things through. Beth was wonderful at figuring that out and eventually learning how to be herself as well as deal with Ian. Their love story was awesome!
Narrated by Angela Dawe / Running Time 9 hrs and 53 mins
I enjoyed the narration by Angela Dawe. I am not always a fan of audiobooks with multiple accents but I thought Angela did a pretty good job. The pacing was pretty well done and I thought she nailed Ian’s uniqueness. Overall, I would recommend this audiobook.
Final Thought: I will be reading the rest of this series in the future!
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