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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (edition 2009)

by Jennifer Ashley (Author)

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Title:The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Authors:Jennifer Ashley (Author)
Info:Leisure Books (2009), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library, Historical Romance, ebooks

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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley


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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
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Lord Ian Mackenzie has spent most of his life in an asylum and has a reputation for being hard, handsome, dangerous and ... eccentric. Ian has never wanted anything in life more than he wants Beth Ackerly and is willing to do anything to win her. Unfortunately, Beth only wants a quiet life without drama, and life with Ian will be anything but because someone in London is killing prostitutes and Ian is the prime suspect.

A sweet and heart-wrenching romance with an original premise.

Ian suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, which was considered madness in Victorian times. Ashley's portrayal of the nuances of the disorder is both accurate and sympathetic with the descriptions of his experiences in the asylum particularly heartbreaking. That said, his immediate attraction to Beth and the ease with which he comes to love her is a little unrealistic. Beth is an intelligent, independent, patient and compassionate heroine. The development of her relationship with Ian is slow and steady, and their scenes together are very sexy, steamy and emotional.

Most of secondary characters are fleshed out nicely, including Ian's brothers, each with their own unique and difficult past, and the overzealous detective who hides an interesting secret (he reminded me of Detective Fix in Around the World in 80 Days). Other characters are more superficial, such as Beth's former fiance, and the person involved in the murders.

There are some minor issues with the writing, such as repetitious phrasing and jarring word choices, as well as the fact that Beth's hair color is not mentioned until well into the book. However, the most significant problem is the murder mystery, which could have been better developed. It is cobbled together haphazardly and seems to be more of an afterthought than a cohesive plot device.

Overall, this is a quick and entertaining read that deals with some taboo issues that are not the usual fare for historical romance - kudos to Ashley for her daring. Ian's brothers are intriguing and I look forward to finding out more about them as individuals in the rest of the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Lord Ian is decidedly eccentric, he tries very hard to pretend normal, he spent too much time in an insane asylum before not to regard passing as normal as being very important. He values his china and his peace and never intended to woo Beth, never mind propose marriage. But he feels that she's valuable, that they would be a good couple, that they both could be good for each other. Beth finds that she can be more herself with Ian, not a helper of another but a person in her own right, with her own feelings and ideas and that he would respect her.

I enjoyed these two and the story and would like more. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 17, 2016 |
Really well done disability story, although Ian doesn't really have a disability so much as he thinks differently than others do. Not sure that I want to read any others in this series 1) due to the whole Scottish thing (which I am really not into, at all) and 2) the other brothers just seemed like complete asshole/psychopaths. I am not interested in people like that finding a HEA. But as for this story, the 'ship was slow and thought out, I didn't care for the "mystery" part but saw the purpose to the plot (it wasn't very side-story), and overall wanted the H/H to get their stuff straight. Satisfying, but like I said... Don't really want to visit the rest of the family. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
About once a year I read a romance, just for a change of pace, if I can find one that has something in it that's interesting. In the past, that's included Time Travel, 'foreign' culture, atheism... this one includes a hero with autism spectrum disorder and migraines. Turns out, though, that Beth was the character I fell in love with. I'm still not sure exactly how Beth and Ian got from lust to love, but they did, and it was good.

Plenty of sex & castles here for those who like that sort of thing. (I skimmed them, which is how I was able to read this in one night.) Ian's madness didn't quite ring true to me. Nor did his headaches - I suffer migraines, and let me tell you, tobacco smoke and smog are the very worst things. At the very least I'd not smoke myself.

I loved the complex relationship between the brothers. The servants and peripheral characters were interesting. But the bit that really intrigued me was the exploration of Bohemian life, including artists and models, in France. I've heard of some of that, by studying a bit of Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Ashley's treatment rang true to me.

Still, I'm just not much of a Romance reader, and am not motivated to pick up more in the series or to read more by Ashley. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
my first jennifer ashley book and it was really good romance. The issue of Ian's sanity is a little shaky but otherwise good book. ( )
  afarrington | Dec 18, 2015 |
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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.

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