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It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted -- especially with a lady.Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help- her help.Because suddenly the only thing that made senseIt was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted -- especially with a lady.Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help- her help.Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was...the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie....

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  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-04-11 16:49

    5 Crazy in love Stars First read May 2nd 2015 Reread 8/14/2016 Re reread 6/24/2017*I love that no matter what mood I'm in or how many times I read this book I can pick it up and get lost in a beautiful love story!**Spoilers*“When I saw you, I knew I had to take you away from him. He had no idea what you were worth, just like he can’t price the damn bowls. He’s a philistine.”Let me just say that with Historical Romances I either love em or I hate em. I loved this one so much! OMG it was so different and freaking awesome that I couldn't put it down. Hell I didn't even want to stop long enough to write this review. I wanted to just move on to the next book in this series... This was such a beautiful and heartwarming story about Two flawed people finding happiness with each other just the way they are!“It’s part of the very intriguing package that is Ian Mackenzie.” What this book is about Beth Ackerley is a widow who just inherited enough money to be set for life. Engaged to a man she thinks is respectable, Beth is ready to start a drama free life and to find a little bit of happiness since the loss of her beloved first husband. Everything changes when she meets Lord Ian Mackenzie at the opera. While shaking her hand he slips a note into her glove. When she reads it, it tells her that her soon to be husband has women on the side and has a slave fetish. Upset by the news she flees the Opera to get fresh air, where Ian grabs her and asks her to marry him instead! She knows what everyone says about Lord Ian Mackenzie (that he is crazy), but she feels drawn to him. Then he kisses her and she doesn't care if he is crazy she just wants more! What is a respectable woman to do? Run for her life or take her chances with Mad Mackenzie.“Belong to me.” “No one here to dispute that at the moment.” “Always mine. Always, Beth.”Ian:“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”Ian stole my heart. He is one of the most endearing and memorable characters I have read in a long time. Ian is considered mad. It is obvious that Ian has Asperger's Syndrome, of course back then they didn't know what any of that is so he was labeled mad, beat , tossed in an asylum to be tortured with electric shock therapy and, beat some more until his father dies and his brother the Duke gets him released. Ian believes he can't love and he doesn't understand others emotions, he also has a lot of pint up rage, but Ian is a fighter. A overcomer that knows he doesn't fit in, but makes a life for himself anyways. I love him with Beth how hard he tries to understand what she is feeling, trying hard to look her in the eyes and he even tries to make a joke or two. He was a pure and in-depth Character that you can never forget!“We don’t fit in, you and me,” he said. “We’re both oddities no one knows what to do with. But we fit together.” He took her hand, pressed her palm to his, then laced their fingers through each other’s. “We fit.”“Your being with me makes it stop. It’s like the Ming bowls—when I touch them and feel them, everything stops. Nothing matters. You are the same. That is why I brought you here, to keep you with me, where you can please make . .. everything . . . stop.”“For God’s sake.” Ian spun away, unable to stand still. “I’m not your Thomas, your vicar. I never will be. I know you’ll never look at me the way you looked at him.” She stared at him, white-faced. “What do you mean?” He turned back. “You look at me like I’m the Mad Mackenzie. It’s in the back of your mind all the time.” He tapped the side of her head. “You can never forget about my madness, and you pity me for it.”Beth:“I am a wicked, wicked woman,” she murmured. “Kiss me again.”Beth is perfect for Ian. She is sweet and loving. She is also strong willed and stands up for Ian and what she believes in. She is very outspoken and said what is on her mind! She's had a hard life which gives her courage and a backbone, but it makes her not fit in so well in social settings. I loved how Beth loved and accepted Ian just the way he is not trying to fix or change him. She makes him laugh, smile and she believes in him. She also really wants Ian and is not shy about it. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.” “The love for another’s body. But also love for their heart and their mind, and for all the silly things they do, no matter how absurd. Your world brightens when they walk into a room, dims when they leave it again. You want to be with the beloved so you can see him and touch him and hear his voice, but you want his happiness as well. It’s selfish, but not entirely so.”“I am Ian’s wife because I choose to be,” she said. “Whether we live in a grand mansion or a tiny boardinghouse, it makes no difference.”“I like it,” she said. “I love how hard your staff is, yet the skin is silken. I remember how it feels under my tongue.”“I’m the Mad Mackenzie.” Beth pressed his face between her hands, anger suddenly rising. “That is other people’s explanation, because they don’t understand you.”“Never mind. You are a rogue and a scoundrel, and I love every single second of it.”Beth and Ian are a sweet couple and you could feel the strong connection they have like they are real people. They have some steamy chemistry and both really enjoy carnal relations. The other Mackenzie brothers are loud, rude , manly and totally lovable. This story touched me deeply. I have a niece with autism so reading a book where pure love overcomes differences and difficulties to live happily ever after gives me hope that someday she will get hers too. “My Beth,” he whispered, his breath hot on her swollen lips. “Thank you.” “For what?” Beth couldn’t stop crying, but she smiled, her face aching with it. “Setting me free.”I can't wait to read the others. Below I leave my favorite moment in the book:“I love you,” he said. Beth caught her breath, and sudden tears blurred her vision. “Love you,” Ian repeated. His gaze bore into hers harder than Hart’s ever could hope to. “Love you, love you, love you, love you, love you love you love you...” “Ian.” Beth laughed. “Love you,” he murmured against her lips, her face, against the curve of her neck. “Love you.” “I love you, too. Are you going to say it all night?” “I’ll say it until I’m in you so hard I can’t speak.” “I suppose I’ll have to put up with that. It might be difficult, though I wouldn’t mind finding out.” He paused. “Are you joking?” Beth laughed until she slid out of the seat, but when she landed on the floor, Ian was right beside her. “Yes. I was joking.” She caught lan’s lapels in her hands. “I believe carnality is definitely called for. Perhaps we should send for Curry to pull out the bed.”http://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessio...

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    2019-03-22 18:49

    “Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”This is one of the best books I've read. This is one of the best historicals I've read. This book has one of the best heroes I've ever read. This book has one of the best heroines I've read. This book has a fantastic story. This book has made me love two women. This book made me love four men. This book made me want to read five books at the same time. This book is in my heart and it will never go out.“Your being with me makes it stop. It’s like the Ming bowls—when I touch them and feel them, everything stops. Nothing matters. You are the same. That is why I brought you here, to keep you with me, where you can please make ... everything ... stop.”The storyIan decides to save a widow from an unfortunate marriage, and ends up proposing to her in the same evening. She is something fascinating to him, and he wants to have her.The widow is Beth, who recently became an heiress, and is extremely attracted to Ian. Still, she declines and goes to Paris. Ian, of course, follows her :DIn Paris, Beth meets Ian's brother Mac and his wife Isabella, who are separated. Isabella takes Beth under her wing and decides to do a bit of matchmaking :DAt the same time, a detective is investigating a murder that leads to Ian, and he does everything he can to prove it.Beth can't stop thinking about Ian, and after some time, she proposes they have an affair. She knows he can't fall in love with her, but can she keep herself from falling in love with him?“I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you.” Beth wondered what was more heartbreaking, the words themselves or the flat tone of voice with which he delivered them.Now, these are just the happenings in the book. The REAL story is Ian. How everyone sees him, how he sees himself, his terrible past, and his love affair with Beth. I can't say how much I loved it. Ian changes so much through the book, it's amazing! I loved the rest of the story too, the murder mistery was interesting and I couldn't guess who did it until the end, although I had my suspicions on who DIDN'T do it pretty early :DThis was a slow build, introduction to a lot of characters that will have their own books, and it was done SO WELL that I wanted to start those books while I was reading this one! I seriously can't wait to read them all, I know I won't stop until I finish this series.The writing style is GREAT, easy to read, although I noticed some modern expressions. The sex was hot, even though one scene (and that is my only objection with the book) did seem weird for a historical, as in, the first I've read where the heroine does a (view spoiler)[blow job, and she swallows.(hide spoiler)] It wouldn't be that weird if it was an experienced widow in question, but she's never done it, (view spoiler)[and she wants to swallow? (hide spoiler)] Anyway it may have been hotter if it wasn't described by her writing it down in her diary. Seriously not hot.About the modern expressions, I think Ian at one point said that "she went down on him" :D I really don't think they said that back then :D Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't know...But ok, like I said, my only objection, everything else in the book was fabulous and I absolutely loved it <3“You make no sense, my lord. If you don’t care about my fortune or whether I love you, why on earth do you wish to marry me?”Ian reached for the curl again as though he couldn’t stop himself. “Because I want to bed you.”He’d marry her for a very basic reason: to have her with him every night, every day, every afternoon, and every time in between. He walked down the boulevard, something in him awakening and breaking free.The charactersBeth’s fragile trust was in Ian’s hands. He’d growled that he didn’t want to be protected, but the instinct to protect her was strong. Beth was so alone in the world, so vulnerable, and she didn’t even realize it.IanEveryone thinks he's mad. His father put him in an asylum when he was just a boy, where he went through hell. After his father's death, his brother Hart set him free, and it took him a long while to adjust. I won't tell you more because it's just heartbreaking and you'll feel it more when you read it for yourself. “What was it like?” His words were so low she barely caught them. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.”Ian has a light form of autism. He doesn't look anyone in the eye, and has some OCDs. He isn't able to read people's faces, recognise their emotions, he basically has to be told what they're thinking.He has some form of photographic memory, he's a genious. He remembers every conversation and everything he's ever read, is good with numbers, but bad with people. He gets fascinated by simple things and ignores everything else.He is just such a complex and incredibly written character! I couldn't NOT feel for him, and I couldn't NOT adore him! Especially because he began to change gradually through the book, all of it thanks to Beth. Even though he said he isn't capable of love, I think he fell in love with Beth pretty early, but just didn't understand it.The more it went, the more we found out about his past, and I can believe the asylum made him worse, gave him more fears, and made him shut down more. Being with Beth set him free, made him laugh, made him wish to spend more time with her, instead of being alone. It was just beautiful to watch him change, and my heart went out to him every step of the way. And when he looked her in the eyes Ian is definitely one of the most complex characters I've read, and I just love him to pieces! "Ian’s life was dictated by other people—events and conversations swirled past him before he could follow them; other people decided whether he’d live in an asylum or out of it, whether he’d go to Rome or wait in London. Events flowed and ebbed, and as long as they didn’t interfere with his interests, like finding elusive Ming pottery, he let them happen.Now Beth had landed in the swift stream of his life, and she’d stuck there like a rock.Everything else swirled past him, but like an anchor, Beth stayed.""I do not think of him as Lord Ian Mackenzie, aristocratic brother of a duke and well beyond my reach; not as the Mad Mackenzie, an eccentric people stare at and whisper about.To me, he is simply Ian."BethShe's a widow, recently became rich, and recently became fiancéless due to the divine intervention of Lord Ian Mackenzie.After nine years of being alone, she wants company, wants to feel desire again, and it happens every time she's near Ian. She doesn't see him as a madman, she knows he's different, but not crazy. After they begin their affair, she begins to fall in love with him, knowing he can't love her back."Ian cannot do something so simple as hold a woman’s hand. He moves his thumb up my wrist and under my glove, finding points that shoot wild heat through my body. He caresses the inside of my palm with soft fingers, and then he threads his fingers through mine and holds hard, as though teaching me that my hand belongs there with his."Beth is a fantastic heroine! She is so understanding, and smart! She has courage and doesn't let people walk all over her. I just loved the way she didn't judge anyone, especially Ian. She doesn't jump to conclusions, and asks Ian to tell her everything (instead of all those heroines that hear something, get mortally wounded in the heart for the hero deceiving them and they run away to another city or something until they get together again). Nope, nothing like that here. Ian and Beth had a very mature relationship, even though Ian refrained in telling her anything about the murders, but she managed to find that out for herself :DShe stood up to the inspector, and to Hart when he was overprotective, and damn I could just go on and on :DDDD Love her! The end!Beth fixed him with an icy stare. “Rest assured, I am not prone to swooning. I might have the footmen throw you out, yes, but swoon, no.”The rest of the Mackenzie familyI love them already!!!! It isn't normal, but I guess the author did an excellent job with the introductions, they wormed their way inside my brain and I won't be still until I've read all the books that are published!!!!Isabella, I love her too! I feel very sorry for her because I know she still loves Mac, and I desperately want to know what happened between them!!!!!Cameron and his son are interesting as well, can't wait too read his story too. I wonder what happened with his wife and all. Sounds terrible! And I wonder who his love interest will be :D can't wait!Hart.... Wow that guy is intense! I think the first BDSM hero in a historical!!! Well, at least what I could gather, it was something like that :D The guy is into some kinky stuff!!!! There was mentioned a lady that ditched him, can't remember her name, but I bet she'll be in his book :DDDD Can't wait for that one too!!!“All of us are mad in some way,” Ian said. “I have a memory that won’t let go of details.Hart is obsessed with politics and money. Cameron is a genius with horses, and Mac paints like a god. ...We all have our madness.Mine is just the most obvious.”I don't know what else to say about this book except - READ IT!!!I recommend it to every historical fan, and to those of you who are not! 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  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-04-16 18:16

    Edited to add a note from the author which can be found at the end of this review.Review contains minor spoilersThis is my first read of any of Jennifer Ashley’s works and I was not disappointed, in fact, I was very, very pleased. I found her writing style to be flowing and well thought out, and her ability to weave a tale that kept me wondering, *sighing* and hopeful through the entire novel made this, for me, a story that was “un-put-downable” (Yep, I made up that word. ) *grins* This is one of those times that, even though much of the story is based on Ian’s past, we didn’t need to have it all laid out in a prologue. Instead, we learn through flashbacks told from his brothers’ points of view, as well as Ian’s, about the youngest Mackenzie being institutionalized and subjected to all manner of horrible experiments performed under the guise of "treatments." Jennifer Ashley did an excellent job of giving us just enough details of his dismal existence for us to really understand what Ian had been subjected to, without going into so much detail as to make this an uncomfortable read. From what I understand from reading other reviews, Ian’s “madness” is a form of autism, Aperger's Syndrome, though I don’t remember anywhere in the book where they gave it any specific medical name, not even one accepted during the time of this story. “Madness” is such an all encompassing word, but I suppose with the way the characteristics of his condition manifested themselves, “madness” would have summed it all up quite well. I loved that we were introduced to Ian right away, and got a glimpse of one of his “quirks” – his passion for Ming vases – early on. A man of complex contradictions, Ian is often withdrawn, yet easily enraged. He has a childlike honesty about him – he literally doesn’t know how to lie – yet understands that he can avoid telling the truth by withholding it. If I were a licensed psychiatrist/psychologist, I would likely still be on page 1 trying to unravel the complex and intricate weave that makes Ian, Ian – a hero unlike any other hero I have ever read about, and I can’t tell you how refreshing that is.Beth, a compassionate, nurturing woman unconcerned with society’s ideas of propriety and morals spent most of her life giving service to those in need. She had cared for her alcoholic mother until she passed, then as the wife of Thomas, the vicar, she cared for those in his flock. When, after only a year of marriage he became ill, Beth cared for him until he passed. She was fortunate enough to then become the companion of an wealthy, opinionated old woman with whom she spent many years, and when the woman became ill, Beth cared for her, too, until she died. Care, care, care…caring for people who were unable do so for themselves was something Beth was all too familiar with. Only a person who had walked in Beth’s shoes could see past the rumors and the lies which shroud the Mackenzie family. She was able to peel away the layers and see that there was much more to them than they allowed people to see. It took very little time for her to realize how much Ian needed her, but knowing what I did about Ian, I had expected that this would turn out to be a story of unrequited love. I believed that Beth would care for him, maybe even grow to love him, in spite of his madness – or perhaps because of it – yet never feel his love in return. Nor would she expect it because he had made it clear to her that he couldn’t… literally could not, love her.I found it interesting that Ian believed he couldn’t feel a person’s love for him, nor could he return that love and yet, he felt and reacted to fear, anger, disgust, compassion, lust… so this didn’t make a lot of sense to me. When he first met Beth, he had to have felt something for her or he wouldn’t have been compelled to help her. As the story progressed and situations came about, he reacted much the way a man in love would; he became protective, possessive, domineering and demanding. So, I found myself thinking that perhaps because he had never felt this kind of love for someone, he didn’t know what to label these new emotions, or how to express them. Thankfully this issue was resolved to my satisfaction towards the end of the book.I would love to go on and on, dissecting each little nuance of both Ian and Beth, but there are so many *sigh* moments and subtle things to love about them both that it would take pages and pages - and honestly, I don’t want to deprive you of finding them yourself because it’s those moments that make this, for me, a truly great story.Ian’s 3 brothers, Hart, Mac and Cameron, played big parts in this book and their characters, as well as their checkered pasts, were so well developed that I am already impatiently awaiting their stories.While The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is not exactly what I had anticipated, it turned out to be more than I had hoped for. By page 5 I was completely captivated by Ian and by page 13, I wanted to bring him home with me and love him forever. *sigh* But I will have to be content in knowing that he has his Beth to love him like no one else ever could.Note: For my friends who I know are concerned about the sexuality of the book - having read some reviews calling this erotica - while I would say that the “heat index” on this is pretty high, the sex itself could be considered pretty mainstream - no menage, no anal. (Hope this helps)Update: There have been many discussion about Ian's "madness," and what it is exactly. I sent Ms. Ashley an email today and asked her if she would share with us some insight into writing Ian, his "madness," and her research. I was thrilled to have gotten an answer right away and with her permission, I'm posting her reply:"Ian has Asperger's (which, as you say, is high-functioning autism). I wanted to explore what it would be like to have Asperger's before it or autism was recognized or even had a name.People with Asperger's can have a variety of traits, and not every person has the same (e.g., some are fine with looking into other people's eyes, some have a great sense of humor, while others are painfully shy and take everything literally). So Ian has Asperger's and a little OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). A great memory for certain things, usually very focused on details.I did a ton of research on Asperger's and autism (heartbreaking stuff), and then started writing. Once I was writing, though, I totally fell in love with Ian! He was the toughest hero I've ever written, but he was worth the pain. :-)Jennifer Ashley"My sincere thanks to Ms. Ashley for sharing that information with us, and for giving us Ian, a truly *sigh* worthy hero.

  • Dina
    2019-03-23 18:02

    Almost everyone who's read this book loved it to pieces, so my expectations were pretty high when I started it. High expectations can be a blessing... or a curse. Now that I finished this read, I can't help wondering what is "wrong" with me because, I'm sorry to say, I don't understand what all the fuss is about.I liked Ms. Ashley's writing - this was my 1st book by her - and I thought the premise - the hero is "mad" - was interesting and unique, but the romance didn't work for me. Lust was very well depicted and the sex scenes were steamy hot, but love was nowhere in sight, IMHO. How can you fall in love with someone you only meet between the sheets? Ian and Beth had barely exchanged a few conversations before they found themselves in love with each other, and that pattern didn't change after they got married. I had a hard time buying their love - especially because I was constantly reminded that Ian didn't understand what Beth said half the time. He became completely obsessed devoted to her from the moment they met and I can go along with that - hey, I have bought that scenario in several books before and I will keep doing that, no doubt about it - but I need to feel that special connection between the H/h. Sadly, I didn't feel that with Ian and Beth.Halfway through the book, the story took a turn and the romance was left aside to give space to a convoluted murder mystery. I won't go into details here because I don't want to give any spoilers away, but the "investigation" conducted by Beth was silly. I can't understand how she just solved something that Hart (Ian's older brother) and the Scotland Yard itself had failed for 5 years! Super Woman, thy name is Beth.That 2nd half of the story annoyed me and made me drop my rating to 3 stars. I still needed Ian and Beth to convince me they were in love, but I had to content myself with pages and pages of Beth digging into the Mackenzies' past and working on solving the murder mystery.Another "problem" I had with this book is, it screamed "First Book in the Series". Ian's brothers - all future heroes in the series, I'm sure - and their problems were featured in detail, taking my attention away from Ian and Beth.All in all, this wasn't an altogether bad read to me. I really enjoyed the 1st half of the story, when Ms. Ashely was still developing Ian and Beth's relationship. But then, wham! They were in love and I didn't know how that had happened. Oh well...

  • Navessa
    2019-04-11 16:06

    2.5 stars(view spoiler)[I’m rounding up to prove that I’m not a complete asshole all the time. (hide spoiler)]So, first things first. The male lead in this book, Lord Ian MacKenzie, has Asperger Syndrome. I just set you on edge, didn’t I? You’re having flashbacks to Real, aren’t you? Go ahead and release that breath you didn’t realize you’d been holding, because I’m here to tell you that this aspect of the novel is handled very well. Ian hyper focuses on objects, he’s obsessed with patterns, he doesn’t always like to be touched, he has issues with eye contact, and he struggles to follow conversations if more than one person is involved. And this just skims the surface of the way his autism manifests throughout this novel. His quirks are at times endearing, at times confusing, and at times frustrating, for both the reader and the cast of characters surrounding him. And they’re meant to be, which is wonderful.You can tell that Ashley really did her research here, and I applaud that.What I found to be incredibly disappointing is that beneath those quirks, Ian is the same old tired, overused male lead I’ve found in so many other historical romances. I started to dread this being the case the moment he met the female lead, Beth, whose name I just had to look up even though I literally finished this book five minutes ago (that should tell you something, more to come on her later). So he meets Beth at an opera house. He knows her fiancé. He knows her fiancé is a huge tool. And he came ready to warn her away from him, with a detailed note detailing the man’s dalliances and perversions. Whether or not he gives the note to Beth is entirely dependent on whether or not he deems her worthy: “I wrote it before I came tonight, in case when I met you I thought you’d be worth saving.”Seeing as how they didn’t even speak to each other before he slid her his missive, it’s safe to say her worth is based solely on her appearance. S’cuse me? Are you for real right now? Is that in any way supposed to endear him to me?WELL, IT DIDN’T. Then they actually speak, and during their first verbal interactions Ian began to covet Beth, to think of her as ‘his’. This mindset only became more pronounced as the book went on. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, as a tie in to his autism, but his possessiveness of her, and her easy acceptance of it really bothered me because of how it was portrayed. It was domineering, dehumanizing, and objectifying. “Tell Isabella’s gentlemen friends to keep far from you. I don’t want them touching you.” “Only you can touch me?” He nodded, brows together. “Yes.” “I don’t think I mind that,” she said softly.I do. Cut that shit out. They refused, and Ian even goes so far as to force Beth into marrying him. This whole scene made me see red. Beth is a widow, not some blushing virgin terrified of her reputation being ruined. She’s very clear from the beginning that she only wants a physical relationship with Ian, and even turned down an earlier proposal from him. Then they get caught out during a liason by a douchebag cop named Fellows who has it out for the MacKenzies, and this happens:“Ian turned around. “We are leaving by the front door. Be damned to Fellows.” “I thought you said he was ready to arrest us.” “Why should he?” Ian’s voice hardened, and he glanced at her with a look she didn’t understand. “He has no reason to arrest a man for spending a night in a pension with his wife.”Beth stopped. “But I’m not your…”She took in the priest, Mac’s expression, Curry’s innocently blank face.“Oh, no,” she said, her heart sinking. “Oh, Ian, no.”Yuuuuuuuup. Yup. Yup. Yup. Silly, woman. This is the nineteenth century, what you want doesn't matter. Especially not to the one fucking person it should matter most to. Once they’re married, he continues to force his will upon her, even going so far as to use sex as a weapon when he doesn’t like the words coming out of her mouth: “She bit her lip, white teeth on red, and his desire rose swiftly, inconveniently. But if he made love to her, if he rode her until she couldn’t breathe, she’d stop asking questions, she’d stop thinking, she’d stop looking at him.”Ew. That’s just…disturbing. Beth’s character is no better. She judges the females around her as gossip-mongering nitwits, and then goes on to relish in gossip with her friend, she betrays the male lead’s trust time and time again, and at the end of the book her TSTL tendencies drove me up the fucking wall. Then we have this little gem: “This was the third day Beth had sat there studying the vista of Paris, the third day her paper had remained blank. She’d realized after her initial excitement of purchasing pencils, paper, and easel that she had no idea how to draw.” That’s right. She’s so stupid she forgot she’d never had an art lesson before, never so much as attempted a sketch on her own. -______________________________-Lastly, there was the plot. It was not only predictable, but riddled with gaping holes wide enough to drive a carriage through, which I won’t get into because spoilers. In the end, the well-portrayed autism and the well-researched setting just weren’t enough to surmount this book’s many, many other issues. This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-03-26 18:54

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie established to me that it would be a great read from the first page. Ian is such an unusual hero, and he is thoroughly lovable. And Beth is one of those rare heroines who really does deserve a hero like Ian. Their relationship felt right and it felt meant to be. Watching them grow closer, to acknowledge their unique, rich relationship, was very gratifying. Their bond was emotional, sensual, spiritual, and intellectual. Although there were parts of each other that they didn’t fully grasp, they kept their hearts open to coming to accept and understand each other. There were no judgments against each other given. Romance stories like this are my favorite kind: where two people can find love with each other, without judgments or the fear that they have to let go of who they are or lose who they are to be in a fulfilling relationship with each other.Ms. Ashley did a wonderful job of showing me who Ian was. That what others considered a ‘madness’, a defect, a shortcoming, was merely a different way of processing things, and very beautiful and worthwhile in its uniqueness. The depiction of Ian’s condition reminded me of Water Bound by Christine Feehan, another book that looks at a main character with a form of autism. It was not exactly the same as Ian’s, but I saw some commonalities in Ian and Rikki. They looked at the world in a profoundly different way, saw beauty with an enhanced detail that few of us are able to appreciate. Although that makes it hard to filter out sensations, the artist, the lover of beauty in me wonders how this can be a bad thing, if the person has the love and understanding, the space to breathe when things get too intense for them. Apparently Ian has Asperger's Syndrome. Back in the 19th century, no one would have known what this was, or understood it, and so for Ian to be able to function and to be productive, wonderfully so, was so lovely to read about. To see how his shame became a triumph. It was just beautiful to see. It really was. I loved the hope that Ms. Ashley gave me as I read. I know that she never tried to deny that Ian’s life wouldn’t be easy, but he had the love of his family, their acceptance, and the love of Beth to help him through it. So his affliction was really a gift. That is so true to life for us. Those of us who are different look at ourselves as flawed. However,I believe that our differences are God-given, and they are given to us for a reason. We may not see it that way, but as we walk through life, we come to realize that because of who we are we can give something special to the world that no one else can. That’s how I perceived Ian’s madness. Definitely a gift in disguise.I loved seeing Ian’s family. All big, tough, larger-than-life men, none of them perfect. They reminded me of my father’s family of brothers. A room full of big, loud-talking men. It made me smile. I am very much looking forward to reading stories about each and every one of them, and hopefully Ian’s nephew Daniel will get a book when he’s older too.This book was rich and fulfilling. I read it pretty quickly, because it fed my soul. I want to thank Ms. Ashley for giving us Ian and Beth’s beautiful love story.

  • Sammy Loves Books
    2019-04-07 20:54

    *****5 ~Wickedly Sinful Stars *****"I’ve never been with a lady before.I don’t know the rules."Lord Ian MacKenzieLord Ian is mad!! Or at least everyone thinks he is. But there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He is a collector of precious things and he wants Beth in his bed! “When I saw you, I knew I had to take you away from him. He had no idea what you were worth...BethBeth may be a beautiful, rich lady, but she's no angel. From the moment Lord Ian Mackenzie catches her eye, she is lost to desire. Her late husband taught her to enjoy making love. But Ian wants so much more!!"I want to see you bare and I wish to kiss your cunny.""Are you wet?”I love Ian's dirty mouth and he loves to talk during sex !!Ian is the prime suspect in a murder investigation only because he is different and spent time in an asylum. But the whole truth of his life was nothing like I had expected and so much better. Beth is the perfect heroine!! She is respectful, but refuses to be trampled upon. She is a lady in public, but a wicked lady in bed.This is just a wonderful story about a beautiful unconditional love. There is no unnecessary angst due to lack of communication. Ian and Beth are honest with one another and play no games. I loved the character development and can't wait to read more about the secondary characters. Especially Ian's brothers.I Highly recommend this book to anyone that loves historical romances!! I can't wait to start book 2 of the series!!Sexxy MacKenzie Reviews:The Madness of Lord Ian MackenzieLady Isabella's Scandalous MarriageThe Many Sins of Lord CameronThe Duke's Perfect WifeA Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift The Untamed MackenzieThe Wicked Deeds of Daniel MackenzieScandal and the DuchessRules for a Proper Governess

  • Vishous
    2019-03-20 21:18

    "Ian cannot do something so simple as hold a woman’s hand. He moves his thumb up my wrist and under my glove, finding points that shoot wild heat through my body. He caresses the inside of my palm with soft fingers, and then he threads his fingers through mine and holds hard, as though teaching me that my hand belongs there with his."I am simply in love with this book!I am in love with Ian! I am in love with Beth! I am in love with all Ian's brothers!One of the most beautiful historical romances I've read! So magical!Ian's "madness" made me love him even more!I loved everything in this book! The story was amazing! The characters were AMAZING! The writing was simply beautiful!BETHI loved every thought that crossed her mind, everything she said, every move she made... everything! She is not like some typical HR heroines and I think that is the reason why I loved her so much. She is not shy, she is not ashamed of her past, she is proud and will not allow anybody walk over her. The way she understands Ian, the way she makes him feel better, and the way she doesn't think of him crazy is just beautiful to read. She loved once and lost that love, and she is aware that Ian could break her heart, but she still wants to explore that desire she feels with him. I loved how she didn't let anybody walk over Ian too, even his brothers. I loved how protective she was even though she knew Ian could not love her back the way she wanted.“It is the most divine thing imaginable,” she tried. “I don’t want to hear about divinity. I want to hear about flesh and bone. Is love like desire?”“Desire is part of it,” she said slowly. “The love for another’s body. But also love for their heart and their mind, and for all the silly things they do, no matter how absurd. Your world brightens when they walk into a room, dims when they leave it again. You want to be with the beloved so you can see him and touch him and hear his voice, but you want his happiness as well. It’s selfish, but not entirely so.”IANI was literally mesmerized with his mind! If this book was only his POV I would give it 10000 stars if I could! The first time he saw Beth he just knew she was unique like his porcelain bowls, and he just had to have her. But not only for one night, he had to have her forever. So even though he always says he is not capable of love because of his "madness", I think he fell in love with her at first sight. She made him calm, she made him happy and she made him laugh, which he didn't do since he got back from asylum. He thought that everything he touches brakes and he only wanted to protect her from everything, even from himself. He never looked her in the eyes long enough because he would lost himself in them and he wanted to remember everything he did with her. He wanted her to belong to only him.“Right there in the damn box, with the opera blaring on. I’d take you, make you my own.” He put his hand on her neck over the spot where he’d given her the love bite. “I branded you.” Beth smiled. “You, too.” She touched his neck. “I branded you.” He laced his fingers hard through hers and pressed her hand to the bed. “Belong to me.” “No one here to dispute that at the moment.” “Always mine. Always, Beth.” Thrusts punctuated the words. Always.""He pulled her close. “Your being with me makes it stop. It’s like the Ming bowls—when I touch them and feel them, everything stops. Nothing matters. You are the same. That is why I brought you here, to keep you with me, where you can please make... everything... stop.”“Because when I look at you, I forget everything. I lose all track of what I’m saying or doing. I can see only your eyes.” He laid his head on her pillow and rested his hand on her chest. “You have such beautiful eyes.”THE STORY I am speechless! There is nothing I could say to give justice to this beautiful story! It captured my heart from the beginning! Even though I knew it had HEA, I just couldn't stop myself from crying near the end.I think everybody needs to read this story, and needs to do it ASAP! “Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”

  • Baba
    2019-03-26 17:09

    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDIt's beautiful. It's thoughtful. It's special."Love you."The man who couldn't look anyone in the eyes was making himself do it, no matter what the pain. He was giving her a gift, the greatest one he could, straight from his heart.4.5 stars.London, 1881Ian had lived with a raw pain for so long. He doesn't always know how to express his emotions, but that doesn't mean he doesn't feel them deeply. Ian is a special man. He avoids to look people into their eyes and his attention wanders when he is spoken to, and he interrupts conversations with inappropriate comments or questions that have nothing to do with the topic at hand. He can't follow a conversation when he's with a crowd. Further, he can't read hints from others. A person has to tell him a thing plainly. During Ian's stay at the asylum, he had to undergo a horrible "treatment". Obviously ice cold baths, beatings to suppress his rages, and electric shock "therapy" were common at that time. Since the electric shock therapy he suffers from terrible headaches on a regular basis. Ian was labelled as a madman, yet he is anything but mad. He's got incredible skills."I can play this piece note for note," Ian said, his breath warm in her ear. "But I cannot capture its soul."On top of that, Ian has outstanding maths skills and a terrific memory for certain things.It happens not all the time but for once I can say that I adored the heroine! Beth is kind-hearted, determined, stubborn, and she's got a will of steel. I think this woman can hold her own, and she did it all the time. She was Ian's constant source of strength and showed him a tremendous understanding. Beth is definitely exquisite porcelain and not a fake!On his trip to discover the true meaning of love, Ian has to struggle from time to time.Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.""Desire is part of it," she said slowly. "The love for another's body. But also love for their heart and their mind, and for all the silly things they do, no matter how absurd. Your world brightens when they walk into a room, dims when they leave it again. You want to be with the beloved so you can see him and touch him and hear his voice, but you want his happiness as well. It's selfish, but not entirely so.""I can feel desire and wanting. I find you beautiful, and I want you.""Is this what love feels like?" he whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much."Ian is such a tortured soul and he did find his soulmate when he met Beth. This hunger and desire that both of them felt for each other was so palpable and ever-present. I was pondering about the word accessible. I guess autistics are difficult to access at times, yet I just felt that Ms. Ashley did a fine job in making Ian very accessible. I got an insight into his mind and I feel very grateful for that. We always have a need to voice everything. However, communication and understanding even work without a single word. Maybe we should listen more to our heart and our feelings. And facial expression and posture are other forms of communication. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is a beautifully written story. It's thoughtful, passionate and very sensual. The main protagonists are very likable and refreshing. Moreover, the author offers the reader a great cast of secondary characters as well. The story is nicely wrapped up by a lovely epilogue. I'm looking forward to reading the whole Highland Pleasures series!Ultimately, Beth claimed Ian's body AND soul and she helped him to control his "rage" and to deal with the misery that his deceased father did cause him."I'll make you sure. You said yourself he caused you too much misery and that you and your brothers need to be done with him. Please, Ian. Let him go."Ian did let him go and he said to Beth:"I love you."On a personal noteThank you, Kristen, for sharing your knowledge about autism and the link: appreciate it, and I truly hope that you will find your right and special moment to read this story

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2019-04-16 19:17

    ★★★★★! Book 1 in the Highland Pleasures series. A gem. The most amazing, memorable and special hero, Lord Ian Mackenzie.I was not a GR member when I read all my historical romances. Thus I never wrote a review, only rated each book. Lord Ian Mackenzie (27 years/youngest son of a Duke/$$$/dark brown-auburn hair/amber eyes)Beth (29 years/widow/dark brown hair/blue eyes)Ian is on my list of top-100 heroes. For me he is unforgettable! Beth was wonderful - everything Ian needed. She not only settled all his demons, but she anchored him.It’s such a treat to get to follow Beth and Ian through this series. I find myself basking in those moments that Ian reappears.***If you are into alpha males, you’ll like the oldest brother Hart Mackenzie, Duke of Kilmorgan. You’ll meet him extensively in book 1 (and learn that he is into kinky sex). His story, book 4 might have fizzled slightly (4.5 stars), but I do recommend it as well as the series.***Hero rating: 5+++ starsHeroine rating: 4.5 starsStory line concept rating: 5 starsStory ending rating: 5 starsSex scenes rating: 5 starsSex scenes frequency: 5 stars******************************Overall rating: 5+ starsWould I recommend this book: Yes!Would I re-read this book: Yes.Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-04-17 16:01

    This is one of the best historical romances I have ever read! Beth is a widower, who inherited a small fortune after being a companion to a wealthy elderly woman. She's not exactly noble-rich, but enough that several men have come sniffing around trying to marry her. She catches the eye of Lord Ian Mackenzie, who people say is insane due to his strange public behavior, rages, and inability to act like everyone else in crowds. Ian has Asperger's, but is mainly the "high-functioning" sort. He is a genius and can take care of himself, but has trouble making eye contact and understanding humor and emotion.Ian and Beth decide to have a liaison and, of course, it turns into true love. I loved Beth because she wasn't stuffy. She was kind and open-minded and a wonderful heroine. Ian was great too. There was very little angst, which I appreciate since I'm allergic to it. The drama was about a murder mystery instead of the typical separation and reuniting of couple.I just loved it from start to finish. I also really liked that it didn't take forever for the couple to get together. There were plenty of steamy scenes. I'm curious now to read about the other brothers!

  • Ridley
    2019-03-24 20:07

    When I picked this book up knowing that it featured a hero with Asperger's, I imagined the crux of the story would be about Beth and Ian learning to love each other despite his emotional detatchment. I didn't feel like I got that.There's no real discussion of how Ian and Beth came to love each other. I noticed they had great, wall-banging sex often, but that was the extent of the romance, it seems. There were few scenes that showed them interacting with their clothes on over something mundane. Sure, she supported him through a murder mystery, but how often will that come up in a lifelong marriage? I needed to see them becoming attached to each other and enjoying each other's company despite his communication quirks. I wanted to see them dealing with how utterly annoying an Aspie can be and how bewildering she could be through his eyes. Instead, he dominates her in typical alpha style and she accepts sex as attachment.Oh, and there's a murder mystery with a ton of plot holes.And a bunch of sex scenes thrown in for no particular reason other than to be graphic and to titillate.And a ton of obvious series set-up.Meh.Really, this is not the sort of character pairing that lends itself well to a suspense subplot (as half-baked as this one was) as there's plenty of conflict to mine from their personalities alone. I wanted a good book, a character study, and instead I got a paint-by-numbers romance novel like any other. It's not a bad book, just an exceedingly average one.

  • It's just me Shelly B
    2019-04-17 20:11

    “You are a rogue and a scoundrel, and I love every single second of it.”Lord Ian Mackenzie was deemed a lunatic at an early age by the courts and thrown into an asylum until his brother, the Duke, rescued him a few years later. He is known as the "Mad Mackenzie." He has rages and quirks that most people just can't comprehend in this time in history. He is also extremely intelligent and can remember conversations verbatim. Oh yea did I mention is he tall, gorgeous, protective and sexy as hell? Well he is, so go ahead and check those of the list too.“There, my dear, goes an eccentric.”....“Mad as a hatter. Poor chap lived in a private asylum most of his life, “and he runs free now only because his brother the duke let him out again..."He does not understand feelings, he can't tell whether people are joking, happy, sad and he doesn't know how to love. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.”“The love for another’s body. But also love for their heart and their mind, and for all the silly things they do, no matter how absurd. Your world brightens when they walk into a room, dims when they leave it again. You want to be with the beloved so you can see him and touch him and hear his voice, but you want his happiness as well. It’s selfish, but not entirely so.”He meets Beth at the opera and he's immediately drawn to her in the same way that he's drawn to his Ming pottery. He knows she's worth keeping and he will do anything to have her as his wife. “Your being with me makes it stop. It’s like the Ming bowls—when I touch them and feel them, everything stops. Nothing matters. You are the same.”Beth Ackerley is a widow of a vicar and she inherited enough money to be comfortable from an heiress she worked for. She's not really looking for love, just a partner to spend time with. That is until she meets Ian and everything changes for her and I do mean everything. He is just so easy to love...well I think he is anyway. She is also strong, proud and doesn't back down to no one.“Do I love you?"“I never understood before. It’s like fear and hope, both warm and cold. All mixed together.”So the story begins and it's is so beautiful watching the transformation in Ian. Just little things that we do everyday and take for granted he can't do.....things as simple as eye contact. So watching him learn and want to do things for Beth.....its swoon worthy!!This book has it, madness, sorrow, suspense, borderline crazy family, family ties, twists, sex, courtesans, and so much more. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book and I can't wait to start the next one:))“All of us are mad in some way,”Very well said Ian, we are ALL crazy in our own way!!!!!!!!!! Each and every one of us have issues and quirks that will drive someone crazy. It was very interesting to me and very real how she portrayed the views of mental illness from a stand point in 1881, even a case as Ian's which by today's standard would be considered a mild from of autism...I would think. I can imagine to this very proper society it was deemed crazy and eccentric, where as we probably wouldn't blink an eye to it.If you like historical books or are willing to try one, this is the ONE to's absolutely fantastic! I just can't put into words how beautiful it is but read it and find out for yourself!!!!!! I'm going to put in 1 more quote that was my favorite even though it really has no meaning as to the story line other than maybe how Ian's mind works.“He stared at the droplet, something inside him singing at the perfection of the ball of ink, the glistening viscosity that held it suspended from the nib. The sphere was perfect, shining, a wonder.He wished he could savour its perfection forever, but he knew that in a second it would fall from the pen and be lost."Buddy read with was verra good V:))))))

  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    2019-04-06 19:53

    Rereading after 6 years of reading it for the first time 💜Still one of my favorite HR ever! This book is so unique. Love Ian and Beth!

  • NMmomof4
    2019-04-09 21:49

    4 StarsOverall Opinion: This was a super cute and enjoyable read! I enjoyed it, especially because of the H. I floved him! My heart broke for all that he went through and how misunderstood he was for his time. I also really appreciated how the h cared for him how he was, and never tried to change who he was. I would recommend this for anybody trying out the HR genre. I don't normally read the HR genre, but this has to be one of my favorites so far 😊Brief Summary of the Storyline:This is Beth and Ian's story. Ian is a collector of Ming bowls, and he meets with an acquaintance that is trying to procure the same one as him. He soon finds out that this acquaintance is planning to marry a newly wealthy widow, Beth. He steps in and warns Beth, because this acquaintance is not what he seems and he starts his strong pursuit of her in his place. There is a police detective that has a bone to pick with Ian's family and starts harassing both him and Beth over a couple of murders. There is a little suspense and mystery, a few laugh-out-loud moments, and some sexy times...and the get a HEA ending.POV: This alternated between focusing mainly on Beth and Ian in 3rd person narrative.Overall Pace of Story:Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well.Instalove: Kind of. I tolerated it though, because they don't voice their feelings or even realize them themselves until much later.H rating: 5 stars! Ian. I LOVED him! I have a son that has Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism), and I am certain Ian was an aspie too ~ which I always love!! h rating: 4 stars. Beth. I liked her spirit and the way she cared about Ian.Sadness level: Low, no tissues neededPush/Pull: Not really Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.Descriptive sex: Yes/HR style 😉OW/OM drama: Yes (view spoiler)[The h is with OM when she meets the H.(hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating:NoSeparation: NoPossible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[prostitution/murder (off page - through mentions), loss of a spouse (off page - through memories), and institutionalization/medical experimentation (off page - through memories) (hide spoiler)]Closure:This had pretty good closure and a jump ahead epilogue with a HEA ending (view spoiler)[They get remarried and she is pregnant (hide spoiler)]How I got it: I got it on loan through my public library.Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM-Does Not have the h or H pushing away-Does Not have a separation between the h and H-Does Not have abuse-Does Not have OTT sad parts- Doeshave a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-04-05 21:04

    Wow! How can I rate a book more than five stars? Even after all the hype, this book still held up. I guess all I can do is put it on my “all-time-favorites” bookshelf.Lord Ian is intense and he leaped off the pages and into my arms. I wondered how Jennifer Ashley was going to present his POV, since he has Asperger syndrome, and at times it was almost as if it was written by someone else, the tone is so substantially different.Here is a scene, from the heroine’s POV, from early in the book when the hero, Ian, has just met the heroine, Beth, at the opera for the first time. You can see she is attracted to him, yet he is disconcerting her; while Ian doesn’t know how to take her teasing:Lord Ian drew a thin curl between his fingers, straightening it. He let it go, his eyes flickering as it bounced against her forehead. He drew the curl out again, watching it bounce back, and again. His concentration unnerved her; the closeness of his body unnerved her more. At the same time, her own wanton body was responding.“You shall take all the spring out of it,” she said. “My maid will be so disappointed.”Ian blinked, then returned his hand to the arm of his chair as though having to force it.I liked the humor in the heroine, Beth; it is delicious when she finally makes Ian laugh out loud, something he never does. Still, she is also a tenacious woman out to solve a mystery. It is nice to see a heroine worthy of the hero.The three brothers, Isabella, and the servants were very, very real; their dialogues believable. I found the relationship between Ian and Hart thought-provoking. Each brother thinks the other is guilty of something. I loved that Hart, the Duke, was earthy - but also so arrogantly rude to Beth - believing her to be not good enough for his brother, only worried about her safety with regards to how it would affect Ian; conversely, at the same time rude and dismissive toward Ian feelings, while still relying on him for his abilities. On second thought, Hart is rude to everyone. Ms. Ashley has created complex characterizations here and they are fun, intense, emotional and subsequently button-pushing. A wonderful love story about a woman learning to love again and a man, who thinks he can’t, learning to love for the first time!Ms. Ashley is a new-to-me-author and I will definitely be purchasing, not borrowing, more of her works.

  • Beatriz
    2019-03-28 23:12

    Reto #47 PopSugar 2017: Un libro con un personaje excéntricoUna historia muy atractiva, una combinación de romance e intriga con personajes que escapan al estereotipo que se suele encontrar en las novelas de este género. Ian tiene un trastorno conductual que en la actualidad es adecuadamente diagnosticado y tratado, pero no sorprende que en la época en que está ambientada la novela se considerara como un tipo de locura y, que quienes lo padecían, terminaran en un manicomio con los horribles tratamientos que se detallan.Por otro lado está Beth, que tal como la describe Ian, es una mujer auténtica, con un enorme sentido del humor, que no está enviciada con las reglas de la aristocracia por lo que se complementan a la perfección. Me reí mucho con las bromas que le hacía Beth y que Ian jamás entendía. Los secundarios también destacan, en especial Curry, el ayuda de cámara de Ian ¡qué personaje!Me gustó mucho la pluma de Jennifer Ashley, es el primer libro que leo de ella y de seguro no será el último. Si hay que ponerle un pero, es que da muchas cosas por sentadas respecto de la familia Mackenzie; a veces incluso era para dudar si este era el primer libro de la serie. Fuera de eso una muy buena lectura.

  • Richa
    2019-04-15 19:00

    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them...." Year: 1881MADNESSSome people are mad in love....When love is not madness, it is not love.[image error]Some are mad in passion....Some are mad in obsession....And some are simply mad....He is all of the above and more....[image error]He is different from the other people....unique, or as people would say mad....The smallest of things fascinate him.....hold him captive...intrigue him...Ming bowls and beautiful women are his areas of interest....huge areas of interest....He remembers everything.....he might not be able to understand certain things but he never forgets......he's a highly complex yet a very simple man...He has a tortured past, a horribly painful past, insane past....and secrets...which torture him all the time...a past which makes him feel incapable of ever loving somebody...anybody...“I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you.” Beth wondered what was more heartbreaking, the words themselves or the flat tone of voice with which he delivered them.He's the kind of man who usually lets his life flow around him but when he wants something...he makes sure he gets it....nothing can stop him from having it....[image error]He is Ian Mackenzie....the youngest brother in the notorious Mackenzie family....a family known for it's past...a past filled intrigue, drama and scandal enough to last centuries....And this time he wants her....Beth Ackerley...from the very first moment he lays his eyes on her.....because she is the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen in his life...and he's going to have her by hook or by crook...Beth Ackerley is a widow...a widow who has recently come into a fortune...she is a woman as intrigued by the youngest Mackenzie as he is by attracted to him as he is to her...I do not think of him as Lord Ian Mackenzie, aristocratic brother of a duke and well beyond my reach; not as the Mad Mackenzie, an eccentric people stare at and whisper about.To me, he is simply Ian.[image error]But will she succumb to this inexplicable, instant, undeniable attraction that she feels for him??She wanted this—no maidenly vapors, no shrinking away from him. Beth Ackerley knew what it was to be with a man, and she liked it. His body throbbed with possibilities. “We should stop,” she whispered.“Do you want to stop?”“Now that you mention it, not really.”“Then why?” His lips brushed her mouth as he spoke. She tasted whiskey on his tongue, felt the firm brush of his lips, the roughness of his chin. He had a man’s mouth, a commanding mouth.“I’m sure there are a dozen reasons why we should stop. I confess I can’t think of any good ones at the moment.”What will she do when she realises that he wants to possess every possible way....mind, body, and soul....???What will she do when she realises that someone is after him, ready to destroy him...??Well that's for me to know and you to find out!! ;)Ian touched a lock of hair that had drifted to her forehead.“You are real.”The touch had her heart pounding and heat washing to every limb. He sat too close, his fingertips so warm through his gloves. It would be a simple thing to tilt her head back and kiss him.“I am a wicked, wicked woman,” she murmured. “Kiss me again.” Without a word he swiftly slanted his lips over hers. His tongue stabbed inside her mouth, and he pressed his fingers to the corners of her lips, opening her wider. These weren’t the kisses of a man flirting. They were the kisses of a man who wanted to lie with her, damn the timing and damn the circumstances. Every part of her that touched him throbbed.He would soon arrange it so he never had to leave. He’d marry her for a very basic reason: to have her with him every night, every day, every afternoon, and every time in between.He walked down the boulevard, something in him awakening and breaking free.“What was it like?” His words were so low she barely caught them. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.”Ian’s life was dictated by other people—events and conversations swirled past him before he could follow them; other people decided whether he’d live in an asylum or out of it, whether he’d go to Rome or wait in London. Events flowed and ebbed, and as long as they didn’t interfere with his interests, like finding elusive Ming pottery, he let them happen.Now Beth had landed in the swift stream of his life, and she’d stuck there like a rock.Everything else swirled past him, but like an anchor, Beth stayed.He needed her to stay forever."....When you love, especially with all your heart, it comes upon you so fast, you don’t have time to resist.”He pulled her close. “Your being with me makes it stop. It’s like the Ming bowls—when I touch them and feel them, everything stops. Nothing matters. You are the same. That is why I brought you here, to keep you with me, where you can please make...everything . . . stop.”Beth touched his face. “Ian.”He loved how she said his name. She spoke the syllables gently, her voice always soft, caressing.Hart loomed up behind her, but Ian dissolved into Beth. He slid his arms around her waist and buried his face in her neck.“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”Beth’s thoughts went to when she’d wakened in the night, when Ian had looked straight down into her eyes. His golden gaze had been so anguished, so filled with pain. Now his gaze was evasive again, not letting her catch it. “It’s not fair that you look at me only when I’m extremely ill,” Beth said. “Now that I am fully awake and feeling better, you turn away.”“Because when I look at you, I forget everything. I lose all track of what I’m saying or doing. I can see only your eyes.” He laid his head on her pillow and rested his hand on her chest. “You have such beautiful eyes.” Her heart beat faster. “And then you flatter me so that I’ll feel awful that I chided you.”"My Beth,” he whispered, his breath hot on her swollen lips. “Thank you.”“For what?” Beth couldn’t stop crying, but she smiled, her face aching with it.“Setting me free.”It was a very enjoyable historical romance. I loved the hero!! Ian was adorable, lovable and made me fall for him with every line that he said...every line that he thought...and he was ok, I'm fumbling around for words here because he is just that good!! That amazing....sweet, lovely, wonderful, awesome...well, you get my point, right? ;)Beth was a truly remarkable heroine...she was strong, independent and completely in love with Ian which made me love her all the more! :)I truly enjoyed reading about the other characters and the glimpse that we get of each brother's tragic is a family of 4 handsome, crazy in their own way brothers whose lives filled with dramas and suspense...each brother battling his own demons.My only complaint with it is that it (the story) felt a little bit rushed...I mean things happened too quickly to be believable sometimes and the flow of the story wasn't very smooth because of it. But all of my complaints vanished when I read the parts in which Ian's perspective was shown...I loved this story!! Especially Ian (of course)!! He made me want to reach inside the book and hug him so hard and protect him from anything and everything that might hurt him...but hey, Beth was already, I guess that makes my role kind of redundant. :P I choked up when I read about the kind of things he had to suffer in the was aghhhhhhhhhhhh......I don't know if this might be spoiler or not, but putting it under a spoiler alert anyway to be on the safe side. The madness that is referred to in the title is about his (view spoiler)[ autism. He suffers from the Asperger syndrome (AS). Also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, it is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. (according to wikipedia). (hide spoiler)] There are a few inconsistencies in the story regarding this and the mystery which pops up in the story is not that big of a mystery either but despite all this it's a very romantic and sweet story which I would recommend to EVERYONE!!! :)This was my first Jennifer Ashley book and it's definitely not going to be the last. :) Hope I get time to read more because real life's really taking up a LOT of my time... :((But anyway....I LOVED IT!!!!! Ian *sigh*.....In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom! And love the only way..... :)And we're all a little crazy, aren't we?.....(Ok, in my case maybe a bit more than little...but whatever...that's just semantics... :P)So, you go and enjoy this lovely, wonderful story while I dream of him....Enjoy!! :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2019-04-18 23:17

    I was super excited to read this book, seeing as everyone loved this book, and I love Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James. I was not disappointed. This has one of the best storylines I've ever read. I won't summarize since so many people have reviewed and/or summarized, but can I just say "Wow."Lord Ian Mackenzie is the youngest of 4 brothers and he has a slight disability. He doesn't understand emotion. For example, he can play a piano piece perfectly after only having heard it once, but he can't feel the emotion behind it. Or he knows that one applauds after a show, or at the opera, but he doesn't get why. Lord Ian is intelligent, highly so..a genius with numbers and odds, so an acquaintance of his asks his opinion on his bride-to-be. Lord Ian has her investigated, and he feels Beth is too good for the likes of Mather. so not only does he tell her, he proposes. it was a great scene. Fantastic, and this whole book was above and beyond my expectations. Beth, however, decides Ian can't possibly be serious, and goes off to Paris. Well Lord Ian follows. But not before having a few scandalous episodes that Beth spots in the London Post society section. Lord Ian harbors a couple big secrets, really big ones, and not only is the Inspector way off in his deluded case of "justice," but so is everyone else's opinions. One secret (and not a "spoiler" secret)is that his father killed his mother in front of him in a fit of rage, and at 12, he had Ian committed. Ian was never mad, but he was different. And he was so worked up that at the sanity hearing (mind you he was 12 and had just watched his father shake his mother to death!) he could only rock and repeat the same phrase from a poem over and over to calm himself. So of course, he is committed. Luckily his brother gets him out after their father dies, but Ian had been locked up for something like 10 years or so (I forget the actual number). The electro shock therapy, the cold ice baths, the beatings, all of it, had taken it's toll, and yet Ian remained a remarkable man. He has rages, like when he sees the vengeance-driven Inspector Fellows talking to Beth, but he really is afraid he'll rage against Beth. The romance between the two is fabulous, as is the passion. I like how Beth's husband (her first husband) was a good man, and she was able to still love him, but be passionately in love with Ian as well. I loved the Mackenzie clan. even Isabella, Mac's estranged wife. We see her when Beth goes to Paris. And just as we think Ian is in front of Beth, it turns out to be one of his brothers, Mac Mackenzie. Mac is keeping tabs on his wife. Their story is next, and also fabulous!!The only thing I didn't like about this book was Inspector Fellows. The surprise twist at the end was good, and well played, but I couldn't muster enough emotion for Fellows after the way he had harangued Ian and Beth. (I meant this review to be short...ha!)I loved how Beth was able to hold her own with Hart...he was such a jerk to her, and yet she was able to make Ian laugh...that was a miracle in and of itself since he usually didn't understand humor. At the end, Ian still couldn't understand a lot of jokes, or follow a conversation with more than one or two people, but he'd gotten better at making eye contact, and he fell in love with Beth...there is a side story of a murder from 5 years before (hence Inspector Fellows' obsession with bringing Ian down) and then a similar murder right after Ian and Beth met. But anyways, I tell you this so you understand when I say that Beth is injured in her quest to clear Ian, and Ian finally understands that without Beth he has nothing, and feels nothing. It was simply amazing to watch his transformation and his and Beth's romance. When he tells her he loves her, and it becomes "Iloveyou.loveyou.loveyou.loveyou." It was beautiful.I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-04-15 00:08

    Lord Ian Mackenzie is known as the "Mad Mackenzie" having being shut in a asylum for most of his youth and freed by his brother on his cruel fathers death. But mad or not there is something different about Ian Mackenzie, unable to relate to others and more comfortable on his own, afraid that his rages will hurt someone. But when he see's Beth, he wants her and knows he must save her from a disatrous marriage so he is able to keep her for hisself as his sancturary and also keep her away from the sordid secrets of his and his brothers past.This book was brilliant, I read it after seeing all the rave reviews and I was not disappointed. It held a cast of interesting and engaging secondary characters, such as the Mackenzie brothers and Isabella, which has made me eager for the next book and the others yet to come.I also liked Beth, the heroine of the story very much, although after such a good array of strong and quirky personalities she didn't really stand out to me. But she managed to see in Ian what others did not, including his family, and I think it took a brave woman to take him on when such little was known about mental illness at the time, as ofcourse demonstrated by what poor Ian experienced in the asylum he was locked a way in for a good portion of his life.Now to the crux of the whole book Lord Ian Mackenzie, he was very unique, an adorable and sympathetic character as you experience life through his eyes. The way he can get lost in the simple beauty of things, like a drop of ink, a beautiful Ming bowl and most romantically his Beth's eyes. However, he did have troubles aswell, unable to function well in crowds and knowing things but not understanding them e.g. music and literature, his rages and inability to connect with people. I thought it would be difficult to have a character such as this who declares himself in all seriousness incapable of feeling love to be a romantic lead, and yet he was a truly memorable one.As you can tell I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance, and perhaps wants to read something a bit different.August 2011 RereadI STILL LOVE THIS BOOK! In fact I think I may like it a little more, Ian was as sexy as hell, and I liked Beth. I can't wait for Hart's book to come out!March 2013 RereadHas it really been this long since I last read this book? I stil love it, Ian dazzles me every time!March 2015 RereadYup, still love it, Ian still manages make my heart melt and my girly parts dance with joy. I look forward to the next reread!

  • Eastofoz
    2019-04-03 18:49

    If two people can’t communicate on the same level how can they fall in love? This was my problem with the story. I really felt that the author didn’t show why these two loved each other. The hero didn’t understand any of the heroine’s attempts at humor and he wasn’t a funny guy either. Your typical banter/wit or love/hate or simple friendship is not there either. Ian lives in his own world really and is unable to convey emotion apart from rage and desire. How can you love someone if you don’t even know whether or not they even like being with you? Ian has all the ideal characteristics of a strong romance hero: he’s built like your basic Adonis, he’s quite “talented” in the bedroom and he’s brilliant, but the main ingredient is missing: letting the other person know how you feel about them and reciprocating their feelings. He can’t really do that and that’s why I thought this was not a credible love story. It seemed more like Beth was taking care of him and getting some good sex on the side.As for the writing, it’s average. Nothing great and nothing bad either way. The author can write a hot love scene but the emotion just wasn’t there for me. Maybe that’s what was intended being that Ian had Asperger’s Syndrome. Maybe it’s a “different” kind of love story. It didn’t make much sense to me.The other characters in the story were well-drawn and so was Ian’s horrific background. You really got a sense of the nightmare he lived through as a child. The whodunit sub-story was alright but started getting repetitive towards the end. The ending itself had a cheesy feel to it; granted you might sort of expect one of the things to happen but some authors do it with a certain flair and others make if feel like the stereotypical gooey romance. The other “thing” that’s revealed just seemed silly and highly unlikely. For the heroine to have figured it out also added to the whole cheesiness.2.5 stars for me and only because the sex was well-written. As for the love story, I thought it was virtually non-existent and can’t really understand all the hype around this novel.

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-04-03 18:04

    Oh, oh, oh! I loved, loved, loved "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" by Jennifer Ashley! I began the book two hours ago and could NOT put it down. I laughed and I cried from both sadness and joy. The characters and the plot are at times mysterious and softly heartbreaking, but the ending is probably one of the best I've ever read.She is Mrs. Beth Acklerly, the impoverished daughter of a sham French peer and a disowned daughter of an English squire. She was saved from life on the streets by a poor vicar and widowed shortly afterward. For the last several years, she served as companion to a rich widow who left Beth her entire fortune at her death. Not long afterward, she becomes engaged to Sir Mather; mostly just to avoid being alone. Then...she meets the infamous Mad Lord Ian MacKenzie.He is Ian MacKenzie and his childhood is the stuff of nightmares. Being nobly born didn't do anything for Ian but make it easy for his father to have him locked away in an asylum from the age of eleven where he suffered ice baths, shock treatments, and other unspeakable 'treatments' until his father died and his brother, the new Duke immediately had him freed. He still has difficulties with crowds, but reads a book a day, has a perfect memory for anything he's seen, heard, or read, and has many other characteristics of a genius. He can become lost in the perfection of a raindrop or the line of a drawing. He's blunt, suffers from headaches, and uses sex to forget. Then he meets a woman whose mere touch can still the noise with eyes of the most beautiful blue...and Mad Lord Ian is lost.Two flawed characters who come together in what must be one of the most unusual meetings I've ever read. They have both learned from their pasts to see beyond the surface and what they find in each other has got to be one of the more beautiful and romantic stories I've ever read. I've been a fan of Jennifer Ashley's stories, but I just can't gush enough about this one. The vulnerabilities of each character and the growth of their relationship entwined with a murder mystery and the joys and pains of a family that today we would call dysfunctional really tugged at my emotions. Four brothers, each with their own type of 'madness' that I would call genius--I can't wait for the next MacKenzie story and was mightily disappointed to find out "Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage" isn't scheduled to release until 2010!!!Jennifer Ashley also writes scorching paranormals under the name Allyson James so I guess I'll have to be content with her upcoming releases under that name. But I have to say that for me, "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" will be a hard story to top. The prose, the plot, the characters, and the pacing were all top notch and it's a story that will stay with me and make me smile whenever I remember. How's that for a recommendation?

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 21:59

    5 STARS!!!!!!![image error]"We don't fit in you and me,"he said."We're both oddities no one knows what to do with. But we fit together." He took her hand, pressed her palm to his, then laced their fingers through each other's. "We fit."WOW WOW WOW!!!! What a fabulous and wickedly romantic story. This was the first book I've read from Jennifer Ashley, and I have to say, I went and purchased the entire series from Amazon before I was even finished. Of course, I am a bit partial, I admit to Alpha males. Especially Scottish men, and if you give them a tragic flaw, a painful sensitivity, a castle, and a kilt, I seem to melt into putty right before your eyes.But I won't sell this story short. The characters were all strong and quite intriguing. The Mackenzie men... all of them... SEXY AS ALL HELL!!!! but also flawed, each with his own heart-breaking past and deep emotional turmoil. They have all grown up sheltered and wealthy, but in the shadow of a very troubled family. Their own mother dying young, (view spoiler)[and at the hands of their own father, who also suffered the rages that they all seem to share. (hide spoiler)][image error]Lord Ian Mackenzie, showing the most obvious signs of madness, actually spent time as a youth and young man, growing up in an asylum, because of the emotional issues he constantly struggled with. The rages that were triggered by a tragic event from his youth, an event he would struggle to deal with all his life. Based on his symptoms though, Ian also seemed to show signs of some other emotional defect... something that reminded my of a mild version of Asperger syndrome, or autism. But with the help of his brothers, Hart in particular, Ian was able to get released from the asylum, and live a quite successful life as a aristocrat. But he was still lonely.. and believed himself incapable of love."I wouldn't expect love from you. I can't love you back." ..."I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you."But after he met Beth, or Mrs. Ackerley, a recent widow who has inherited a large fortune from her employer, he knew he had to have possess her... like the Ming bowls he collected, she was real, not like the other women or courtesans he had ever encountered before. The only problem was that she was already engaged to marry another man.She was like rare porcelain, he thought, delicate beauty with a core of steel. Cheap porcelain crumbled to dust or shattered, but the best pieces survived until they reached the hands of a collector who would care for them.[image error]Beth Ackerley may have been from a questionable background, but she had evolved into not only a beautiful woman, but had also developed quite an intelligent, witty and tenacious way about her. She was not easily intimidated. But, caught off guard by the mere presence of Lord Ian, Beth was completely drawn to the man, and incapable of resisting his charms.I really loved Beth’s character. She was strong willed and determined, and she was also daring and passionate for a woman of her time. She opened Ian’s eyes, and taught him how to love, just by showing him the strength of her own love for him. ”Desire is part of it,” she said slowly. ”The love of another’s body. But also love for their heart and their mind, and for all the silly things they do, no matter how absurd. Your world brightens when they walk into a room, dims when they leave it again.”And some of the scenes literally shredded my heart. What poor Ian was going through was just heart wrenching!!!! He was such a tortured soul, and yet still so fiercely protective of women, his servants and his brothers. A man impossible not to love, with or without the oddities of his character. And his sexual prowess was just irresistible!!! He will definitely live in my book-boyfriend hall of fame forever!!! "Is this what love feels like?" he whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much."This was a suspenseful story that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! AND the love scenes... HOLY COW!!! AND THE ROMANCE...SWOONYVILLE!!!!! And it quite nicely set up the brothers Mackenzie for each of their own love stories to come. The author has an addictive writing style, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!!!!!DEFINITELY 5 SWOONY STARS!!!!Lord Ian Mackenzie[image error]Mrs. Elizabeth "Beth" Ackerley[image error]Kilmorgan Castle, Scotland[image error]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Susanne
    2019-04-15 16:59

    New review 2/6/13 after re-read"Do you do this often? Warn a young lady about her fiancé, then turn about and offer to marry her yourself?"I loved it so much on my first read. And I wrote that "I almost wish I hadn't read it just so that I could read it again for the first time". That was so true! It breaks my heart, but it wasn't as good the second time around. Don't let it daunt you if you haven't read it. It is truly a gem! It is a fantastic piece of romance. It is just that a lot of it is in discovering it. It was brilliant. Ian Mackenzie is a wonderful hero. He has Asperger's syndrome (although a pretty mild version) but in 1880 they think he is crazy. Beth is no innocent young debutante but a strong, capable widow and she is absolutely perfect for Ian. I usually don't go for the tortured heroes but in this book it was beautifully sketched. And it was so funny. Beth is so straightforward and Ian says what's on his mind. I laughed so much the first time around.I do not think of him as Lord Ian Mackenzie, aristocratic brother of a duke and well beyond my reach; not as the Mad Mackenzie, an eccentric people stare at and whisper about. To me, he is simply Ian.Go read it once. If you've already read it, maybe you should stay in the bubble and remember it as awesome as it was the first time around.

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-04-08 19:05

    ***Updated 4/12/13***In my original review, I said I thought I allowed my own expectations to ruin it for me and I was right. After a second read, I was struck by how awesome this book truly is. In fact, it's going on my favorite list, with Ian leading the way. He is a one of a kind character and I adore him. Original Review:I went into this book with high expectations due to the high reviews and I think those expectations ruined the book for me. I still liked it though. 3.5 stars.

  • Viri
    2019-04-07 17:59

    Le había puesto 4 estrellas en mi reseña del blog, pero es que... es Ian, y LO AMO, soy muy debil cuando se trata de él, así que serán 5 estrellotas esta vez para él. verdad ni me acuerdo porque no le puse 5 si la reseña es tan fiel a lo que siento ahora!!!! ajajaj como sea, igual lo amoooooooooooooooooooooo <3

  • Sarah MacLean
    2019-03-24 16:19

    Fabulous fabulous book. I can't say enough good things about the deft development of characters, the remarkable pacing and the emotional punch. I loved every word of it. It's an instant favorite, and one I will reread again and again. Brilliant.

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-30 19:55

    6+ Mad Marvelous Stars!!!!!Omg! My heart is so full right now. If that's what I've been missing out on with historicals, then let me tell you where I'll be indefinitely! AMAZING! Perfection! Devoured it! Recommend it to everyone I know! “I’m the Mad Mackenzie.” Beth pressed his face between her hands, anger suddenly rising. “That is other people’s explanation, because they don’t understand you.” He looked away. “You always try to be kind to me.” “It isn’t kind. It’s the truth.” “Shh.” Ian kissed her. “Too many words.”This was my first historical read in over a decade, and I don't even know if my previous ones could really be classified as such. I had only ever read books like Gone With the Wind, Scarlett and Anna of Green Gables. But again, that was waaaay back in the day. But I loved those and I love period piece films. For some reason, I thought historicals contained dated versions of English dialect (wrong), were boring (WRONG), and/or would be cheesy....because let's face it...those covers are kinda cheesy. Wrong, wrong, WRONG!!!!! Oh, and for some stupid reason, I didn't think historicals were hot, and I'm kind of pervy, so I need some steam. Again, I couldn't have been more wrong because this book was HAWT AS HELL!!!!!! This story was amazing. I wanted to jump my ass into the book and be in Victorian era London in a corset right alongside these characters every time I picked it up. “I can protect you from everyone else, but who protects you from me?”And oh my Ian MacKenzie! Talk about one of the most brilliant heroes ever written! That is going to be a hard act to follow. Ian struggled mentally with some things back in a time where they didn't know how to label him. So they did all that they knew how to with something that was odd to them and unfamiliar, they locked him away. He's always been made to feel the outcast. The freak. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.”No stupid drama here. If you like stories where the couple gets together very early on and is then enduring their troubles TOGETHER for most of the book, like I do, then you will love this setup. And OH MY EPILOGUE!!! THAT'S how you deliver an epilogue!“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”I saw somewhere where Ashley said that she envisioned this series to be a saga and that's what it truly feels like. Not only did Ian capture me (right away) but this enigmatic family did as well, their enticing characters and their deep dark secrets. And bravo on the suspense plot in this book. It kept me guessing up until the very end. Tons of twists here!!Diving right into the next book in this series, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage next!My very fave part!!! (It's kind of spoilery so beware if you have not yet read!)When Ian slowly opened his eyes, he guided his gaze directly to Beth’s. His golden eyes shimmered and sparkled, pupils ringed with green. He held her gaze steadily, not blinking or shifting away. “I love you,” he said. Beth caught her breath, and sudden tears blurred her vision. “Love you,” Ian repeated. His gaze bore into hers harder than Hart’s ever could hope to. “Love you, love you, loveyou, loveyou, loveyouloveyouloveyou . . .” “Ian.” Beth laughed. “Love you,” he murmured against her lips, her face, against the curve of her neck. “Love you.” “I love you, too. Are you going to say it all night?” “I’ll say it until I’m in you so hard I can’t speak.”

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-03-26 15:57

    I had no idea what a cunny was and why the hero wanted to kiss it, but now I do.Meet Ian. The mad MacKenzie.He apparently suffers from Aspergers syndrome. I can't say that I wasn't interested to discover how that would work out; a fluffy romance hero with a mental condition to swoon over. But my starting point was expecting to enjoy the interesting edge that Ian's autism would bring to the story. There's so much going on in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie though, none of which is executed properly. Ian's mental issues are completely downplayed. He is just your typical barbarian, who follows his swollen organ and is hardly able to utter a coherent sentence. Why he and the meh heroine, Beth, are instantly infatuated with each other remains a riddle. Their sudden love is never explained by the author, other than that Ian finds Beth beautiful and she appreciates his rock-hard bod andamber eyes like brandy, flecked with gold as though the sun danced on them. Shortly after having met Ian, the heroine takes off to Paris to learn how to paint. Upon her arrival she accidentally bumps into, somewhere on top of a random hill, Ian's brother. Who happens to be a painter no less! Beth then also meets his gorgeous ex-wife Annabella, who takes her under her wings immediately and - again without the author making any of it appear plausible - the two become besties. Then - surprise! - Ian pops up in Paris...I'm a sucker for the courtship rituals that this genre often offers; the Old World politeness, the amusing banter as the slightly sarcastic hero and the heroine are trying to outwit each other, the games of pushing and pulling... Since in this book I was stuck with a hero who could not even process humor, emotions and conversations, I was obviously out of luck. Still, I would like to finish on a amusing note. So it's time to move on to the sweet berries, swollen organs and wanton hands! What about this rather unconventional erotic scene?"Are you wet?" Ian whispered, teeth on her earlobe. "Yes." She tried to swallow. "If you must know, I am quite, quite damp.""Good." His hot tongue circled the shell of her ear. "You understand such things. Why you need to be wet.""My husband explained on our wedding night. He thought that ignorance on the woman's part was the cause of much unnecessary pain."(...) He wanted Beth to apply her mouth to his nipples, then let her sink down to her knees to take his staff into her clever mouth and practice giving him love bites there. At last his clothes parted, and she was able to reveal that part of a man's anatomy that is the cause of so much wickedness."

  • Erika
    2019-03-20 19:54

    Creating a romance character with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a very risky thing to do. Although I would say the same with another genres of fiction, with romance it's a lot harder. A romance fiction requires abundant emotions in it's story, characters, and writing. I have no idea why the author chose AS. I know a few things about AS. There are so many medical conditions and yet she chose to use a psychological development disorder, which has everything to do with limited ability in communicating and understanding other people’s communications. I do realize that there are/were famous people who have or believed to have AS (Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Carl Jung, Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Vincent Van Gogh, Woody Allen, and guess who? Yes, Jane Austen). But to use it in a romance character? It's just so very difficult. I was like, seriously?But then she created Ian Mackenzie and made him fall in love. And Ian surprised me. BIG TIME. I've got myself a new bookshelf named extraordinary characters, he inspired me.I'm not gonna talk about the story, plot, Mackenzie brothers (can't wait for Hart's book. He's such a mystery to me), the sex scenes, the mystery, etc. There are plenty great reviews written by my GR friends and I'm agree with all of them. I'm just so grateful to know there's a romance author who's brave enough to take a big risk with her work, to show her readers the world through the eye of Ian Mackenzie. “What was it like?” His words were so low she barely caught them. “Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth. I want to understand.”The trouble with Ian Mackenzie’s questions was that he asked the unanswerable. And yet she should know how to answer—everyone should. But they couldn’t, because everyone simply knew. Everyone except Ian.“Why won’t you look at me?” she asked. “What’s wrong with me?”He opened his eyes again, but his gaze didn’t meet hers.“Nothing. You are perfect.”“Then why?”“I can’t explain. Don’t ask me to explain.”“All of us are mad in some way,” Ian said. “I have a memory that won’t let go of details.Hart is obsessed with politics and money. Cameron is a genius with horses, and Mac paints like a god. You find out details on your cases that others miss. You are obsessed with justice and getting everything you think is coming to you. We all have our madness. Mine is just the most obvious.”“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”The man who couldn’t look anyone in the eyes was making himself do it, no matter what the pain. He was giving her a gift, the greatest one he could, straight from his heart.So, you see, as much as I want to share what I thought about Ian's character and his romance with Beth, Jennifer Ashley's writing 'spoke' to us by it self in such a lovely way, almost perfect. I wanted to include the moment when Ian said 'I Love You', but then I thought, let it be a surprise for my GR friends who haven't read this book. The sweetest declaration of love I've ever read in romance books came from a man who didn't have a clue about what love is until the time he fell for it. You know what was great about it? He said nothing more than those three words. Still I was mesmerized by the moment.I'd like to say more about AS, but I found something that will be able to show it better than medical terms. In the end of this review there's a letter from a man with AS. I got it from the net. Is there a better way to explain AS other than the person who has it?To all readers who haven't read this book, don't expect to find romance like in any other romance books. You won't find a romantic relationship with beautiful words of love. This book was one of a kind romance. The only way to enjoy reading it is to understand Ian Mackenzie. He's not able to share his feelings and his thoughts with words. So try to see what he sees, feel what he feels. And you will find something amazing.Letter From An Adult Male With Asperger SyndromeRichard RoweI am a 45 year old male with Asperger Syndrome. As I sit to write this I realise that I am trying to explain myself to myself, as much as I am trying to explain my thoughts and feelings to you the reader. I will try to keep on the track, not be indulgent, and make an attempt to explain "self" from the perspective of one who has ASD and to keep it as short and eloquent as I am able. Please bear with me as I realise that "self" is quite different between individuals and that ASD encompasses a very wide spectrum, no two cases being exactly the same. That being as it may. I will now attempt to share with you, my feelings, in the hope that it may in turn help you to understand the feelings of another who may be close to you. Please understand that I am not trying to offer any solutions or to appear as to be offering either a positive or negative perspective here. I am simply trying to explain how I feel, how I have always felt and how another close to you may possibly be feeling.Ever since I was a young child, in fact, as far back as I can remember, I have felt myself to be totally alone, different and somehow unique. Not in an egotistical way but just unusual. As a child I felt very strongly that I didn't belong here in this world.By the age of five I had told myself many times that my "real" parents were in fact Time Travellers that had somehow lost me here. I felt so out of place in the world that I was certain it must be so. I remember commenting to my mother as a child that I was really a time traveller, she thought it was cute and her and a friend had a giggle over morning tea. When I was six years old I realised and believed that no one ever really loves anyone else, not really and that no‐one ever really cared about anyone else, (well it made sense when I was six) I found out differently when I was 38, but always believed it until then. I was a very quiet and solitary child and found it hard to make friends.By Adolescence I had realised that I was somewhat "emotionally retarded" and would at times respond poorly or inappropriately to a situation and regret but still fail to understand my actions upon later reflection.My social skills were and still are, reasonably poor. I have never been able to like myself. I have never cared about my appearance, having long ago decided that I was ugly and unattractive anyway and that grooming and clothes would make no difference to the obvious. Even though I was able to marry a very beautiful woman who loved me deeply and many have assured me that this is not the case at all, inside I have always felt it to be the truth.I find putting on nice clothes pretentious and embarrassing. I cannot remember any time in my life that I have ever felt truly happy and carefree. I have always felt that people regard me as strange or eccentric and as a result I live usually alone and have no genuinely close friends. I have not seen or spoken to any members of my immediate family since my mother's funeral seven and a half years ago but then, my sisters never did like me.I have always been prone to mood swings. Ranging from severe depression, resulting in up to 3 to 4 days of uncontrollable crying and sobbing, to short bursts of Absolute and quite irrational anger. Not anger in a violent sense, I don't have a violent bone in my body, and have never broken anything, hurt myself or attacked anyone, but I can become very verbally aggressive if I am not aware, or made aware that my mood is changing. Yet at the same time, many consider me to be articulate and intelligent and often seek my advice on a wide range of topics, and I enjoy being able to help them. I think I have called "please help me" alone in the dark in tears at least a million times in my life.I never knew I had ASD or indeed even knew of its existence until my son was diagnosed with ASD five years ago. He is now nine years old, living with my ex‐wife and (reasonably) well adjusted for a child dealing with Aspergers Syndrome.As with many ASD kids, he is extremely intelligent, he could read at two years old and had read all his grade school required reading right up through all the grade 7 books by the time he was half way through grade 3, with excellent comprehension. He is capable of being at the top of any subject.Totally the opposite of me ‐ he looks forward to school exams because he sees them as puzzles and thinks they're fun and better than lessons. But, by the same token, he gets teased at school because his peers perceive him to be "different" somehow. He can also alienate his friends through his actions, he can be silly, irrational, incredibly defiant and a big strain on his mother, much the same as I was I imagine.His mother and I get along quite well and I am able to see him whenever I like. Though when she left, nearly eight years ago, it affected me so deeply that I have remained celibate ever since and I sincerely doubt that it will ever change. I still look at attractive women and wish I could talk with them, I am in fact human after all, but I feel too self conscious to even make eye contact and also find the whole idea of being touched by someone, even my ex‐wife, to be embarrassing and even quite scary now, which complicates things considerably, and the longer it takes, the worse it becomes. So now, at 45, thoughts of a companion don't often even enter into my head at all any more as I feel, what's the point?When my son was diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, I was able to read some of the literature regarding his condition. Upon reading a couple of books it soon became apparent where the root source of my own problems lay and subsequent investigation proved these suspicions to be well founded. At first my reaction in regard to myself was one ofrelief at finally having some kind of tangible definition for what I had been feeling all these years.The relief was soon replaced by mixed feelings of remorse, frustration and helplessness. For a while I felt "ripped off". I felt that 40 years of my life had been stolen from me and that, had I known about ASD from the beginning, my life could have been vastly different. Maybe I could have understood myself a little before now and maybe others could have too.I can, at least, find solace in the fact that my son now has that support from childhood. I am a professional musician, in fact many of my peers consider me to be quite a talented one, though I do not particularly share their opinion and have always been my own worst critic.I find music and other artistic pursuits to be easy and obvious. Computer skills were a breeze to pick up, requiring virtually no effort. Still playing rock 'n' roll at 45, I even rap a few eminem numbers. I feel quite relaxed and comfortable performing on stage in front of hundreds or even thousands of people; doing some intricate drawing or nutting out some computer problem.Yet I find it difficult to sit in a room with more than 3 or 4 other people, and even then, unless I know those 3 or 4 quite well, I feel tense and nervous. I find it hard to make eye contact with other people, even those I know well. Filling out a form or talking to a stranger can be fine or it can reduce me to tears. I find light conversation nearly impossible. Working with other people makes me feel self‐conscious and inadequate but I can excel working on my own at the same task. I've put on a brave face but Parties, Shopping, Supermarkets and Laundromats are a nightmare. Go figure.When I try to explain my condition to people I feel like they either think I'm making up excuses for myself or look on me as a freak or as some kind of nut case. Sometimes I feel that by telling them I have ASD I'm alienating myself, but then, if I don't tell them I will probably mess up at some stage and they will think I'm strange anyway so I figure its better to tell them on the whole, especially if I intend to try and pursue any type of friendship.But then at times I feel quite fine about myself, I feel like it's the rest of humanity that has the problem, not me. Sometimes I too, look on myself as a freak and a nut case. But then, I'm sure I'm not, because they alway say that if your nuts you don't know it, and I'm sure I am, so I guess I'm not..... Make sense?I don't know if I will ever come to terms with myself or with Asperger Syndrome. I try, but it gets very difficult on your own at times without the support of another. Just a shoulder or an ear or even a hug sometimes would do wonders. Plus I do believe that everyone needs to feel loved or needed in some way. I still cry every day and must go to some lengths to convince myself I am a worthwhile member of the human race so I can put on my mask and face the world each morning, just as I have always done.But I think I'm getting better at it. And, in the end, ultimately I believe that I AM worthwhile. Though I seem to mess up so much that I sometimes wonder whether its worth leaving the house any more than is absolutely necessary, so I tend to stay home and be reclusive and may seem almost shy to some.I know there is no cure for Asperger Syndrome, no drugs than can be prescribed, no diet or exercise routine that can be undertaken. I know that my life will always remain a struggle and that I will never be one who will be considered as being "Neurologically Typical". I will always be an "Aspie" and to me, being an Aspie is in many ways to be alone in the world and I am so very tired of being alone. And I'm altogether tired of feeling alone and isolated, even in a crowd, but I go on, and I try to find something positive in each day, what other choice do I have?I think that, all in all, Life is good, especially if you consider the options. But oh how I ache to my bones to be "normal" and just talk about the weather or something.I hope this letter has helped or provided some insight to someone who has ASD or perhaps to someone who may be dealing with a loved one or friend who has ASD. I hope that by sharing my feelings you may in turn be helped to understand theirs.I still believe I have goodness and can help some one's life. I still believe through it all that I am worth something.Yours sincerely, Richard Rowe