by Jennifer Ashley

May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8439-6043-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Author Jennifer Ashley debuts a new series with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. The set-up for the Mackenzie brothers is well done, never bogged down with details, and an over-all enjoyable read. The first brother in the Highland Pleasures series is Ian: a true alpha hero, the tortured hero. He will take your breath away and tug at your heart strings.

Ian has spent most of his life in an asylum. His father never knew how to deal with Ian. During that time in history nothing was known about Asperger’s Syndrome. So it was determined that Ian Mackenzie was mad. But the basis of Ian’s father committing him was due to the fact that Ian had witnessed a murder. What Ian experienced in the asylum was nothing short of torture. Upon his father’s death Ian’s oldest brother had him released. One of the few pleasures Ian has in life is his passion for Ming pottery. It is through this hobby that Ian meets Beth Ackerley.

Beth is engaged to Sir Mather mainly because she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life alone. Despite the fact that she doesn’t expect to find the same love she had with her late husband. When she is introduced to Lord Ian, Beth is stunned by her immediate physical reaction. Ian warns her of the perversities of her fiancé and offers a solution of his own: she can marry him instead. This is only the beginning of Beth’s encounters with the distinctive Mackenzie. She becomes embroiled in the murder mystery surrounding the family. Regardless of the distrust of Ian‘s brothers, Beth is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her man.

I lost a night of sleep because I did not want to leave Beth and Ian. I loved this book. The family dynamic, as imperfect as it is, is one of the highlights of this story. Ms. Ashley gives no easy outs for which this reviewer was pleased. To do so would be denying the justice due this amazing read.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is an emotional and tender story with added sensuality. It is about two people and a search for truth which leads to true love. The writing is tight and the plot fast-paced. This book has been added to my keeper shelf and Lord Ian is now one of my favorite heroes. I see many re-reads in my future!

Reviewed in June 2009 by Rho.

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