Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Book Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #1) by Jennifer Ashley
By Jennifer Ashley
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Number of Pages: 305
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Blurbs from Goodreads:
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.
Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.
And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.
"I wouldn't expect love from you. I can't love you back.....Not won't. I can't love you......I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you." - Ian Mackenzie
I totally enjoyed reading The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. This was not the typical romance I thought it was because instead, it had murder cases in the mix. Awesome.
Lord Ian was unintentionally funny and such a dear. Ian Mackenzie was a veryyy brilliant man ever since he was young and the reason he was declared insane and admitted into an asylum to be "treated" was simply horrible. He was a very interesting character indeed and I was rooting and cheering for him all the way.
I really like Beth. I adore headstrong, brave and stubborn heroines who don't just sit there and obey everything they're told. That's what Beth was. She was a spunky and fiery-ass heroine and I LOVE her for it. I enjoyed her friendliness and interactions with her companion Katie, Lady Isabella, sweet Daniel and the rest of the Mackenzies.
Detective Inspector Fellows was an effective and totally annoying "villain". He was like a dog with a death grip who won't let loose no matter how you're shaking him - until Beth appeared and exposed his darkest and deepest secret. It was rather surprising as I didn't expected that twist. I knew he must have had personal grudges against the Mackenzies for how he was so tenaciously wanting to destroy them, but I totally didn't see that.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie isn't your typical romance read. It is served in a silver platter full of firecrackers.
Now, I can't wait to delve into Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage.