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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie The Year Is 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 Drama In Her Life She Was Raised In Drama An Alcoholic Father Who Drove Them Into The Workhouse, A Frail Mother She Had To Nurse Until Her Death, A Fussy Old Lady She Became Constant Companion To No, She Wants To Take Her Money And Find Peace, To Travel, To Learn Art, To Sit Back And Fondly Remember Her Brief But Happy Marriage To Her Late Husband And Then Ian Mackenzie Decides He Wants Her The First Of A New Historical Series


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    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 neverIs 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 outYour 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 stopThe 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 himI am incapable of love I will not offer it to you Beth wondered what washeartbreaking, the words themselves or the flat tone of voice with which he delivered themNow, 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 knowBut ok, like I said, my only objection, everything else in the book was fabulous and I absolutely loved it 3You 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 freeThe 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 itIanEveryone 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 youbecause it s just heartbreaking and you ll feel itwhen you read it for yourselfWhat was it like His words were so low she barely caught them Explain to me what loving feels like, Beth I want to understandIan 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.Theit went, thewe found out about his past, and I can believe the asylum made him worse, gave himfears, and made him shut downBeing with Beth set him free, made him laugh, made him wish to spendtime 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 piecesIan 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 IanBethShe s a widow, recently became rich, and recently became fianc less 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 backIan 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 hisBeth 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 endBeth 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, noThe 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 tooAll 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 obviousI 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 It s that good, and it s that much worth reading Amazing


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    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 di 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 wantsWhat 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 someuntil 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 everythingstop 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


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    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 o 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 muchto 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 bethan 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


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    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 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


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    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 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 ifthan 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,to come on her later So he meets Beth at an opera house He knows her fianc He knows her fianc 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 worthyI 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 becamepronounced 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 objectifyingTell 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 happensIan 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 mouthShe 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 gemThis 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 drawThat 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 Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest


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    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 tha 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


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    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 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 reappearsIf 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


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    5 Wickedly Sinful StarsI ve never been with a lady before.I don t know the rules Lord Ian MacKenzie Lord Ian is mad Or at least everyone thinks he is But there is so muchto him than meets the eye He is a collector of precious things and he wants Beth in his bedWhen I saw you, I knew I had to take you away from him He had no idea what you were worth Beth Beth may be a beautiful, rich lady, but she s no angel From the moment Lord Ian Mackenzie catches her eye, sh 5 Wickedly Sinful StarsI ve never been with a lady before.I don t know the rules Lord Ian MacKenzie Lord Ian is mad Or at least everyone thinks he is But there is so muchto him than meets the eye He is a collector of precious things and he wants Beth in his bedWhen I saw you, I knew I had to take you away from him He had no idea what you were worth Beth Beth 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 I want to see you bare and I wish to kiss your cunny Are you wetI 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 readabout 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


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    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 hisI 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 romaIan 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 hisI 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 evenI 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 wantedIt 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 soIANI 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 himRight 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 eyesTHE 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 ASAPIs this what love feels like he whispered to her I don t like it, my Beth It hurts too much


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    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 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 skillsI 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 listento 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 himI 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 BethI 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