The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #1)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #1)

by Jennifer Ashley

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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #1) by Jennifer Ashley

A woman is drawn to a dangerously intruiging man in this unique historical romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.

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. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly ruined.
Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy. 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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ISBN-13: 9780425244463
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 173,248
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author and winner of RWA's RITA award, writes as Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. She lives in the southwest with her husband and cats and spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories. More about the series and Jennifer's books can be found on her website.

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"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." —-Elizabeth Hoyt

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Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 256 reviews.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I had been wanting to read for a while, but it had been buried in the TBR, so I was excited to dig it out and finally read it. I had heard SO MANY good things about the book, and have seen Ian come up in comments often as a favorite romance hero. I had high expectations which is why I think I felt a little disappointed in him as a hero after finishing the book. Ian, is an unusual hero in that he has Asperger's syndrome and has been misunderstood and mistreated pretty much his entire life. He abide scorn and beatings from his father, which finally resulted in his "incarceration" in an insane asylum where he endured tortuously painful shock therapy treatments as well as other Victorian methods to try and cure him of his atypical behavior for years. He is incapable of expressing or feeling love, and is locked in a world that he has had to learn to adapt to, but remains distanced from everyone including his family. He is haunted by memories and dreams of a mysterious murder, not knowing if he, or his brother murdered a woman in a house of pleasure that his brother owned. Thus ensues a plot to try and uncover who murdered two women Ian knew. Ian has struggled with doubts for years, and now that another woman has been found murdered an Inspector who has a vendetta against Ian and the Mackenzies sets out to prove that Ian is the murderer and belongs back in the asylum, while Beth does her own sleuthing to uncover the murder mysteries and prove that Ian is innocent. There are many things to love about this book, but one of the things that bothered me the most was that it took Beth's intervention for everyone to believe that Ian was incapable of murder. Even his brother, the Duke, believed that he had killed the prostitutes. She was his savior in more ways than one, including teaching him the meaning of what it is to love. She was responsible for revealing the truth behind the murders and endangering herself in the process. And while I love a heroine who is capable and not in need of rescue I'm not quite sure how I feel about the heroine rescuing the hero. I'm conflicted about this aspect of the story. I loved the moments when it was just Ian and Beth learning to communicate, understand, and love each other. And while the murder mystery drove the plot of the book I wanted more of just Ian and Beth. Since so much was made of Ian as a hero I imagined that most of the book would deal with his form of Autism and how he and Beth learned to love each other despite his emotional handicaps. I wanted to learn more about how Beth learned to deal with his "affliction" and didn't feel that the story adequately explored this aspect of their relationship. I also thought that the additional mystery solved by Beth involving the Inspector that was revealed at the end of the book was superfluous and unnecessary. In the end I enjoyed The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, but as a hero Ian didn't quite live up to my expectations, which was disappointing. I know I am in the minority here, but what can I say? That being said The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie was an engaging read, and the secondary characters (his family) were incredibly intriguing. I can't wait for the next book, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, due out in July. Isabella and Mac's story promises to be even better than Ian and Beth's romance. Ratings: Stars: 4.0 stars Sensuality level: 3.0 (pretty much your standard &a
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1881 England, anyone who knows Ian Mackenzie assumes he is mad. Even he believes there is something wrong with himself as thinks and reacts differently than his siblings and people in general. Ian has problems with understanding "normal" feelings; as he always is honest, which gets him in trouble.----------- When wealthy widow Elizabeth Ackerley is to marry a rascal, Ian honest as ever makes it clear he thinks she is foolish to wed such a degenerate and that he feels nothing. Beth rejects his declaration; she begins to look closer at Ian and his family. Beth soon admires Ian and that turns into love; Ian rejects the notion he can love, but does not understand why he feels mushy when she is near. . However, as their respect and admiration grows, several young women have been murdered with Ian because of his odd behavior as the prime suspect. Beth vows to prove her beloved is innocent and that he now knows what love is.--------------------- This is an intriguing Victorian romance that looks deep into what back then was labeled madness, but today would be on the high functioning side of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders spectrum as probably either Asperger's Syndrome or a non specified disorder. Thus the audience has a unique lead character who thinks differently than the acceptable "norm". Beth, by just accepting him as he, proves she is a fabulous person. The murder accusation fits as Ian's madness makes him the obvious suspect. Jennifer Ashley has provided a terrific insightful thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner
aReader5 More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing book! This book is about two people meeting and falling in love. But, there is a catch. Ian, the hero, has Asperger. He was institutionalized at an early age by his father and was finally released by his oldest brother, Hart. The author did a terrific job depicting Ian's condition, from his inability to look at someone in the eyes to his method of evaluating Ming pottery. Ian is brutally honest and tries his best. I really enjoyed reading how Ian fits or not fits himself into society. It is great to read about a hero that has a problem that is not going to get "fixed" at the end of the book. Beth, the heroine, is no shrinking violet. She grew up poor, found love, was happily married, but widowed within a year of marriage. She is mature and knows what she wants. She has the fortitude to stand up for Ian and goes toe to toe with Ian's three older brothers. Her unbeatable attitude towards life is wonderful. I really love how the two of them got together. Ian's straight forwardness towards their relationship can leave you grasping. There are 3 others books in the wing, one for each of the other 3 brothers. Can hardly wait.
Erin_Quinn More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Ashley goes above and beyond genre with this story of a man with serious issues and the woman who sees beyond them. I fell in love with Ian immediately and though he has his quirks, they only made him more interesting. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy nearly all of this author's works, but this one might be the best. Ian and Beth's story is different from most, but vive la difference!
yolie77 More than 1 year ago
I completely adored this book! From the first page to the last, I honestly could have read a part 2 on Ian and Beth's love story. Jennifer Ashely in my opinion did a wonderful job, and as soon as I finish this review I plan on getting Mac and Cameron's story. And just might pre-order Hart's story while I am at it!
redlilsis More than 1 year ago
My first book by Jennifer Ashley, I love it, have re-read it twice. I will definitely add this author to my favorites.
warrior2 More than 1 year ago
I guess with my headline one can tell, I enjoyed this book. This was the first book that I have read by Jennifer Ashley but it will not be the last one. I was browsing the Barnes & Nobles site and honestly I cannot say how I happened upon The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie but I'm thankful that I did. I love Historical Romance books with a twist, with good strong characters, action packed, plots with detailed background information, plots that keep you turning the pages; this book had it all. Also with all these attributes, the love, romance and passion that Lord Ian showed towards his Beth simply sizzled. This was erotica personified. I plan on reading the Shifters Unbound Series; I have already purchased the first book in the series, Pride Mates. Take a chance with this book; I do not believe you will have any regrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Ian and Beth's story and one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. This is my second read and I know I will reread it in the future.
LookingForRomance More than 1 year ago
This was an unexpected pleasure! I immediately purchased the entire series. I loved it!!!
kenzikat24 More than 1 year ago
i have been so bored with romances lately and i have finally found an author to quench my thirst for something different!!! love all of the characters and i can not wait to read the rest of the series!!! please read! lord ian mackenzie is the "different" hero you have been fantasizing about! he seems more real to me i guess...
KBT More than 1 year ago
I found this book very compelling. Jennifer Ashley had a very good balance of plot and secondary characters for a hero that has a legitimate emotional handicap. The frankness in which Beth is attracted to Ian and his response and emotional growth was engrossingly endearing. I coulnd put it down.
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Great read
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Enjoyed the book and characters in this book. Main male character development was well done i thought. Describing and expressing his autistic spectrum life, thoughts and feelings was no doubt, difficult to capture as well as this author did. At least in fiction, love and acceptance still exist...but then, i may be jaded towards the real world.
SteppyD More than 1 year ago
Oooooo lordy this book was gooooooood! I have to say that I have found the next series I plan to devour, so thank you Jennifer Ashley for writing The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, first book in The Mackenzies and Mcbrides series! The description of the book drew me in super quick when I happened to be browsing my library’s ebook collect online. I’ve been looking for a new set of books to start since I got caught up on the Clans of Kalquor series by Tracy St. John and was super executed to see that they had all of the books in The Mackenzies and Mcbrides series! Honestly though, after reading this first story and absolutely LOVING it, I plan on buying these books and totally telling my mom about them. She loves reading romances just like I do and we randomly ask every now and again if the other has read a specific book or anything by a particular author. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one such book I will totally be asking her about! I loved how Ashley wrote the first book of the set with a hero that was far from perfect. Writing an amazing story with one of the main characters having Asbergers Syndrome was absolutely brilliant on her part! It goes to show that no matter what a persons ‘disability’, we’re all beautiful being who deserve our own love story. I was absolutely intrigued with Ian’s character with all of his eccentrics. And the fact that Beth looked past what society focused on in regards to on the outside of Ian, and was able to see someone who was lovable and kind, made her become one of my favorite book heroines ever! I love characters who have a natural humility towards other people. In this book you get to see how Ian struggles with the syndrome, as everyone who has it does, and how he tries to control some of the side effects of it because, while he doesn’t know it in the beginning, he’s falling in love with Beth. Damn I love me a good love story!! You guys have gotta read this book! I plan on starting Isabella and Mac’s book once I get done posting this review!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. OMG! Read it straight through in one day. I could not put it down. I am going to have to read the other books now in the series about the MacKenzies. Ian and Beth were just perfect, nothing predictable in their story. I will read this again and again. It is on my favorite list. Don't hesitate. It is $8 well spent.
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Berls More than 1 year ago
I picked up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie in one of those Audible 2 for 1 credit deals – I had one book I really wanted, and I saw this one had good reviews, so I grabbed it. And then didn’t read it for months. But then I had a chance to sit at Jennifer Ashley’s table at an author event and the last thing I wanted was to sit there having never read anything by her. So I pulled up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. And cursed myself for waiting so long. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie was nothing like I’d expected. When I saw madness in the title, I jumped to ideas of a over-the-top, eye-roll-worthy insanity. Boy was I wrong. The madness Jennifer Ashley wrote was genius! As I grew to know Ian Mackenzie better and better, I found myself speculating about his illness. Right off the bat, I was pretty certain he fell on the Autism spectrum. By the halfway point, I was all but certain he had Aspbergers. What made this so genius, though, was that Jennifer Ashley couldn’t come out and tell us what was “wrong” with Ian, like she could have done with a modern setting. She had to do such an INCREDIBLE job writing his character that we’d figure it out ourselves. (BTW: I TOTALLY asked her if I was right, and I was!) The other brilliant thing about this move was the creation of a historical hero like you haven’t read. There’s very little predictable about this story line (except that it’s a romance), and in large part because Ian is so remarkably different. He says things that break your heart, when coming from any other man would not be romantic at all. And I dare you not to fall for him. Olivia sure didn’t have a chance. Who’d have thought a man telling you he can’t love you and never will would do the trick, huh? (that’s not a spoiler, btw, happens in like chapter 1 or 2) Olivia was the perfect character to pair with Ian, since she also isn’t traditional. Olivia is a widow, giving her more freedom than other single women. It also makes her sexually experienced, so she’s not a blushing virgin, but also not a misplaced modern woman in a historical setting. That opens up doors for some steam people ;)! Added to that, Olivia wasn’t brought up proper – she was a lady’s maid and only came into money by luck – so she’s not really buying into propriety. The fascinating characters really came to life with Angela Dawe’s narration. She did such a good job with both the male and female voices – particularly with the British and Scottish accents. I will definitely continue listening to this series (and add Angela Dawes to my narrator short list). I’d recommend The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie to fans of historical romance that are looking for some unique leading characters. The best part? He’s got brothers and we get to see their crazy family some more as the series progresses!
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