Friday, May 22, 2009

[Review] - The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Title: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Highland Pleasures
Genre: Historical Romance
Year: 2009

Summary: 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.

Thoughts: I hadn't planned to pick this one up, but since it was highly recommended by KristieJ and AmyC, I thought I'd give it a try. It was an enjoyable read. I didn't think much of the heroine Beth, she didn't really stand out for me. But Ian and the rest of the Mackenzie brothers were very intriguing and boy do they have some issues. Lucky for us each of the Mackenzie brothers will be getting their own book.

4 Stars

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Upcoming Releases:
A Christmas Ball- Oct 2009
Pride Mates- Jan 2010
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage- 2010


  1. Hey Anna! Great review! I'm really looking forward to Mac's story ;)

  2. Hi Anna!

    Great review! I've been looking at this one myself....I guess it will be added to my TBB.

    Thanks for the recommendation Anna!

    Dottie :)

  3. Sounds good :D
    Too bad Beth wasn't that enoyable

  4. I have this one ordered..waiting patiently for it (maybe not so patiently;)

  5. Hey Anna:

    Another great review of this book! I hadn't planned to read it either, however maybe I will pick it up. :)

    Best Regards

  6. Hey Anna! Nice review! I recently bought this book to because of Kristie J and Amy C. I am looking forward to reading it one day!! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend and a happy memorial day!

  7. Glad you enjoyed this one. Kind of reminds me of a more drama filled version of some of Brenda Joyce's series.

  8. This one is waiting for me in the wings. *wink* Gotta finish up with the Lords first.

    Great Review Anna!

    :) VFG



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