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Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Ashley
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3 Nov 2011 Berkley Sensation
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. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish Lord. 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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; Reprint edition (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244463
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Time bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ashley (historical romance; paranormal romance; historical fiction) also writes under two pen names: Ashley Gardner (mysteries) and Allyson James (urban fantasy and romance). Ashley has had more than 45 novels and a dozen novellas published, and she has won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA (given for the best romances of the year), and several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards, including best historical mystery (The Sudbury School Murders), and a nomination for career achievement in historical romance. Jennifer's hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening, and building dollhouse miniatures. She currently lives in the desert southwest. For more information, see her website:

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Beginning 1 Jun 2009
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Beth Ackerley - daughter of a confidence trickster, widow of an East End vicar and unexpected heiress - has had enough excitement in her life. That's why she's agreed to marry Sir Lyndon Mather. Until an unexpected encounter at the opera and a confidential note from the eccentric Lord Ian Mackenzie begins to change her mind. About everything.

The first novel in the 'Highland Pleasures' series introduces the scandalous Mackenzie family as the action roams from Victorian London to Paris, to Scotland. Lord Ian, the youngest of four brothers, was committed to an asylum when he was a child, where her remained for ten years until his father's death. His eccentricities, inability to meet people's eyes and difficulties in social situations has ensured that the label 'mad' has stuck with him. But one Scotland Yard Inspector is determined to prove that it is something far more sinister.

To Beth, cursed with insatiable curiosity, Ian presents a mystery that is impossible to resist, leading her into sensuous encounters, madness, danger and love.

This book is filled with intriguing characters - not least Isabella and Mac, whose book comes next - providing support to the main love story. Ashley handles Ian's madness with a deft, sympathetic hand, making it an intrinsic part of him and the way he reacts to the world. Any pity she generates for him comes from the way he has been treated, rather than the person he is. She also makes sure to point out that it is not something that will ever change or even get better, and Beth accepts him for all that he is, and makes sure others do the same.

At the heart this is a love story about acceptance and tenderness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful beginning 24 Aug 2009
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Initially was put off by the title but then I kept seeing it in a lot of best read lists & so I took other readers views in consideration & took the plunge. WHAT A FIND!!!JA has a very unique writing style all her own & the 2 main characters created the right balance that made this story very very interesting..........

Lord Ian McKenzie & Beth Ackersley met for the first time at an opera & by this time he had decided already to rescue this widow from the greedy clutches of her then fiance. She has just come into some wealth & on their first meeting he proposes. Please do not be put off by the quickness of this action.
JA does a superb portrayal of describing the "madness" of Ian making us understand what made him what he was. At a young age he winessed his father kill his mother & he was locked away in an asylum from which his eldest brother rescued him 10 years later. He has a very high IQ, is a mathmetical genius but he cannot follow what people are saying or what they are talking to him about. He cannot lie & says things as he sees fit & he cannot express his feelings.This is a direct result of the traetment taht he received at the assylum which included betaings & electric shock treatments. This is what Beth is faced with as she finds herself really attracted & drawn to this man. Ian despite having these problems is determined to look after Beth. He is however very afraid as he beleives that he can release his rage against her at any time.

The back-drop is that there has been a murder not once but twice & on both occassions Ian was associated with the event as he was seen in the vicinity. Enter a police officer who is determined to prove him guilty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 3 Aug 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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What a surprise this book was! Despite the title I was sure that Lord Ian Mackenzie wouldn't be mad - what author would have a mad hero. But Jennifer Ashley surprised me.

Well, he wasn't strictly mad - instead he apparently had a form of autism with various savant abilities thrown in. This meant that Lord Ian didn't look directly at people, didn't understand lots of their conversation, couldn't lie, had total recall memory, and more. It also meant that he apparently didn't have any emotions.

So when Beth Ackersley, widow, finds herself drawn into his world, she discovers a very strange man - a man who apparently proposes marriage to her as she is something worth collecting, like the porcelain bowls he so loves. But a man who can't love. As her life entwines with his she discovers some darker aspects to his history, including the fact that he or his brother may have murdered a prostitute.

With Inspector Fellowes trying to prove that Ian or his brother Hart murdered two prostitutes, with Beth trying to understand Ian and with Ian himself attempting to find his place in the world, this is a many-layered book with some excellent characterisation along with interesting people, not least Ian's brothers Cameron, Hart and Mac.

But the real impressive part of this book is how the author portrayed an autistic man in a believable way so that the love story between him and Beth was authentic. Beth is clearly an impressive woman, able to see and understand more than most, and tenacious and brave in many difficult situations. I believe that this is the first of four stories about the Mackenzie brothers and I very much look forward to the rest if they are as good as this!

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
The best book I have read this year!I will now be buying the rest off the Mackenzie series,and every other book Jennifer Ashley has written!Do yourself a favour,read this book.
Published 1 month ago by a watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read
This is the 1st in the Mackenzie Brothers Series, which I enjoyed, full of understanding the Autistic mind of Ian Mackenzie, and the support of his family. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. D. Boon
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual hero who found his salvation in the heroine
I so much enjoyed the main couple being faithful to each other throughout the entire book..considering the regency era it could have been spoiled by some stupid mistresses plot,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blackmagic
3.0 out of 5 stars A confused and confusing plot
The plot was all over the place - I don't think even the author fully understood it. Lord Ian's peculiarities were well drawn but the heroine came out of it looking like an unpaid... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Venetia
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual hero in a tender and sexy romance (audio version)
Review of the audio download narrated by Angela Dawe

This is one of those books that's been on my TBR mountain for ages, and for which I've seen so many enthusiastic and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Caz
5.0 out of 5 stars So different but so good
This book was based on the relationship of a wealthy widow and a Lord who was a little different per say. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by Nathalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Offers more than your usual historical romance
This was my first book by Jennifer Ashley, I enjoyed the other characters in the family, and felt that the 'issues' of Lord Ian were introduced well, adding a little more detail as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I simply cannot get enough of the MacKenzie brothers. Just when I think I'm madly in love with one, another one arrives to steal my affection. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Raven Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love Story
This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read and I wholeheartedly thank previous reviewers and friends for guiding me to this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
This was a fascinating read. I thought Ashley did such an amazing job at highlighting some of the ways in which an autistic person views the world, and also how they are perceived... Read more
Published 22 months ago by The Demon Librarian
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