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

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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 every
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Leisure Books (first published April 28th 2009)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much.”

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5 Crazy in love Stars

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First read May 2nd 2015
Reread 8/14/2016

*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!*


“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 a
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Edited to add a note from the author which can be found at the end of this review.

Review contains minor spoilers

This 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
Sep 29, 2010 Dina rated it liked it
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

2.5 stars

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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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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 ...more
Sammy Loves Books
*****5 ~Wickedly Sinful Stars *****

"I’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 much more to him than meets the eye. He is a collector of precious things and he wants Beth in his bed!

“When I saw you, I knew I had to take you away from him. He had no idea what you were worth...


Beth may be a beautiful, rich lady, but she's no angel. From the moment Lord Ian Mackenzie catches her eye, she is
"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 his."


I 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 romanc
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

It'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, 1881
Ian 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
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
! 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 h
It's just me Shelly B
May 08, 2013 It's just me Shelly B rated it it was amazing
Recommended to It's just me Shelly B by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
“You are a rogue and a scoundrel, and I love every single second of it.”

Lord Ian Mackenzie was deemed a lunatic at an early age by the courts and thrown into an asylum until his brother, the Duke, rescued him a few years later. He is known as the "Mad Mackenzie." He has rages and quirks that most people just can't comprehend in this time in history. He is also extremely intelligent and can remember conversations verbatim. Oh yea did I mention is he tall, gorgeous, protective and sexy as hell? We
When I picked this book up knowing that it featured a hero with Asperger's, I imagined the crux of the story would be about Beth and Ian learning to love each other despite his emotional detatchment. I didn't feel like I got that.

There's no real discussion of how Ian and Beth came to love each other. I noticed they had great, wall-banging sex often, but that was the extent of the romance, it seems. There were few scenes that showed them interacting with their clothes on over something mundane. S
Lisa Kay
Wow! How can I rate a book more than five stars? Even after all the hype, this book still held up. I guess all I can do is put it on my “all-time-favorites” bookshelf.
Lord Ian
Lord Ian is intense and he leaped off the pages and into my arms. I wondered how Jennifer Ashley was going to present his POV, since he has Asperger syndrome, and at times it was almost as if it was written by someone else, the tone is so substantially different.

Here is a scene, from the heroine’s POV, from early in the book when
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jul 26, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander-books
I was super excited to read this book, seeing as everyone loved this book, and I love Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James. I was not disappointed. This has one of the best storylines I've ever read. I won't summarize since so many people have reviewed and/or summarized, but can I just say "Wow."

Lord Ian Mackenzie is the youngest of 4 brothers and he has a slight disability. He doesn't understand emotion. For example, he can play a piano piece perfectly after only having heard it once, but he can't fee
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 20, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance
Shelves: 2009-reads
Oh, oh, oh! I loved, loved, loved "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" by Jennifer Ashley! I began the book two hours ago and could NOT put it down. I laughed and I cried from both sadness and joy. The characters and the plot are at times mysterious and softly heartbreaking, but the ending is probably one of the best I've ever read.

She is Mrs. Beth Acklerly, the impoverished daughter of a sham French peer and a disowned daughter of an English squire. She was saved from life on the streets by a po
Aug 02, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-historical
New review 2/6/13 after re-read

"Do you do this often? Warn a young lady about her fiancé, then turn about and offer to marry her yourself?"

I loved it so much on my first read. And I wrote that "I almost wish I hadn't read it just so that I could read it again for the first time". That was so true! It breaks my heart, but it wasn't as good the second time around. Don't let it daunt you if you haven't read it. It is truly a gem! It is a fantastic piece of romance. It is just that a lot of it is in
May 29, 2009 Eastofoz rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who really enjoyed the theme in Laura Kinsale's "Flowers from the Storm"
If two people can’t communicate on the same level how can they fall in love? This was my problem with the story. I really felt that the author didn’t show why these two loved each other. The hero didn’t understand any of the heroine’s attempts at humor and he wasn’t a funny guy either. Your typical banter/wit or love/hate or simple friendship is not there either. Ian lives in his own world really and is unable to convey emotion apart from rage and desire. How can you love someone if you don’t ...more
6+ Mad Marvelous Stars!!!!!

Omg! My heart is so full right now. If that's what I've been missing out on with historicals, then let me tell you where I'll be indefinitely! AMAZING! Perfection! Devoured it! Recommend it to everyone I know!

“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.”
He looked away. “You always try to be kind to me.”
“It isn’t kind. It’s the truth.”
“Shh.” Ian kis
Creating a romance character with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a very risky thing to do. Although I would say the same with another genres of fiction, with romance it's a lot harder.

A romance fiction requires abundant emotions in it's story, characters, and writing. I have no idea why the author chose AS. I know a few things about AS. There are so many medical conditions and yet she chose to use a psychological development disorder, which has everything to do with limited ability in communicating
Nov 14, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS!!!!!!!

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"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."

WOW WOW WOW!!!! What a fabulous and wickedly romantic story. This was the first book I've read from Jennifer Ashley, and I have to say, I went and purchased the entire series from Amazon before I was even finished. Of course, I am a bit partial, I admit to Alpha males. Especia
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Lord Ian Mackenzie is known as the "Mad Mackenzie" having being shut in a asylum for most of his youth and freed by his brother on his cruel fathers death. But mad or not there is something different about Ian Mackenzie, unable to relate to others and more comfortable on his own, afraid that his rages will hurt someone. But when he see's Beth, he wants her and knows he must save her from a disatrous marriage so he is able to keep her for hisself as his sancturary and also keep her away from the ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Viri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le había puesto 4 estrellas en mi reseña del blog, pero es que... es Ian, y LO AMO, soy muy debil cuando se trata de el, así que serán 5 estrellotas esta vez para él.

La verdad ni me acuerdo porque le puse 5 si la reseña es tan fiel a lo que siento ahora!!!! ajajaj como sea, igual lo amoooooooooooooooooooooo <3
Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

I have read some Highlander romance novels with the dashing heroes and the strong-willed heroines, but never have I read a romance novel quite like this one! “The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie” is a highlander romance novel written by Jennifer Ashley and is the first romance novel I have read from her. This novel is filled with action, drama, mystery and hot sizzling romance that will set any romance fan ablaze!

Beth Ackerley is a young and beautiful woman
I had no idea what a cunny was and why the hero wanted to kiss it, but now I do.

Meet Ian. The mad MacKenzie.

Admittedly, that's not very nice of me. There's nothing wrong with men with psychological issues. Well..obviously there is, but especially if they are supposed to be the hero in my fluffy romance novel, like Lord Ian MacKenzie. He apparently suffers from Aspergers syndrome. I can't say that I wasn't interested to discover how that would work out; a mentally disturbed fluffy romance hero to
Jun 17, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you happen on a romance that is completely "different" than anything else you're reading in the normal course. That's particularly nice when you read as many romances as I have ... and a HUGE bonus when a favorite genre is historical romance as mine is!! Jennifer Ashley may have had some exposure to a particularly awesome man who happened to be troubled by the fact he grew up with Autisim in any particular degree. I can't think of any other scenario for such a "deeply ...more
May 27, 2011 Shawna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of unique characters & angsty romance
Recommended to Shawna by: Several GR friends
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5 stars – Victorian/Historical Romance

There are already so many great, rave reviews for this book, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. It’s a bold, profound, and deeply emotional romance with complex, unique, lovable, and memorable characters that resonates because of its honesty, beauty, and compassion. Beth’s and Ian’s connection is magnetic, steamy, and tugs the heartstrings. I loved it! 5 stars!
Nov 17, 2014 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a sweet (and hot) read
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."

I delved into this book, thinking Ian was autistic. But while reading this, I think I had my definition of autistic wrong. So I had to employ a little research.

autism n.
1) Psychiatry. a pervasive developmental disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigi
Duchess Nicole
4.5 stars. I'm not sure what to say that won't end up being a spoiler for this book. Just a few pages in, I was already surprised at the obvious direction of the theme of the book. I will say that it was just completely different from what I'm used to in historical romance. A little darker, a bit sexier. Altogether wonderful. I loved Ian and his quirks, and I love Beth for seeing so much more in him than even his family really saw.

And I love the last few lines of the epilogue. I actually sighed
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Dec 08, 2010 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans, girls who love their tortured hero
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Rhonda
Lord Ian Mackenzie isn’t your typical historical romance hero. “Mad” Mackenzie was locked away in an asylum at a young age. He suffered terribly during his stay there where they forcefully placed him in cold baths and electro-shocked him. Now free from the confines of the mad walls, Ian still feels haunted by his past. Plagued with headaches and occasional bouts of confusion, Ian makes for a complex and intriguing hero that I fell in love with!

What was most interesting about Ian was the fact tha
Beanbag Love
Jun 24, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
Well, I have to hand it to my friends for getting me so interested in this book. Thanks!

I'll keep it short because it's been reviewed so many times in the last few months, but Ashley's portrayal of Ian's autism was absolutely amazing. It was very honest and in keeping with the real life issues of the condition. Everyone, even Ian, thinks he's incapable of love, but like many high-functioning autism sufferers, this proves untrue.

Beth is a wonderful heroine who seems the perfect type to deal with
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Other Books in the Series

Mackenzies & McBrides (10 books)
  • Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
  • The Seduction Of Elliot McBride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #5)
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (MacKenzies & McBrides, #6)
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“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.” 102 likes
“Ian closed his eyes. Beth watched emotions flicker across his face, the uncertainty, the stubbornness, the raw pain he’d lived with for so long. He didn’t always know how to express his emotions, but that didn’t mean he didn’t feel them deeply.
When Ian slowly opened his eyes, he guided his gaze directly to Beth’s. His golden eyes shimmered and sparkled, pupils ringed with green. He held her gaze steadily, not blinking, or shifting away.
“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…”
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