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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
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Mar 24, 12

bookshelves: romance, guiltypleasures, history
Read in March, 2012

This romance is different than many both in the time period in which it's set (the 1870s) and because of its unusual hero. While Ian MacKenzie exhibits many traditional romance alpha-male traits (growling, a large and muscular frame, bad temper, protectiveness) he also is "mad": while the author never specifically diagonses his "madness," he seems to have Asperger's Syndrome. Lord Ian prefers not to look in others' eyes, he has a precise memory for detail, and he can get lost in thought while gazing at specific objects or patterns. Beth Ackerley, a formerly down-on-her-luck lady's companion, receives an inheritance from the lady in question upon her death and finds herself thrust into high society. Caring little for social norms and her reputation, she immediately falls for Lord Ian, and while he claims he's incapable of love, by the end of the book, of course, he has fallen for Beth as well. Ian is just one of a roguish family of Scottish brothers who do whatever they want regardless of what society considers "appropriate" for the time. The brothers are all unique and each has his own romantic problems which readers will no doubt discover in the subsequent books. While there are many anachronisms in the book's dialogue, I was able to overlook them as I was also captivated by the unique and mysterious Lord Ian : ) If you're in search of a romance with a little murder mystery and characters that are not stereotypical you will enjoy this read.
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