Pages of Bookish Love is a new feature that Alexa (you are HERE) and I (Ashley, The Bookish Brunette) have concocted… Both of us will recommend a book to the other, then review said book on the other’s blog! I had Alexa read Anna Dressed in Blood and her review is posted over at my blog today! Alexa had me read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie…
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #1)
by Jennifer Ashley
Published: 4/28/2009 by Leisure Books
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.
The first of a new historical series.
The Bookish Brunette thought:
I have a confession… an admission of sorts. I LOVE romance… more specifically- YA contemporary romance… erotic romance AND historical romance with lots of smexy goodness thrown in… that’s right, THE Zombie Queen herself- a complete sucker for a good, sappy love story!
I’ve wanted to read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie for MONTHS… but because of other reading obligations- I never did! *sigh* Having never have read anything by Jennifer Ashley before this, I was especially intrigued! A mad Lord? Bring it on baby!!
Lord Ian Mackenzie tries to warn the beautiful, widow Beth Ackerley away from the perversions of Sir Lyndon Mather and then almost immediately proposes they get married as a way for her to escape him. She is then almost certain that the rumors of Lord Ian’s madness are VERY true!
“You make no sense, my lord. If you don’t care about my fortune or whether I love you, why on earth do you wish to marry me?”
“Because I want to bed you.”
Beth knew in that instant that she was not a true lady, and never would be.
Right? My kinda chick dude!!! Come to find out, the rumors of Lyndon’s debauchery are entirely TRUE. Beth PROMPTLY breaks their engagement and rushes off to Paris… and Lord Ian follows her. Awww…
I will admit this book sort of dragged toward the middle for me, and it turns out there’s QUITE a scandal happening among the MacKenzie clan! Throw in a murder/mystery (which usually isn’t my thing…), Ian having spent so many years in the asylum for being INSANELY intelligent and a really sweet romance to top it all off! This may not have ended up being my FAVORITE historical romance, but it’s definitely a great read!
I cannot WAIT to read the next installment though! Ian’s brother, Mac was an extremely interesting character! Lady Isabella and Mac have been… “separated” for FAR too long! I’m simply dying to find out how he wins her back in Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures, #2)!