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Book Review-The Wicked Deeds Of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Title: Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie
Author: Jennifer Ashley 
Series: Highland Pleasures (6)
Format: E Book 
Publisher: Berkley Sensation 
Release Date: October 1 2013 
Pages: 384 Pages 
Acquired: Self Bought (Barnes And Noble)
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-1-101-62558-3

Synopsis

Second Sight And Seduction…

Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family—he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien—one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England—he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

Violet knows she can’t really contact the other side, but she’s excellent at reading people. She discerns quickly that Daniel is intelligent and dangerous to her reputation, but she also finds him generous, handsome, and outrageously wicked. But spectres from Violet’s past threaten to destroy her, and she flees England, adopting yet another identity.

Daniel is determined to find the elusive Violet and pursue the passion he feels for her. And though Violet knows that her scandalous past will keep her from proper marriage, her attraction to Daniel is irresistible. It’s not until Daniel is the only one she can turn to that he proves he believes in something more than cold facts. He believes in love.

My Review

I will be honest when I reveal that I have had this in my library since it first came out last year. *gasp* I know….I know. When I bought it last year, I had many other books on my plate at the time, and I just totally kept forgetting to actually get my booty in gear and read this. Also ever since seeing Daniel from the first books in the series, I had high high expectations from this one, and was hoping I wouldn’t get disappointed. Now when I first started reading this book, my mood was not getting better, it took a while for the story to get fully set up, so it is sad to say that was it fully what I wanted and expected from wicked scandalous Daniel Mackenzie? Not fully, no. *but wait* Don’t go yet…I am just getting started on the review. So keep your pants, or skirt on, because it only gets better.

I will say that as I kept reading, the more involved I slowly started to get into the story, and the better is seemed to get. I think due to the circumstances surrounding the heroine of the story, it takes a while for the story to really get in gear and fly away…but fly it does—both literally and figuratively :). I will try to contain my excitement on some entertaining scenes and keep this spoil free (if that is possible…just a warning to you all who have yet to read this delight!!).

I first want to discuss the characters of the story The hero: Daniel Mackenzie, son of Cameron Mackenzie. Now despite Daniel seeming on the surface to be a rake and scoundrel–which he is definitely all of that, he definitely is pretty complex. He has different qualities from his father and uncles. The one quality that overrides the other is my favorite–Ian Mackenzie. Ian is very different from the rest of the family, very unique and focused on certain things, and the way he is with Beth and his kids is just tender and charming. But he is a scientist and can spend hours and hours on a subject without realizing the passing of time. Daniel is very much like Ian in that way, he loves machines and is a scientist in his own right. And it is very evident in this story and we begin to see a whole different side to Daniel that I adored seeing. Now for the heroine: Violet Bastien, she is very original and unique to the series. She definitely has many qualities that you just never see coming in a a character from Ashley, flawed but also fun and strong and fiercely independent. Violet suffered a trauma early in her life, and has had to live with her mother on the run, posing as spiritual mediums. In Violets mind, its a matter of survival, even knowing they are lying to people for money. Violet is so courageous, I really liked her character, and a fighter and spirited–you have no problem relating with her at times. I love that she isn’t this gorgeous all perfect heroine that could do no wrong. One of the things I adored about her character, was how human she seemed to be.

The story itself, is pretty ongoing, and keep you guessing. In the beginning of the story, Daniel saves Violet from a man that is set out to destroy her. But after sharing a passionate embrace, she clobbers him on the head, he wakes up to find her gone. When he fins her again, in Marseilles, he sets out to charm and seduce her. Daniel can’t get this mysterious woman out of his mind. He is fascinated and we see how dedicated he is to her from the beginning. He doesn’t seem to care that much about her “career” or that she keeps trying to run from him. But Daniel is very persistent, and slowly shows her passion and we begin to see a more deeper side to their relationship as the story continues. Daniel and Violet, do know how to have fun together, and the family readily accept Violet and seeing all these characters again just made me want to read the series again.

Overall I found this installment to be exciting, full of adventures, set in beautiful France, with plenty of heated scenes to fog up the windows this winter, a story that is packed full of romance, endearing characters, and quite a whopper of a story!! A GEM!!

Favorite Quotes

“I don’t know anything about life. I only know how to run.”
Daniel reached his tanned and callused hands out to her. “Then grab hold of me and hang on. We’re both scared about where this will end up, and when the hurting will come. If the hurting comes, it will be bad, I already know that. But hang on to me, and we’ll find out together, all right?”
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“She isn’t just any woman. She’s different.”
“So every man has said since time immemorial.”
“Yes, that’s true. I’ve met plenty of women, Mr. Sutton. From a young age, I have had mistresses whose beauty and skills would astound you. Skills they taught to a young man, because I was ever so rich. I also got to know them—courtesans are living, breathing women, you might be surprised to learn. With dreams and ambitions, some longing for a better life, one in which they won’t have to rely on wealthy men’s sons for survival. I became quite good friends with some of the ladies and am still. And then I met Violet.”
Mr. Sutton was listening but striving to look uninterested. “Another courtesan?”
“She’s neither one thing nor the other. Which is why I say she’s different. She’s not from the upper-class families whose mothers throw their daughters at me with alarming ruthlessness. She’s not a courtesan, selling her body and skills in exchange for diamonds and riches. She’s not a street girl from the gutter, selling her body to survive. She’s not a middle-class daughter, striving to live spotlessly and not shame her parents. Violet faces the world on her own terms, making a living the best she can with the skills she has. And everywhere, everyone has tried to stop her. They’ve used her body to pay their debts. They’ve used her cleverness to bring them clients. They’ve used her skills at understanding people to make them money. Everyone in her entire life has used her in every capacity she has, and yet, she still stands tall and faces the world. They’ve beaten her down at every turn, and still she rises. This is a woman of indomitable spirit. And I want to set her free.”

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (1)
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (2)
The Many Sins Of Lord Cameron (3)
The Duke’s Perfect Wife (4)
A Mackenzie Family Christmas (4.5)
The Seduction of Elliot McMcBride (5)
The Untamed Mackenzie (5.5)
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (6)
Scandal and the Duchess (6.5)
Rules For A Proper Governess (7)

Short Book Review-A Mackenzie Family Christmas

A Mackenzie Family Christmas
Highland Pleasures (4.5)
Jennifer Ashley
E Book
Published December 15 2012
137 Pages
Holiday Historical Romance Novella
ISBN:  9780986023873
Author’s Website

Synopsis
The Mackenzies gather for a clan Christmas and New Year’s in Scotland. In the chaos of preparations for the celebration–the first of Hart and Eleanor’s married life–one of Ian’s Ming bowls gets broken, and the family scrambles to save the day. Daniel busily runs a betting ring for everything from the time Eleanor’s baby will arrive to whether Mac’s former-pugilist valet can win a boxing match to who will be the first of the many guests to be caught under the mistletoe. Ian begins a new obsession, and Beth fears the loss of one of his precious bowls has made him withdraw once more into his private world.

My Thoughts
I can hardly believe it took me so long to read this novella, especially with the whole Mackenzie clan involved here. I should be banging my head against the wall right? Well I have finally repented of this transgression LOL. Last night I bought this for my Nook, and I read it in little time. Jennifer Ashley has always been a weakness of mine, whether its a historical or paranormal, I am always hooked and I know it will be good (it really doesn’t matter what its about, I just know it will be a exciting ride) Well I loved this one so much, its definitely in the 5 STARS range. It starts out with the whole Mackenzie clan joining together for Christmas and New Years. We begin with the beginning preparations of the holiday and the whole family joining together. We see plenty of Ian and Beth and Ian’s fascination with Ming bowls and when it accidently gets broken, Beth and the rest of the family gang up together to find a way to repair things for Ian. Meanwhile Daniel is getting into his own kind of mischief (of course right? he is a Mackenzie after all). Then we see Hart and Eleanor getting ready for the new birth, which is more trying than blissful for Hart. Plenty of drama to go around the family. Now being a novella, (I usually have issues, considering they are never long enough for me) but I think Ashley did a great job of wrapping things up in the end, and it ended up being one of my favorites. I have just a weakness for Ian and Hart (they are my favorites of all the Mackenzie men) and there is so much involvement with the whole family, and I just enjoyed seeing my favorites coming together. A Perfect read for any time of the year (not just Christmas time–since I read this in MAY), and a wonderful mix of romance and laughter, and a MUST READ!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In  Series 
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
The Duke’s Perfect Wife
The Seduction of Elliot Mcbride
The Untamed Mackenzie
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie
Rules For A Proper Governess

Book Review-The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
Highland Pleasures (3)
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Sensation
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2011
311 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-24049-6
Author’s Website

Synopsis
He is a man of simple tastes—and complex pleasures…

Cameron Mackenzie is a man who loves only horses and women—in that order—or so his mistresses say.

Ainsley Douglas is a woman with a strong sense of justice and the desire to help others—even if that means sneaking around a rakish man’s bedchamber.

Which is exactly where Cam finds her—six years after he caught her the first time. Only then, she convinced Cam she was seeking a liaison, but couldn’t go through with it because of her husband. Now a widow, she’s on a mission to retrieve letters that could prove embarrassing to the queen. Cam has no interest in Ainsley’s subterfuge, but he vows to finish what they started those many years ago. One game, one kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. And what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam’s own rules—and heal the scars of a dark and damaging past…

My Thoughts

Summary 
Ainsley, has always felt a obligation to help others when they are in need. So when the Queen asks her to find some letters, she suspects that Cameron Mackenzie may have them. So she sneaks into his room, only to end up getting caught by him, and this isn’t the first time it has happened. Cameron, is shocked to find Ainsley in his room, while he is seducing another woman. The timing could have been better. He is beyond angry, the first time he forgived her for. But the second time, he suspects that she has a ulterior motive, and is determined to find out what she is hiding from him. His plan–to seduce her until she completely surrenders to him. Ainsley, has no choice but to find important letters that could end up in a huge scandal for the Queen. But when Cameron sets out to seduce her, she knows she won’t be able to resist him for very long. He awakens something powerful in her, a desire explosive and she now wants the one thing she knows he can never give her, but will she be able to live without him?

The Hero (Cameron Mackenzie)
Cameron, has known Ainsley for many years now, but doesn’t trust her. He first met Ainsley when he found her searching in his room, and even though she was trying to do a good deed, he knows now she must have a ulterior motive. Cameron has major trust issues, especially when it comes to women. He was once married before, but his wife tortured him and his son in the worst ways, and he was barely able to protect his son Daniel, from a psychotic mother, who was more selfish  than anyone. He has had to raise his son on his own with help from his family. But swore to himself never to marry ever again. He never thought about marriage until he found Ainsley, and knew he needed to keep her in his life.

The Heroine (Ainsely 
Ainsley, lost her parents when she was a young girl, so she was raised by her bothers. The oldest Patrick, being only 20 years old. But then she made a mistake, that nearly cost her a scandal, and she was forced to marry a man way older than her. He was a good husband, but now he has died, and she is now a widow. She is currently employed by the queen, and its a comfortable life. The queen has sent her on a mission where she runs across Cameron Mackenzie, who is even more delicious than she remembered. He almost seduced her once when she was married, and now he is even more of a threat. She knows she could very much fall in love with him and very easily. But she knows because of his past, he will never marry her, but doesn’t know if she is willing to be his mistress in order to be with him.

My Thoughts 
I have finally read Cameron’s story and OMG It was such a delicious and seductive read, I had to be fanning myself, it felt like my room was going to explode with such fire. I think this one is one of the most heated books I have read in quite some time. Usually this author, is not as intense, but this one wins hands down. There were so many things I liked about this one. First, is I loved how the story is put together and how at the end everything falls into place. There is such a sense of sexy fun that fills the pages of this book. Jennifer Ashley has such a talent for putting a story together that is heart wrenching, emotionally provoking, and is unforgettable. Cameron wears a kilt, a tormented hero, and has a very passionate nature—I know…totally irresistable right? Ainsley, I found to be an endearing heroine. I can sometimes be picky about heroines, but I found I grew to like her quite a bit. She doesn’t fight a whole lot on Cameron’s seduction, she accepts him and his past, and she has a sweet nature that I felt I could relate to. She can be feisty and has spirit, but she knows when to pick her battles. I love how these two end up balancing each other out. Such a sensual and heartfelt romance that is a must read for any romance fan looking for a story that will go straight to your heart.

First Line 
I saw Mrs. Chase slide that letter into Lord Cameron’s pocket. She did it almost under my nose. Bloody woman.

Favorite Quote 
Cameron leaned to her. “Unfinished business, Mrs. Douglas. Before you leave at the end of the week, we will finish it. Depend on that.”
He jerked her up to him in a sudden movement and caught her lower lip between his teeth.

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy  

Other Books In The Series 
The Madness of Lord ian Mackenzie
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage
The Duke’s Perfect Wife
A Mackenzie Family Christmas
The Seduction of Elliot Mcbride
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie

 

Book Review-The Seduction Of Elliot McBride

The Seduction Of Elliot McBride
Highland Plesures (5)
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Sensation
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2013
309 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-25113-3
Author’s Website

Synopsis (Goodreads)
PROPERLY IMPROPER…AND DARING TO LOVE…

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

My Review

Summary 
Juliana has been engaged for quite some time, even though its not to the man she truly desires. Then on her wedding day, her fiancee jilts her for his piano teacher without even informing her of his plans, with over two hundred people waiting for them in the chapel. So when she seeks a few peaceful moments, she ends up finding Elliot Mcbride, who has recently returned. She surprises even herself, when she proposes to him, and then he actually says “yes”. She knows it won’t be a easy union, with Elliot having been a prisoner for quite some time. But she has always loved him, and wants to be his wife more than anything. Elliot, is thrilled with Juliana proposes to him, he has always wanted her, but lately has never felt worthy of her. Elliot has demons and nightmares, and feels like he is almost half mad. But he also knows that he could never let her go when she falls right into his lap. What is a Scot to do? As they start their life together, the road is dangerous and full of twists and turns, but a burning passion builds between Elliot and Juliana. One that turns from a fierce desire to a explosive love that could very well save them both.

The Hero (Elliot McBride )
Elliot grew up in Scotland, and his scots blood will always be a part of him. But then he went to India, where he suffered in ways he never could have imagined. He was taken prisoner for quite some time, and was made to do things and had the most despicable things done to him, that he still feels like he is in a nightmare. Elliot knows that there is a part of him that is very dangerous, especially to those that he loves dearly. He recently discovered he has a daughter, and now a wife that he must be very careful with. He can’t control the madness, but Juliana calms him, and pushes the darkness away. But when a old enemy threatens everything he loves, he will fight with every breath to protect his family.

The Heroine (Juliana St. John)
When Juliana is first told that her fiancee, a man she has planned on marrying for quite some time, eloped on their wedding day with his piano teacher, she doesn’t believe it. He doesn’t even tell her, she learns about it through another. She is shocked and upset, she always though he had respected her at the very least. But when she stumbles literally upon Elliot, she knows he is perfect. She understands that he has suffered greatly, but she has always held him close to her heart, and wants more than anything to share a life with him. She knows that he sufferes nightmares and flashbacks, but he is also very caring and passionate with her. She has never felt more desired or loved than being held in his arms. Even though they have a long road, she is determined to make it a successful one.

My Thoughts 
The Seduction of Elliot McBride is the fifth installment in the series. I just fell in love with the previous books…however this one fell a bit short. Don’t get me wrong though, it was a fun and easy read, the kind you can relax into, but it didn’t fully grasp me, and had me at every page like the previous books in the series had. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters. Elliot, has suffered much in the past, including being a prisoner and still barely sane. He is a very passionate man though, he can’t stop making love to his wife. And some of the bed scenes were very playful and fun and I know this is bad…but I almost laughed, they could be quite humorous. Juliana, is very supportive of Elliot, and fully accepts his illegitimate daughter into her home. She doesn’t believe Elliot is mad, just trying to heal. The side characters were also fun to see with their little quirks of personalities that just added a flair to the story. I also got to see a bit more of the Mackenzie family, which is always a delight.  I enjoyed how vivid the characters emotions were portrayed throughout the story. It almost felt like they were real, and I could feel what they were feeling…it was so intense at times. Of course there is still Ashley’s sharp wit and brilliant writing talent, that is ever present…so no worries on that front. The flow for the most part was pretty smooth like touching glass. Overall a very romantic and poignant love story that will just enchant you and sweep you away into a world of seduction, danger, intrigue, and a intense love story. A winner!

First Line 
Juliana St. John’s fiance was an our late on his own wedding. 

Favorite Quoite 
“I didn’t understand myself what you were to me,” he said “until I was in danger of never seeing your face again, or your sweet smile. Then I knew. You were my lass, Juliana. You always have been. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
The Madness of Lord  Ian Mackenzie
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
A Mackenzie Family Christmas
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie
 

Book Review- The Duke’s Perfect Wife

The Duke’s Perfect Wife
Highland Pleasure (4)
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Sensation
Paperback
Published April 2012
296 Pages
Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-24710-5
Author’s Website

Synopsis
 Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.

Hart has it all–a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him–his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He’s also suffered loss–his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.

Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart’s doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes–and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination–Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him

My Review
Summary 
When Eleanor receives a certain package in the mail from a total stranger, she opens it to find picture of a ex fiancee, a man she gave her heart to a very long time ago. These pictures aren’t just any photo’s, they are of him magnificiently in the nude, and she wonders why someone has been sending them to her. So she knowing, that she and her father are short on funds. So she heads to London, and finds Heath, and proposes a business arrangement. Eleanor knows that it is up to her to find the one with all of these pictures, before one falls in the hands of a journalist or scandal magazine, which might ruin any chances that Hart may have to succeeding in his goals for the future. However one thing that Eleanor didn’t plan on, was how much she still loves Hart, even after all of this time. She doesn’t trust him in the least, but she can’t resist his tender caresses that sends fire running through every pore of her body. She is afraid of letting him into her heart again and only end up a broken shell…but will Hart and Eleanor find what they are both looking for in each other?

The Hero (Hart Mackenzie)
Hart, as leader of his family, has yet to hold onto a love of his own. Through all of these years, he has done everything he could to protect his family…no matter the cost, even to himself. Hart is very successful, and is one of the most well known men in England, and has enough power to do just about anything he would set his mind to. Hart, never likes the word ‘no’, but there is one woman that isn’t afraid of him or defying him in any way. He has always loved Eleanor, and even though he has plans for her, she comes right to his doorstep and he finds himself more than a little intrigued by her proposal, and sets out to seduce her into his bed and in his heart.

The Heroine (Eleanor Ramsay)
Eleanor, lives with her father in a small village, and is more than content..,mostly. However she has managed to keep tabs on Hart Mackenzie. Hart was once her fiancee, a very long time ago. But then he hurt her and she knew she had to end things. He has always been a strict and hard man, but now that she is so near to him again, she doesn’t know if she will be able to resist him. Eleanor is determined to find the one responsible to sending her those nude photographs of Hart, but then the stakes are set higher, and only by putting her faith in Hart, will she be able to find a more exquisite love than she has ever known or dreamed of.

My Thoughts 
OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVED this one!! I can’t even put into words how much I fell in love with “The Duke’s Perfect Wife”. I actually haven’t read this series for quite a few years, not since they first came out, and I can’t believe it took me so long to read this one. Ever since the first in the series, I just fell in love with all of the characters. How great it was to see them all in Hart’s story. Hart I have always loved…even though he is manipulative and craves power…but more importantly he loves very deeply. He does everything he can to protect those in his close circle, especially his family. The career he has made for himself is sky rocketing, and is most popular among England, even though he is a Scot and wears a kilt (so so sexy!!!)Eleanor, is a fighter, and I just loved that about her. She stands up to Hart, which could be very amusing, and isn’t afraid of him at all. I really loved the sparks that fly between these two…even verbally. The bed scenes…well *sigh* so sweet and tender at times, but very steamy, I felt like I was in a oven!! The plot was very thrilling and exciting, and so mysterious at times, I kept guessing what was going to happen, and I ended up guessing wrong!! LOL Such adventure reading Ashley’s historical’s. I am never bored, and I always find myself totally engrossed in this one. I always know when I pick up her books I will enjoy it, and it was the same for this one. I think it had me from the first paragraph and I was hooked and It was pretty hard putting it down. I have always loved the way this author writes her stories…so powerful and heart wrenching. It touches something deep inside this reader, and I am sure every other reader who has had the opportunity to read her wonderfully written works. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hart….a hero to just dream about for years!!! A story that will capture your heart and take you on a adventure of love and passion and danger! A Delectable treat.

First Line 
Hart Mackenzie. It was said that he knew every pleasure a woman desired and exactly how to give it to her.

Favorite Quotes 
Hart leaned down to kiss her. He dropped more kisses to her bare side, and then he forgot about the camera. It tumbled to the mattress while he gently lowered her onto her back, and then he climbed over her, body surrounding hers. Where he belonged. Thoughts of his past, his mistakes, his anger, his misery, were gone. Hart looked into Eleanor’s eyes, felt her arms around him, and knew he’d found home.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
A Mackenzie Family Christmas
The Seduction of Elliot McBride
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie

 

Book Revieew-The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Highland Pleasures
Jennifer Ashley
Leisure, 320 Pages,
Published May 2009
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-8439-6043-4

Synopsis
It was whispered all through London Society that he was a murderer, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted–especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy. Despite his decadence and intimidating intelligence, she could see he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was…THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE


My Review:
It started with Beth Ackerly, who is a widow; and is planning on marrying a Sir Lyndon Mather. However upon hearing this news Lord Ian Mackenzie knowing some horrible truths about Mather’s convinces Beth to cancel her engagement to the man. Then shockingly asks Beth to marry him; but Beth knows that she can’t marry someone again, especially since she doesn’t know much about Ian, apart from the fact that there is a heat that sizzles between them. She heads off to Paris, realizing that she wants to do some things for herself, she has the financing to do it. So she heads off to Paris, leaving Ian a note telling him that she must decline his offer. Ian chases after her to Paris, not knowing why but feeling the need to follow her. In Paris, Beth is amazed to find friends that happen to be related to Ian. Through a twist of fate, Beth ends up marrying Ian in the end, and they head to his family’s home. Ian is rumored to have a madness, since his father sent him to a mental institution when he was a teenager. However Beth knows there is no madness within Ian, only a man that has been tormented. She knows some truths about his past, and two of his past lovers have been killed. The rumor is that he murdered them, but Beth goes about to prove his innocence. However the more she uncovers the more danger she diggs herself in; and the more powerful the desire that builds between Beth and Ian.

I honestly loved this one, I didn’t know how I would at first, but I have heard great things about this book so I decided to read it and give it a chance. I have always loved reading from Jennifer Ashley, and I have to say I continually fall in love with all of her books. Ashley has the ability to portray the books that she has written to a point that it seems so real for the reader, the same is true for this one as well. I fell in a whirlwind of adventure, sensuality, mystery, romance within the pages of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, the only problem that I had with this book is that it seemed to go kinda slow at the beginning but then it picked up and it was a great read!!! One I could hardly put down, and the characters captivated my interest, and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series ‘Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage’ which will come out in July.

My Grade On This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage