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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Written by Jennifer Ashley

Narrated by Angela Dawe


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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Written by Jennifer Ashley

Narrated by Angela Dawe

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4.5/5 (95 ratings)
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9 hours
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Released:
Mar 26, 2012
ISBN:
9781452676920
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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.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 26, 2012
ISBN:
9781452676920
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Mate Bond and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as national bestselling and award-winning author Allyson James. She lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, and spends most of her time in the wonderful worlds of her stories.


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  • (3/5)
    3.5 stars

  • (5/5)
    Terrific. Very sexy and interesting take on madness.
  • (5/5)
    The descriptions of Ian's thoughts were right on.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. The whole series in fact. Ian is special and I like the fact that he is not your normal male counterpart in a romance novel. The book is definitely sexy, it's interesting and an enjoyable read. I like that the series surrounds a family because it makes each book that comes out just as interesting to read. I also enjoy the female characters as they are not totally dependent on the men (like half brain twits).
  • (4/5)
    Lord Ian is decidedly eccentric, he tries very hard to pretend normal, he spent too much time in an insane asylum before not to regard passing as normal as being very important. He values his china and his peace and never intended to woo Beth, never mind propose marriage. But he feels that she's valuable, that they would be a good couple, that they both could be good for each other. Beth finds that she can be more herself with Ian, not a helper of another but a person in her own right, with her own feelings and ideas and that he would respect her.I enjoyed these two and the story and would like more.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this one even more so then her recent PNR Pridemates. The h/h are terrific and unique- especially the hero! I recommend this one if you are a hist/rom reader for a change of pace!
  • (4/5)
    I think this is the first time I've read about a hero who is autistic. I don't know enough about it to praise or rage as the case may be. All I can do is write about the characters and the story. I wish I knew more about autism, so I can properly rate every aspect of this story.

    There are a number of things that are wonderfully depicted here. The two main characters are great. She is a wonderful, strong and loving person. She isn't a damsel in distress. She is simply one of those good people. Her love is mature. She knows Ian is different, but she never tries to change a single thing about him.
    Ian Mackenzie is a genius who has trouble in crowds, he has brilliant and flawless memory and he is determined he can't love. "Is this what love feels like?" he whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much." This is also a murder mystery. Two courtesans are murdered and a very persistent detective is convinced Ian Mackenzie did it. I loved how Beth never though that might be true.

    The things that stand out are: Beth and Ian don't get separated by a misunderstanding or something similar, there is another great female character (the second book is hers) and none of the characters are perfect.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best Historical romances I’ve read. I love the hero, he is hot! And adorable, so in love with him. He is in the spectrum but knows very well the art of love.
  • (4/5)
    I liked the story even though it was different that I expected. The strongest points are the characters that you really care about. That is why I will likely read the other books in the series.
  • (3/5)
    Not bad. But lacking something. The writing is technically in some respects better than 50 Shades and other books in this genre. But the author sucks at sex scenes - they are either boring or laughable.
    Note - the best sex scenes include dialogue or the characters thoughts. You do not need to describe each portion of the anatomy, give the reader a little credit.

    The best part of this book was the unconventional hero - Ian Mackensie who has Asperger's Syndrom, a variation of Autism. Back in the 1800s this was considered madness and they attempted to cure it with behavioral conditioning, aka electrical shot treatment, beatings, and ice baths. (Silly behavorists, I blame Skinner for this nonsense. I took behavorism in school and while the author does go a bit overboard, it is a romance novel after all, it is fairly realistic. I hate behavorism. It only works in isolated and severe cases. Autism isn't madness, it's a disability.) Hart, a supporting character and the red herring villain in the novel - is in some respects the most interesting. I wanted to know more about him, so grabbed the book that features him as the lead - The Duke's Perfect Wife. The writer does develop her characters well, there are no real villains, or the villains that exist arerather complex. Since her heroine's maiden name is Villers, this makes sense.

    There's a lot of boring sex in the book. But it's rather tame for the sexually squeamish. I found it rather dull and awkward. Sex scenes are admittedly difficult to write well. In some respects harder than action scenes. The author struggles with both. Ian is always angry and feels a bit on the brutish side. He's described as huge and beautiful with well defined muscles. All romantic heroes are described as the equivalent of Apollo. Perfect physical specimens. It's proof that women are as shallow when it comes to looks as men. Sorry, fellows, but we do care far more than you think.

    What fascinated me about this novel is the same thing that fascinated about all of them - the battle between the genders. Beth is portrayed as bright and witty. Her power is her mind, her emotions, and her ability to care. She saves the hero with her deft intuition and detecting. And of course her ability to see through his defenses and love him unconditionally. In romance novels, women do not have to be physically strong or warriors, they are simply women.

    Ian is a interesting hero in that his main issue is can he love Beth. He doesn't understand what the word love means. And takes everything literally. He is brilliant in some ways, and underdeveloped in others. Intelligence is a double-edged sword. And yet, he is also deeply compassionate and wise. You can see why she falls for him.

    But...what the book lacks is ...a sense of reality. It feels all too pat. Wrapped up into a neat cliche bow. I felt the ending was rushed. And the writer grew tired of writing. It fell flat somehow.
    Too happily ever after. And too conventional. But a fun piece of fluff, and not as forgettable, due to the considerable risk the author took in writing about a character with autism.
  • (4/5)
    This book was released to much fanfare in Blogland last year. I was in a historical slump at the time and decided not to pick it up. Especially since my reaction tends to be the opposite as everyone else's when something is wildly popular. I'm truly sorry I didn't pick it up sooner, however. It was a lovely story.

    I felt this was a beautifully told story of love, redemption and acceptance. It really touched my heart.

  • (2/5)
    Uggh. I've been reading some trash lately because I've having a hard time getting through Proust, but this took it too far. The characters and situations were too implausible for me to handle.
  • (3/5)
    Hmmmm..... so the narration is really bad. I started off listening to this when I was sick and had a fever and I didn't notice the bad narration. Maybe that says something about the storyline, that I was entertained enough to not notice the bad narration and it distracted me from being sick. But once I started getting better, the quality of the narrator became obvious. It has this mechanical like quality and pauses after every phrase so that the narrator seems to be mocking the storyline. Strong text will hold up to mocking, but this story did not hold up.

    When I read or listen to stories like this it is for the romance and let's be honest here, the steamy scenes. Having them read to me in a mechanical way was the opposite of sexy. Try it -- read aloud your favorite steamy passage of any book - -go ahead, pull it out (*snicker*) and read it in a mechanical type voice and pause in weird spots not designated by the writing ... sexy?

    The author's portrayal of an autistic hero made this story. Without that aspect, it would have been a complete throw-away and not memorable. But Jennifer Ashley does a decent job at portraying Ian MacKenzie in a realistic and likable manner. The set up of who the bad doers were in this story was kind of silly and I just did not buy into the who of the who-dun-it. Particularly the the discovery of the love letter that was crossed out by the angry murderess where she wrote over the letter "You deserved it." Really? Why not paint a road map for the police. Just unbelievable silliness. However, I have to say that the mystery was not why I was reading this book, so even though I thought the how and who of the mystery was over the top ridiclous, it didn't bother me.

    So, I may read (read NOT listen) the next one in the series. Maybe. I won't be rushing to it.
  • (3/5)
    About once a year I read a romance, just for a change of pace, if I can find one that has something in it that's interesting. In the past, that's included Time Travel, 'foreign' culture, atheism... this one includes a hero with autism spectrum disorder and migraines. Turns out, though, that Beth was the character I fell in love with. I'm still not sure exactly how Beth and Ian got from lust to love, but they did, and it was good.

    Plenty of sex & castles here for those who like that sort of thing. (I skimmed them, which is how I was able to read this in one night.) Ian's madness didn't quite ring true to me. Nor did his headaches - I suffer migraines, and let me tell you, tobacco smoke and smog are the very worst things. At the very least I'd not smoke myself.

    I loved the complex relationship between the brothers. The servants and peripheral characters were interesting. But the bit that really intrigued me was the exploration of Bohemian life, including artists and models, in France. I've heard of some of that, by studying a bit of Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Ashley's treatment rang true to me.

    Still, I'm just not much of a Romance reader, and am not motivated to pick up more in the series or to read more by Ashley.
  • (4/5)
    What a curious book. One of those where I got to the end and though I was at times uncomfortable with it, I enjoyed it and respected that it was attempting to do something different.
  • (4/5)
    A romance novel in which the hero has Asperger's (though it's not called it in the book, being set in the mid-19th century).

    I'd want the opinion of a person with Asperger's on how accurate Lord Ian's portrayal actually is, but from my perspective as the parent of someone with autism, his traits generally ring true. The fascination with the ink drop, tasting a bowl with no idea that people might find that strange, the difficulty in lying, the confusion about what other people mean, being overwhelmed by crowds.... There was an occasional place where he seemed too socially aware for how he'd been previously depicted, but overall he worked for me. And his question to Beth at the end of the book was excellent.

    I also bought Beth as a person who'd be able to handle Ian's odd behavior. Her background makes it possible for her to take his blunt words and actions in stride; her willingness to help people serves her well with him.

    The MacKenzie family is interesting, though the sequel-fishing was a bit heavy-handed in places. The suspense subplot was a bit over-the-top, but it did reveal aspects of Ian and Hart's relationship well.

    Overall, a greatly enjoyable book.
  • (4/5)
    This is my first historical novel. Although it is set in 1881, I felt the story could be current if it wasn't for the prose. I'll be reading more in this series and the dashing Mackenzies..

    ...“Why is she so stubborn? And disobedient?” Cameron barked a laugh. “Because Mackenzies always choose headstrong women. You didn’t really expect her to obey you, did you? No matter what the marriage vows say?”
  • (5/5)
    AUTHOR: Jennifer can write her butt off! She puts the ahhhh in ahhhh and the wish it was me in the wish it was me. She knows how to balance dialogue with description of characters, scenes and situations. A love story with mystery. This is my first time reading one of her books and I cannot wait to purchase another book by this author.SETTING: 19th century London, Paris, ScotlandGENRE: Historical romance, Mystery romanceCENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: For a woman of her position, she handles her title well and with humility. She acknowledges her motions and is honest about what she feels. Sometimes she prattles on but is not easily intimidated. She has her own style of humor. Her mind is open to the many ways of learning passion.CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: He has been lost within himself very few understand him. His past has been very sad. Sometimes he is unable to make direct eye contact. He is an expert that recognizes and goes after authenticity. He is needing, wanting and passionate.SYNOPSIS: He meets her at any opera and immediately provides information to discredit her fiancé. He knows that she is authentic and he wants to bed her. His brothers try to protect him from his demons caused by a very sad past. Through it all a detective from Scotland Yard hates his family for unknown reasons and has targeted him as guilty of (2) murders that have occurred within the last (5) years. SEXUAL EXPLICITNESS: Measured from Inspirational romance (not explicit) to Erotica (hot, steamy and sizzling). I would say this book is in the middle.Quote - “He needed her body under his tonight. He wanted to rub the sweet berry between her legs and make her wet, he wanted to drive into her until he released….” Oral sex (yes). Thrusting (yes). Stroking (yes). And I can think of only (1) instance of colorful language. WHAT I LIKED: I have nothing to say bad about this bookIt is a storyline with the passion that makes this book. A want. A need. A desireWHAT I DID NOT LIKE: I loved this entire book which is why I read it in 24 hours.I give this book (5) stars because excellent story with twist and turns everywhere. I HATE “cunts” and “dicks” so this book was just right for me.
  • (5/5)
    THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE is special. It belongs up there with the best romance novels I've ever read, and it's certainly the best romance I've read in the past year or two. It's completely unique, unlike any other historical I've ever read, heartwarming and sexy and hard to put down right from the first page.

    At the end of the day, all I really need to say to potential buyers is: yes, you want to read this book. You really do.

    To me, one of the most fascinating things about the book is that the hero - the titular Ian MacKenzie - is totally dreamy, swoon-worthy, romance-novel-hero-worthy, but while I was reading I kept thinking, "I don't know if I could do it. I don't know if I could put up with this guy." Which simultaneously made me admire the heroine, Beth Ackerley, for being able to appreciate him and bring out his best self.

    I don't know how Ian's madness would be classified in contemporary speak. He's handsome, decisive, intelligent, blunt, very masculine. But he's not just a normal guy with a reputation for being crazy; he's actually a little nuts. He has a hard time connecting to his own emotions and expressing affection - a pretty major challenge to overcome in a book all about falling in love. The other major plot arc in the novel hinges on the relationship between Ian and his brothers.

    Anyhow, I don't want to spoil anything. This is a great book. Read it.
  • (4/5)
    The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
    4 Stars

    Synopsis
    Lord Ian Mackenzie has spent most of his life in an asylum and has a reputation for being hard, handsome, dangerous and ... eccentric. Ian has never wanted anything in life more than he wants Beth Ackerly and is willing to do anything to win her. Unfortunately, Beth only wants a quiet life without drama, and life with Ian will be anything but because someone in London is killing prostitutes and Ian is the prime suspect.

    Review
    A sweet and heart-wrenching romance with an original premise.

    Ian suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, which was considered madness in Victorian times. Ashley's portrayal of the nuances of the disorder is both accurate and sympathetic with the descriptions of his experiences in the asylum particularly heartbreaking. That said, his immediate attraction to Beth and the ease with which he comes to love her is a little unrealistic. Beth is an intelligent, independent, patient and compassionate heroine. The development of her relationship with Ian is slow and steady, and their scenes together are very sexy, steamy and emotional.

    Most of secondary characters are fleshed out nicely, including Ian's brothers, each with their own unique and difficult past, and the overzealous detective who hides an interesting secret (he reminded me of Detective Fix in Around the World in 80 Days). Other characters are more superficial, such as Beth's former fiance, and the person involved in the murders.

    There are some minor issues with the writing, such as repetitious phrasing and jarring word choices, as well as the fact that Beth's hair color is not mentioned until well into the book. However, the most significant problem is the murder mystery, which could have been better developed. It is cobbled together haphazardly and seems to be more of an afterthought than a cohesive plot device.

    Overall, this is a quick and entertaining read that deals with some taboo issues that are not the usual fare for historical romance - kudos to Ashley for her daring. Ian's brothers are intriguing and I look forward to finding out more about them as individuals in the rest of the series.
  • (5/5)

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    AUTHOR: Jennifer can write her butt off! She puts the ahhhh in ahhhh and the wish it was me in the wish it was me. She knows how to balance dialogue with description of characters, scenes and situations. A love story with mystery. This is my first time reading one of her books and I cannot wait to purchase another book by this author.SETTING: 19th century London, Paris, ScotlandGENRE: Historical romance, Mystery romanceCENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: For a woman of her position, she handles her title well and with humility. She acknowledges her motions and is honest about what she feels. Sometimes she prattles on but is not easily intimidated. She has her own style of humor. Her mind is open to the many ways of learning passion.CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: He has been lost within himself very few understand him. His past has been very sad. Sometimes he is unable to make direct eye contact. He is an expert that recognizes and goes after authenticity. He is needing, wanting and passionate.SYNOPSIS: He meets her at any opera and immediately provides information to discredit her fiancé. He knows that she is authentic and he wants to bed her. His brothers try to protect him from his demons caused by a very sad past. Through it all a detective from Scotland Yard hates his family for unknown reasons and has targeted him as guilty of (2) murders that have occurred within the last (5) years. SEXUAL EXPLICITNESS: Measured from Inspirational romance (not explicit) to Erotica (hot, steamy and sizzling). I would say this book is in the middle.Quote - “He needed her body under his tonight. He wanted to rub the sweet berry between her legs and make her wet, he wanted to drive into her until he released….” Oral sex (yes). Thrusting (yes). Stroking (yes). And I can think of only (1) instance of colorful language. WHAT I LIKED: I have nothing to say bad about this bookIt is a storyline with the passion that makes this book. A want. A need. A desireWHAT I DID NOT LIKE: I loved this entire book which is why I read it in 24 hours.I give this book (5) stars because excellent story with twist and turns everywhere. I HATE “cunts” and “dicks” so this book was just right for me.

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  • (3/5)
    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. Sure, she supported him through a murder mystery, but how often will that come up in a lifelong marriage? I needed to see them becoming attached to each other and enjoying each other's company despite his communication quirks. I wanted to see them dealing with how utterly annoying an Aspie can be and how bewildering she could be through his eyes. Instead, he dominates her in typical alpha style and she accepts sex as attachment.

    Oh, and there's a murder mystery with a ton of plot holes.

    And a bunch of sex scenes thrown in for no particular reason other than to be graphic and to titillate.

    And a ton of obvious series set-up.

    Meh.

    Really, this is not the sort of character pairing that lends itself well to a suspense subplot (as half-baked as this one was) as there's plenty of conflict to mine from their personalities alone. I wanted a good book, a character study, and instead I got a paint-by-numbers romance novel like any other. It's not a bad book, just an exceedingly average one.
  • (3/5)
    I don’t always gravitate towards romances like this one, in which either or both the hero/heroine succumb to love at first sight. But this one was a satisfying read. The plot didn’t feel contrived and the characters were lovable. Like everyone else, I’ve fallen in love with the Mackenzie family!
  • (4/5)
    Loved this story the hero was unconventional which made him that much more endearing and the heroine was out of this world for accepting him as he was
  • (5/5)
    Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle)Overall Rating: 4.50Story Rating: 4.25Character Rating: 4.75Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)First Thought when Finished: What a wonderfully unique leading man Ian was!Story Talk: Can I just say that the Mackenzie brothers are an interesting group of guys! Ian, the most unique of them all--so far,is a story that not everyone will get but it hit me square in the heart. He was so darn unique! I believe he was a high functioning autistic character but he could have also had some PTSD from an incident when he was younger. He was very perceptive and while independent, his brothers were very protective because of his differences. His "issues" were dealt with in a very real and sometimes shocking manner in this story. For the time period, he had to be totally unique. Jennifer Ashley took a huge chance and I think it paid off in spades.Character Talk: I am going to start with Beth because it takes a super special woman to see beyond the obvious with Ian. She seems to get him even though she had to war with herself to accept their relationship on his terms. Ian could be manipulative but never in a way that made you think he was doing just for his own good. His "difference" played a huge part in how he thought things through. Beth was wonderful at figuring that out and eventually learning how to be herself as well as deal with Ian. Their love story was awesome!Audio Talk: Narrated by Angela Dawe / Running Time 9 hrs and 53 minsI enjoyed the narration by Angela Dawe. I am not always a fan of audiobooks with multiple accents but I thought Angela did a pretty good job. The pacing was pretty well done and I thought she nailed Ian's uniqueness. Overall, I would recommend this audiobook.Final Thought: I will be reading the rest of this series in the future!
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    This is my first novel of Jennifer Ashley. What an incredible reading experience. This is a wonderful story with unusual character personality. Very fresh and a pleasure to read. Can't wait for the next one. Will very like buy her whole collection :) Highly recommend
  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book very much and I'm looking forward to the rest of the brothers' stories to come out. Ian was an awesome hero, protective, determined, possesive and just vulnerable enough to make him lovable. Lately, I find that I like practical heroines who take matters into their own hands, so I liked Beth as well.The book had me captivated and I read the first 200 pages in a single day, which is rather fast for me. I would rate it with 5 stars, if towards the end, the focus didn't shift to the murder plot so much but stayed in Beth's and Ian's relationship as it was in the beginning. Great book, highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Angela Dawe does a great job of the narration of this book. Her Scottish burr for the Mackenzie brothers was very good and I liked the gruffness she instilled in their voices. I did think her English accent for Beth slipped once in a while towards American, but that didn't bother me too much. I actually found myself enjoying the story more in this format than I did in print. As much as the book was raved over when it was released, I couldn't find the same enthusiasm myself. I liked, but did not love it. On audio however, I found myself connecting more with Ian and Beth than I had before. For those who haven't read the book, Lord Ian Mackenzie has some sort of Autism Spectrum Disorder (probably Aspberger's) but of course, in Queen Victoria's time there was no name for it. He is regarded as "mad". His father had him locked in an asylum when he was little more than a boy and upon the old Duke's death, his eldest brother Hart, immediately removed him. When Ian meets Beth Ackerley, a beautiful widow who has recently inherited some money from a old woman to whom she had been companion, Ian is instantly smitten. Ian is not like other heroes. He speaks very bluntly. He doesn't understand many social cues or facial expressions and he doesn't lie or prevaricate. Beth is the perfect foil for him and I liked how she accepted him, happily and for himself very early on in the piece, never thinking of him as "less". Even his brothers, who love him dearly, do this. At the end of the book Ian comments that everyone has their own madness - perhaps it is just that his is more obvious than others - and so, through Beth, Ian is able to accept himself also.
  • (5/5)
    Looking for an interesting and none too typical romance? Try this one!I absolutely loved this historical romance and was immediately drawn in by the whole family of characters. In 1881 many maladies were simply thought of as madness; if one were anywhere on the Autism Spectrum, they were probably going to be considered crazy. The hero of this book is a person with autistic tendencies/behaviors, and it makes this historical romance completely fascinating!Lord Ian Mackenzie is introduced to us in the middle of a conversation. However we are hearing the words from Ian's point of view and like him, we are confused by the whole exchange. Ian is generally regarded as "mad" because of his many behaviors that don't fall in line with what is "normal". He's smart as a whip and in fact can recall from memory whole conversations verbatim, determine on sight whether rare asian bowls are genuine or fake, and other amazing things. But his madness is not all it seems, and the widow Beth Ackerley is quick to recognize this. Beth is an amazingly sweet and patient person and her warmth instantly attracts Ian. The two are not a couple but things quickly heat up between them as their connection grows. Beth's openness to Ian's differences and Ian's devotion in return is a beautiful thing to see grow as the book continues. Their story is completely different from any I've read before and I adored it! Definitely get this book :Dposted on blog 05-04-2011