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

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

by Jennifer Ashley

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A woman is drawn to a dangerously intruiging man in this unique historical romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.

It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted—especially with a lady. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly 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 his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was…The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

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ISBN-13: 9780425244463
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 229,451
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shifters Unbound series and the MacKenzies series. A winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, she also writes as national bestselling and award-winning author Allyson James.

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Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 267 reviews.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I had been wanting to read for a while, but it had been buried in the TBR, so I was excited to dig it out and finally read it. I had heard SO MANY good things about the book, and have seen Ian come up in comments often as a favorite romance hero. I had high expectations which is why I think I felt a little disappointed in him as a hero after finishing the book. Ian, is an unusual hero in that he has Asperger's syndrome and has been misunderstood and mistreated pretty much his entire life. He abide scorn and beatings from his father, which finally resulted in his "incarceration" in an insane asylum where he endured tortuously painful shock therapy treatments as well as other Victorian methods to try and cure him of his atypical behavior for years. He is incapable of expressing or feeling love, and is locked in a world that he has had to learn to adapt to, but remains distanced from everyone including his family. He is haunted by memories and dreams of a mysterious murder, not knowing if he, or his brother murdered a woman in a house of pleasure that his brother owned. Thus ensues a plot to try and uncover who murdered two women Ian knew. Ian has struggled with doubts for years, and now that another woman has been found murdered an Inspector who has a vendetta against Ian and the Mackenzies sets out to prove that Ian is the murderer and belongs back in the asylum, while Beth does her own sleuthing to uncover the murder mysteries and prove that Ian is innocent. There are many things to love about this book, but one of the things that bothered me the most was that it took Beth's intervention for everyone to believe that Ian was incapable of murder. Even his brother, the Duke, believed that he had killed the prostitutes. She was his savior in more ways than one, including teaching him the meaning of what it is to love. She was responsible for revealing the truth behind the murders and endangering herself in the process. And while I love a heroine who is capable and not in need of rescue I'm not quite sure how I feel about the heroine rescuing the hero. I'm conflicted about this aspect of the story. I loved the moments when it was just Ian and Beth learning to communicate, understand, and love each other. And while the murder mystery drove the plot of the book I wanted more of just Ian and Beth. Since so much was made of Ian as a hero I imagined that most of the book would deal with his form of Autism and how he and Beth learned to love each other despite his emotional handicaps. I wanted to learn more about how Beth learned to deal with his "affliction" and didn't feel that the story adequately explored this aspect of their relationship. I also thought that the additional mystery solved by Beth involving the Inspector that was revealed at the end of the book was superfluous and unnecessary. In the end I enjoyed The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, but as a hero Ian didn't quite live up to my expectations, which was disappointing. I know I am in the minority here, but what can I say? That being said The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie was an engaging read, and the secondary characters (his family) were incredibly intriguing. I can't wait for the next book, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, due out in July. Isabella and Mac's story promises to be even better than Ian and Beth's romance. Ratings: Stars: 4.0 stars Sensuality level: 3.0 (pretty much your standard &a
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1881 England, anyone who knows Ian Mackenzie assumes he is mad. Even he believes there is something wrong with himself as thinks and reacts differently than his siblings and people in general. Ian has problems with understanding "normal" feelings; as he always is honest, which gets him in trouble.----------- When wealthy widow Elizabeth Ackerley is to marry a rascal, Ian honest as ever makes it clear he thinks she is foolish to wed such a degenerate and that he feels nothing. Beth rejects his declaration; she begins to look closer at Ian and his family. Beth soon admires Ian and that turns into love; Ian rejects the notion he can love, but does not understand why he feels mushy when she is near. . However, as their respect and admiration grows, several young women have been murdered with Ian because of his odd behavior as the prime suspect. Beth vows to prove her beloved is innocent and that he now knows what love is.--------------------- This is an intriguing Victorian romance that looks deep into what back then was labeled madness, but today would be on the high functioning side of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders spectrum as probably either Asperger's Syndrome or a non specified disorder. Thus the audience has a unique lead character who thinks differently than the acceptable "norm". Beth, by just accepting him as he, proves she is a fabulous person. The murder accusation fits as Ian's madness makes him the obvious suspect. Jennifer Ashley has provided a terrific insightful thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner
aReader5 More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing book! This book is about two people meeting and falling in love. But, there is a catch. Ian, the hero, has Asperger. He was institutionalized at an early age by his father and was finally released by his oldest brother, Hart. The author did a terrific job depicting Ian's condition, from his inability to look at someone in the eyes to his method of evaluating Ming pottery. Ian is brutally honest and tries his best. I really enjoyed reading how Ian fits or not fits himself into society. It is great to read about a hero that has a problem that is not going to get "fixed" at the end of the book. Beth, the heroine, is no shrinking violet. She grew up poor, found love, was happily married, but widowed within a year of marriage. She is mature and knows what she wants. She has the fortitude to stand up for Ian and goes toe to toe with Ian's three older brothers. Her unbeatable attitude towards life is wonderful. I really love how the two of them got together. Ian's straight forwardness towards their relationship can leave you grasping. There are 3 others books in the wing, one for each of the other 3 brothers. Can hardly wait.
Erin_Quinn More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Ashley goes above and beyond genre with this story of a man with serious issues and the woman who sees beyond them. I fell in love with Ian immediately and though he has his quirks, they only made him more interesting. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy nearly all of this author's works, but this one might be the best. Ian and Beth's story is different from most, but vive la difference!
yolie77 More than 1 year ago
I completely adored this book! From the first page to the last, I honestly could have read a part 2 on Ian and Beth's love story. Jennifer Ashely in my opinion did a wonderful job, and as soon as I finish this review I plan on getting Mac and Cameron's story. And just might pre-order Hart's story while I am at it!
redlilsis More than 1 year ago
My first book by Jennifer Ashley, I love it, have re-read it twice. I will definitely add this author to my favorites.
warrior2 More than 1 year ago
I guess with my headline one can tell, I enjoyed this book. This was the first book that I have read by Jennifer Ashley but it will not be the last one. I was browsing the Barnes & Nobles site and honestly I cannot say how I happened upon The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie but I'm thankful that I did. I love Historical Romance books with a twist, with good strong characters, action packed, plots with detailed background information, plots that keep you turning the pages; this book had it all. Also with all these attributes, the love, romance and passion that Lord Ian showed towards his Beth simply sizzled. This was erotica personified. I plan on reading the Shifters Unbound Series; I have already purchased the first book in the series, Pride Mates. Take a chance with this book; I do not believe you will have any regrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Ian and Beth's story and one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. This is my second read and I know I will reread it in the future.
LookingForRomance More than 1 year ago
This was an unexpected pleasure! I immediately purchased the entire series. I loved it!!!
kenzikat24 More than 1 year ago
i have been so bored with romances lately and i have finally found an author to quench my thirst for something different!!! love all of the characters and i can not wait to read the rest of the series!!! please read! lord ian mackenzie is the "different" hero you have been fantasizing about! he seems more real to me i guess...
KBT More than 1 year ago
I found this book very compelling. Jennifer Ashley had a very good balance of plot and secondary characters for a hero that has a legitimate emotional handicap. The frankness in which Beth is attracted to Ian and his response and emotional growth was engrossingly endearing. I coulnd put it down.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't read many romances, but I bought this for two reasons: one of the agent blogs I follow mentioned it was a good book with an autistic male lead; my son is autistic and I'm always seeking out books with autistic characters. Secondly, I met the author two years ago at a writers' conference (and will see her at the same con next month) and thought she was a very kind person and a good historical fiction writer.Lord Ian Mackenzie is quite mad. He'd be the first to admit that. It's common knowledge he resided in an insane asylum as a child and as an adult he's an eccentric who doesn't look people in the eye yet is brilliant with numbers and facts. Meanwhile, Beth is a widowed vicar's wife who has recently come into quite an inheritance from the estate of an elderly employer. She's newly engaged to Sir Mathers--at least, until Ian meets her for the first time and abruptly informs her that Mathers is a cad who keeps ladies for sordid purposes and only wants her money. The attraction between Ian and Beth is instantaneously, though obstacles quickly present themselves, including two dead prostitutes and a Scotland Yard inspector with believes Ian is to blame.I thoroughly enjoyed this Victorian romance. Beth (which is my own name!) and Ian have fantastic chemistry. Both characters are fully realized, though I particularly loved Ian. Ashley did a wonderful job of making it clear that Ian is autistic without making him a parody of the disorder. Actually, many of his traits--the good and the bad--reminded me of my own four-year-old son, which is weird since it's a romance book, but at the same time makes me feel more positively about his future relationships.The only turn-off about the book is the fact that Ian associated with prostitutes in the past. That does squick me a bit, even though I know within the context of the period it would have been the most likely option for him.That said, I'll be keeping this book on my shelf and I'm reminded I need to read more of Jennifer Ashley's books. I intend to get this copy signed by her next month.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't planned to pick this one up, but since it was highly recommended by KristieJ and AmyC, I thought I'd give it a try. It was an enjoyable read. I didn't think much of the heroine Beth, she didn't really stand out for me. But Ian and the rest of the Mackenzie brothers were very intriguing and boy do they have some issues. Lucky for us each of the Mackenzie brothers will be getting their own book.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian MacKenzie is one of the most unique heroes I think I¿ve ever read. He suffers from what we know is a form of Autism. He had spent many years of his childhood in an insane asylum and as we know ¿ they weren¿t very nice places to be. But he was finally rescued by his oldest brother Hart, the very powerful Duke of Kilmorgan.We first meet Ian when he is purchasing an ancient bowl from an unscrupulous fortune hunter. The dastardly dude goes on to boast about his conquests and his plans to continue despite getting married.Beth Ackerly is the fiancé and heroine in question and she first meets our hero Ian at the theatre where he slips her a note explaining that her fiancé is Not a Nice Man.Ian is¿¿..what can I say about him that would do him justice? The word Unique works. He is totally and utterly without guile and says what he thinks ¿ exactly what he thinks. He doesn¿t know how to hide his thoughts. And he doesn't understand humour - no matter how Beth tries to make him smile. Beth is quite nonplussed by him, yet very attracted at the same time. And though he is very physically attracted to her, he tells Beth that he will never love her, not that he doesn¿t want to love her, he is just incapable of it.Because of his autism, he is unable to look her in the eyes though he wants to. His brain just shuts down when he tries. Although unable to love (or so he says ¿ but this is a romance) he is very possessive of her and once he stakes his claim so to speak, becomes outraged to the point of violence whenever anyone ¿ such as her now former fiancé ¿ dares to try and harm her.I think the closest I can think of in terms of the kind of hero he makes is Simple Jess by Pamela Morisi. But Ian isn¿t simple ¿ not by any means. Instead he borders on brilliant to genius in many areas. He is alternately touchingly naïve and incredibly, sexily experienced. Because he is out of touch with emotions, he uses his senses a lot and in some very inventive ways.And the heroine Beth; she is an equally incredible heroine. Although she doesn¿t understand Ian exactly, she accepts him as he is for all of his oddness. And she is touchingly, wonderfully protective of him ¿ to the point of going toe to toe with his powerful brother the duke when she thinks Hart is just using him for his brilliant math skills and recall abilities. I just loved her to pieces. Although quite wealthy, she came by the wealth in a different kind of way. She started her life in the slums of London and slowly moved her way up in life. So unlike many historical heroines, she is quite savvy and as she is also a widow, she has experienced the pleasures of intimacy. When Ian and Beth are together, the chemistry is combustible. These are two vividly drawn characters. In addition to our main characters, there are also Ian¿s brothers. Indulgent, protective, confused ¿ all are ways they relate to their younger, `different¿ brother, they are equally vivid characters and all the way through the book I kept hoping they would get their own stories and I don¿t normally think like that. And I¿m very happy to say they are, though it looks like I¿ll have to wait for a while until I get to their stories. I was even most impressed with Curry, Ian¿s valet and general care-taker and errand runner.As if to die for hero and heroine and great secondary characters weren¿t enough, there is an interesting mystery to boot. There is an Inspector Javert type character who is investigating the murder of a young woman in a brothel a couple of years previously and following the MacKenzie clan. When another young woman related to the original murder is found dead, he is bound and determined that it is young Ian who did the killing and will do just about anything to try and prove it including trying to undermine the budding romance between Ian and Beth.Heck - I even love the title of this book. It too is different and unique.
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved he hero of this book. he was far from the typical historical romance hero. He was very endearing and I feel a little in love as well. The heroine was a likable character as well and balanced the hero. Ashley also set up the other characters nicely for their books, making them a must read for me.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 poor vicar and widowed shortly afterward. For the last several years, she served as companion to a rich widow who left Beth her entire fortune at her death. Not long afterward, she becomes engaged to Sir Mather; mostly just to avoid being alone. Then...she meets the infamous Mad Lord Ian MacKenzie.He is Ian MacKenzie and his childhood is the stuff of nightmares. Being nobly born didn't do anything for Ian but make it easy for his father to have him locked away in an asylum from the age of eleven where he suffered ice baths, shock treatments, and other unspeakable 'treatments' until his father died and his brother, the new Duke immediately had him freed. He still has difficulties with crowds, but reads a book a day, has a perfect memory for anything he's seen, heard, or read, and has many other characteristics of a genius. He can become lost in the perfection of a raindrop or the line of a drawing. He's blunt, suffers from headaches, and uses sex to forget. Then he meets a woman whose mere touch can still the noise with eyes of the most beautiful blue...and Mad Lord Ian is lost.Two flawed characters who come together in what must be one of the most unusual meetings I've ever read. They have both learned from their pasts to see beyond the surface and what they find in each other has got to be one of the more beautiful and romantic stories I've ever read. I've been a fan of Jennifer Ashley's stories, but I just can't gush enough about this one. The vulnerabilities of each character and the growth of their relationship entwined with a murder mystery and the joys and pains of a family that today we would call dysfunctional really tugged at my emotions. Four brothers, each with their own type of 'madness' that I would call genius--I can't wait for the next MacKenzie story and was mightily disappointed to find out "Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage" isn't scheduled to release until 2010!!!Jennifer Ashley also writes scorching paranormals under the name Allyson James so I guess I'll have to be content with her upcoming releases under that name. But I have to say that for me, "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" will be a hard story to top. The prose, the plot, the characters, and the pacing were all top notch and it's a story that will stay with me and make me smile whenever I remember. How's that for a recommendation?
izzybru on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic..Amazing...Wonderfully different.Loved it and can't wait for the next one.
jdquinlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the Back Cover: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 her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.My Review:I'll start off by saying the back cover blurb does not do this novel justice and it's a bit misleading. Beth knows nothing of Ian when she meets him, and neither does most of London society because Ian's family has tried to keep him out of trouble and his madness a secret. And Ian is no rake. The symptoms of Ian's "madness" and the circumstances of his childhood and treatment are heart-wrenchingly unveiled bit by bit throughout the story.Ian MacKenzie is one of the most unique, memorable, and heart-breaking heroes I've ever encountered. I'm no expert on mental illness, but he appears to have a combination of autism and OCD. He is incapable of telling a lie, he has a photographic memory, he can play any instrument by ear, and he is devoted to those he loves. He is also prone to rages and black-outs, and thus had been suspected of two related murders. How can a sweet, but disenchanted girl like Beth help but want to fall in love with him and clear his name?Jennifer Ashley has been writing romance for years, but this was my first experience and I think she's a great writer and I've already added a couple of books from her pirate series to my shelf. I was hooked on this book from page one, and wouldn't you know it, Ian happens to have three other brothers with issues, too, who are each getting a book of their own. I've already pre-ordered book #2, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage.
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the beginning and then it just kinda fell apart for me.
GretchenCraig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer AshleyAshley has written a truly unique romantic hero. Lord Ian Mackenzie seems to be a high-functioning autistic! Certainly haven¿t seen that before. And she does it marvelously well. In spite of his handicaps, Ian is compelling, loveable, and sexy. I don¿t know if someone who is autistic can be as passionate as Ian, but I believe this particular one is. Ashley has done her homework ¿ she hits all the characteristics I expect to find in autism. Ian has trouble looking people in the eye, he¿s over sensitive to noise and sensation, he¿s socially awkward and inappropriate, he has astonishing gifts like being able to beautifully play a piece on the piano after hearing it only once, and so on. His heart is true, his loyalties fierce, and his understanding deficient only in reading other people¿s emotions. Fortunately, he happens upon a woman capable of seeing past his limitations and finding him fascinating, strong, and in every way admirable. She herself shows uncommon courage in being able to love in the face of profound difficulties.I don¿t like retelling the plot when I review books, so I¿ll just say I found both the hero and heroine worthy characters who I very much enjoyed getting to know. Duran has turned this tale of a man extremely damaged by early mistreatment and seriously handicapped by his autism into a fine novel, a great romance. I highly recommend it.
shannon4462 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! There were sexual inuendos throughout but the story itself was intricate and thorough, very impressive! Cant wait to read Lady Isabellas Scanalous Marriage!
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