• The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Mackenzies Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A woman is drawn to a dangerously intriguing man in this unique historical romance from New York Times best-selling 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.

©2009 Jennifer Ashley (P)2020 Jennifer Ashley

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Perfect

One of the best books I’ve ever read: Ian and his family will break your heart as you fall in love with them. No one writes like Jennifer Ashley; she is an extraordinary wordsmith who crafts luscious characters & stories you won’t soon forget.
Beautifully written, exquisitely performed, this is a masterpiece. Bravo!!

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Love this book and the rest of the series!

At first I was a little unsure if I would like this book. It seemed interesting but did I think that it was going to be one of my favorites no not really. But boy was I wrong. Great writing and you just fall in love with the characters (for me so much so I made sure to read all books in the series) it has a mystery aspect that keeps it from just being another romance novel and the fact that Lord Ian Mackenzie and his family are not the every day make leads/characters in romance book doesn’t hurt either. Angela did a great job narrating she really helped keep you in the book. I say get the book you will love it!

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Loved It

Not s normal story line, the main character is emotionally scarred but is also a genius. The cadence of his speech put me in mind of a savant. There is some mystery , interesting people and passionate love scenes. The heroine is confident and smart.

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Disappointing

I got this based on the reviews. I am a couple of hours in and cannot continue. No story really so far just unpleasant physical garbage. Wish I could return it for something better. Wasted a credit :(

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Meh

I think the fact that I didn't love this book says more about me than it. It's impossible for me to love a character who pays for sex. Whether or not it's acceptable in the book's time and setting doesn't matter. It's gross. And I don't find it "sexy" for the male protagonist to demand the heroine to "lift your skirts." Really gross.

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Take time to enjoy and fall in love.

Sometimes the story feels like it is dragging out but the there is the reward of finding the hidden truths. So many intriguing secrets and the deep love of the main characters, making this a great story. I can not wait to start the next book in the series!

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Pretty Good

I think the story went on a few chapters too long, but overall a good book.

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daring to make it very real

this is one of the most beautiful and real romances I've ever read. Ian was not mad, I am sure. I'm equally as certain that without cooling out his disorder, Ashley acquainted us with an autistic individual in all of his glory. Ian possessed the passion and heart of a troubled, loving soul I think sometimes people forget that if one is extremely brilliant, extremely gifted, extremely strange and anything else that is extreme, one may also be tortured in spirit, mind, and body. I have memories of a very real loving and virile soulmate. Something about the character Ashley created in Ian made me almost fantasized about how wonderful loving him or someone like him might be. he reminded me of how very real and intense my soulmate was, often leaving me with questions about what made him into the man that he was. He never revealed his secrets to me. This is a very intriguing story that might have been simply clever had it not been for the complex, intriguing, and exciting man of Ian, coupled with his Beth who seemed to know him as well as she came to love him from the very beginning. She was not afraid of him or of exposing and offering herself to him. These MacKenzie are a collective force with which to reckon. I loved this story.

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Unexpected gem

I have to say, this is probably the most unique and enjoyable historical romance I may have ever read.

I grew up with a house full of Barbara Cartland novels and some occasional bodice rippers to pilfer and read. I burned out on historicals many years ago and since have focused more on scifi and paranormal romance. However, I found myself intrigued by this story because someone said the hero is autistic. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in.

Turned out to be a winner! The main couple was completely adorable with his straightforward honesty, awkward mannerisms, and inability to comprehend her jokes, along with her tendency to joke and make witty remarks while taking his strange behavior in stride. I think his autism was portrayed well, and I enjoyed the progress of their strange relationship.

There was also an interesting murder mystery. I am not 100 percent satisfied with how that part of the story played. I can’t decide if my problem is that I found certain events a little too unbelievable or if I just felt like she took too many unnecessary, foolish risks. Whatever the case, the end action wasn’t as satisfying as I would have liked, but the characters and their relationship was more than enough to make up for it.

Overall a charming book and worth a read or listen for anyone looking for something different.

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The best review I’ve ever given on an Audible

I love this series. It is the best of both worlds, often voiced by the male character, but obviously written in the way a woman wishes her man to think about her. I love Ian Mackenzie’s character and have from the start, even though I initially started this series on the third book; I had to go back to learn Ian’s story. The narration on this particular book was perfect. It almost seemed as if the narrator had memorized the book, and was able to add inflection and emotion perfectly; even before they were stated outright. I will keep coming back to this book.

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  • Alex
  • 04-04-21

Romamce with a bit of mystery

This is a new author to me and she does have a different style insofar as there is mystery and  suspense as well as romance.

The hero is the third son who has spent a deal of time in an asylum, with what I would suggest is autism, but in those days was considered mad. This can be seen very clearly early on by his love of Ming porcelain and his love of the widow, Beth Ackerley, who he saves from a disastrous marriage. 

In the meantime, however, there has been a murder for which a police officer is convinced that our hero did it. Added to the mix is Ian' family that to say the least are rather eccentric.

I loved the hero and his love and devotion for the Beth was very touching. I loved his slow seduction and the way that Beth was undaunted by everything that was thrown at her.

There were bits of the book that droned on and a good editor would have been of benefit, but having said this, he was a great hero and if you are after romance, this book has it in spades.

I was also left intrigued enough to read the next book in the series.

The narration was excellent.

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  • Clipper
  • 09-07-22

Wonderful book, inconsistent performance

I love this book. A wonderful story about two imperfect people finding home in each other. Lord Ian is a Scottish laird who has something akin to autism. In his younger years he was locked away in an insane asylum and subjected to horrific treatments. Beth is a young widow with an impoverished and background who unexpectedly inherited a fortune. To save her from an awful marriage to a penniless scoundrel with twisted tastes, Ian warns her about his numerous kept women and offers to save her through marriage. She ends the engagement and travels to Paris, and Ian follows. they reconnect and a romance begins.

Performance - it took me a while to figure out what I didn't like about this. The narrator did a wonderful job with the male characters and the Scottish burr (not always easy) and Beth's voice was well paced and it was a good tone. If you liked the sample you should give this a go, I don't want to spoil it for you. If you want to know what the issue was, scroll down.


The issue came in the recitation of the prose - the RP was fake and not well done. It was like someone putting on what they think someone from the tonne might sound like, but the vowels are all wrong. Intonations in sentences overly heavy, stresses on broad vowels, long when they should be short and vice versa - but not consistently. Examples grande pronounced 'grawnd' arms - alwms. Part-pawht. Softly -sawhftly gone - ghawn Once you notice it's really hard to ignore. It's a real shame, because there are moving moments of sincerity and lovely gentle conversations that are delightful. If the narrater had just used her normal voice, which seems to have a lovely tone, it would have been so much better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-21

love it, love the character, and how they develop.

great read..
narrator did a great job. making me enjoy the story more.. I was able to picture each character by the description.

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  • Samantha
  • 08-24-22

Sweet, sexy and considerate

Neurodivergent people have existed throughout human history, not just in the last 50 years. So it's always refreshing to see it represented in historical romances. It seems to me to be an honest and compassionate portrayal of someone struggling with possibly what we would now identify as ASD, and to see how simple it was to be labelled "mad".
A beautiful romance was created between him and a woman who just took people as they were, and led with compassion. I loved it.

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  • sue
  • 05-11-22

good

the narrator was excellent . very sexy . makes me want to continue series



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  • Bron D
  • 08-27-21

Delightful Romance

An enjoyable historical romance between Ian Mackenzie, younger brother of a Scottish Duke, and Beth, a vicar's widow.

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