Book Review

THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE
by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Historical Romance, England, Victorian Period
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1881 London

2009 Innovative Historical Romance Award Winner

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Ashley's enthralling and poignant romance shows that people thought to be completely devoid of emotions only require the proper stimulus of another's emotional response to unlock their subconsciously buried feelings. By tackling an unusual theme, à la Laura Kinsale, Ashley touches readers on many levels. Brava!

Ian, the youngest Mackenzie, has always been thought of as mad. He believes himself unable to feel or understand emotions or most human behavior. When he learns that young, wealthy widow Elizabeth Ackerley is to marry a man he considers a reprobate, he declares his beliefs about her intended and his own shortcomings as a man who feels nothing.

Beth, who grew up in the poorest areas of London, does not believe his pronouncement. But as she learns more about Ian's wild family and his strange upbringing, her admiration for him blossoms -- as does his ability to understand and feel love. Their unusual relationship becomes one of deep understanding and respect. Then ugly suspicions that Ian is involved in the murders of several young women surface. Beth's determination to prove his innocence allows Ian to finally experience the depth of emotions brought on by love. (LEISURE, May, 350 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: LEISURE

Published: May 2009

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 22, 2012 - 10:28pm.

Put in an asylum as a child and given inhuman treatments for his "madness", people now whisper that Lord Ian MacKenzie is a murderer. Beth Ackerley doesn't believe he would hurt anyone. Yes, he is very anti-social, lacks eye contact and sometimes shows no emotions. But Beth sees another side of Ian and defends him against his critics. Soon she is investigating the murders of two prostitutes, hoping to keep Ian from hanging for murders he did not commit.

I put off reading this book because it just didn't sound like something I would like. Now I wish I had read it sooner. Ian has Aspergers Syndrom, a form of high-functioning autism. Beth is a woman who grew up in the slums, but has made something of herself. As Ian and Beth's relationship grows, we see that they are perfect for each other.

I found the mystery in this book to be interesting, if not really a surprise. And, I enjoyed the other members of the MacKenzie family. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.