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» Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie

Days 'till Memorial Day: 11

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 12

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 38

Here's another fantastic summer read! The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley. If you love lush historical romance starring a hot, hunky, and emotionally tortured hero in a kilt, look no further :-)

Seriously, I was really intrigued when I heard that the hero of this book, Lord Ian MacKenzie, has a form a autism called Asperger's syndrome. He's brilliant, but out of step with the rest of the world. Since this is the 1800s, Ian's widely thought to be mad, and has spent time in a horrible insane asylum. While he understands that his brothers love him, Ian believes he's incapable of ever feeling that emotion himself.

A romance hero incapable of love? Wow, what a challenge for an author. But Jennifer pulls it off with her amazing talent as a writer. I thorougly enjoyed this book and will be recommending it every chance I get!

Jenn's sent over an read on!

From Chapter Two of The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
Ian takes Beth into the Mackenzie box at the theatre.

The man sitting next to her couldn’t be called good by any stretch of the imagination. He and his brothers had terrible reputations. Even Beth, sheltered by Mrs. Barrington for the last nine years, knew that.

There were whispers of sordid affairs and stories of the scandalous separation of Lord Mac Mackenzie from his wife, Lady Isabella. There had also been rumors five years ago about the Mackenzies’ involvement in the death of a courtesan, but Beth couldn’t remember the details. The case had gained the attention of Scotland Yard, and all four brothers had removed themselves from the country for a time.

No, the Mackenzies were by no means considered "good" men. Then why should a man like Lord Ian Mackenzie bother to warn nobody Beth Ackerley that she was about to marry an adulterer?

“You could always marry me,” Lord Ian said abruptly.

Beth blinked. “I beg your pardon?”

“I said, you could marry me. I don’t give a damn about your fortune.”

“My lord, why on earth should you ask me to marry you?”

“Because you have beautiful eyes.”

“How do you know? You’ve not once looked at them.”

“I know.”

Her breath hurt, and she wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. “Do you do this often? Warn a young lady about her fiancé, then turn about and offer to marry her yourself? Obviously the tactic hasn’t worked, or you’d have a string of wives dogging your footsteps.”

Ian looked away slightly, his hand coming up to massage his temple, as though he had a headache coming on. He was a madman, she reminded herself. Or at least, he’d grown up in an asylum for madmen. So why did she not fear to sit here alone with him, when no one in the world knew where she was?

Perhaps because she’d seen lunatics in Thomas’s charity work in the East End, kept by families who could barely manage them. Poor souls, they’d been, some of them kept roped to their beds. Lord Ian was a long way from being a poor soul.

She cleared her throat. “It is very kind of you, my lord.”

Ian’s hand closed to a tight fist on the arm of his chair. “If I marry you, Mather can’t touch you.”

“If I married you it would be the scandal of the century.”

“You would survive it.”

Beth stared at the soprano on the stage, suddenly remembering that gossip painted the large-bosomed lady as a paramour of Lord Cameron Mackenzie, another of Ian’s older brothers. “If anyone has seen me dive in here with you, my reputation is already ruined.”

“Then you will have nothing to lose.”

Don't forget:
This week's prizes...FIVE great summer reads courtesy of the nice folks at Dorchester Publishing. Comment on any post from Monday May 11 through Saturday May 16 to enter the contest. Five winners chosen at random and posted on Sunday May 17.
  • A TASTE OF MAGIC by Tracy Madison
  • GOTCHA! by Christie Craig
  • SIREN'S SECRET by Trish Albright
  • DEEP MAGIC by Joy Nash
See ya tomorrow!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Gaby317 said...

I would love this book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie! It sounds like a hilariously fun read.

I just realized that the slightly off and totally funny dialogue in many of these novels could come from that Asperger's syndrome - though it only occurred to me while reading this review.

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

2:56 AM  
Blogger Cynthya said...

I just ordered this from Amazon and can't wait to get it. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

3:29 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I have this book and it is high on my list of to be read.

5:33 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

I don't have this book. However, it sounds right up my alley. Have a great day.

8:16 AM  
Blogger kmt1976 said...

We really don't understand Asperger's today, I can hardly imagine how it was perceived in Ian's time.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'e heard nothing but praise for this book! I can't wait to read it and see for myself.

Thanks for the excerpt!


9:47 AM  
Blogger chey said...

I'm hooked! I can't wait to find out what happens in The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh I do lush after historical romance! I think I would love this books. I have been hearing a lot about it, so I have got to have it. I think I am lusting after Ian already.


3:05 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

The Historical Romance is enticing and wonderful. Great feature today.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I've heard and read nothing but good about this book!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Read it soon as you can, ladies, on my "best books of the year" list.

5:34 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

Looks like a great read -I have to add it to my TBR list.


6:27 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Sound like 5 good books this week! I forgot to put this on my check list so I missed last week :( Thanks for lots of fun and chances to win. mesreads[at]gmail[dot]com

6:29 PM  
Blogger Angi said...

I didn't realize you could cook fresh corn on the cob in the microwave! That is going to save me so much time, THANKS!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

It is such an unconventional premise for a hero. I love tortured heroes!!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

This book has gotten a lot of great buzz, and all very well deserved. It's destined to be one of the few books I read more than once.

Not only is Ian a great hero, but all his brothers are very intriguing. I hope Jenn's going to write a book for each of them :-)

7:01 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Ian is on his way to me in the mail :) So love Jennifer's books. I started hers with her Pirates.
I haven't gotten these two yet tho:
# A TASTE OF MAGIC by Tracy Madison
# GOTCHA! by Christie Craig
# SIREN'S SECRET by Trish Albrigt

And they look so good!! Love the theme of Madison's and too Albright's historical!

Hey guess what I got in the mail today Joy? I got my bookclub books from Dorchester and I have A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC in my hands!! I knew this was with the order and so beautiful holding this one, The cover and feel of it is so great! Can't wait to read soon! And post on my blog too!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

What an awesome recommendation this blog has given this book. It definitely is a must read now that I know of it.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've read several excerpts from this book and can't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I'll have to. Have 4 books I'm working on now and a summer reading program for the library that should have been ready weeks ago. It isn't and starts in a little over 2 weeks. I'll be ready, but there will be a lot of nail biting until then.
Then I get to relax and read, but a bunch of what I'll be reading will be kids books and YA books. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. I'm so glad it's me.

10:25 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

How very bizarre! I was just reading about this book on another site! Guess I must read it for myself!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

10:44 PM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

Patricia, do you have any YA suggestions for teenage boys?

It seems like most of the YA these days is targeted to girls, I suppose because girls do more reading than boys.

One of my sons likes fantasy, preferably with a boy protagonist (he ate up Piers Anthony's Xanth series last spring/summer - all 30-some books!).

My other son is not much of a reader unless he finds something suspenseful and emotional, or a mystery, that he really likes. Then he stays up all night to read it, which does my heart good!

He liked Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (her first book with a boy protagonist), and also Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which was an incredible book. He's also read a lot of Agatha Christie novels but can't find anything modern that compares to those books.

Any suggestions to keep these two off the computer 24/7 this summer?
If your list doesn't fit here, lol, feel free to email me at


7:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This sounds like a fantastic story! I would love to read it. Thanks also for the recipes that you've posted.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Forgot to add my email address pnc07 @ aol (dot) com

10:30 PM  

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