Published by Penguin on August 2nd 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Romance
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.
Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.
And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.
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.