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“I really enjoyed this book. I loved Ian and thought the author did a good job”see full review » see other reviews »
“Oh what a refreshing change! Beth and Ian are such an unusual couple. This is not your typical historical romance by any means. This is a story of such exquisite romance and extraordinary love that it is seen from the first few pages. I was captivated by Ian. All of the MacKenzie men are an interesting group, but Ian is fascinating. And his love for Beth is just so amazingly romantic. I loved Beth's steadfastness once she commits to Ian. This is definitely a keeper.”Roxhill wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book! I like that Lord Ian, despite his madness, knows exactly what he wants and sets out to get it. :)”Michelle wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read (and Reread) this and enjoyed it every time. Loved Ian and Beth's story. ”Helen wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable series. All the brothers are worthy heros and they are all matched with equally likable heroines. Good read.”Book Faerie wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very entertaining. I will be getting more in this series.”Shanell H wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I landed on this book because I was curious that most of the fellow ladies in Goodreads had read it and liked it. So my verdict is, yes, I liked this book. In fact I fell in love with some of the characters BUT something is missing here and I don't like it. At all.
Ian himself is quite fascinating. He's different than others that got him always by himself all the time. One day he landed his eyes on Beth and he became obsessed with his dear Beth and at last made her his wife. Beth is quite a lady and her being so curious made her interesting to read. She's not sitting-at-home kind of lady. She roamed around for adventures and for that she got herself for troubles.
The thing is... why oh why I didn't feel the romance between Ian and Beth? They are both interesting people but it felt void in regards of love between them. Their passion is there and I must admit that it was hot. Plenty of hotness moments got me swooned but I wasn't seeking for that. Only if I felt the love because it was there! I just couldn't find it in between of author's writing. I was so frustrated until the end because I didn't get want I want.
I was hit again by another set of frustration and this one is on mystery part. Even though it left most people in happy endings but I didn't like how it ended. It didn't reach my satisfactory department. On second thoughts, maybe this is just me. So, it's a bit more or less bias on my part.
Anyway, despite all things I said above, I can't help myself to want to know the rest of Mackenzies and their ladies especially about Mac and Isabella. Trouble was mentioned on their part but it didn't elaborate more and I have to find out about it. In the next sequel. I have the book, somewhere in my e-library but work demands my attention so maybe next time.
Read on your own peril.”
“I really enjoyed this book. I don't usally read historical romance but Ive enjoyed this series. ”Laura wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beth Ackerly, a widow of a former church vicar, is engaged to marry but before she does so, she is warned off by Lord Ian Mackenzie, an associate of her fiance, and then proposes to her. Ian is considered to be mad by most and she definitely thinks he is odd but she's also exceedingly attracted to this man. He's also considered dangerous as Ian was connected to the murders of two women but Beth believes in his innocence.
Ian is definitely a different kind of hero who has Aspergers Syndrome, a disorder associated with autism. While he's high functioning, Ian lacks social skills and the ability to identify emotionally. Beth is an extraordinary woman who sees beyond the outer behavior and is drawn to this man. She learns to communicate with him on his level and at the same time engage him into her specter. Their romance is pretty steamy as Ian's experience has only been with prostitutes and Beth is ready to explore. The murder mystery isn't as intricate or involved as it could have been but did provide a level of interest around the detective connected to the cases.
I didn't think I'd be able to connect with this type of character and, admittedly, it took a bit for me to engage but I'm glad I did. Once I was able to understand Ian and how his mind worked, I was hooked.
The other Mackenzie brothers all have distinctive personalities and shortcomings. They were exciting and intriguing so I'll definitely be continuing the series.”
“4 STARS "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. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord. 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." (From Amazon)
A refreshing and original idea set in a historical backdrop. The Hero, Ian Mackenzie is not the stuff that women dream of but once you look at him through Beth's eyes you like Ian as much as you like the novel.”
“ Lord Ian Mackenzie always gets what he wants and he wants Mrs. Ackerley but Beth Ackerley has other ideas. She knows Ian is dangerous and she really ought to run the other way.
I've heard so much about this book and how wonderful Ian is but he was really scary in the beginning! He came across very Alpha and very dangerous but then you get to know him and your heart will just break... and melt for him. It was interesting to find out what he has but really hard to see what it does to him and what he went through. I LOVED how much Beth affects him and how he was willing to fight himself for her and it made me sigh every time he called her "My Beth".
Speaking of Beth...I just loved her. While she did run from Ian at first, she understood what she wanted and went after it. She is a little tenacious though and at times, I wanted to hit her upside the head. I think after all they went through, she finally got it...for the most part. I really liked how she took care of Ian and just "got him".
All the brothers were a bit intimidating and as they say "madness runs through all of them". But they do grow on you and I think all their stories will be interesting. I really enjoyed how much they looked out after each other.
They murder mystery was a bit intriguing and certainly didn't play out like I thought it would. The little twist at the end with the Inspector Fellows was a surprise as well. I'm looking forward to seeing how they all come together.
Of course, I loved the epilogue and the little surprise isn't really a surprise but it made me happy anyway. I'm definitely looking for more details on that!
On a side note, I just have to say all the sexual terms in these historicals make me giggle!
♥ “Because when I look at you, I forget everything. I lose all track of what I’m saying or doing. I can see only your eyes.”
♥ “I love you,” he said.
Beth caught her breath, and sudden tears blurred her vision.
“Love you,” Ian repeated. His gaze bore into hers harder than Hart’s ever could hope to.
“Love you, love you, love you, love you, love you love you love you...”
♥ “My Beth,” he whispered, his breath hot on her swollen lips. “Thank you.”
“For what?” Beth couldn’t stop crying, but she smiled, her face aching with it.
“Setting me free.”