“horrible book couldnt get into at all”Eve M wrote this review Tuesday, March 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first two-thirds took my breath away. What a hero. Then the last third felt like an overly typical romance with many cliches. Possibly I will reread another day for the hero but not a book I relished when it was all said and done. I actually was greatly disappointed that it had fell apart in such a grand manner.”Lea AAR wrote this review Thursday, February 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the novelty of the less-than-perfect-hero. As discussed on many sites/blogs, Ian Mackenzie likely had Asperger's Syndrome which was complicated by his childhood stay in an asylum. Because of this, you never quite knew what he would say or do and that kept me on my reading toes. Beth was also a very appealing heroine and I enjoyed her wit and sharp mind. It was amusing that she had such a sense of humor than Ian could never understand since he took everything literally. Their attraction was immediate and intense and I did believe it.
The secondary characters were interesting, too, and their books are sure to follow. TMOLIM, being the 1st book in the series, did a lot of set up for future books - a necessary evil. We learned enough about them to be intrigued, especially Mac and Isabel whose story is next. I was caught off-guard by the twist at the end involving Fellows, but it did explain his obsession with punishing the Mackenzie clan.
I read this book "late" and had heard so much talk and buzz on the message boards. I basically knew the story which spoiled things just a tad. I'll definitely be following the series.
My Grade: 4.5 Stars”
“Not only do I love it, but it was just voted Best Historical at AAR :-). I love this book so much that when the hardcover was available @ Rhapsody book club I bought that too, and have re-read that a gazillion times already!!”victoria s wrote this review Saturday, February 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lord Ian Mackenzie is considered mad, spent most of his youth in an asylum where he was subjected to torture-like treatments and is suspected of murder. Beth is a widow who has recently inherited a lot of money. About to marry another man, she is warned off by Ian, who bluntly says he wants to marry her--so he can bed her.
This novel is wonderfully original. I loved Ian's straightforwardness, his intelligence and, of course, I'm a sucker for tortured heroes. Especially good was that, by the definitions of the time, he really is mad and not just misunderstood. Beth is also refreshingly pragmatic. Spare me from heroines who at their first orgasm, obviously at the hands of the hero, stutter "What was that?". Beth knows perfectly well what an orgasm is, accepts her desires as natural and is not one of the "virgin widows" Romance sometimes seems so fond of. She wants Ian, and isn't afraid to consider a liaison with him.
The interaction between her and Ian is funny and interesting to watch, and the blunt "bawdy talk" of Ian, who cannot lie, is refreshing and works to keep the sexual tension high throughout the novel. The mystery subplot is integral to the story and the character development and doesn't feel tacked on. We also get to meet Ian's three brothers, and rather than be only the usual blatant sequel bait (although, they are that too), they too come across as three dimensional characters who I, for one, will be interested to read about. Five stars.”
“Loved it!”claudette m wrote this review Thursday, February 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good Scottish/English book with romance and intrigue.”Marian P wrote this review Wednesday, January 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 A little disturbing”Nymetalhead wrote this review Monday, December 21, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastic!! Very unusual circumstances, but I found this book thoroughly charming and endearing. ”♥ Roberta & co. wrote this review Thursday, December 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No