Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley

Saturday, August 20
My rating:
5 Stars…

What I loved:
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.


Ian, you're killing me with your amazingness.


What I loved:
- This one had all the things I love in a story.
There were LOLs
Quote…"You made me your wife. It has everything to do with me."
"And as my wife, you are to obey me."
Beth put her hands on her hips, her brows rising. "You don't know much about marriage, do you?"
"I know nothing about it."

And there were tears
Quote…"Is this what love feels like?" he whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much."

And sweetness - delicious, tummy-flipping, butterflies sweetness -
Quote…Ian cupped her chin and turned her face up to his. Then he did what he’d been practicing since the night on the train – he looked her fully in the eyes.
He couldn’t always do it. Sometimes his gaze simply refused to obey, and he’d turn away with a growl. But more and more he’d been able to focus directly on her. Ian’s eyes were beautiful, even more so when his pupils widened with desire. “Have I told you today that I love you?” he asked. “A few dozen times. Not that I mind.”
As a young woman who’d been starved for love much of her life, Beth lapped up Ian’s generous outpouring of the words. He’d surprise her with them, catching her as she walked down the hall, pushing her up against a wall, breathing, “I love you.” Or he’d tickle her awake and tell her while she tried to hit him with a pillow. The best was when he lay against her in the dark, fingers tracing her body. She treasured his whispered, “I love you.”

And loyalty. I adored the way that even though the Mackenzies weren't perfect... and they were so not perfect, they did what they did out of loyalty to each other.
Quote…"All of us are mad in some way," Ian said. "I have a memory that won't let go of details. Hart is obsessed with politics and money. Cameron is a genius with horses, and Mac paints like a god. You find out details on your cases that others miss. You are obsessed with justice and getting everything you think is coming to you. We all have our madness. Mine is just the most obvious."

And for anyone who thinks historical romances are cheesy, Ian Mackenzie is the antidote to that.

Quote…Beth looked at him with shining eyes. "Do you understand how much I love you, Ian Mackenzie?"
Ian had no idea why this was relevant, and he didn't answer.


What I didn’t love:
The things doctors have done to people who were considered different, all in the name of medicine. Assholes.

Loyalty, love, honesty, entertainment, action, mystery and family. This book was everything. Love it like a chocolate fish.
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