Monday, June 29, 2009

Review of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
She had me at the first page. I LOVE Ian Mackenzie (that would make a really good bumper sticker!). How amazing is an author who has the cojones to write a hero with asperger syndrome, and make him a fascinating, sexy and heroic character? Pretty damned amazing. I inhaled this book from start to finish...Ian Mackenzie and his fabulous brothers are the most unique, outside-of-the-box characters I have ever read in a historical romance novel. With all sorts of fantastic flaws which have already made this family totally addictive. I cannot wait to read the next one of this series -- Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage will be released sometime in mid-2010. (Also, a holiday anthology, A Christmas Ball, with Jennifer Ashley, Emily Bryan--another one of my favorite historical authors-- et al, will be released in October of 2009. Yippee!!)

Ian Mackenzie suffers from mental illness and was committed to an asylum by his father after witnessing a murder. Doesn't sound so sexy, does it? Well, I am here to tell you that this book is very sexy, and Ian is the coolest hero I have read in a very long time. Ashley is a brilliant writer...all of Ian's quirks and eccentricities paint an amazing portrait of this man. His blunt dialogue, all-absorbing interest in Beth, intense sexuality and single-minded determination to marry this woman make him one hot tamale. 

The mystery is engaging, and the sex is off the charts hot! (I really love historicals that are very, very wicked!). My only criticism of this book is that sudden POV changes within a scene were at times confusing and popped me out of the narrative. 

As I have said before, what really makes a romance novel "sing" for me is the characters. And the characters in this book are unforgettable. After reading a somewhat disappointing mystery novel this week, this fantastic book perked me right up! I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especially for those of you looking for something a bit outside of the regular historical romance formula. I loveitloveitloveitloveitloveit....hee have to read this book to get that joke! Happy July to all! Grade: A
Looking forward to a jubilant Independence Day celebration, 


Kristie (J) said...

Hey there!! I found you through your link at AAR - I loooove finding new romance bloggers.
Wasn't this one grand?? You sound as excited as I did after I finished it *g*. I adore it too and think Ian is just one of the best heroes going. It's not often a book cracks my all time top five list but this one did. It really 'sing's to me too. And although this is my favourite of her books, since Jennifer Ashley is new to you, I also recommend Perils of the Heart and The Pirate Next Door. They were both very good too.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Kristie! Thanks for the recommendations...and I will definitely check out your blog! I love the boards at AAR...they are welcoming to readers, writers and reviewers. It's a great place for romance lovers!

Mandi said...

I LOVED this book!! Love, love love.

Ian is such a naughty lover. Can't wait for the next one in the series!

SarahT said...

This is a fantastic book and one of my top reads for 2009.

Carolyn Crane said...

Yesssss! Great review. She had me at the first page, too. That scene just sang, and so true about the characters here-they felt so real!!

Penelope said...

Mandi, SarahT and Carolyn...thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I cannot get over how courageous a book this was for Jennifer Ashley to write...making a hero with asperger syndrome is quite a challenge.

Shelley Munro said...

I loved this book. Ian is a wonderful character. I can't wait to read the brothers' stories.

Penny Watson said...

Shelley, I agree! Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is Mac and Isabella's story...can't wait for it!