Series: MacKenzies & McBrides #1
Also in this series: The Stolen Mackenzie Bride
Genres: Historical, 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.
Ian equals some seriously hot romance.
Thoughts on The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
I’d forgotten how much I like Ian MacKenzie. Although it’s been a while since I’ve read this book, I’ve read other MacKenzie and McBride books lately, and I love the glimpses of Ian in those books, but nothing quite compares to the intensity of his story.
What Ian wants, Ian goes after. And because he is who he is, he’s not shy about telling Beth exactly what that is. It makes for some seriously hot romance. If you like your heroes damaged and with major trauma in their history, Ian MacKenzie is your hero. I adored seeing Ian get his HEA, because if anyone deserved one, it was Ian.
I liked Beth, too, although Ian really steals the show (the book?). I think that’s natural in romances, where one character tends to get more page love than others, but that doesn’t mean Beth isn’t her own person, either. She’s just so well-suited for Ian. The fact that she doesn’t necessarily come from Ian’s world works in their favor.
Even when I read this book for the first time, it wasn’t my first MacKenzie & McBrides book, so I went into this already knowing the MacKenzie brothers. But it was so fun seeing the brothers before their HEAs that now I want to reread the rest of the books, too. And maybe I will. But in order this time.