The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley's new Highland Pleasures series was a surprise. There is a great deal of depth to the characters, fairly graphic sex scenes for an historical romance, and just enough about Ian's brothers to make me anxious to read their stories in future books.
Mrs. (Beth) Ackerley, having inherited a fortune from the woman for whom she was a paid companion after the death of her husband, chooses the wrong man to be her fiance. Lord Ian Mackenzie, the "mad" one of the notorious Scottish Mackenzie brothers, proposes to Beth the same evening he warns her about her fiance. When Beth breaks her engagement, sends a note to Ian thanking him, and heads from London to Paris, Ian follows her.
From the description provided by Ashley, the reason that Ian is considered the "Mad Mackenzie" is due to Asperger's syndrome. The way he interacts with people provides an interesting twist to their romance. He is also the prime suspect in the murders of two women.
Fortunately, Beth comes from a very difficult background. She isn't put off by Ian's bluntness. I like the fact that she's honest with Ian about her background and that she loved her first husband, who died within a year of their marriage. There isn't any of this "oh, now that I met you, I realize I wasn't truly in love with my first husband," which I hate.
Does Beth agree to marry Ian? Can Ian ever love her? And, if Ian didn't kill those two women, who did, and is Beth now at risk?
My overall personal rating of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is a B+.