The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – Jennifer Ashley
“You could always marry me,” Lord Ian said abruptly.Beth blinked. “I beg your pardon?”“I said, you could marry me. I don’t give a damn about your fortune.”“My lord, why on earth should you ask me to marry you?”“Because you have beautiful eyes.”“How do you know? You’ve not once looked at them.”“I know.”
Although Ian has issues, Beth does not believe he is capable of murder. Ian becomes worrisome that Beth, getting too involved in the past murder cases, will be the next target. He is fiercely protective of her and oh so naughty in his advances. This romance is HOT. Lord Ian may not always get what is going on around him, but he knows his way with a woman. Beth is no innocent virgin either. There is a scene in the carriage when Beth decides to take the upper hand in the intamacy….whew!
Beth never defines Ian with his disability. Even though he doesn’t always understand jokes, she continues to do it. She speaks to him as she would any other. She trusts him from the very beginning and never doubts his mind. She writes in her journal:
“I do not think of him as Lord Ian Mackenzie, aristocratic brother of a duke and well beyond my reach; not as the Mad Mackenzie, an eccentric people stare at and whisper about.To me, he is simply Ian.”
This book also features Ian’s three brothers – Hart, the Duke of Kilmorgan and head of the family. His frail wife died in childbirth and has some unique interests with his mistress. Cameron had a wife that went insane and tried to kill him and their son before turning the knife on herself, or at least that is the story. Some believe Cam may have been the killer. And Mac, who is married to Isabella, although they have been estranged for years. Beth befriends Isabella in this book, and the hurt and pain Isabella and Mac are going through, alone, makes me very eager for their book – luckily it is next!