the madness


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. 

The first of a new historical series.


Jenny 5 stars

This Historical romance was breathtaking.

Halfway through this book I was already gushing to fellow readers about what a truly beautiful, moving  and captivating book this was and my opinion never once wavered throughout..

Beth and Ian and are two unique characters who I guarantee will steal you heart.  They truly are very special indeed, but I actually loved the whole MacKenzie clan. They were brash and tough, but when these men loved, they loved implicitly.

The Mackenzie Clan are rich, powerful, dangerous and eccentric.  Scandal and rumors constantly surround them.  Not the type a men a lady would want to be associated with for fear of her reputation being ruined.

Ian is the youngest of the clan and has spent most of his young life in an asylum because everyone is of the opinion that Ian is quite odd.  Ian is like his brothers.  He lives hard, is unbelievably handsome and also has an eye for beautiful women.

Ian isn’t mad.  He is misunderstood as he suffers from Aspergers.   I must admit, going into this book I had very limited knowledge of Aspergers, andI felt every ounce of frustration Ian felt.  Ian is such a tortured soul.

You go through every emotion with Ian and Beth.  The author had me transfixed on their relationship and she invoked profound feelings in me that ensured I connected completely with these characters.

Beth is a widow who has recently come into a fortune.  She has decided she wants to live a quiet life, drama free.  Beth has known little happiness and peace in her life, from her alcoholic father to life in a workhouse and even nursing her frail mother until her death.  Beth has had enough and decides to use her money to travel.  Her marriage to her late husband was brief, yet happy.

Ian has other ideas.  He has seen Beth and decides he wants her, and the Mackenzie men are relentless in their pursuits.

Beth was such a wonderful partner for Ian.  Ian truly did find his soul mate in Beth and the developing relationship will make your heart swell.

This is one lush, delicious, moving, naughty, extravagant and captivating story…….everything you could wish for in a Historical romance!

“Is this what love feels like?” he whispered to her. “I don’t like it, my Beth. It hurts too much”

The whole story was beautifully written and I couldn’t put it down. I loved every word and took in every nuance of the writing.  This book will enter your heart as it did mine.

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the madness


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  1. Laurie said:

    This whole series was amazing! I am so glad you girls reviewed it!


  2. LindseyR said:

    I posted this on FB, but I will post it here as well.
    This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it many times. The audio version is wonderful too! This book is simply amazing, as is this whole series! Jennifer Ashley is an amazing author!


  3. Diah Didi said:

    I loved this one, too. Absolutely my all time favorite. Of all Mackenzie men, I loved Ian the most. And that made Beth became one of my favorite heroine, too, for she’s so great with Ian. Like you, before I read this one, I almost knew nothing about Aspergers.


    1. admin said:

      It’s truly beautiful and will be on my all time favorite list that’s for sure. <3


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