This one's going to be talked about and recommended for years to come! Ian's a hero to treasure!
I no more than read through the first 30 pages, the h/h's first encounter, and had to email Kristie right away to let her know that I was so happy that she raved so about this book in her review. She mentioned sharing our thoughts as a kind of review. Here are our correspondences regarding Lord Ian Mackenzie and his Beth, with a bit of editing. There are no plot spoilers, but there may be some scene spoilers. Nothing too detailed though.
(Me)-Kristie, Kristie, Kristie!! I had to make a trip to the store so I stopped in to see if The Madness of Lord Ian was in and it was! I started reading it and oh man, it's going to be so good. I read through the encounter with Beth and Ian at the Oprah, and the raw feelings that passed between them in that short scene was amazing. You don't get that in a book that often. That sense of being moved emotionally, and so far, this book has and looks to have a lot of it! Ian is going to be one of those unforgettable heroes. Thank you so much for the enthusiasm you put behind certain books!
(Kristie)-Amy: You are most welcome!! And trust me – it only gets better. I don’t have any kind of connection with Asperger’s so I can’t say for certain, but from what I’ve gleamed, the author seems to get it pretty good – Ian’s inability to look anyone in the eye, his freezing up in moments of stress, his ‘zoning out’ over something most people wouldn’t even see and his uncontrollable rages – all play a large part in this wonderfully written love story.
Not all books hit me as hard as Broken Wing, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie and earlier – Ride the Fire, but when they do, when I’m completely bowled over by a book, I figure there are enough readers out there who will have the same reaction. It’s an incredible rush when another reader ‘gets’ what is so special about it. Although totally impractical, when I read one of these kinds of books, I just want to buy a whole bunch of copies, send them out, and then sit by their shoulder going “what did you think of that scene where they meet? Or how about the one in the studio? Or isn’t Ian just scrumptious and wouldn’t it be grand to have that kind of focus spent on me? What about Hart and his kink? I’ve never seen that in a romance before – and he’s going to be a hero himself” (see – good stuff coming up for you – heh heh heh heh)
(Me)-Now you've got me wondering about Hart Mackenzie! I must read some more. He has a kink, eh? :) This might be a series I'll have to follow.
(Kristie)-Yes - Hart is into kink. We don't find out until near the end and when we do, I was thinking to myself 'Nnnnnnoooo - he's not into that is he???? Really??!?!?!?? Wowzers! How..........fascinating.
(Me)-I'm almost half through and I LOVE this book. It's one of those that has such amazingly tender moments. Now I know what you were hinting at in the studio. When he asks her to explain what it's like to love. And then later when they are making love for the first time and he makes that eye contact with her. Oh my, I still have watery eyes. That was one of those unforgettable moments. It was one I was waiting for. I figured Ms. Ashley would have some type of dramatic eye contact scene and she did it beautifully. I am very curious to learn more about Fellows and the past that has yet to be explained. Very intriguing and mysterious. And I like it. Oh and it trips my breathing every time Beth is referred to as 'my Beth'. I just love that simple bit of possession.
(Kristie)-So have you got to the part where he really loses his temper in front of Beth and the scene with Mac after? It's heartbreaking!!! I love the interaction he has with his brothers. For such a rowdy bunch - with Ian - there are such tender moments!! And I see that now you've gathered that there is something 'up' with Fellows - *wicked grin.*
(Me)-Oh yes, yes, the scene afterward with Mac and Ian. Mac makes him make eye contact. That scene was very touching with the watery eyes. And when Mac resigns himself to the moment in the coach and rests his forehead on Ian's shoulder. She has created some great interactions. Oh so good!
(Kristie)-And when Ian says "I lost her didn't I?" And Mac replies "You never had her." Sniff, sniff, sniff.
(Me)-I just finished and WOW. It's only May, but it's going to be real hard to top the tender and honest romance between Ian and Beth. There were some breath-stealing moments at the end. Ian is simply amazing. He is an honest to goodness flawed hero. And one that is so passionate and loving, even if he says he can't love!
And yes, those two lines had me bleary eyed, too. There were a lot of those lines throughout. Ian really had some of the best lines. I think because they were so honest. He doesn't know any other way. There is no trickery with him.
(Kristie)-I think it's going to take a lot to top this one too!! I have high hopes for Highland Rebel by Judith James - but if that one doesn't do it, I can't really see another book being better than Lord Ian. I think part of what made it so great for me is it came right out of the blue. I was not expecting a book to be that good - but then I guess we can say that about all the books we read can't we? When I finished this book, I hugged it :) Ian was such a combination of naïveté and worldliness/ vulnerability and strength. And I thought Beth rocked as a heroine. I don't think she could have been better for him!! I loved the part where Ian threw Hart out of the room when he was tending to his Beth (and yep – the way he called her that was so melty).
What did you think of Hart’s kinkiness – certainly made him intriguing didn’t it? Though a dangerous game he liked to play. And very sadly – we have a while to wait for his story. The next book in the series is Mac’s, sometime in 2010, then Cam ’s and then Hart’s. At this rate I think it will be a while before we see his bedroom antics.
(Me)-I love your description of Ian "combination of naïveté and worldliness/ vulnerability and strength" Perfect!
That was a great scene when Ian made Hart leave the room. It showed his possessiveness of Beth. One thing I loved about how that side of him came out was that it wasn't the typical alpha male possession. It was an innocent, single-minded focus on something he saw as his to protect.
Hmm, that's a pretty long wait to get to Hart's book! But that's okay, if the next ones are any where near as good as this one, they will all be worth the wait! I'm not sure what to make of Hart's kink. It's quite violent. But if it's part of who he is and accepted by his lady love and written tastefully, I'm game!
I hear you, Highland Rebel is one I'm looking forward to digging into. I don't want to compare it to Broken Wing, and then be disappointed if it doesn't have the same affect. It is going to be hard to top Lord Ian. He has a difference that sets him apart and adds to the emotional element.
Thank you so very much, Kristie. I enjoyed talking about this book with you as I read it and afterward!
This was pretty lengthy and if you skimmed I can's say I blame you. What it all boils down to is that Kristie and I both LOVED this book! This is one for the Keeper shelf. Tender, heart-pounding, a truly fine and well-written love story. Ian is so full of passion and he lays it all on Beth in such sweetly sensual doses. Beth's protectiveness and belief in Ian made her one of the finest heroins. Ian and Beth are forever imprinted in my mind and heart.
If you have thought about getting this book, think no more, get it! And if you've never heard of it, well, you gotta get it! I'm in complete agreement with Kristie, a phenomenal love story! Ian and Beth blended together with perfection!
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
(Even the reviews on amazon are all giving it 5 stars!!)