A Mackenzie Clan Gathering (Mackenzies & McBrides #8.5)

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Publisher: Penguin/Berkley

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Publisher & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Ian Mackenzie is awakened at Kilmorgan Castle one night to find robbers stealing the priceless art collection of his oldest brother, Hart. Since Ian and Beth are the only ones in resident at Kilmorgan at the moment, Ian decides he must find the art and the culprits before the family shows up for Hart’s birthday gathering. With Inspector Fellows and Beth, he investigates, though Ian is somewhat worried by Beth’s late husband’s brother, a retired missionary, who decides to visit. Does John Ackerley hold the “cure” to Ian’s madness? And can Ian discover what has happened to Hart’s treasures, and who is targeting the Mackenzies before the enemy strikes again?

Return to Kilmorgan Castle to visit the Victorian branch of the Mackenzie family, and catch up on the brothers and friends, their children, and their lives.

 

Review:  Ian Mackenzie is back!  He is just as amazing as he was in the first book in this series, The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie.  Is he “mad”?  Well, during the historical period depicted in this book, yes, he was…simply because they had no way to distinguish the difference, and had no concept of Asperger’s  Syndrome.  What is he?  He is an incredible man.  An incredible person.  He has a few issues, true.  He is also a mathematical genius with an eidetic memory.  And then, there is Beth.  Ian’s wife.  She’s beautiful and the only person who can keep Ian grounded.  He loves her with an intensity and single-minded focus that is just sigh worthy.  I always, always find a new level of happiness when I read their story.  Bliss.

The blurb is very good.  What it doesn’t say is that all of the sweet love between Ian and his beloved wife, Beth, is as strong and beautiful as ever.  Steamy.  I love this couple, and being with them while they tackle a couple of serious problems is pure joy.

If you haven’t read The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie, I urge you to do so.  Those of you who know me or have read my reviews, know that it is very rare for me to give 5 Stars to a series book.  A Mackenzie Clan Gathering might not seem like a five star read if you haven’t read the first book, or better yet, the entire series.  Is every book in this series worthy of 5 Stars?  It’s personal, of course, but I would say no…not every book.  All are at least 4 Stars, though, and the series as a whole is pure 5 Star heaven.

Whether you decide to start with this book, or go to the beginning, I am sure that you will be enchanted by the MacKenzie family.  Jennifer Ashley does not disappoint.  She has a firm grasp of the historical period and will knock your socks off.  So, grab your mouse and start one-clicking one of the best historical romances I’ve ever read and….

Enjoy!

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