My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one book that has been in my TBR for a long time, and no wonder coz it features widely in most of the historical romance lists that populate most book sites. After reading this, I can surely understand why.
For starters, I don’t remember having read any other historical book with a hero who has Asperger’s syndrome. For that point alone, this book deserves all 5 stars. At a time where any differences from normal were considered taboo, it was no surprise that Ian Mackenzie is put into an asylum and undergo the most tortuous and rigorous treatments for his condition. And of course, Beth. With a heart so pure, she doesn’t see the oddities that mark Ian but the generous love and protection that he pours over her. Her character filled with vivacity was a joy to read, she cracks a joke at every instant of her encounter with Ian but the poor fellow has a tough time grasping what exactly she means and so in turn, the reader is left in splits with the whole scenario.
Ian is the heart of the story with his endearing quirks but I sincerely wish the author didn’t have to use the most prominent features of the syndrome to describe him. The mystery of the murder adds an intriguing aspect to the story and the much-needed realization for Ian about his love for Beth. For a man, who is so lost with the emotions of other people and who has to ask his wife to confirm if he was in love with her, obviously, there needs to be near death situation for the love to sink in. I would have loved a little more focus on feelings rather than the all-consuming sexual attraction between Ian and Beth. The sibling relationship was utterly charming, the love between the Mackenzie brothers so evident even when none of them proclaim it by any means.
A completely sparkling and absorbing read in the historical romance genre!
It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted — especially with a lady.
Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help- her help.
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