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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ARC Review: The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: September 10, 2013

To redeem her family’s disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa’s hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet—and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa’s so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa–and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she’s innocent, he recognizes he’s falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa's only hope of restoring her family's honor—and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder.

I was so hoping Lloyd would get his own story soon, he's such an angry, bitter man yet at the heart of it all is the little boy who just wanted to be acknowledged by his father. Now as an adult and successful Inspector, Lloyd knows he was lucky to have escaped the old Duke's tender mercies, but not so lucky to escape his new found family's meddling. His half-siblings are hell bent on including him on their family gatherings which is where he met Lady Louisa, the sister-in-law of his half-brother Mac.

Lloyd and Louisa shared two steamy kisses and then went their separate ways but neither one forgot the other and now Louisa needs Lloyd to prove she didn't kill the Bishop of Hargate. Thrown together by the investigation, the pair gets to know one another and find out a relationship isn't as impossible as every one thinks.

Lloyd tries so hard to keep his distance from the Mackenzies and to prove that he doesn't need their "connections" to better his life. In a way he's still trying to prove to his long dead father that he didn't really need his help after all. Despite trying to keep a line between "him" and "them" the Mackenzies show Lloyd that they are all part of the same family.

Lloyd and Louisa seem so mismatched at the beginning, not only are they from different social backgrounds, they have next to nothing in common. Yet, author Jennifer Ashley finds a way to make the relationship work. Lloyd will always treat Louisa as an intelligent and strong woman and Louisa will always see Lloyd as an equal even though the world sees him as only the illegitimate son of a Duke.

I love murder and mystery mixed with romance, it's a very addictive combination. There's nothing like the threat to one of the characters to force the lovebirds to look at what is truly important in life. The Untamed Mackenzie may only be a novella but it doesn't leave readers unsatisfied. It's also a great way for curious romance fans to get a taste of Jennifer Ashley's style without worrying about major spoilers. For fans, The Untamed Mackenzie is just enough to tide you over until the next full length novel.


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  1. Oh I really must read this series. I read her pnr one and love it. And so right. That mix of mystery and danger added in makes it so much harder to resist :)

  2. I haven't read her PNR series! Ugh, I totally forgot she had one too.

  3. They are SOO good! I won the last one and devoured it then had to go back and pick up all the others the next day lol. Loved em.


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