Ian Mackenzie is not your typical historical romance hero. Yes, he has a secret and a painful emotional burden to bear. Yes, he has a strong protective streak toward those he loves and cares about. Yes, he’s tall and handsome and athletic. He’s even Scottish. But what sets him apart is that he’s a high functioning autistic.
I first came across The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie when Jennifer Ashley spoke last year to our local RWA chapter. (I am in awe of her energy and drive.) I’m sorry it took me several months to get to it, because it’s a fine book. I only know a little about autism from reading articles and talking with a friend who’s son has Asperger Syndrome, but clearly Ashley has done her research. I am impressed by how well she portrayed the hero’s autistic characteristics while making him an admirable and desirable hero.
The heroine, Beth, is also well drawn. Her unusual background makes her a perfect match for Ian. Their interaction is both funny and touching.
I definitely recommend this book.