Review: The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #6) by Jennifer Ashley

If you have been following this blog you know that I am a big Mackenzie fan and read all the books the moment they come out. The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie was no different. I began reading the moment it arrived on my Friendle (Kindle) and it didn’t disappoint.

12240496Daniel Mackenzie has had the best examples in his father (Cameron Mackenzie) and Uncles (Hart, Mac, Ian & Fellows) to be a man full of passions love and madness. He delivers on all fronts. Daniel loves machines and how they work. It’s 1890 when the industrial revolutions is going full steam and Daniel is in the middle of it. He is confident and handsome with wealth and intelligence. He is traveling living his life, enjoying his mechanics and family.

Violet is a young woman that has had to use her talents as a medium to support her mother and companion. Her mother has the real talent but Violet is often left to pretend to have the gift and talk to people on the other side. She has a brilliant mind as well. She makes inventions to make sounds to enhance their readings. Violet hasn’t had an easy life; she can read people but she learned these tricks at the cost of something more valuable…her youth.

When Daniel and Violet meet there is comedy among the skepticism. I enjoyed reading Daniel and Violet banter and work together to help one another. Also, Daniel lives up to the Mackenzie name when he falls in love. They fall hard and love harder. It is wonderful see what was the young wild boy in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to the strong confident man in this story. I have to say when Ian Mackenzie was mentioned in this story I had a rockstar fangirl moment! Not only do we have a visit from Ian but from all the Mackenzie’s and you can’t help be giddy when you see them all appear. It’s like coming home.  This story captured my attention to find out who Violet really is and there are a couple of moments where you will say, “GAME CHANGER”. I do enjoy the moments where Daniel is very blunt at the risk of losing everything. Oh and I must say Uncle Hart (the Duke) sometimes doesn’t learn lessons well the first time! It was a fun fast read and I enjoyed every moment of it. I hope to see more Mackenzie stories.

Purchase The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie and other books in this series on Amazon or B&N.

-Romance Reader Girl


Review: The Untamed Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #5.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Disclaimer up front for this review- I adore the Mackenzie’s Series. This is one of my all time favorite series. I devour each Mackenzie book Jennifer Ashley’s writes. The Untamed Mackenzie is no exception. Ok! Disclaimer over, please enjoy my review below. 🙂

16181717We first met Lloyd Fellows in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie as he tirelessly tries to to put Ian and Hart Mackenzie away for murder. We learn later that Lloyd is the half brother of the Mackenzie men. So it’s only natural that Mr. Fellows gets his own love story. Keeping it in the family Lloyd Fellows is enamored with Isabella Mackenzie’s (Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage) younger sister Lady Louisa Scranton. They have chanced meetings and shared kiss or two in the previous Mackenzie books.

Lady Louisa Scranton is trying to put her life back together after her deceased father has disgraced her family name. She is trying working to find an acceptable husband but cannot get one of the Mackenzie men off her mind. Louisa is at a elite garden party when she is asked to join Bishop Hargate in the tea tent. Alone she goes in prepares a cup a tea as he is announcing his attentions. As she begins to respond he falls to the ground and dies. She is alone with a dead man she rushes out to get assistance and that’s when tongues being to wag…

Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows is about to go on holiday to visit his half brother Cam Mackenzie when he told to go on special assignment to assist in a murder. When he arrives he is left speechless when the woman he cannot get out of his mind is the one being accused of murder.

This novella was a fast paced intriguing story. From the beginning you are brought in wanting to know who killed Bishop Hargate and will Lloyd and Louisa come together and recognize their feelings for one another? There are twist and turns through the story and there are of a couple of “I didn’t see that coming” moments. Of course, you cannot have Mackenzie story without having a few if not all Mackenzie’s making an appearance. I will say Daniel Mackenzie definitely stole some scenes. He is on his way to being a charmer and I am looking forward to reading his story out in October!

Overall this was great read. It was nice to see Lloyd and Louisa find their happy ending with all the twist and turns. This could be a standalone read but to really understand the dynamic of the Mackenzie’s I recommend going back and starting from the beginning with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

Purchase Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie’s Stories on Amazon or B&N.

-Romance Reader Girl