Book: The Untamed MacKenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #5.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: MF Historical Romance, Explicit

Title: The Untamed MacKenzie

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Release Date: 10 September 2013

Previous Book in the Series: The Seduction of Elliot McBride

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Summary: 

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…

What I Liked:

I’ve been intrigued by Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows since his past was uncovered in book 1 of this series.  He has not had a prominent role in all of the previous books, but his presence was still noticeable, especially in A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift, where his romance with Louisa began.  I like that he is so similar to the other Mackenzie brothers, but he is still uncomfortable around them and isn’t exactly sure how he fits in.

Louisa and Fellow have such great chemistry.  You can really feel the pull between them, and their confusion over what the heck to do about each other.  They both feel something, but logically they know that they can never be together.  I do love a good cross-class love story, especially when it is more grounded in reality than your standard Cinderella story.

What I Didn’t:

This book was too short!  I was looking forward to this romance so much after the bits of buildup sprinkled in the Christmas novella, that I am a bit frustrated that it is told in the shortest book in the series so far.  I guess at 194 pages, this is probably too long to be considered a novella, but it is definitely not a full book when compared to the whole other books in the series which are at least 100 pages longer.

Overall:

Louisa and Fellows might be my favorite couple of this series right after Ian and Beth.  They are both smart and adventurous, but they also keenly feel the restrictions that society has placed upon them.  They have to learn ignore all the reasons why they shouldn’t be together and learn to follow their hearts.  I loved the romance and the mystery of this book, I only wish that it was a bit longer.  At less than 200 pages, this is the shortest book of the series so far, so I felt a bit cheated by the length since I loved this couple so much.

My Rating: 4/5

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