THE WICKED DEEDS OF DANIEL MACKENZIE (Highland Pleasures #6)
Author: JENNIFER ASHLEY
Source: My Private Stash
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel, 384 pages
Reviewed by: ARTEMIS
Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family—he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien—one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England—he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.
Violet knows she can’t really contact the other side, but she’s excellent at reading people. She discerns quickly that Daniel is intelligent and dangerous to her reputation, but she also finds him generous, handsome, and outrageously wicked. But spectres from Violet’s past threaten to destroy her, and she flees England, adopting yet another identity.
Daniel is determined to find the elusive Violet and pursue the passion he feels for her. And though Violet knows that her scandalous past will keep her from proper marriage, her attraction to Daniel is irresistible. It’s not until Daniel is the only one she can turn to that he proves he believes in something more than cold facts. He believes in love.
Another fabulous edition to the Mackenzie saga! Although, I will admit I was hesitant about the continuation and flow of the entire story/series because of the skip in generation. However, once I started reading, the Mackenzie family felt as familiar as my worn, comfy robe.
Daniel Mackenzie follows along in the tradition of his father and Uncles. He has inherited all the best qualities from them: intelligent, rich playboy, loyal, devilishly handsome. He finally meets his match, when he's offered "Mademoiselle Bastien" as payment for a gambling debt.
Violet and her mother survive the only way they know how: Telling fortunes, holding seances, contacting deceased loved ones to soothe the hearts of the living. Daniel immediately sees through all her "smoke and mirrors", but doesn't blow her "con". He's intrigued by her machines and has to know more about this mysterious lady. Unfortunately, a kiss gone wrong sets off a panic in Violet. .........and she runs!
"I don't know anything about life. I only know how to run."
Daniel reached his tanned an callused hands out to her. "Then grab hold of me and hang on. We're both scared about where this will end up, and when the hurting will come. If the hurting comes, it will be bad, I already know that. But hang on to me, and we'll find out together, all right?"
Yes, there's so much more, but I'm not going to spoil it! Let me say that Violet is a very strong character having survived a horrendous crime and violence against her, yet she learns to live, to love with the help of Daniel.
I especially enjoyed the exceptional storyline of Daniel and Violet's interest in the development of motorcars and engines. (It's not technical, but different from the usual offerings.) The inclusion of Cam, Mac, Ian (love, love, LOVE Ian!), Hart, their wives and children makes the story even more appealing as we see the family growing.
THE WICKED DEEDS OF DANIEL MACKENZIE is a gem of a tale. A steamy romance with two very strong leading characters, backed-up by a colorful supporting cast. Yes, this is why I read historical romance!