Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Series: MacKenzies and McBrides Book #6
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 357
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance,
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault/rape

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

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.

It took me a little while to get into this one. And I wasn’t sure about Violet or Daniel which was kind of sad because I really liked young Daniel in the previous books. Their relationship was also a little insta-lovey for me. But overall it was well developed and I liked the story.

Like I said before, I didn’t particularly click with Violet or Daniel in the beginning. But I did end up liking them. I really like that Violet is smart and into mechanics. My brain doesn’t work that way so it basically went over my head, but I can appreciate that it in a character. And I like that Daniel is so honest. Often romance heroes will be secretive and non-emotional, but he says what he means.

This was probably the latest set historical I’ve read which was kind of weird. I mean Daniel is building a freaking car. Most of the technical stuff made no sense to me, but I like some good competence porn.

And I enjoyed Ms. Ashley’s look at spiritualism. She did a good job of showing how people could use “tricks’ but not condemn them for pretending to be a medium. And there was a balance in the story so you can make your own choice to believe or not believe.

In the end, I liked the relationship between Daniel and Violet. It did start a little fast for me, but then it slowed down and developed very well. Even though they were clearly attracted to each other they became true friends with mutual respect before being romantically involved.

Probably my favorite thing in this book is the MacKenzie family. I think I’ve said that in every review of these books, but it’s true. They are a fantastic loving family. And I’m so glad they continue to be involved in each other’s lives, because it shows how much they care. I love a good family in a book.

Thanks for reading!

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