Release Date: August 2, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Highland Pleasures #3
Synopsis (from author's website):
Lord Cameron Mackenzie is intrigued when he finds the pretty widow, Ainsley Douglas, hiding in the window seat of his bedchamber. Cam remembers Ainsley Douglas all right—six years ago, he’d caught her in this very bedchamber, during a house party in the Mackenzies’ Scottish manor. Enchanted by her ingenuous excuses, he decided to seduce her, but stopped shy when she’d made a rather touching appeal about her “good husband who didn’t deserve to be heartbroken.”
Later, Cameron learned that her visit to his bedchamber was part of some female intrigue against him, the kind his late wife used to practice. Ainsley protested her innocence, but Cameron’s anger made him never want to see her again. Now she’s back, at another houseparty—and Cameron finds the gray-eyed minx in his bedchamber, again. Her excuses are just as ingenuous, but this time Cameron is determined to teach her a lesson.
They have unfinished business, Cameron tells her. He asks her how many of her many buttons she’ll let him unclasp, promising that before the houseparty is over, she’ll be asking him to undo them all.
Ainsley’s dismay is real. She’s on a mission to prevent embarrassment to Queen Victoria, and time is running out. Though the needs he’d stirred long ago during her unhappy marriage rise again, she knows it would be foolish to fall for love-them-and-leave-them Cameron Mackenzie.
But he asks her a question that challenges her beliefs about love and happiness, and she finds herself risking all to be with the black sheep of the Mackenzie family.
I fell in love with the wild and tortured and oh-so-sexy Mackenzie brothers after reading the second book in the series, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage. I quickly devoured The Many Sins of Lord Cameron once I got my hands on a copy. As soon as I started reading I was reminded once again that Ms. Ashley can pen a damn excellent romance. A hero to die for? Check. A strong heroine who can hold her own? Check. A wonderful cast of secondary characters? Check. A heart-melting story that will make you happily sigh, laugh and cry? Check. A book you won't want to end because you'll have to say good-bye to the characters you've grown to love until the next book? Check. Yup, as expected (and I had high expectations), this novel is one of the best romances I've read this year.
Cameron is the most tortured and scarred hero I've read in a while and is pretty much the opposite of fun-loving, laughing Mac from Lady Isabella. As you learn more about his past and his deranged first wife, which was painful to read, you come to understand why he is the way he is. Ainsley herself has her own painful past and after her much older husband dies she went to work for Queen Victoria. She hides herself in drab gray clothing but she is a lot more than what her mouse-ish façade lets on. She is strong yet gentle and can stand on her own not just with Cam but also with the wild and eccentric Mackenzie family. She may be my favorite heroine in the series yet. These two had chemistry crackling from chapter one and a combination of their mutual desire, lust and genuine love makes this novel a steamy (you're going to want to turn up the fan for this one) yet surprisingly sweet romance.
Some of favorite scenes, though, were ones with Cam's son Daniel. He is a bit wild, having grown up with the Mackenzie brothers and often gets into scrapes. But Daniel is growing up fast. There was this scene towards the end when Daniel and Cam really talk pretty much for the first time. Cam realizes that his son, despite everything that happened in the past and being raised by him and his brothers, is okay and turning out to be quite the strong, confident young man with a good head on his shoulders. This scene made me cry and it's not very often (hardly ever) a romance novel can do that to me. Besides Daniel (who will get his own book in late 2013 according to the author's website), the whole Mackenzie clan is back and growing. There was also a scene between Hart and Eleanor, whose book is the next in the series, that just about killed me because I have to wait another year for it to come out.
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron is another winner from Jennifer Ashley. It's well-written with interesting, multi-dimensional characters that you won't soon forget. It's romantic and heartfelt, steamy and sexy with just the right amount of humor. I absolutely love this book and I cannot get enough of the Mackenzies! I highly recommend you pick up this novel next week Tuesday (August 2nd) when it comes out in stores. 5 out of 5 stars
**The Many Sins of Lord Cameron is a standalone novel. You don't need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy it but it's better reading experience if you're read at least one book in the series so you kind of know the history of the brothers.**