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Friday, 30 March 2012

Jennifer Ashley: Clash of the Highlanders

Welcome to CLASH OF THE HIGHLANDERS. As you may have learned, we love highlanders here at UTC (Who doesn't?) So in celebration of Jennifer Ashley's latest release, THE DUKE'S PERFECT WIFE, we are hosting a little showdown between UTC and Demonlover's. You see, Laura from Demonlover's thinks Hart, the hero of Ashley's latest is the hottest of all the highlanders. No, no. That's not possible because Under the Covers firmly believes Ian, the hero of THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE is the hottest.

So in order to settle this um....misunderstanding, we are taking it to you guys, the readers. YOU DECIDE who is hotter.

But first, Suz is going to try to entice you and list all the things that make Ian yummy.

Here's what our girl had to say. Take it away, Suz!


The Madness I have for Lord Ian Mackenzie

It was love at first sight for me. I saw Lord Ian across that page meticulously studying a Ming bowl and was instantly in love. I mean, if he can put that much concentration in to a bowl, then it leads me to believe he may be just as intense in...other places, why must I always be right? Unluckily for me, Beth managed to snag his attention first *sigh* I think I made the right decision in letting her have him.

Clearly Ian is the best of the Mackenzies. He is, after all,  the series opener, the one shown to us finnicky readers to entice us in and keep us reading. And it isn't just that he looks the best in a kilt, leaving a trail of drooling readers behind him hoping to have a quick peek to see exactly what sexy Scots wear under there. For me what makes Lord Ian such an unforgettable character and the best Mackenzie is his contradictions. He is both extremely vulnerable, not understanding all of what is said, done and felt around him even though he hears and sees all of it, and completely impervious, pretty much doing what he likes when he likes. He believes himself incapable of loving yet he feels all his emotions so very intensely, he not only loves Beth, he is consumed with it. Then of course, he is completely hot, no contradiction there he is just flat out gorgeous.

How can it possibly be better than that?

Laurie from Demonlover's says:

Hart is finally able to express love to Eleanor in ways he never dreamed of. This man, who vowed to never become like his father, in fact had become like him! He was driven to succeed in Parliament and plotted out his whole life! Having El back in his life made him see that he didn’t have to become Prime Minister to be worthy of his title, of El’s love, or of everyone else’s respect.

and I’ll make it a tie on the boys in the kilts ;P
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.
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Jennifer Ashley is graciously giving away a SIGNED copy of THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE to one lucky maiden.

To enter, please:
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3. Tell us in the comments who you think is hotter! HART OR IAN (It better be Ian!)

DON'T FORGET to visit Demonlover's for a chance to win THE DUKE'S PERFECT WIFE.

60 comments:

wordgirl said...

Hmmm, this is a tough one, as this is a series I would love to start reading! As I have Ian's story waiting for me at the library, and based on his glowing reviews, I'm swayed to his team but can't fairly decide till I've met them both.

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, do we have to choose? Isn't it great that we have so many yummy Highlanders to choose from? ;) Lol.

I've read Ian's, and I think I have to side with you--he is, hands down, the best. BUT the fact that I have yet to read Hart's story might make my answer biased. Either way, I think we win--hunky Highlanders all around!

Enjoy!
TBQ
TBQ's Book Palace

Maria D. said...

This is tough because I haven't read these books yet but I would have to say that Suz made a very good cause for Ian the best so he gets my vote.

_yay_ said...

I LOVE Ian. Read the book a while ago during my semester (so no time to review it), but instantly fell for Ian. I was SO DARN happy that he found someone to love. The ending *sigh*. Perfection!
_yay_
BookthatThing!

Lady Wesley said...

I haven't read Hart's story yet, but I'm willing to bet that he's sexier than Ian (although Ian is, um, hard to surpass). Hart is the man in charge. He takes care of his brothers and their wives, even when they defy him. We know he's carried a torch for Eleanor all these years, hiding the hurt of her rejection. Ian is a lad, but Hart is "da man."

Rebe said...

I love, love Ian. I haven't read Hart's story yet, so I can't really judge, but it'll be hard to top Ian, that's for sure!

fingershankins said...

My vote is for Ian, such a sensitive loving person.....Hart wasn't bad either but Ian really touched my heart!

fingershankins@yahoo.com

erin said...

LOL... I'm already ducking so I say at my own risk... I haven't read this series!!!! I want to, especially now after reading your posts. So, for you I'll say Hart?!?!

Penfield said...

I'll choose Ian for now, but that may change when I read Hart's book. It would take a lot, however, to beat out Ian.

Janette said...

As everyone says, this is SO TOUGH! I have loved Ian from the beginning, but Hart has that dark, brooding thing going. For now though, I think I'll have to go w/Ian, but I reserve the right to change my mind after reading Hart's book! :)

Ivy said...

Currently, I'd have to go w/ Ian. Open to having my mind changed on this though...

pamerd said...

Hi

I have not read either book...however now I want to. I am partial to the name Ian, so I will go with that one.

Thanks for the chance - this is fun, love this (double) post.

Pam
tpibrew@msn.com

Lindsey said...

I am an Ian lady. I have not read Hart's story yet (next week cannot come soon enough), but I am a loyal Ian follower. There is something so mysteriously lovely about Ian, how can you not be mesmerize by it? He is a brilliant character! I will be honest, I love all the Mackenzie's, but Ian hands down is my favorite. In fact Ian's story is one of my favorite books of all time.

Tiffany said...

I'm going to go TEAM IAN! Though it's a tough one, how can I not?

Kitchen Witch of the West said...

Ian!! Love Ian and really want a copy of his story for my keeper case. He's certainly blessed with wonderful brothers, but Ian is so unique, such a strong yet gentle man.

catslady said...

Ian. I love anything having to do with highlanders :)It sounds like something I definitely would enjoy reading.

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Sophia Rose said...

Really, I have to choose? Since I am loyal, I'll say Ian though I have not read either book. Suz was pretty convincing. (-;

Wickedly Delicious said...

Have to go with Ian. Have not read the rest of the series (do not know why). It is #1 on my to Re-read list and will have to read about the other brothers. Curious about Hart now he sounds yummy.

LadyRed said...

All I can say is that Highlanders are in my blood, literally, my father was born in Cruden Bay Scotland. Highlanders are like Lays potato chips, you can never have just one... :-)

Artemis said...

As I haven't read Hart's book yet, it seems quite unfair to make a comparison. I'll get back to you once I get Hart in my hands. LOL!!!

Lupdilup said...

This post couldn't have come at a better time for me, after re-visiting Ian's book via audio just a couple days ago, and remembering how fantastic it is, I'm ready to jump to next book. I would love to wait for the audio but after this awesome review I just gonna have to get reading.
BTW The audio was excellent!
Thank you guys.

Cara said...

Ian, while Hart is going to be controling and dominating in all the best ways I can imagine or hope, my heart and special places tingle for Ian.

Mary D said...

Well I just read Hart's book and totally loved it. I have to say That Ian's book is my pick. This was really hard!

Lisa Wolff said...

I finally read these books like two weeks ago and I loved them! As of right now, Ian has a slight lead for me as my favorite :) Hart's story is sure to be good though. . .

Victoria said...

While I'm really excited about Hart's book finally coming out, and well, Hart generally just excites me as a powerful character, but I think Ian is hotter. For me it's how different he is. I mean how often have you met a character like HOT SEXY IAN?!

HighlandHussy said...

wow, I can't believe how many Ian lovers are out there! I'm out-numbered! lol

JessS said...

Okay I don't know who either of them are but I'll say Ian just because you want me to. Thanks!

Jen B. said...

Based on the info in the post...Ian. Afterall, he is mad, hard and handsome! Yippee!

Di said...

I told your cohort that I was going to have to do more research before deciding, but that picture of Ian is somethin' else!

sallans d at yahoo dot com

senita said...
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senita said...

I love Ian MacKenzie..
Vote for Ian..
Ian.. Ian.. Ian..
ur so delicioso..!!!
* my campaign for Ian..

gamistress66 said...

While Ian is interesting & intense & I love his story, I'm sorry but Hart wins on the Hot meter -- he's got the dangerous/powerful edge going for him

Amanda Grinstead said...

I vote for Ian.

Patricia said...

I haven't read either one's book, so I'll have to go with Ian, because you all seem to love him. ; )

Timitra said...

Hands down Ian even though I haven't read either book.

Carol L. said...

The Mackenzie men are gorgeous but it's Ian all the way with me. His character etched itself into my heart and he's there for good. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Phoenix Carvelli said...

Could we have a tie? I choose both. :)

Filia Oktarina said...

I haven't read Hart's story yet, but my friends was finish read this series. She make review, and from her review, i think i love Ian, She said Ian sexy and hot.

Rachel V said...

They both sound good but I have not read either of these books. I like the name Ian better than Hart but they both sound sexy.

sienny said...

it's hard.. i haven't read both books, so i can't choose :)

Lexi said...

Oh I love this! What a fun idea.
Both cases presented well, and both sound like they could sweep me off my feet. But I pick Ian, he just sounds drool worthy. And I have been wanting to read about his story for a while.

Sheree said...

Ian! However, I may change my mind after Hart's book is out.

Renee said...

I have yet to read either. However, now I have to read both. Can I have either one???

rrbcpa at bellsouth dot net

Cheryl S. said...

I have not read this series but I will go for Ian. You make him sound soooo yummy! This will definitely go in my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!

bas1chs said...

Even though I haven't read either, I am leaning towards Ian, but if Hart were standing next to me, I wouldn't NOT lean his way LOL

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Diane D - Florida said...

Both MacKenzie men are strong and sexy and make my heart go pitter-patter. I would have to say that Ian comes across as the obvious choice. However, so as not to play favorites, I would have to choose both. Please can I have both of them?

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

Going of your recommendation Ian...but I haven't read this series yet. I would love the chance to do so!

Thanks!

divavixenqueen said...

If, that picture is any indication, I'm going with Ian.

CatsMeow said...

I hope I did this right. I'm not sure what "Following our blog via
Google Friend Connect (GFC)
Networked Blogs" are. I am signed on here via my Goole account and I receive your newsletter and follow on facebook and twitter.
Anyway... I love Highlanders. I'll take either Ian or Hart. hahaha

Tallulah Scribbles said...

Well ... right now, Ian. However, I have my eye on Hart.

Johanna R Jochum said...

Ian! Enough said!

Joanne said...

I love them all, but I do have a special place in my heart for Ian.

Krista said...

I love Ian!

GzNKz4evr said...

Sheesh! Why haven't I read this series yet? So adding it to the TBR list. Based on the post, I am siding with Team Ian!

miki said...

i'm for ian at the moment but only from the review i've read because i have had the opportunity yet to discover the books

Artemis said...

I'm back because, begin half-way through with Hart's story, he is running neck and neck with Ian. It is a very close race Ladies!

Barbara said...

I love Ian...and I didn't much care for Hart at the beginning. But...I don't know...there's something about him now...I WANT to like him.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

What a terrific idea! There are so many fantastic Highlanders, if only we could spend eternity worshipping them ;-)

I haven't read The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie yet, but based on your argument and other trustworthy blogger friends' passionate love for him, I would cast my vote on IAN! :-)

thank you!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Julianne said...

Since I haven't read any of this series, I couldn't pick. But it would be great to meet them all.
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flchen1 said...

Wow--highlanders?! I'm thinking that we all win! Thanks for the intro to Ian and Hart--I've heard great things about Ian's story, partly because he's not your typical hero. Can't wait to read these for myself!