01 October 2013

The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Mackenzie/McBride #6)

Summary from Goodreads:

Second Sight And Seduction…

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.

[Note: my original review on Brazen Reads was much longer and contained more reasons why I loved this but had serious problems with many plot elements, but I didn't save it to Edelweiss, only the review link so this is just a mini-review based off what I remember]

It's nice to see Daniel the tinkering teenager moving onto larger things: namely combustion engines, cars, hot-air balloons, and motors.  It's part of what intrigues him about Violet: he wants to know where she got the contraptions she uses during her "seances".  Danny isn't an idiot, he doesn't believe in all that claptrap, and he just wants his drunken friends to leave her alone.  When he's cracked over the head while asking Violet about her engineering designs/seducing her, Violet fears that she's killed him and flees to the Continent with her mother (who can actually channel, to some degree).

Enter here my issue number one:  Daniel, by all rights, should be dead and and instead was brought back to life from a virtual coma by Victorian CPR....  There are a number of small, unnecessary things like this scattered throughout the book that take away from the actual marriage plot, which is quite good and has an excellent twist.  My second major issue is that Violet is so much like Beth in description and background and, combined with Danny's genius for engineering that mimics Ian's mental capacity, it gets a bit unnerving.  But still a fabulous entry in the Mackenzie series, I loved it a great deal (and we get a visit from Ainsley, Cameron, and a very charming, naughty Gavina who is now about eight or so).

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