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Friday, August 19, 2011

Review -- The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
Highland Pleasures, Book 3
By Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: August 2, 2011








He is a man of simple tastes---and complex pleasures...



Lord Cameron Mackenzie loves nothing better than spending his days with the horses he trains...and his nights with the women he seduces. As much as he enjoys women, he finds that the horses give him much less trouble---but that doesn't mean he's giving up women, difficult or no. During a house party at his brother Hart's estate, Cam is well on his way to a satisfactory interlude with the very cooperative Phyllida Chase when he hears a noise near the window in his room. Imagine his surprise when he pulls back the curtains and finds Ainsley Douglas staring back at him with her large, gray eyes. Why is this troublesome, but attractive widow skulking about in his bedchamber...again. He wonders if her excuse now will be better than the one she had six years ago.

Ainsley Douglas cannot believe she has been caught rifling through Cameron Mackenzie's room...and by the man himself, no less. She is just trying to recover letters that belong to Queen Victoria that could be extremely embarrassing. Phyllida Chase has stolen the letters, and Ainsley is certain that she has hidden them in Cam's room, her latest lover. Naturally, these two would come in the room while Ainsley is trying to find the letters, to no avail. But Ainsley is found out---although Cam does not let Phyllida know---and Cam refuses to let her leave his room until she tells him why she's looking for the letter. And the price she has to pay does not involve money, but it may inevitably cost her her heart.


He was rude, ungentlemanly, brutish, and dangerous. Lord Cameron collected erotica, people told her, books and art. She saw no sign of that lying about, although the painting that hung over the bedside table---a woman sitting on her bed pulling on her stockings---held unashamed sensuality.

But though a lady ought to regard Lord Cameron in disapproval, even apprehension, he made Ainsley's blood tingle. He again was awakening things in her that had lain dead for too many years.


Is there anything more delicious than a rake just begging to be tamed by the right woman? Well, Cam Mackenzie is all that and more. He is scarred physically and emotionally---his marriage with his late wife was an abusive one in more ways than one (she abused him)---so he has closed himself off, not opening his heart to another woman, not risking having it broken. Yes, he is my favorite kind of hero, and Ainsley is just the woman to break through Cam's self-imposed barriers and heal him with her love. Ainsley has suffered her own heartbreak, albeit in a different way. And although her attraction to Cam knows no bounds, she is afraid to fall in love with him, because he has made it clear to one and all that marriage is not something he ever wants to try again. But then Cam met Ainsley and suddenly love and marriage didn't seem so impossible after all.


Cameron turned her around and kissed her again, this kiss lingering and slow. "You're a beautiful, beautiful woman, Ainsley Douglas. And I want to drink you down."


With lines like that, is it any wonder that I was fanning myself?! I've been mad for the Mackenzie men since I read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, which is still one of my favorite books, ever. They are bold, sexy, honorable men---my favorite kind---and Cam won my heart just as thoroughly as the rest of the bunch. He hides his pain behind his cavalier attitude, but it was palpable, and it made my heart ache for all that he had been through. The love between Cam and Ainsley is a thing of beauty and the passion between them....whoa! I'm surprised I didn't spontaneously combust while I was reading this book.

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron is the third book in the Highland Pleasures series. It's not completely necessary to read the series in order, but the first two books were so delicious, I would recommend savoring the series...and all of those manly Mackenzies. So, the order is: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, and The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. Fans of this series, stay tuned. The next book, TheDuke's Perfect Wife (Hart's story), will be released next year.

I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you haven't met the Mackenzies, you don't know what you're missing.

~ Gannon


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29 comments:

  1. Great review, Gannon! I loved the first two in this series and can't wait to read this one! :)

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  2. I think Cameron's story is one of the best. Can't wait to read it.

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  3. Great review! I have been waiting for the reissue of the first book, in order to read all of them in order. Cameron's story sounds exciting and I love the small excerpts you posted.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to reading Cameron's story! But I'm in the middle of like 3 other books right now lol, so it'll have to wait a bit till I finish those.
    ::sighs:: so many books, so little time :)

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  5. Trisha, it is one of my favorite series. Just can't get enough!

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  6. Natalija, Cam's story is so worth waiting for. :-)

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  7. Antonia, you will get so much out of this by reading the series in order. Oh yes, I love those Mackenzies!

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  8. so many books, so little time

    Bella, so true, so true. :-)

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  9. "Drink you down." Oh my! That's a new one on me! Love it. This guy sounds like he is ripe for a woman to come along and show him what it's all about. Look forward to reading it and thanks for the review!
    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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  10. Excellent review! I want to run out to purchase all of the MacKenzie stories!!

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  11. Great review, Gannon! I adore the Mackenzie men and cannot wait to pick up a copy of this one!

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  12. Can't wait to read 2 and 3 in this series. I fell in love with Ian and Beth yesterday... somehow the book had been in my TBR pile for months!

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  13. Gannon, great review! I like a hero who's a survivor, who hasn't alwys had everything his way.

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  14. Connie, that line just gave me chills. *sigh* And that's just the tip of the iceberg. ;-) Enjoy!

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  15. Laurie G., you have some fantastic reading ahead of you. I think you're going to fall in love with the Mackenzies. :-)

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  16. PJ, it's nearly impossible not to adore the Mackenzie men, isn't it?! They are just so...*sigh, swoon* *g*

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  17. Cail, Ian is so special! He makes an appearance in both books 2 and 3. Oh, I hope you enjoy the rest of this series. :-)

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  18. I like a hero who's a survivor, who hasn't alwys had everything his way.

    Me too, Nancy! It makes him so much more interesting and makes his HEA that much sweeter. :-)

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  19. Terrific review, Gannon! This one was a five-star read for me too. And after reading the teaser chapter for The Duke's Perfect Wife, I'm even more eager to read it. Only eight months to wait.

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  20. And after reading the teaser chapter for The Duke's Perfect Wife, I'm even more eager to read it. Only eight months to wait.

    It's going to be a long eight months, Janga. ;-)

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  21. Great review -I'll be adding this series to my list

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  22. Nice review. I just started this book last night and so far it's very good.

    I had never read a Jennifer Ashley book before, then I kept hearing the buzz around Ian's book. She has certainly created a very interesting family.

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  23. What a wonderful review, thanks Gannon!

    I have read books #1 and #2, and I have #3 in my TBR pile.
    Moving it closer to the top!
    I love THE MACKENZIE series, it's a long 8 months for Hart's book, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait!

    Have an awesome weekend!

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  24. Great review! I have not read any of this series. I may have to look for it because is sounds really good.

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  25. I've read this one already... LOOOOOVED IT!!! Lol!! Cameron was so surprising to me, and a such wonderful character. I didn't want the book to end!

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  26. Fabulous review, Gannon! I have yet to read this series, but really, REALLY need to get started on it!

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  27. I finally got to read THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time, I hadn't realized book two had come out. The character of each brother was so well defined in the first book I didn't realize they hadn't already been in their own. I'll be looking for both LADY ISABELLA'S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE and THE MANY SINS OF LORD CAMERON. I'll be looking forward to THE DUKE'S PERFECT WIFE.

    Thanks for the review.

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  28. Great review, Gannon. Just where have I been that this is the first I've heard about this terrific series? This is what I love so much about you Dishes: all the wonderful new authors I have learned of from your blog. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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  29. I love the Mackenzies and need to get this book NOW! Great review, Gannon!

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