Getting Lit S1EP02: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

By Jennifer Ashley. Hashtag DukeProblems.

In this episode of Gettin’ Lit, Ilana and I talk about a favorite in the bodice ripper genre: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

Have you read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie? Do you have something to say in response to this episode? Comment below!

Wendy’s Drink: Nebulous Victorian Autism

  • 2 parts tonic
  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part campari
  • A bunch of lime


Ilana’s Drink: My Love is Medically Proven to Cure Autism

or Sweet Lovin’

  • 2 shots amaretto
  • 1 shot scotch
  • 1/2 simple syprup
  • 1/4 cup soda water
  • A dash of augustine bitters


Besides drinking and talking about Dukes and their problems, this Wendy’s Rant is:

Does my evil boyfriend make me evil?


Other books mentioned in this episode:

  • The Duke’s Perfect Wife, Jennifer Ashley
  • Tiger Magic, Jennifer Ashley
  • Once Burned, Jeaniene Frost
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  • Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, John E. Mackey
  • Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, Cordelia Fine


Next episode, we will be reading The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday. Read along!


Bonus list:

Ilana mentioned that she didn’t know of any psychopath protagonists in historical romance. I beg to differ! Here are a few I can think of:

  • Duke of Sin, Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Pretty much all three heroes from Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series, but especially The Hunter
  • I would say that Hoyt’s The Serpent Prince is another example, though poorly done. All that dueling!
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