Review: The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley


The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #6) by Jennifer Ashley
Berkley (October 1, 2013)

Rating: B
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Violet Bastien – Fake Medium, Mechanically Inclined.
Hero: Daniel Mackenzie – Brilliant, Inventor 






Violet Bastien is a confidence trickster—she pretends to tell fortunes, talk to ghosts. Really, she does what she has to to survive and take care of her mother. Violet grew up early and grew up fast. Her whole life has been spent taking care of everyone but herself. Because she’s good at reading people, telling them what they want to hear, fortune telling seemed like a good fit. Until Violet meets Daniel Mackenzie during a group reading and finds she can't read him at all.

Because what you see is what you get with Daniel. Daniel is the eldest son of Cameron, a wild soul, and a passionate inventor. One look at Violet pretending to contact spirits and he's utterly captivated. Even more so when he realizes she's mechanically inclined like he is. Unlike all of the other ladies falling all over themselves to get to him, she's no simpering miss with only marriage on her mind.

Which is good, since getting tangled up with Daniel is one thrill after another. I loved the dynamic between the two. Both are brainy, mathematical types who'd rather build an engine than dance at balls. And Daniel, with his unending gentleness, is exactly what Violet's poor battered soul needed. Her life hasn't been an easy one but somehow Daniel knows how to soothe her. I loved how Daniel was passionate and deliriously sweet. He is full of that Mackenzie charm, that’s for sure. And the Mackenzie hot-blooded sexuality. Oh, Daniel. He is a charmer. 

The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie did feel like it ran a bit long towards the end. And I will admit some of the later parts having to do with motorcars and other inventions did make my eyes glaze over... But, overall, my love of Daniel Mackenzie kept me interested. I also loved that Violet is not at all a typical heroine. She knows who she is, what she is, and makes no apologies because surviving is what's important. Daniel and Violet together was heartwarming.

Favorite Quote:

Daniel reached his tanned and callused hands out to her. “Then grab hold of me and hang on. We’re both scared about where this will end up, and when the hurting will come. If the hurting comes, it will be bad, I already know that. But hang on to me, and we’ll find out together, all right?”


  1. I love this series and can't wait to read this! Glad Daniel ends up with a great story. Fabulous review!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you love his story :D


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