Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley

March 23, 2015 Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer AshleyLady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Published by Berkley, Tantor Audio on June 29, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 337
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Only one man could match a lady like this—scandal for scandal.

Six years ago, eighteen-year-old Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized all of London by eloping the night of her come-out ball with the notorious rake, Lord Mac Mackenzie. After three turbulent years of marriage, she scandalized London once again—this time by leaving him.

Now Mac has resurfaced, every bit as charismatic, and with one goal: to seduce Isabella back into his life and his bed even if it means acting like a real gentleman. But when Isabella rises to the challenge of posing nude for Mac's erotic paintings, her pent-up hunger for the decadent rake is exposed as well, and she finds herself unable to resist the smooth strokes of an artist at work.

But someone's been watching them—dangerously close. This ingenious forger with designs on Mac's paintings also sets his sights on Isabella herself. Deciding to become Isabella's protector, Mac vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.

The problem with loving the first book in a series as much as I loved The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie is that it sets some really high expectations. And while I loved Mack (the male MC) he just can’t hold a candle to his brother Ian. I think what made the previous book so great was that it was SO DIFFERENT from any historical romance I’d ever read – because Ian was so special. You can see all my thoughts on The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie in that review – and so… I’ll get back on track.

The point is, I was disappointed, but only because book 1 was SO GOOD. Which means Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage was still a great historical romance. I love this family – the brothers are close and support each other, but they bicker just like you’d expect brothers to do. And they have a horrible reputation in high society, being the infamous Scottish MacKenzie Brothers. I love seeing how wrong everyone is about them. I mean, yeah, they’re scandalous. But they’re also GOOD people, a bit damaged and rough around the edges, but wonderful just the same.

And it takes a special breed of woman to love a MacKenzie brother and survive it intact – Beth was perhaps more cut out for this life than the genteel Isabella, whom Mack eloped with the same night he met her at her coming out ball! Yeah, scandalous! (side note – I loved seeing Beth and Ian’s relationship continue!)

I really enjoyed that Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage was a AFTER love-at-first-sight falls apart story – Isabella and Mack have been through some rough times following their whirlwind marriage and they didn’t know how to deal with the realities together, so when we join them they’ve been separated for three years, with little hope anything will ever change back. It’s a great story line and there’s nothing like seeing a couple fight for a love they once had and fall in love again.

There was some great mystery and some small surprises along the way that made Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage a fun, quick read – made even better by Angela Dawe’s fabulous narration. She does great voices and personalities really come through. I’m glad I decided to grab this series on audio and can’t wait to move forward!

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Jennifer Ashley

NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries, as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

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12 Responses to “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m sorry it didn’t live up to its predecessor, Berls, but I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part. I like the sound of these MacKenzie brothers and I like the idea of a story line about what happens after love-at-first-sight fizzles. 🙂 I still need to read Ian’s story, which I own. Would it make sense to read this one first? I don’t know why I ask because I don’t like to read out of order 😉 but I thought it might save me from the disappointment. Great review!
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      While you could read this as a stand alone, I think the result would be liking it less 🙁 We get some background on Isabella and Mack in book 1, plus some of my favorite bits were the glimpses into Ian and Beth’s continuing story. So no, but hopefully you won’t be as disappointed as I was!

    • Berls
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      Thanks! I feel like 1 of 2 things happens consistently for me – either the 1st book is so good the others can’t hold up or it’s shaky with a good premise and the following books blow it away. Not sure if one scenario is better or not…

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