Narrator: Angela Dawe
Published by Berkley, Tantor Audio on June 29, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes
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!