Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his ...
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Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures Series #2)

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Overview

Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.


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"Ashley works her magic to create a unique love story brimming over with depth of emotion, unforgettable characters, sizzling passion, mystery and a story that reaches out and grabs your heart. Brava!" —-Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101442265
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Highland Pleasures Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 19,144
  • File size: 565 KB

Meet the Author


Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shifters Unbound series and the Mackenzies series, among other titles.

Angela Dawe's work includes film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy, as well as audiobook narration. Among Angela's recordings are The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry and Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is the second of Ms. Ashley's Mackenzie brothers series.

    Being an estranged wife of the ton is all too frequent, being an estranged wife of one of the rakish, disreputable Mackenzie brothers is pretty much expected. Of course what the ton doesn't know is that Isabella is still madly in love with Mac and madly is a good description of what their married life has been so far, a few great times followed by sadness, hurt and abandonment, but despite all that Mac needs her help and by God he's going to get it. Mac Mackenzie a rake by reputation and an artist and lord of the ton by trade really does love his wife that's why when she finally had enough of him 3 years ago he took a vow of celibacy, which wasn't too hard to keep since the only woman he wants is Isabella. Now someone is forging his name on their work and Isabella is bound and determined to help him whether he needs it or not and maybe that will be his opportunity to get her back.
    Alright, I admit to not being a fan of "most" historical romance novels. I don't find young lovers exciting to a "woman of a certain age", but whenever Jennifer Ashley, a favorite author of mine in different genres, comes out with a historical I have to get it, why, let me tell you.
    There is no better spinner of a tale then Ms. Ashley it shows in her unique humor, her flowing dialogue and her storyline. The plot is older than time, boy gets girl, looses girl, wants her back and plots to make that happen. But underneath that plot is the many subplots that she so wonderfully gives us, the love felt by both the hero and heroine, the heartache, the sadness, and the lives that they touch and touch them. It all comes out through her words and into the hearts and minds of her audience. Her characters are world class and larger than life and yet she makes them more human by giving them many faults then goes on to show her readers that dealing with those faults is what gives her characters, character. And oh the characters, they are amazing in their detail as she intimates us with them and even the ones with the smallest parts leave an impression on us, plus one of my favorite parts is that we get to reacquaint ourselves with the characters we've met in the previous novel. Her hero Mac and heroine Isabella are one of the most unforgettable couples you will ever cry for, hurt for and get angry at as they ineptly find their way back to each other. Her love scenes are very sensuous and blazing in their intensity, and her readers will feel the love, tenderness and longing in every coupling.
    So if you've never met the Mackenzie brothers, have no fear this can easily be read as a stand-a-lone, but do yourself a favor and get The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie as soon as this one is finished. Then go to Ms Ashley's website http://www.jennifersromances.com/ and discover what an incredible talent she has in all her endeavors, you won't be sorry. Oh and Ms. Ashley great job on Mac and I can't wait until next August 2011 to read Cameron's tale.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    terrific historical

    In 1875 when she was eighteen, Lady Isabella Scranton and Lord Mackenzie eloped; his family delighted in their marriage while hers disowned her Three years later, Isabella walked out of her marriage to the shock of her spouse and the condemnation for her scandalous behavior by the Ton.

    Her estranged husband is a talented painter and three years since she left him, Isabella discovered someone is forging Mac's work. She goes to see him, but he is more concerned over winning a wager that he can paint an erotic portrait. He wants his wife to pose as the subject; she prefers to catch the forger. As they work on the painting the felonies, they recall why they fell in love and married; however neither is prepared for the forger whose obsession turns to having Isabella live and on canvas.

    Jennifer Ashley follows up on the magnificent Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie with a sibling's strong Victorian second chance at love romance and a solid supporting mystery. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing of a debauched rake knowing he is not good enough for the goodness of his wife and a not so innocent "debutant". Readers will relish this terrific historical wondering why did the wife who obviously loves her husband leave him.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Read the series in order! I made the mistake of reading the Mac

    Read the series in order! I made the mistake of reading the Mackenzie's Family Christmas first, because it was free. I was lost through the first 1/3 of the book, but fell so in love with the MacKenzie's that I ordered the rest of the series. I liked this book, but at times became upset with Isabella punishing Mac when he had change. The story did have a little intrigue in it and the rest of the family do make an appearance, some more than other's. Oh, to find a Scot like the brother's in this family. Ms. Ashley has a way of writing that you feel like you are peeking in a window watching their lives unfold. I recommend this book and the others in the series. This is a time period you are dealing with more civilized Scot's, not the kind from medieval days, but still a great story, and different too. (ljb)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Lilywolf to Goldenstripe

    Omg okay I'm sorry but I really wanted to post a message for Goldy and when I heard you were posting one Mouse, I thought this would be a good place. You sound like an awesome bro and person Goldy (or should I say Jordon? Lol!) I'm the oldest and only have Rosie for a sibling so I've never really had people do stuff like that for me. Don't get me wrong. Love Rosie to pieces and she always cheers me up in the little ways that only someone like her could. But still you guys all sound super close. Goldy, I just want you to know that I'm always here for you to talk to although you kinda sound like me, holding it in all the time. I am so sorry for your loss and I know there's not much I can do. But you're my closest friend on here and I hate the thought of you out there somewhere hurting. I know that Nikki must have loved you a lot. She was lucky to have a guy like you and I know you'll never forget her. But I bet she's somewhere beautiful now and hoping you live a good life. The memories you have of her are something no one can take away. And I know you must feel like you should have done something. But God's timing is not something we can control and everything he does is the best for those who believe. So don't beat yourself up. I hope the funeral was beautiful and that slowly things get better for you. Time really does heal wounds though we always keep the scars. Your family loves you and as a friend so do I! Don't worry about Lilywolf. Only rp if you actually want to. I'll pray for you and I know you can get through this. Keep your head up! ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Mouse to Goldy (read the bottom one first!)

    Hey you know what else I forgot? Remember how mommy and daddy had said Velvet would have to give Isabella for adoption and you were about to knock their heads off for even thinking that was an option? I know what happened to Ray was really horrible, but having Isabella helped her so much, she wasn't nearly as depressed and she even said the baby gave her a reason to want to keep living. You know if you hadn't threatened to go to cps they wouldn't have listened to a word Raeka said and none of us would have known Isabella. You saved Isabella and Raeka! Do you see how awesome you are?! Remember how you always jump out with a mirror and be like, "Look at yourself and smile cuz I love you!" Well now you need to find a mirror wherever you are and smile because -I LOVE YOU!!!!- Ok for reals, night!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    To Goldy

    So like I said, I have no phone at the moment but I'd rather not text you this anyways. I know losing Nikki is beyond hard for you, and you'll miss her like crazy. But I also know that you're always really strong and that is what I think her parents really need; someone strong. Remember how many people still love the crap out of you. Your dad loves you, you have a stepmom whom I'm sure loves you in her own freakazoid kind of way. And you have Laila who's only four but loves you to death, you have Ezra who would jump off the empire state building if you told him too because you're his awesome older brother, and you have me. I know mommy always makes you and especially Raeka feel like yall aren't as special or whatever, but I don't think that way at all. You're the best person ever. You never want to cause trouble and try to keep everyone happy, but you stand up for your family no matter what. Kinda like Goldy! ;) Look at what you did for Raeka! If she hadn't gotten out mommy would have kept stressing her out and making her not eat and overwork herself and she literally could have died. I'm only 14 so there isn't much I can do or Ezra or Laila, but you stood up against her and even your own dad to take care of her and she's already sounding better. I don't think anyone in this world loves you as much as she does because of everything you do for her. Remember that time mommy was super upset cuz Ray hadn't made dinner or something stupid and she locked her upstairs and then you fell and broke your arm trying to climb up the outside of the house to her with a bag of food like you were spiderman? And then told daddy you just wanted to eat on the roof and watch the moon? That's the coolest thing any older brother has ever done and I don't think you give yourself enough credit. Or what about when you broke up with Jamyila because she was really rude to me and Ray at her sleepover. You know most guys wouldn't do that right? Or how about a few months ago when I was heartbroken about Elijah, and I know you had a billion other things to do and probbly couldn't have cared less, but you didn't leave me alone for like, three days! Don't kill me but I saw the ring you were gonna buy Nikki and your proposal speech and everything. You loved her a lot, and she knew that and was beyond lucky to have you. Basicly, what I want you to know is I love you a lot Jordan, and when someone who's always helping you feel better is down, you want to do the same for them. I know it isn't going to go away anytime soon, but I want to help anyway I can and I hope you try to keep your head up. I love you! &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Disappointing

    Disappointing

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Great Series!!

    Great series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great seties

    I love this series and this author.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Very good read,loved them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Absolutely excellent

    Absolutely excellent

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    4 1/2 Stars for Lady Isabella and Mac's story - Book 2 in the Se

    4 1/2 Stars for Lady Isabella and Mac's story - Book 2 in the Series.

    I loved the first book in the series "The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie" and I was almost equally please with this second book in the series. "Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage" is a love story that takes a troubled marriage and gives it a "Happy Ever After"; as all good romances should do. We learned a bit about Isabella and Mac's marriage in the first book "The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie" and here in the second book we get the full picture.

    Mac and Isabella had a whirlwind romance where they met and married on the night of her debut. Their marriage was one of delirious happiness or angry shouting matches. After three years of this and a personal tragedy they legally separate and stay apart from one and other. Now it's 3 1/2 years later - they are still drawn to each other but are not sure if they can make a go of it and neither knows how to repair the damage of their lives to make an attempt possible.

    The interesting cast of characters and circumstances play out so that they get their second chance. It's just good to see a broken marriage pulled back together. It shows this can be done with healing, patience, understanding and the willingness to make it happen. I enjoyed the way the story played out and the interesting plot twists that were scattered throughout. I have a real fondness for the entire Mackenzie clan and I hope you give them a try too. After all who can resist a bunch of hunky, alpha Scots who go after their women with an unstoppable passion that takes your breath away? Not me, that's for sure - giggles.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I couldn't but the book down. A real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Heartrending

    Two people who love each other even when love isn't enough to keep them together. Mac is my new favorite Scotsman - his love for Isabella was deeply felt and believable. A lovely story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    I was disappointed.

    This is #2 in Jennifer Ashley's Highland Pleasures series. I made the mistake and brought all three currently available, and I'm sorry I wasted my money. The writing was contrived and unnatural, the characters shallow and undeveloped (in fact, I doubt I could tell you, after reading all three, which heroine belonged to which book), and the plots were uncomplicated and uninteresting, serving only to justify the sexual encounters. The male protagonists were bit more defined, but hardly to the point where they could carry the story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Recommended

    Jennifer Ashley creates characters you would like to invite into your circle of friends. I truly enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    fun read

    I enjoyed this book in the series although not as much as I enjoyed the first and third book. Because we were introduced to Lady Isabella in book 1, my interpretation was that she was more scandalous in book 1 than was presented in book 2. So I had a harder time realigning her character to the story.

    It did shed a lot of light on the dynamics of the family and I'm looking forward to reading book 4

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Beautifully Delicious

    Each book from this series get better....Makes you wish you could find a MacKenzie somewhere

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Pass this one by:

    I found the book tedious and it was a chore to finish. All the sick mind games they played about "he hurt me, doe I love him?, does he love me or will he leave me again?, should I leave her so she will not hurt anymore?" were tiresome. The only part I found worth reading was when they were chasing and apprehending the man who insists he is Max and who wants Isabella.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Good series.

    Good fun. I like Mac and Isabella a lot. I wish I could give 3 1/2 stars. I look forward to reading the next in this series about Lord Cameron.

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