Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #2)

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Mackenzies/McBrides Series #2)

by Jennifer Ashley

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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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ISBN-13: 9780425235454
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 125,539
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author and winner of RWA’s RITA award, writes as Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. She lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats and spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories.

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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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Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
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.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
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)
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this author.
Ang519 More than 1 year ago
Very good read,loved them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent
EKD More than 1 year ago
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.
Sueb85 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't but the book down. A real page turner.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
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.
JulesJones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second of a series of romance novels about four brothers who are Scottish lords in Victorian Britain. I'd picked up the first one, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, because the reviews made it sound like the sort of romance I'd enjoy, rather than fling against the wall. I liked that book well enough to promptly order the next. Lady Isabella and Lord Mac were significant supporting characters in the first book, wherein they had been legally separated for two or three years, but were clearly still in love with each other. This book is the story of how they work towards a reconciliation, but also shows how and why they had ended up living apart. It can be read as a standalone, but I think will work better if read after the first book, as you will go in understanding some of the family backstory that explains why Mac behaves the way he does.I don't think this book is as strong as the first, but that was always going to be a difficult target to reach. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to being able to read the next book in the quartet.
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie¿, first in this series, was my introduction to this author. It is a keeper and one of my all time favorite books. It was a great introduction to this fun, loving, and mysterious family. I was greatly anticipating Mac and Isabella¿s story, and I seem to be one of the few NOT disappointed. From the first book, I had the impression that Isabella is a serious and logical person, and that Mac was a passionate and troubled man. This book has gone deeper and explained to me in very S-L-O-W detail of how and why they separated. She was so young and impressionable when he whisked her away, and he on the other hand was such a fun and debauched rake that the innocence of her attracted him from the get go. I, as a reader, could see that this union was doomed from the start. It was like watching a train wreck and you can¿t avoid your eyes from the scene! Both characters are dealing with real problems and neither of them is fully blameless in their separation. Isabella¿s issues with Mac are absolutely realistic and well explained. Mac¿s erratic behavior at the start of their union drove Isabella away slowly, (over a three year period), and not over night. Mac on the other hand has realized that it was his fault and never blamed her for it. He accepted his dues, and decided to quit his childish behavior and do anything to get her back, no matter how long it took. I absolutely adored both characters. She used the time of the separation to reflect on what went wrong. Again, I actually liked the s-l-o-w development of the book, as it allowed me to feel what they felt, and did not just rush the outcome, or the eventual forgiveness that she was able to give him.I found Mac and Isabella¿s grieving over their ruined marriage very realistically written. The book, for me, was full of intensity, tension and heartbreak that I cried. These are two people who truly love one another, and want so badly to reconcile, but don¿t know how to go about it. Isabella is fearful if his sobriety will stand the test of time, but even with all those doubts, she finds an excuse to get back into Mac¿s life. Isabella¿s indecisiveness was understandable. She wanted Mac, but she still needed time and proof to see if he was going to revert back to his old habits. I did find Mac and Isabella to be very enjoyable characters.Ian still holds the top spot in my heart, but Mac has won me over with his passion and charm.As for the subplot, the man that looked like Mac, the kidnapping and the shooting, I could have done without, but again it did not bother me much. I went for the FEEL of the book and it won me over.There is a lot to like and recommend this book! I liked Mac and Isabella¿s interactions with Ian and Beth. I loved the relationship of the Mackenzie family. And I would be remiss not to mention the love scenes!I really think this series is a must read for all historical romance fans. Next up is ¿The Many Sins of Lord Cameron¿ and I can¿t wait!
historicalbooklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Started reading this series out of order but this book stands well on it own. As soon as I started reading I was hooked and couldn't stop till it was finished at 3am this morning.Colorful characters and a story that keep you guessing. Warning: "Best to read on the weekend when the alarm isn't going off at 5am"
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored the first book in the Highland Pleasures series and have been eagerly waiting for this book for the last year. This second book in the series was not as strong as the first but was a solid follow up. The hero and heroine were well developed and the storyline was intriguing in this book. However, I felt like we skipped the part about why the two are starting to think about reconciling (or at least the heroine's reasons). I normally despise romances where the couple is already married or has separated and the fact that I greatly enjoyed this one is fairly amazing. Some of the intrigue and danger seemed a bit forced but I loved this family and thought overall this was a strong second book in the series.
regencyera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed it, I didn¿t think the story was as strong as the first in the series, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. From the beginning, I really liked the character of Mac. Isabella¿s characterization was weaker. I didn¿t understand why she was so adamant about keeping her distance from Mac, because it was quickly established that they loved one another deeply. Why was she protecting her heart? Why was she wary of Mac?Since the love, affection and passion that Mac and Isabella shared was established immediately, it was hard to understand why they separated. All we got was snippets of information of what their relationship used to be like and these snippets were doled out very, very s-l-o-w-l-y throughout the book. This slow release of information didn¿t allow me to have much sympathy and understanding of Isabella. It comes across as Mac¿s a great guy whom Isabella seemingly toys with because she doesn¿t know what she wants.I did enjoy it, but it could have been so much better. Unfortunately, it suffered because Jennifer Ashley waited too long to let me know why they separated.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been jonesing for this one ever since reading The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. While I didn¿t expect to be knocked over the head with this book like I was Lord Ian, I was hoping that still I would really enjoy it. And, joy of joys, I did!We got to see quite a bit of Mac and Isabella in the first book and though I can¿t say for certain, I would recommend those planning on reading this book should read the first book, well first. One, because it¿s a great book and two, because we get a glimpse into the troubled marriage between the hero/heroine of this one.First off, they were both very appealing characters in this book. That¿s a big plus. I was already predisposed to liking them both and it continued on in this book. It was never a lack of love between the two of them that tore their marriage apart so going in, the reader can already sense the love. Rather it was Mac¿s wildness and an inability to communicate that drove them apart. They are both passionate people and theirs was a `love at first sight¿ kind of marriage. They eloped the night they met without getting to know how the other one ticks that caused such contentious issues. And Mac was on one of his many absences when Isabella suffered a tragic loss. And his drunkenness and childish attitude doom the marriage.But since a lack of love was never the issue, Mac spends the next several years growing up and when an opportunity arises for him to spend time with Isabella and show her that he has changed.I really enjoyed this `marriage in trouble¿ book and ended up being quite pleased with it, but waiting for the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in the series so happily picked up this one next. I was extremely disappointed. While the story was interesting in that it wasn't the typical rake falls for innocent girl, it just didn't seem a compelling enough story to fill a book. I became bored. They are in love, they spend time together, just be married. Seems like it was dragged out so just so this brother would have a story. Not certsin if I should continue with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I am going to read the entire series. Loved Mac and Isabella but Ian is my favorite. I love how he is learning and changing. Can't wait to get to Cam and Hart.
Berls More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars **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.** 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. 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!
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