Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides #2
Also in this series: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The Duke's Perfect Wife, The Seduction Of Elliot McBride, The Untamed Mackenzie, The Untamed Mackenzie, A Mackenzie Clan Gathering, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
Isabella is at Mac’s home to tell him about a painting that she had seen at a friend’s house. It looked liked on that Mac had painted but it wasn’t actually his work. This starts Isabella and Mac off trying to find out who is impersonating Mac the painter – but it leads to them discovering the same man trying to impersonate Mac the husband as well.
Mac is anxious to get Isabella back in his life as he’s sober now and ready to make a fresh start – but is he making this decision for the right reasons? And how receptive will Isabella be to reconciling after all of this time?
This was an interesting book. Some of the parts of it I just loved. Mac and Isabella playing and teasing each other and even them talking seriously about their relationship. Those are parts that I loved. But unfortunately there were definitely parts that I didn’t like as well. I also tended to think that Isabella teased Mac through a large portion of the book which I was on the fence about. She would let him get so far and then push him back. Now I’m sure that had a lot to do with fear but it just didn’t sit well with me. Also, the whole issue of the man impersonating Mac was a bit much for me. This man, in the end, helped Mac figure some of his issues out but I just wasn’t a fan of the situation.
I think I ended up being a half and half about the story. I really liked portions (oh, and we did get to see a bit about Ian and Beth in this book , which was great) and I really like Ashley’s writing but in the end those portions couldn’t carry the book imho.
So how do you rate a book you half like and half don’t? I.don’t.know!! lol I think I’ll have to go with a 3.5… A good book, but not great for me.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5