Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Yet again another fabulous book by Jennifer Ashley!
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage is the second book in Ashley’s The Mackenzies and Mcbrides series. And while this one was not as emotionally pulling as Ian and Beth’s book, I love it just the same! Check out the Goodreads synopsis:
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 lil pieces that you got to see of Mac in the first book had me getting excited for his story. He seemed tough, yet caring, brooding, yet full of life. Isabella was very much a female version of him I think. She didn’t joke around as much as he did but they were book genuinely good people, who always looked out for others. Isabella taking Beth under her wing in the first book and Mac taking care of Isabella’s family despite them disowning her or hating him in this book.
I always like the romance novels that have to do with married couples. The ones where the people are in an estranged marriage yet find away to come back together despite the bullshit that made it initially crumble are just lovely. Another book that comes to mind with that subject is Monica McCarty‘s The Saint. Fabulous book! The ‘fixing their marriage’ romances are ones that I think every relationship councilor should require every couple on their roster to read. They show that no relationship is perfect but if you love someone, and I mean TRUELY LOVE someone, then there is always a way to make it work. Wouldn’t I make a great couples therapist?!?? “That’s right Tom….you must read ALL the chapters to Sara. And do it with passion!” Haha
This has really started out a glorious series so far. Something I have begun to love about it is the fact that so far, you have gotten to see all of the characters throughout both books. Even though this was Isabella and Mac’s book, you saw a lot of Ian, Beth, Daniel, Cam, etc in it. It’s like you continue to catch glimpses of the previous book characters and gt to keep current on what they are doing in life. If all of the other books are this intertwined with the characters it is going to be awesome! I totally think historical romance lovers should get on board with this series!!
Check out the reading order for The Mackenzies and Mcbrides series:
#1 – The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #1)
#2 – Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #2)
#3 – The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #3)
#4 – The Duke’s Perfect Wife (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #4)
#5 – A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #4.5)
#6 – The Seduction of Elliot McBride (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #5)
#7 – The Untamed Mackenzie (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #5.5)
#8 – The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #6)
#9 – Scandal and the Duchess (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #6.5)
#10 – Rules for a Proper Governess (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #7)
#11 – A Mackenzie Clan Gathering (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #8.5)
#12 – The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #8)
#13 – Alec Machenzie’s Art of Seduction (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #9) – expected release June 2016
#14 – The Devilish Lord Will (The Mackenzies and Mcbrides #10) – expected release November 2016