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 the reformed Mac has returned, and he wants one thing: Isabella back in his life, his house, his bed. He’ll do anything he has to, play any game, as long as he gets her back. Isabella resists, but when she agrees to pose for explicit paintings he’s been working on, she realizes her body has never stopped craving her husband’s very skilled touch. Mac is determined to show Isabella that he’s a changed man, but three years without her has only increased his hunger for her.
When an ingenious forger with designs on Mac’s paintings, and Isabella herself, comes dangerously near, Mac sets himself up as Isabella’s protector and vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.
Point of view:
I think when I love the first book in a series as much as I loved The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – it’s really hard for the second to live up to that.
I enjoyed this book, especially as I was looking forward to Mac & Isabella after “meeting” them in book 1. However, what really set the first book apart was all the character’s interactions as well as the multiple mystery/suspense aspects. This sounds kinda odd, but so much of this book was only Mac & Isabella and their story of reconciliation was kind of flat for me. At the end, it didn’t really feel like they’d resolved a whole lot. Probably because there wasn’t truly that much for them to overcome that a little time and a few conversations couldn’t fix.
My favorite parts were Ian, Beth, Cam, Daniel, & even Hart. The Mackenzie’s really shine when they’re all interacting with each other.
Angela Dawe’s narration continues to be wonderful. I enjoy her voices for the characters. She’s easy to listen to.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.
Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 100 novels and novellas have have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, Indonesian, and several other languages.
Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.
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My Favorite Quotes
Mac had lost himself when he’d married Isabella, and that was that. – Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by @JennAllyson #Audiobook narrated by Angela Dawe #HistoricalRomance #Mystery #ScottishTweet