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.
©2010 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor
"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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Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage made me smile, laugh, cry, grrr, and in the end grin like a Cheshire cat!
Overall Thoughts: I loved, loved, loved, loved Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage. I was afraid that I wouldn't like Mac but that man was so swoon-worthy and damaged that one couldn't help but fall hard! Isabella was so strong and I appreciated her want to protect herself despite loving Mac. She made him fight for her and dang it that made me love them more. This was an emotional story (so far both books in this series have been) but the payout was worth it!
Narrated by Angela Dawe /Length 9 hrs and 9 mins
So y'all know I call her Angela "freaking" Dawe already so there isn't much more that I can say! She freaking rocks the narration and is one of my all around favorite narrators!
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
Historical Romances are not my favorite genre; however, every once in a while I'll get a craving for something different. Something that will take me back to a simpler time, make me swoon over a sexy scot in a kilt, and sweep me off my feet with a poetic and romantic story and Jennifer Ashley is just the author to take me on such a journey.
From the first story, I was captivated with the world, characters and romance. Ashley's writing is very vivid and descriptive making it easy to picture and visualize each scene playing out, and stays true to the time period. The dialogue and banter between the characters was heart-warming and had a touch of playfulness giving the interaction between the characters a realistic feel. I enjoyed being sweep away by this beautiful second chance at love story, and look forward to listening to more in the series.
Angela Dawe's performance was good and I thought she did a great job delivering story and giving it that "historical feel."
Perfect for those who love the Outlander series but don't want to invest a lot of time in an audiobook.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
I thought this was going to be the usual 'period romance' you know - rake sees beautiful woman over dance floor but things go wrong type book - but I was very pleasantly surprised. It had everything - romance, humour, intrigue, tears - just a very good listen that was well written.
I have listened out of order so I haven't heard book 1 yet but I can't wait, I would have preferred to listen in order but it did not detract from the book's enjoyment in any way.
Worth my credit? Oh yes absolutely, and it will be an automatic download for the rest in the series. If you like these types of romance novels then you HAVE to get this series !!
I was ready to not love it based on some of the reviews and at first I didn't. I had initially listened to Ian's story, thinking that was better, however life got busy and I didn't listen for a couple of weeks. Then I started again and it just goes to show you sometimes the enjoyment of the first book listened to in a series can influence how you perceive the next book. After starting the book again I was thoroughly engrossed! A great book!
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This second installment to the series was very good. I didn't think it was as good as book one but I think my expectations were too high. Sometimes that happens. That being said - I still enjoyed this book! I thought the story of Isabella and Mac was intriguing. They had a lot of struggles but Mac was very determined! I will definitely listen to the remainder of this series.
Never judge a book by its movie
Beautiful, Sentimental, Mysterious
When Isabella & Mac, remember how each other felt at the loss of their baby, and when Mac reads the letter Isabella had left him the night she left him... So moving.
I Love the Mackenzie Brothers, but my favourite is still Ian... he does not understand Irony or sarcasm, and I just love how she plays him.
I also like Daniel ( Cameron's Teenage son) he is quite "cheeky"
I LOVE this series, you will laugh and cry, I really cannot wait for Cameron's story. It was my FAVOURITE .
Get this series you won' be sorry.
**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!
This is my second listening to this series. I have one more at the end that I have not heard. Looking forward to it. Good story. Good narration.= book I enjoy.
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
After listening to the first book in this series, I wanted that enjoyment to continue; however, I was hesitant to purchase this book as the main character in the first book is not the foremost character. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how the author weaved together the previous characters into this story and added new elements to those characters and their family. This was a great follow up to the first book and I will be purchasing the rest of the series to see what happens with this very unusual family. I highly recommend listening to this book and the first and being open minded to their flawed and imperfect personalities; this makes them very likeable as the story progresses.
It's hard to stand next to The Madness of Lord Ian (1st book). Lord Ian was great Lady Isabella was good.
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