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Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage: Highland Pleasures, Book 2 | [Jennifer Ashley]

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage: Highland Pleasures, Book 2

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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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

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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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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-09-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010

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    "REALLY GREAT LISTEN & VERY ENJOYABLE"

    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 !!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-04-13
    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-04-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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    "Love This Series!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-13-13
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Good but something was missing..."

    When Isabella and Mac were introduced in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, I was dying to read their story, but it didn't turn out to be as great as I was expecting. It just didn't have that heart melting romance nor sizzling love scenes like the first book.

    This is a story about forgiveness, about fighting for a marriage that was once great but got lost on the way. I found this book to be predictable with no significant character development. All the characters seemed the same on the first page as they were on the last, except with fewer misunderstandings between them.

    I felt this story was long. I didn't understand the drama and hesitation from Isabella. She loved her husband and he clearly showed her pretty quickly that he had changed but yet she kept going hot and cold. And the whole imposter thing was strange and unclear.

    This is a good story and the last chapter and the epilogue were amazing! I guess that the first book was so incredibly good that my expectations were too high. I'm looking forward to listening to book three though.

    Narration: Good narration by Angela Dawe but she still cannot do any accent other that American. Her British accent is bad and her Scottish accent is worse. Other than that she does great male voices and adds passion and feelings to each character.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 12-30-13
    Amazon Customer United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Emotionally Fullfilling"

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    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!

    Audio Thoughts:

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-06-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Great Second Book of Series"

    Very good listen. Angela Dawe sometimes monotone rhythmic voice is a little annoying...but other than that... Great Listen.

    Listen to the sample before you buy, just to see if you can tolerate the narrator. Worth the credit I think. Don't buy, just wait for your free credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 07-04-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 07-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "Another Big Hit!!!"
    If you could sum up Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, Sentimental, Mysterious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    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"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LOVE this series, you will laugh and cry, I really cannot wait for Cameron's story. It was my FAVOURITE .


    Any additional comments?

    Get this series you won' be sorry.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-10-12
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "What Might have been ..."

    I thought I had over indulged in Regency/Victorian romances to the point that I just could not swallow one more. Too much sugar is bad for you. But then I read a review of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie that totally captured my attention. I learned it was coming out in audiobook and bought it the day is showed up on Audible. And it did not disappoint. The book was not defined by a time period. It had a fascinatingly weird hero and an equally fascinatingly eccentric heroine. They could have been dropped into Rome in 200 AD or Australia in 2010 and it would not have mattered. They would still have been unique. And thoroughly enjoyable.

    So I had high hopes for the next in the series - Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage. Hopes that were ultimately dashed. There was a spark of the eccentric in both of the main characters but that spark was totally undeveloped. Instead he just seemed cruel and self-destructive and she was vapid. Their background was not developed, the explanation of why he treated her so cruelly was weak and just made him more unlikeable. And the fact that she put up with it just made her unsympathetic.

    The villain was also only marginally developed and caused very little conflict. The villain, his daughter and his dying ex-lover are totally superfluous. They are introduced, then basically forgot,

    The only thing that saved the book were the brief moments when Ian showed up. The author and the narrator understand this character and the way his disability is used to point out the weaknesses of others and flaws in their logic is inventive. Too bad she made Ian's wife, as fascinating as Ian in the first book, such a nonentity in this one. If you blinked you missed her. And you definitely missed her wit.

    To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. If it had not been for the brief glimpses of Ian, I probably would not have finished the book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-30-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Really good addition to the series. :D"

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I first saw Mac and Isabella at odds in the first book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and it was clear to see that Isabella and Mac love each other despite their issues so when I started this book I was rooting for their reconciliation from the beginning.

    Isabella grew up a proper lady and did everything expected of her, right down to boarding school and her coming out party. This is where Isabella veers off from the course her parents had set for her as Mac Mackenzie crashes her coming out party. He dares her to dance with him, which she shouldn't have but she does anyways, and before the night is over they've eloped and Isabella has been disowned by her rather strict father who cares more about Mac’s Scottish heritage than the fact that the Mackenzie’s are rich and powerful. Isabella was (mostly) happy with Mac for a few years but when his tendency to hurt her (emotionally) eventually became too much for Isabella and she leaves Mac (so they've been officially "separated" for the last 3 years).

    Mac Mackenzie is the younger brother of a powerful Duke but his passion lies in painting. Mac is actually known for having a very good talent and he's traveled the world, doing his paintings. Mac fell in love with Isabella from the moment he saw her at her coming out party. He married her right off and things were great at first. Unfortunately, Mac had a tendency to drink (a lot) and take off without notice, leaving Isabella to wonder where he is and what he’s doing. Mac always came back loving and sorry and then treated her like gold, at least for a while, and then he’d do the same thing all over again. It wasn't until Isabella left that Mac stopped drinking but he never got the courage to get Isabella back even though he still loves her and never cheated on her (no cheating either before or after their separation).

    During the previous book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, we got to see a bit of Mac and Isabella during their separation and see that they were both miserable and wanted each other. Ian tells Mac he’s a fool for not having gone after Isabella sooner and this gets Mac motivated (that and seeing Ian happy with his new bride). Mac starts trying to figure out how he can get Isabella to talk to him since she tends to avoid him and her talking to him would greatly help his efforts to get her back. Mac actually lucks out in this regard because Isabella ends up coming to see him. Isabella found a painting that she’s sure Mac didn't paint but was sold and signed as one of his paintings. Isabella tries to get Mac interested in the issue of a forged painting under his name but he doesn't seem to care, taking more interest in trying to get her to stay and talk to him. That doesn't work out so well but they meet up again when Isabella has gone to the store that sold the forgery to try to find out more and Mac shows up at the same time. They talk a bit more but Isabella still can’t seem to get Mac to take someone forging his paintings seriously which frustrates Isabella but she can’t force him to care and drops it for the time being. Mac continues to try to get more of Isabella’s attention; even crashing one of Isabella’s parties to get more time with her (Isabella doesn't have him thrown out because their marriage has already given enough gossip to their peers who eat up any scandal they can find). Isabella still does relatively well at keeping Mac at arm’s length until an arson burns down Mac’s studio and he and his servants suddenly show up on Isabella’s doorstep.

    Mac ends up staying with Isabella and soon Isabella ends up joining the Mackenzie family for the races (that take place outside of London) at a rented house since Beth and Ian are going to be there and Beth wanted Isabella to be around for them to visit with each other. Isabella agrees because Beth is the closest thing to a sister Isabella has since her family disinherited her (so she hasn't been able to see her real sister in 6 years). Mac is thrilled to have Isabella near and it gives him more of a chance to get back in to her good graces. However, more weirdness shows up when it becomes apparent that there’s someone there that seems to look a LOT like Mac and Mac wonders if it’s his forger (who was also described as looking like Mac). After the races are done, Isabella and Mac accompany the other Mackenzie's to the Mackenzie home in Scotland. As they start to spend more time together, Isabella realizes that Mac has changed and starts to soften towards him. However, Isabella worries about if his changes will last and be enough. They do start talking though and even a little more as they have trouble keeping their hands off each other (wink, wink). Regardless of this, Isabella isn't willing to jump back in to things with Mac. Some more troubles plague the couple as a woman shows up with a daughter claiming Mac as the father. As things progress it appears that the mysterious man who's been selling his paintings as Mac is a nutter who appears to actually think he's the "real" Mac and thinks Isabella should be with him instead of Mac (the real Mac...). As Mac tries to gain Isabella's trust again, he also has to try to keep her safe from his imposter. Isabella isn't happy to have Mac insist on staying with her for safety but she realizes it's for the best as she wouldn't be able to protect herself from a crazy. The time together gives Mac and Isabella time to get to know each other again and this helps them realize they still love each other and they need to give their marriage another (serious) try. There are some additional issues they have to face before the end but Isabella and Mac do come through their issues and reconcile so they can proceed with their HEA.

    This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked both Isabella and Mac and liked the way things worked out for them. They both made mistakes but I liked that they were able to remember what was important and work things out in the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series (which I'm starting in about 10 minutes). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-19-13
    Maria Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What in the World is Isabella Waiting For?"
    Where does Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten at least, although within the series, I'd be pressed to make it third or fourth. I grew a little tired of her resistance even though her Mack was a drunken brat at one time.


    What other book might you compare Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage to and why?

    Some of Sylvia Day's period pieces have a female protagonist who resists the charms of a scoundrel man she'll ultimately wind up in bed with and wedded to. The storyline is familiar but I adore the brothers in this series. Ian, Cameron and Hart are worth the read and listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Superb. Excellent technique. She eases the listener through the maze of characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really but perhaps over a weekend, with some breaks. Worth the credit. Amen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    krystal KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-27-13
    krystal KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Lover of books both big and small.

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    "Fantastic Listen and Read"
    Would you listen to Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage again? Why?

    I would listen to this book over and over again. This has the suspense, the mystery, and the tug at your heart strings that all good historical romances need in order to be a great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way JA incorporated the back story. I am a person who has to understand why a character is the why they are, the little "news story clips" keep us informed of the past troubles in a way that is time sensitive is incredibly well done.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Mac. I have traveled to Scotland and all of the fake Scottish accents drive me crazy. Angela Dawe gave enough burr into the character to make it believable that he was a Scottish gent with an English education.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh, they found themselves in some of the strangest personal situations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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