Review: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Mackenzies & McBrides #2) by Jennifer Ashley

Tuesday, January 10
My rating:
4 Stars… and a 1/2 stars!

Quote…"Don't," he said. "Don't laugh and look so beautiful."

Synopsis:
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.

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What I loved:
Quote…"I can't paint you," he said in her ear. "I want to love you."

Good Lordy, Mac was the hotness. I adored everything about him, even when he was a bit of a mutton. Like, some of the things he did before Isabella left him made me want to bitch slap his ass.

But the rest of the time, I just wanted to grope it lovingly, so it worked out fine.

Isabella was the funnest heroine I've come across in 2017. She was risque, and scandalous, and adventurous, and brave, and I loved that she went after what she wanted. She made a decision and ran with it. This bish had spine. Not once did she back down when Mac decided to come for her.

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And then, as always, the best part of anything to do with the Mackenzies...

Ian!! Just. Yum. All the deliciousness that is Ian, and his love for Beth, and their babies. Woot woot!

Quote…Ian had regarded Isabella for a time with his sideways look, before offering to show her his collection of Ming bowls. For Ian, this was the equivalent of declaring undying devotion.

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What I didn’t love:
As much as I love the Mackenzie & McBrides as a whole, this one lacked a bit of the something that made Lord Ian's story one of the best I've ever read. I think maybe it was chemistry - or the fact that I love the build up to the first time the couple get together, and in this story we don't have that. They've already been married for 6 years. It was also a lot more... all over the place?... than the first book, in that they travel to a lot of places, there is a lot of back story, then jumping to (what would be their) present day. It's not hard to follow, but it feels a little disjointed.

Overall…
You could put Ian Mackenzie in an article about the weather and I'd adore the everloving shit out of it. So, as much as Isabella and Mac's story wasn't my favourite, it was still wonderful, and heartwarming, and dramatic - with a bit of intrigue and mystery thrown in there.
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