Released: July 6, 2010
List Price: $7.99
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Pages: 316; 317-325: Excerpt from The Many Sins of Lord Cameron; 326+: ads
Publisher: Leisure Books
Description (her website/again the back cover is different): 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 erotic 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.
I didn’t even know there was a second book until Rika told me.
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage centers around Isabella and Mac’s (one of Ian’s older brothers) broken marriage. The two eloped on the night of Isabella’s come-out ball and – naturally – caused uproar in the ton.
What I liked about this novel was the fact that the love was never in question. Isabella knew she loved and still loves Mac, and Mac knew he loved and still loves Isabella. The conflict is: what do you do when love isn’t enough?
There are other problems in marriage than the spouses not loving each other, for example (with Mac), alcoholism. Mac is under the delusion that alcohol does not negatively affect him and only enhanced his artistic ability (he’s a painter). He didn’t see how it was hurting Isabella and his marriage. Eventually, she leaves him because ‘even though she loves him, it’s too much’.
Isabella discovers someone forging Mac’s artwork and takes that as an opportunity to storm back into his life. By warning him, she is able to see him again and possibly rekindle their relationship. However, since this is a weak reason to go running back to a husband whose intention was to make her debauched before all of London and alcoholism ripped apart their marriage, I think the forgery plot was the weakest part of the book.
But, this can go two ways: the forgery had possibilities, but fell short or it was intentional on the author’s part because it was clear the characters simply needed a reason (even a flimsy one) to mend their marriage.
Ian, recently married to Beth and with a baby on the way, makes a few (not many about two or three) appearances and keeps on the same vain as his book when he asked Mac “Have you fixed it yet?”
In Ian’s mind it is easy – beyond easy – to fix the Mac/Isabella debacle. Mac tries explaining it’s not all black and white. To tell you the truth, after a while I was agreeing with Ian. He just made it sound so plausible!
Mac is sweet, protective, and noble(ish). He comes really, really close to surpassing Ian’s awesomeness. But, not quite and I think it’s because Ian makes appearances in Mac’s book that make him more endearing. It was a good effort though, Mac, good effort.
Rating: 4 ½ stars
I’m all aflutter waiting for The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. He’s my favorite/most interesting brother, has a teenage son, and his romance was hinted at towards the end of Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage. Her website says: “Coming August 2011”. Who knows what I’m doing before I start my last semester of college!