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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: July 6, 2010
Series: Highland Pleasures #2
Published by Berkley Sensation
I LOVED Ian MacKenzie so I was a little sceptical about reading about Mac and Isabella. Don’t get me wrong, I found them both likeable characters but after starting off with such a great book, I was honestly expecting something less than spectacular for this one. After all, I’m not usually a fan of rekindled romances. The reason being that is that half of the romance has been told before the actual book. Therefore, we only get glimpses here and there of their past love and the writer has to work extra hard to establish that yearning and that spark in a shorter amount of time.
But with Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage, I found that Ashley did a pretty good job of getting that constant yearning and distress onto the page. I liked that she added the not-so-happy scenes where they yelled the house down during their marriage and Mac’s careless drunkenness. It briefly showcased their problems that showed why they separated in the first place. I could see her efforts to try to get those feelings across but I didn’t always feel it.
In comparison to Ian’s book, I thought Mac’s book was equal in its goodness, if not more. Ashley really heats things up in Mac’s book! I don’t recall Ian’s love scenes to be this steamy. That scones and cream scene?? Yeah, totally unexpected but very,very HOT!!!
The only thing I wish there was more of is….I can’t believe I’m saying this but, WHERE’S INSPECTOR FELLOWS?! He makes a few appearances but after the first book and the whole reveal at the end, I thought he would play a much larger part in the storyline.
I love this series and this book was an easy one to devour. Mac is so tempting in those Mackenzie kilts! Paired with that wicked smile and his charm, there is no reason why Isabella wouldn’t find herself falling hard for her husband again.
My advice? PICK.THIS.BOOK.UP!! I can’t wait for Cam’s book!
“I loved and adored you, but I drained you like a thirsty man at a spring. I loved what you could give me – your admiration, your acceptance, your love, your forgiveness. I forgot to love you for yourself.”
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