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Scandalosa Isabella (Mackenzies & McBrides #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,116 Ratings  ·  779 Reviews
Inghilterra - Scozia, 1881
Lasciatosi alle spalle la sregolata vita dell'artista, da anni Lord Mac Mackenzie si è imposto una ferrea astinenza dall'alcol e dal sesso e ha smesso di dipingere. Quando però nella sua vita ricompare la moglie con cui aveva vissuto un tormentato rapporto fatto di passione sfrenata e litigi furibondi, Mac ritrova magicamente l'ispirazione. Isabel
Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Harlequin Mondadori, I Grandi Romanzi Storici n.785 (first published July 6th 2010)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Scandalous Stars


First read May 4 2015
Reread 8/17/2016 best second chance love story!
Re reread 6/27/2017

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“Isabella.” The word came out half whisper, half moan. “I’ve missed you so much.” “I’ve missed you.” She touched his face, her hand cool and soft. “I do miss you, Mac.”

I am enjoying the hell outta this series! I was a little fearful when I started this book. I worried that Ian's book would have set the bar too high and this one would never live up to the love I have for Ian. I wa
Blacky *Romance Addict*
“It is a game, my love.” He held her gaze. “It is the most serious game I’ve ever engaged in. And I intend to win it. I will have you back, Isabella—in my life, in my house, and in my bed.”

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Loved this book Photobucket but most of all, I loved the romance! Photobucket So great to read a historical where the heroine isn't a virginal miss, but a married woman, and the couple know each other (well, they're married Photobucket)
This is the story about forgiveness and making peace with the past, but ultimately, SEDUCTION Photobucket

“My dear Is
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Having read and LOVED The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, I thought I’d go crazy waiting for this book to come out, and at times I nearly did. But let me just say, it was well worth the wait!

Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage is, of course, Roland “Mac” and Isabella Mackenzie’s story. From the first book in the Highland Pleasures series, we learned that they had married under unconventional, AKA scandalous, circumstances, then separated a few years later. It was clear that their relationship ha
Sammy Loves Books
I am in love with the MacKenzie Brothers
*****4.25 ~ Scandalous Stars*****


Six years ago, Mac MacKenzie was a hot mess. He was a fun loving, drunk bastard that didn't have a care in the world. He crashed a debutant's coming out party on a dare, but the joke turned out to be on him because he fell madly in love with the debutant.


Isabella needed an out. Her father had planned to marry her off to some old crone that she had no interest in. One look at Lord MacKEnzie and she never looked back. She
It's just me Shelly B
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to It's just me Shelly B by: Blacky *Romance Addict*

"Now I dare you, my fine lady from Miss Pringle's Academy: From which part of my anatomy would you like to lick this cream?"

Can I answer that question? PLEASE.....let me answer!!!!!!!!

This book 2 in the Mackenzie series and I will have to say that, once again, I'm in love with another Mackenzie brother. Good lord these men are so delicious and they wear kilts..........YES I said KILTS!!!!!!!

This is Lord "Mac" Mckenzie and Isabella's story. They were married 6 years ago but they have been separat
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals

"Then another of your weapons is dancing me until my feet hurt," Isabella said. "That and your kilt."
He looked nonplussed. "My kilt?"
"You look particularly fine in a kilt."
Mac's gaze flickered. "Yes, I remember, you always liked looking at my legs. And other parts of my anatomy. Rumor has it that a Scotsman wears nothing at all under his kilt."

London, 1881
Even though the scandalous Lord Roland (what a name; I can understand why Mac didn't want to be called Roland) "Mac" Mac
4.5 Scandalous Stars!!

“I can’t lose you.” Isabella stroked his hair, her touch so dear to him. “I don’t want to live without you, Mac. I never was a whole person until I met you.”

I am smiling so big right now. Loving the absolute hell out of this series. Cannot get enough! I love these vivid characters, deep, suspenseful plots, and swoony romance and steam. Kicking myself for waiting so long to dive into the historical world. I know they're not all as good as Jennifer Ashley's. But damn has sh
Laura the Highland Hussy
I just absolutely loved Lord Ian, so I was doubly looking forward to this one. Once again, I was not disappointed. It was great, a different take on a relationship in an Historical Romance.

Mac Mackenzie was dared to crash a debutante's coming out ball, steal a kiss from her, and bail. Oooh, boy did Mac get more than he bargained for. He got his sweet kiss from Lady Isabella and knew that he needed more, so off they went to get married! And for three years, they had some very passionate ups and
We all read book after book after book. Some make us laugh out loud, others have us shedding more than our fair share of tears while still others have us gripping the book with white-knuckled intensity as the suspense builds page by page. But how often do you come across a book that engages all of these emotions and manages to seize your heart as well? Such was the case for me with Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley.

On the night of her coming-out ball, Isabella met and fell i
Beanbag Love
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just in love with this series. I mean, seriously in love. Like, get married, buy a house together and have 2.5 kids in love.

This follow-up to the remarkable "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" has just as much angst, romance, spark, sensuality and suspense as its predecessor. "Mac" MacKenzie is a wonderful tortured hero and Isabella is a complex, brave heroine. They are both deeply in love and readily admit it, but so much has happened and they both still hurt so much, you wonder if they ca
I loved Mac and Isabella's story and I feel this book has ruined me for any other historical romances that I might want to read next. The Mackenzie family is wonderful and it was great to find out how Ian and Beth were doing in this one. Mac is definitely swoon worthy material and Isabella was the perfect match for him. This is one of the first romances that I have enjoyed where the couple was married at one point and then separated to only be reunited again. If I could give this a higher rating ...more
Duchess Nicole
"It is a game, my love." He held her gaze. "It is the most serious game I've ever engaged in. And I intend to win it. I will have you back, Isabella - in my life, in my house, and in my bed."

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I think the subject matter hit a little too close to home for me in a couple of ways, and this sort of spun me in to a bit of depression. On the other, either this author has had firsthand knowledge of some of the details about the book or knows someon
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is such an amazing read. Mac and Isabella's characters were fleshed out beautifully. They came alive with every page—they really felt so real.

And by the time I was done with the book, I had to fight the urge to cry because I was so sad to see their story end. They became my friends and it was hard to let them go. Even though I know I can see more of them in the future books, it's still going to be different because they won't be the focus anymore. That's why i
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Lady Isabella met and married Lord Roland "Mac" Mackenzie on the night of her debut ball, causing a massive scandal. However, three years later she causes another scandal by separating from him. Three and a half years later, Mac has changed from the drunk and wild youth he was when he first married Isabella and is determined to win his wife back, the wife he has never stopped loving.

I love the first book in this series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, it is one of my favourite all time histo
After reading Jennifer Ashley’s classic debut book “The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie,” I just had to read the second book in the “Highland Pleasures” series to satisfy my tastes for “highlander romance!” The second book “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage” definitely did not disappoint me in the least and it stars Mac Mackenzie, Ian’s older brother and his estranged yet strong willed wife, Isabella Scranton! Just like its predecessor, “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage” has the trappings of ...more
I just finished reading The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie and I thought that book was okay and was looking forward to this insallment since the couple captivated me in the prior book. I'm sad to say that the hero and heroine are not as captivating in their own book. From the start, I realized that they were not as interesting as they were before. Something was missing from each of them. The heroine's personality didn't seem so unique and wild anymore, and the hero lost his sex appeal because he ...more
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

I hardly remember any other h/H whose love was more believable, more heart wrenching, more generous, more deep and more beautiful than that of Mac and Isabella. They are both incredible people, truly made for each other.
There were parts I savored by reading again and again, even going slowly so the book won’t end too soon.

It’s rare for a book to have mcs who are so completely in love to begin with . . .they are married (though separated, yes), know and believe in each other’s love, have complet
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am crazy for this series!
This one was almost as awesome as the first book; I savored every moment of Isabella and Mac. I think I'm only giving it 4 stars because the chemistry between the them didn't quite live up to the epicness that was Ian and Beth!! I'm off to start the next book about sinful Cameron...
Lord Mac Mackenzie is a legend as a respected painter compared to the likes of Monet. Mac lives and breaths for his art, but his muse is missing. The reason is because his wife, who he loves dearly, left him three years ago after being fed up with his disappearing for weeks on end and drinking himself into a stupor. The moment his Isabella separated from him, Mac turned over a new leaf and would do whatever he could to make her come back. But it hasn't worked. Only recently have they started tal ...more
Laura V.
Me duele en el alma. Pero el libro no es tan bueno como pensé que era.
Mac es un sol, pero cometió muchos errores que le costaron su matrimonio. El tiempo que pasaron separados, lo sufrió en carne, con la desintoxicación, las recriminaciones sobre sí mismo, la culpa.
Isabella, estaba muy cansada de su actitud. No entendía que Mac no la entendiera. Intentó ser lo que creía que él quería que fuera y no funcionó y cuando las cosas empeoraron, agarró sus cosas y se fue, dejándole una nota, no a él, s
4.5 stars (not the full five only because I liked book 1 better than book 2 - not because book 2 doesn't deserve the full five)

I thought I was done with historical romance long ago. I was never even a fan of the regency period romances. However, I can't figure out how to resist these Scotsmen in kilts. ;-) Jennifer Ashley does such a great job bringing her historical characters to life with modern voices. In spite of the setting, these are highly relate-able characters. It's easy to feel them an
No sé si será porque me lo he leído a ratos, en mis viajes de ida y vuelta al trabajo, o porque he tardado mucho en acabarlo, para mi tiempo medio habitual de lectura... pero no me ha acabado de convencer. Venir después de esa maravilla de libro que es el primero, tampoco habrá ayudado.

Los MacKenzie siguen siendo maravillosos y ellos dos me gustan como pareja, pero Jennifer Ashley alarga demasiado ese "ni contigo, ni sin ti" que se trae la protagonista en casi toda la novela. Entretenido y ya.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I LOVED Ian MacKenzie so I was a little skeptical 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
Sophie ♥
My hopes for this book weren't very high when I started and to be honest, Mac really couldn't compare with the adorableness of Ian. He wasn't a bad hero, he just wasn't Ian. I spent most of this book fawning over Ian from afar. Somehow I found myself even more in love with him than when I finished The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

"Ian propped himself on his elbow as Mac approached, remaining by Beth’s side like a protective dragon."

"Ian planted himself in front of Mac and waited for Mac to not
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
me he enamorado completamente de Mac Mackenzie, de sus pinturas, de su kilt, de sus rosas amarillas y de todo lo que ha sufrido por reconquistar a su esposa. Es un personaje que me ha atrapado de principio a fin.
la que tampoco se puede quedar muy atrás es Isabella. Es más buena que el pan, cariñosa, amable... una protagonista digna para Mac. Isabella me ha atrapado tanto como su esposo, pero juntos han hecho una pareja explosiva, estraordinaria, ardiente, romántica... Lo tienen todo. Con esos c
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un libro muy recomendable, tiene de todo risas,amor,un poco de intriga y todo con el sello inconfundible de jennifer ashley... estoy deseando leer el resto de la saga;))
This is book two in the Highland Pleasures series. The first book was The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. I recommend reading these in order, because I feel it creates a richer back story.

This book was nothing like I expected it to be. From the hints we received in Ian's book, it seemed like Isabella and Mac had much stronger feelings than I felt were portrayed here. Call me crazy, but when you're fed up enough to leave someone (even if you love them) there are strong emotions there. Even though
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would love a man named Mac. But I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with the sexy, charming, and seductive Lord Mac Mackenzie.
Mac is a famed artist who met and married Isabella Scranton on the night of her coming out debut six years earlier. After three years of troubled marriage and tragic events, Isabella leaves Mac.(yup) After being legally separated for three years, life events bring Isabella and Mac face to face. Isabella still loves her husband, but is stil
Another great read! I really love Mac Mackenzie's sense of humor and his easy going lovable manner. He's such a sweetie. But what I enjoyed most of all is seeing glimpses of Ian and Beth's life and how happy she makes him. Ian is so special to me *sigh*

What can I say but I've fallen in love with the Mackenzie brothers, peculiarities and all. Love this series!
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Other Books in the Series

Mackenzies & McBrides (10 books)
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1)
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
  • The Seduction Of Elliot McBride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #5)
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (MacKenzies & McBrides, #6)
  • Rules for a Proper Governess (MacKenzies & McBrides, #7)
  • The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #8)
  • Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction (MacKenzies & McBrides, #9)
  • The Devilish Lord Will (MacKenzies & McBrides, #10)

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