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Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Review: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley

Title: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Published: July 6, 2010 by Berkley
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Romance

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.

Warning Picture Spoilers (sort of)


What I Liked: It was fun reading about the "tortured" hero, Mac, trying to court his own wife back into his life. I also liked the fact that Isabella did not back down from his games and shy away like a little miss. Learning about the details on how the couple met and the circumstances that led to their separation was also a plus. Finally, I appreciated how Jennifer Ashley incorporated appearances from past characters, Beth, Ian, Cam, Hart, Daniel, and Inspector Fellows.

(Sorry Mackenzie fans, I couldn't figure out the Mackenzie plaid colors other then yellow so I didn't draw a kilt)

What I Disliked: A few of the metaphors made me wince here and there since the items used as comparison in the figurative speech did not exist during that time period. The most jarring one for me has to be when the author wrote

He and Isabella, who’d thus far been two wary satellites circling each other, were now part of a solid threesome.

I don't believe Mac would have been comparing anything to a satellite seeing how they did not exist until the 1950's. I also didn't find the orphaned child coming into their lives necessary since her appearance didn't make that much of a difference in the overall plot. Lastly, it was unsubtle in the way the author introduced the hero and heroine she has set-up for her next book. In fact, I found it very cliched.

 (Mac just looks like a bad LEGO drag queen here (-_-) )

Rating: 4/5
Whew...that took awhile to draw. I think I focused too much on the background for the first picture. Kind of the opposite of what I did for my previous "reviews". I figured they're aristocrats so I had to make it grand! I'll likely use that background again in the future for historical romances since most of them take place in some aristo's home.

Here's a little fun fact: The Isabella I drew was modeled after one of my old 5th grade drawings I did of Martha Washington. Of course since the style of dress was different in the mid 1700's compared to the late 1800's I had to tweak the ballroom dress to match the time period and the limited description given by the author. I actually fudged that up as well since I looked up 1890's fashion instead of 1880's. Oh well, we can't all be perfect.

After this drawing, I'm seriously thinking about investing in Photoshop since MS Paint is a pain to work with. Then again, I'm doing this for fun and seeing what I can do with Paint. Oh, the simple troubles of one who has too much time to spare.

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