My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage first and absolutely loved that book, so I started in on Ashley's backlist. While this book didn't disappoint, I did like Lady Isabella's story a bit more. However, it is absolutely wonderful to discover an author who grows with each subsequent book--the writing in Lady Isabella is much crisper, the POV's more delineated, the emotions and stakes higher. I love watching good authors get even better instead of just resting on their laurels. Lord Ian was almost too complex for me, but Ashley does a great job of making us believe that Beth is the perfect woman for him. I think her life post-HEA may be a little harder than most HEA's, it's also much more realistic. In the end, we all have to love the partner we have, not the partner we might wish he was.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely loved this, and I'm hoping that her backlist lives up to the tremendous potential here as this is the first work by her that I have read. I didn't feel like I needed to read the first book to understand the characters which is always a plus as I usually hate reading things out of order.