Apr 15, 2015

What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara Review

What a Lady Requires
The Eton Boys Trilogy # 3
By: Ashlyn Macnamara
Releasing March 31st, 2015

Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries, Ashlyn Macnamara’s blazing hot novel tells the story of mismatched newlyweds who discover a simmering connection.
Unlike every other proper young lady, Miss Emma Jennings views marrying well as little more than a means to an end. Such a merger would provide her industrious father with social credibility, and Emma with a chunk of her vast inheritance. Emma’s practical views are shattered, however, when her father ties her to the fabulously handsome ne’er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe, a man she loathes on sight—from the smile that promises all manner of wickedness to the way he ogles her with those striking blue eyes.

Deep in debt, especially to his wine merchant, Rowan figures the sooner he gets his finances in order, the sooner he can go back to doing what he does best: burning through ridiculous sums of cash. Which is why Rowan agrees to marry the merchant’s daughter, a prim and proper woman with delightful curves and an ample dowry. But Emma seems to think it’s her business to reform him! Their marriage is a tinderbox—and it’s just too tempting to resist playing with fire.

So wow!  This  story  was  a  very  pleasant  change  from  what  I  was  expecting.  As  we  know  I  LOVE  historical  romance  and  I  am  use  to  wallflowers  or  lady's  marring  for  money,  but  this  book  is  a  total  360!  And I loved every second of it.
Emma's  father  has  decided  that  she  should  marry  and  she  has  the  big  dowry  to  prove  it.  But  Emma's  father  has  given  her  a  greater  gifts  than  money.  Emma  was  blessed  with  good  common  sense,  a  good  work  ethic,  good  business  and  investment  skills.  But  Emma  was  also  born  into  working  class  and  even  though  they  are  hugely  successful,  the  upper  echelon  despise  the  newly  wealthy.
Rowan  Battencliffe,  brother  to  the  Earl  of  Sparkmore,  is  facing  financial  ruin,  but  luckily  his  brother  has  come  to  his  rescue,  by  marrying  him  off  to  Emma  Jennings.  Although  her  is  very  reluctant  at  first,  once  he  sobers  up  he  is  very  attracted  to  Emma.

But  these  two  hold  many  secrets;  which  unknowingly  are  intertwined.  What  happens  when  their  secrets  are  exposed  and  will  they  be  able  to  stop  the  person  intending  them  harm!

This was such a pleasant book to read.  I  found  the  writing  smooth  and  the  only  thing  I  found  lacking  in  the  plot,  was  a  little  bit  more  detail  in  the  background,  but  even  then  it  didn't  really  detract  from  the  story.  The  characters  were  detailed  and  interactive,  almost  like  they  were  real.  I  was  wondering  if  the  author  did  any  research  into  the  characters  names  and  wondered  why  she  would  have  chosen  an  Irish  name,  for  an  English  character.

Overall  a  pleasant  book  and  one  that  I  will  read  again  and  again.  So  I  give  What  A  Lady  Requires  9  out  of  10

 Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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