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What a Lady Demands [Kindle Edition]

Ashlyn Macnamara
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.
 
Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.
 
Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

Praise for What a Lady Demands
 
“An intriguing, dramatic, and sexually charged novel that is recommended for most historical romance lovers.”Library Journal
 
“Loads of scandalous kisses and lusty embraces . . . The sizzling tension adds just the right amount of heat.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“[An] excellent drama . . . The protagonists find true love despite the physical and emotional scars that constantly drive a wedge between them.”RT Book Reviews (Digital First/Indie Press Historical Romance nominee)
 
“Suspense, passion, great love scenes . . . This one is a keeper.”—The Reading Wench
 
“The moments of wicked passion [Ashlyn] Macnamara intersperses balance out the tenderness, creating a truly well-rounded romance.”—Three Chicks After Dark
 
“If you are looking for a hot and steamy historical romance novel, and you enjoy lots of plot to go with the hotness, you should pick up What a Lady Demands.”—(un)Conventional Book Views
 
“This wonderful story has plenty of romance, some mystery and lots of deep passion. . . . If you enjoy a story that pulls at the heart strings, with well-developed characters and an engaging storyline, then this is a book you will not want to miss.”—Romantic Historical Reviews
 
“An emotional ride of a romance that pulls the reader into a plot of mystery, desire and redemption!”—Addicted to Romance
 
Praise for Ashlyn Macnamara
 
“Ashlyn Macnamara is a born storyteller, weaving tales rich in angst, humor, and history as she treats readers to the steamier side of Regency. Her inventive prose has secured her a place on my auto-buy list, and her memorable characters have secured a place in my heart. Don’t forget to set your morning alarm, though . . . you’ll be reading far past your bedtime!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
 
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare
 
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Review

 
“If you are looking for a hot and steamy historical romance novel, and you enjoy lots of plot to go with the hotness, you should pick up What a Lady Demands.”—(un)Conventional Book Views
 
“This wonderful story has plenty of romance, some mystery and lots of deep passion. . . . If you enjoy a story that pulls at the heart strings, with well-developed characters and an engaging storyline, then this is a book you will not want to miss.”—Romantic Historical Reviews
 
“An emotional ride of a romance that pulls the reader into a plot of mystery, desire and redemption!”—Addicted to Romance

Praise for Ashlyn Macnamara
 
“Ashlyn Macnamara is a born storyteller, weaving tales rich in angst, humor, and history as she treats readers to the steamier side of Regency. Her inventive prose has secured her a place on my auto-buy list, and her memorable characters have secured a place in my heart. Don’t forget to set your morning alarm, though . . . you’ll be reading far past your bedtime!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
 
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

Product Details

  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (November 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAFXA1Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional, Sweet Read November 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll start off by saying that I have never read this author before which, of course, means I have not read the first book in the series either. That being said I thoroughly enjoyed this endearing little historical romance.

On a bizarre and unusual note for me, I enjoyed the first half of the story more than the second half. I fully enjoyed the actual romance and family building while the confrontation with the antagonists toward the end left me a little wanting. I guess it wasn't meant to be an all out boss battle, due to several interactions with the antagonists that let up to the final confrontation, but it was like a blip then it was gone. *sigh* I'm a sucker for action though so I guess I am a little biased here. The beginning of the novel had me completely falling in love with our Heroine as well as our Hero's son, Jeremy. What a duo they made throughout the book!

Our Heroine, Cecelia Sanford, is a force to be reckoned with. Strong, independent, and not in the slightest bit a shrinking violet, she makes for quite the entertaining love story. Confrontational and defiant to her very core she is the last thing that our Hero would every dream of wanting for himself and his family. And doesn't it just always turn out that what you never thought you'd want is exactly what you need? *swoon* As I have said before, I love strong Heroines. Cecelia knows exactly when to push and when to back down while keeping her ward's best interest at heart at all times. As with about 70% of historical romances, our heroine is hiding a past that she would rather not confront but that she will need to in order to move forward in her life....enter our Hero.

Viscount Lindenherst. What can I say?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Steamy, Love Story!! November 4, 2014
By Lesia
Format:Kindle Edition
WOW! This book is hot, hot! A steamy, love story about a man broken in body and soul, and a lady from his past who is running from her own troubles and ruination. Lind is a commanding man who runs his household like he did his troops. Everything in its place and only anyone of the highest morals shall work in his household. Feisty Cecelia turns up on his doorstep intending to be the next governess for his young son. She has her own way of doing things, and they always clash with his strict rules. There are many secrets being kept by everyone, and mysterious characters showing up on the scene that make this an adventurous, sometimes thrilling story. Through it all a slow burn takes over Lind, he tries to fight it, so does Cecelia, at first. There are some wonderful secondary characters in this story, but the depth of the two main characters is like no other I've read before. Lind and Cecelia are each one of a kind and their story is powerful indeed. This is the first book in the series I've read, and I'm glad I read this one first. I didn't know what to expect when I began reading, but what a wonderful surprise. No way will I miss reading What A Lady Craves, bk 1, or What A Lady Requires, bk 3 out early 2015. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a little steam and slow burn in their romance reads.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Lady Demands November 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What I enjoyed the most about Lind and Cecelia's story is that they are examples of how adversity can effect a person. Both are broken, but Cecelia chose to rise above her past and live while Lind is literally drowning in hate, grief, and need for revenge.

There was a point in this story when I lost hope for them as a couple. Not because of their respective pasts but because of Lind's stubbornness. His first wife's affair with his friend resulted in a son whom Lind acknowledged as his heir but wanted nothing to do with. My heart broke at his son's desire for time with Lind, and my irritation rose with each slight Lind directed at him. Lind's life revolved around avoiding his son and destroying his former friend, his son's biological father. I didn't understand Cecelia's persistence or insistence on staying with Lind, before and after the got married. He was infuriating, annoying, and a fool.

Thank God he came to his senses before it was too late.

Cecelia was Lind's perfect mate in every sense of the word "perfect". She matched his temperament, set him straight when he needed to be, spoke her mind instead of playing the dutiful wife and staying quiet. But because of her own sordid past and the man who still haunted her, she understood the importance of rising above in order to move forward.

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"...I woke up one day and decided he would no longer hold all that over me. I decided to make somethinig of myself. I decided I have worth as a person. I decided. Me. And no one can take that away from me, unless I allow him to." (ARC, Loc 3229 of 3777)
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I really loved the laid back feel of this story. It moves along, no lulls or pages to skip, but nothing was rushed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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First off this book was very entertaining and beautifully written. I have read this author's previous books because she is wonderful storyteller. I think the "hero" so to speak has a bit of high handiness in his demeanor. That's not saying that I didn't like him, but sometimes men can be so stubborn in their attitudes. You have a wounded man from the Napoleonic wars by the name of Lindenhurst. He is a viscount, a widower who likes being demanding. There is so much anguish that has happened to Lind in his life, he forgets to live a little.
Then comes a spunky and no nonsense woman who becomes his son's governess. She sees more than the average woman who isn't afraid to give as good as she gets. Cecelia Sanford has confronted Lind about his son's need to his father and tries to get them together. Also, Cecelia has come love the sad little boy who constantly falls when walking because of an injury sustained at an earlier age. Though Lind has been lonely for a woman's touch, he finds himself enjoying the battle of wits with Cecelia. He breaks his cold shell around his heart for this woman who touches his soul. When Lind kisses Cecelia she gets overwhelmed with passion and can't wait until he does it again.
You will find out how one man can change for the better when one woman trusts him with all her secrets and lots of romance to make this a fantastic read.
I received this ARC title from Net Galley for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Lady Demands
2.5 stars

What a Lady Demands is the story of Cecelia and Lind who are both desperate to escape their pasts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie Elle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by leopold rosenbach
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it somewhat
It was and o k story. I enjoyed it somewhat. The weather was nasty and the work was undesirable so I settled for a book . It was better than working .
Published 1 month ago by Just Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara
Cecelia Sanford is the headstrong sister of Alexander, the hero from What a Lady Craves. In that story, she is memorable for her headstrong and determined nature. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. E. Almaguer
3.0 out of 5 stars joyful
I liked this book, but felt it sort of dragged a bit, would like to read another by Ashlyn to compare
Published 1 month ago by joyful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Story... Good but not Great.
I enjoyed the story and liked both Cecelia and Lin. It was a good story. It was well written. An all around good read; just not great and lacked something.
Published 1 month ago by Elli Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A brooding widower and a plot with a twist!
I couldn't resist another governess story once I was hooked on the first one. I really think it's a bit more refreshing change in this genre from the usual, since I have not ready... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lily - Lily Pond Reads Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star rating
This was a great book with a great plot. I enjoyed each page more than the one before. I give it a 5 star rating.
Published 1 month ago by Deb Shaffer
2.0 out of 5 stars well I made it through
Slow going with a discombobulated story and unlikeable hero. Everyone suffered from such angst. I still am not sure I really understood our heroine's past. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mamasherrom
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE BOOK
AWSOME BOOK BUY IT
Published 2 months ago by cb
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More About the Author

They say that once you reach your forties, you undergo some sort of mid-life crisis. That must have been what happened to Ashlyn Macnamara when she finally made up her mind to set down some of the stories that had been accumulating dust in the dark recesses of her brain for years. As space becomes available, other plots and characters have developed the pesky habit of moving in to take their place.

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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