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- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (March 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2015
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N6PD6YI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
What a Lady Requires has a tangible innocence that is very overlooked on historical romances, creating believable and relatable characters. What I enjoyed most is the hero, Rowan Battencliffe. He’s not the over the top protagonist, plus I’d say he’s a Beta compared to the ocean of alphas nowadays, which pleases me immensely.
When you quote names like Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Sabrina Jeffries in your blurb, you leave the reader with some expectations. They can be good or bad, but I would compare to some other names instead of the first two: Sophie Barnes, Sarah MacLean or Tessa Dare.
I believe it was lacking some tension as the plot was foreseeable until the last page. This definitely impacted my excitement about this book. This is a new to me author and this title left an overall good impression…. In the end, would I read another book by Ashlyn Macnamara? Yes, I would (and I will)!
Emma Jennings is a business minded cit, the daughter of a very rich and successful wine merchant, whose father wants her to marry for a title in order to lessen the stain of her humble origins. She’s an intelligent and mature bluestocking who wears spectacles and is looked down upon by Polite Society. At twenty-five, Emma has no romantic notions and is willing to cede to her father’s desires.
But her father arranges for her to manage the purse strings and teach Rowan Battencliffe, a very handsome but profligate younger brother of an earl, how to manage an estate.
Rowan comes with his own problems of vice: a reckless past of drinking, gambling, and in a moment of inebriated weakness, seducing an old friend’s wife.
Rowan is ashamed of his lack of knowledge of money, but quickly impressed with his wife’s business acumen and good sense. Luckily, he doesn’t let his ego affect him too much. But he does demand fidelity and his distrust of Emma’s business correspondence with men irks him.
Emma is smart, sensible, but also vulnerable. She is attracted to her husband and is happily surprised when she learns he is also attracted to her. He makes her feel feminine and desirable. Indeed, he loves her wit and her mind but he also wants her to let loose a little and smile and laugh more. She’s self conscious about her laugh and it’s a lovely moment when Rowan compliments her on it. Emma is an observer of people; she picks up clues and knowledge and, as a cit, she pretty much fades into the background at ton events. She isn’t into fripperies and most ladylike nonsense, and she never wastes money. She has her eye solidly on finance, chatting with gentlemen about estate matters and even planning their Italian honeymoon with a visit to some vineyards. She even stands up for herself, asking Rowan to trust her to deal with strange men in business matters without him suspecting her of infidelity.
Emma feels safe and loved with Rowan. And he endears himself to her as he tries valiantly to learn about estate matters and responsibilities with her assistance. Theirs is a true partnership.
His proposal scene—or should I say, declaration of love?—toward the end, is truly heartwarming.
They live in Lydia Lindhurst’s old townhouse, which Emma’s father bought. It’s also where Rowan holds bad memories of his one night with Lydia which haunt him; but he cannot recall the exact details all of which are eventually revealed.
The love scenes and sexual tension between Emma and Rowan scorch the pages but they also move their love story forward. They reveal their insecurities and fears through their lovemaking and their rich conversations…and they fall in love.
The side story of Emma’s business arrangement gone awry melds well with Rowan’s own personal vendetta to go after the man who fleeced him. Macnamara paces the action perfectly with a lovely romance that is central to the story and there are no loose ends and even a few surprises.
Emma befriends the heroines from the first two books in the series, Cecelia and Henrietta, and their husbands also make an appearance. The estrangement of the former Eton schoolmates is finally resolved as well.
The best book in the series.
Rowan Battencliffe, who will inherit the title Earl of Sparkmore, was introduced in the previous novels. He seems to have everything, but due to some unfortunate business deals, he is nearly broke. Since marriage seems unlikely to be in Emma’s near future, her father and Rowan’s brother broker an agreement for Rowan and Emma to marry. This arranged union would give Emma the one thing her father wants for her but cannot give her himself: a title. It would also solve Rowan’s money problems. The two enter into the loveless marriage and are quickly surprised to learn that, underneath Emma’s stern exterior, a beautiful, sensuous woman has been sleeping. Rowan is delighted to be the one who wakes her up. Not all is as it seems, however, as both Rowan and Emma are harboring secrets that could destroy the relationship that is starting to build between them.
Emma was a very well written character. She keeps her father’s books for him because she likes to work with numbers. She agrees to marry Rowan because she cannot picture a man that would be in love with her, and she wants to please her father by marrying a man with a title and have children. She knows what she must do to have those children, so she gives in to Rowan’s sexual advances. No one is more surprised than she is when she finds that she enjoys the physical side of marriage.
While Rowan was an equally well-written character, I did not like him much. I have not read the earlier novels in the series, so this is my first introduction to Rowan. While Emma’s motivations for the marriage were not necessarily proper, I felt that, for the most part, they were unselfish. She wanted to please her father and give him grandchildren. Rowan’s motivations were to obtain the money to get him out of trouble and to have sex. I did like Rowan’s sense of humor, and much of the dialog between Emma and Rowan was cleverly written. I never really warmed up to him, however, because I always felt that, if Emma had believed in herself more, she could have found someone better than Rowan.
In general, I thought this was an interesting story that most readers will enjoy. I, however, found the plot lacking a bit. I, personally, don’t enjoy stories that contain sex just for the sake of sex. I want the romance to be there, even if it’s just a spark, right from the beginning. That wasn’t the case with this story. Also, the “secrets” that each character harbored added interest to the plot, but I felt their resolution was rather weak.
I am giving WHAT A LADY REQUIRES three stars. I would suggest that readers read the previous two books in the trilogy first. Had I done that, perhaps I would have appreciated and enjoyed this book much more.
Originally reviewed for Buried Under Romance www.buriedunderromance.com
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.