Title: What A Lady Demands
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, Nov. 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
This plot had an interesting ploy. Beyond the usual haunted hero we have a haunted heroine. She needs saving as well as he needs saving but here we know that she is the stronger of the two because she realizes that in helping him she is also saving herself.
Ashlyn Macnamara has written a splendidly entertaining novel that is full of sizzling, sensual chemistry and is emotionally charged and satisfying. Your heart will be warmed by the heroine’s tender care of Lind’s son. I recommend this book to all Historical Romance lovers.