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Correction- What a Lady Requires is only available now for pre-order

When I accepted this book for review it was to be published today on Feb. 24th.  However the publishing gods changed their minds and have put off the date until March 31st (Maybe?).  If you are still interested you can pre-order the e-book now.  However, Perhaps you might like to read my review first.

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Release Day Review- What A Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What A Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy, book #3)

What a Lady Requires

Genre: Historical Romance/E-Book

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Loveswept, Feb. 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

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.

**

This book was just not my cup of tea. The handsome hero was rather stupid when he couldn’t even follow his wife’s tutelage in simple accounting. The heroine was smart and feisty and much more likable. Together they kept secrets from each other and it all became a bit boring.

The characters were well fleshed out but the plot seemed tacked together with random scenes. Side characters were from previous books in the trilogy and added to the story. Although this book can be read as a standalone, reading the two books before it will add to the enjoyment.

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Recent Release Review- What A Lady demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What A Lady Demands

What A Lady Demands

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

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.

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Pre-Release Review- A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn MacNamara

Title: A Most Devilish Rogue

A Most Devilish Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Ballantine, August 27, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

**

This book is well written, the characters well developed, the sexy scenes were hot,hot,hot and the story arc well plotted. However….I had a great deal of trouble liking these characters.

George had no sooner found out his mistress was pregnant than he takes up with Isabelle.  He’s all about Isabelle’s son Jack with nary a thought about a son he might have with the mistress. His only thought in that direction is about how much trouble it is causing him.  Isabelle is distraught about her missing son but somehow can put those thoughts aside to have several passionate encounters with George without a further thought to propriety or her son.  It was as if they were tempting others to find out about their liaison.  Yes, we can figure out the bad-guy early on and do wonder why intelligent George cannot.

This was an “okay” read bordering on “disappointing” what redeemed it in my eyes was the obvious writing ability of the author even though I could not wrap my hug around her plot.

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Review- A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: A Most Scandalous Proposal

A Most Scandalous Proposal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Ballentine, Feb 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has his sights set on Julia, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover that more than friendship is driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when Julia refuses him, and her father announces her betrothal, Benedict fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

**

This novel had an interesting twist.  Instead of the usual one love story there are two love stories within this plot.  Both Sophia and Julia have romantic encounters and it was rather fun to read along and wonder how their lives would pan out.  Sophia has been besotted with the Earl of Clivesden for 5 years and he is not interested, he wants Julia.  Julia has no interest in Clivesden and won’t hurt her sister by marrying him.  She  frankly does not want a romantic match at all, she is in love with Benedict but he has no money and her family is on the brink of bankruptcy.  Benedict is our hero to die for, but he does get some help from another hero. Scheming parents add to the adventure.

This is an intricate plot that is woven seamlessly by new author Ms. Macnamara.  The writing is well done and the characters well drawn. I do believe Ms. Macnamara’s books will be on my “must buy” list.  Regency romance lovers will want to read this one.

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