Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review ARC: What A Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

What a Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy #2)

~ Genre ~ Historical Romance, Regency

~ Blurb ~
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.

~ My Review ~
Lately I have been reading a lot of books where there is a focus on strong women surviving impossible odds. This books rates at the top of the list.

The author created a memorable historical romance story showing how Cecelia took a horrible mistake she made as a young women to become a self possessed woman who is working on creating a better life for herself while she helped Lind and his son overcome physical and mental walls. It is refreshing how she just brazens through things and doesn’t allow fear to rule her no matter how much she is threatened by a man from her past. Her character is priceless.   

Lind is tortured, a man that is injured and in pain both in body and soul. I love how the author’s writing style for his part showed enough of his pain but not too much making you think less of his character. To me he was just the right amount of man to keep me wanting to know more about him.

Additionally, this book was riddled with interesting twists from other secondary characters; Cecelia’s brother Alexander and his wife Henrietta, Battencliffe an old friend, and Eversham a man from Cecelia’s past. They helped to progress the storyline by adding addition depth, danger and excitement to the story.

Last but not least this story is a romance and there is plenty of that to keep you reading to the very end. I recommend this book to everyone who loves Historical Romances and especially those who want to give this genre a try.

I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.

~ My Rating ~ 

~ About The Author ~

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.

Her debut novel, A Most Scandalous Proposal, releases February 26, 2013 from Ballantine books, with a second Regency romance, A Most Devilish Rogue, to follow.

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