What a Lady Requires: The Eton Boys # 3 by Ashlyn Macnamara with Excerpt and Giveaway

I’ve followed this series from the start, and enjoyed the ride! Today I am pleased to present book three in The Eton Boys series from Ashlyn Macnamara. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25.00 eGift Card to Choice Book Seller, Loveswept Mug and Nail Polish.

What a Lady Requires

I’ve read each of the stories in this trilogy: until this story they have all been fast-paced, rapid fire. But,  Ashlyn Macnamara starts this story a bit backwards: our characters are married with little introduction and even less romance.
Rowan is a bit of a ne’er do well, with large debts he’s a typical second son, enjoying life without facing consequence. While he is a member of “society”, he’s not as rigidly held to the standards of title that others are, and while using the benefits that society brings him, he isn’t abusing them dramatically.  Actually his charm and humor see him through most of his life, and he has questions unvoiced about his ability to be any more than he is.  Emma is a merchant’s daughter, as such, she is not traditionally eligible to move up in society.

This isn’t her main concern though, she’s really wanting to make the seemingly impossible jump to businesswoman in her own right.  Emma is surrounded by friends and family who support her, and understand her need to be challenged and independent.  Intelligent, plain spoken and highly loyal, her first introduction to Rowan is surprising in her instant dislike of the man and his charms.  But, her father wants her to be married, and with Rowan’s brother decides on a scheme that will solve both of their problems with the younger couple. They will be married: Emma will be a taming influence on Rowan, and Rowan will help Emma to learn to enjoy life, and possibly give her another outlet for her energy.  And so, the couple is thrust together and must come to some sort of amicable arrangement, which soon isn’t enough for either of them. They want to find the romance in this marriage, and in doing so, find the purpose and joy in a life together.

While a bit of a slow grower, their interactions and the interferences from secondary characters are joyous additions. Emma’s large group of supporters are enhanced by intrusions and introductions of Henrietta (book 1) and Cecilia (book 2) with their husbands, friends that Rowan has wronged.  Friendships are established with the three women as the men work out their own issues, and both are urged on to pursue romance and find the love that exists between them in their arrangement.

Emma’s head for business is a bonus for Rowan with his history of bad decisions, and his humor, laden with puns and good natured ribbing is delightful to see. These two are surprisingly well-suited for one another, in fact, everyone but them is instantly aware of that fact. It just takes them a bit to discover it for themselves.  With a deft hand, Macnamara navigates the secrets, revelations, attitudes and emotions of the characters to bring a wonderful end to the series and a happy ending for the two who seemed to need it the most.

What a Lady Requires: The Eton Boys # 3 by Ashlyn Macnamara with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: What a Lady Requires
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Series: The Eton Boys Trilogy #3
Also in this series: What a Lady Craves, What a Lady Demands
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 31 March 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 231
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries, Ashlyn Macnamara’s blazing hot novel tells the story of mismatched newlyweds who discover a simmering connection.

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.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

“Ladies.” He swept into a bow that wouldn’t have been out of place in the royal palace, but for the way he wavered on the way back up. “You can never miss the chance to greet too many ladies.”

The force of his charm crashed up against the cliff face that was Aunt Augusta. “Have we been introduced?” she asked in her iciest tones.

“My apologies.” He stuffed a hand into his top coat and produced a card, hesitating between Aunt Augusta and the butler for a moment, before finally passing the bit of cardboard off to Grundy. “Yes, I ought to have handed this over sooner. Rowan Battencliffe at your service.”

He tucked his hand into his waistcoat and bowed his head once more. “And now I’m afraid I must leave you all. Duty calls, I fear. My brother asked me here, and I’m late, but I’m sure he’ll not have noticed.”

Grundy cleared his throat and gestured toward the passage. “I believe you’ll find your brother already in the study with Mr. Jennings.”

“Yes, and I do hope they’ve saved me some claret, or I may have to start straight in on the port.”

No sooner had he shuffled out of the morning room than Aunt Augusta closed the door. Turning, she set her back to the oak panels, as if she might physically prevent another intrusion. “Well, I never.”

Uriana ducked her head behind her embroidery frame. “Shocking breach of manners. Pity, in one so handsome.”

“Indeed.” As much as she hated to agree with her aunt and cousin, Emma could simply find no excuse for the display. “And society would claim him as one of our betters.”

Goodness, she sounded as prim as Miss Conklin, but her former schoolmistress would never have dared utter a word against someone higher up the social scale. In the complicated patchwork of fashionable London, the brother of an earl beat the daughter of a wine merchant anytime, and any number of society ladies would pounce on the opportunity to remind Emma of that fact. They’d pounce politely, naturally, never raising their voices, but their censure would be all too clear behind the shield of their simpering smiles. None of them ever let Emma Jennings forget for long that, despite her fortune, she was tainted with the stench of trade. On her, it must smell slightly musty with a hint of vinegar—like the inside of an old wine barrel.

 

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About Ashlyn Macnamara

USA Today bestselling author ASHLYN MACNAMARA writes Regency romance with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers writing her mid-life crisis but reckons it’s safer than hang-gliding or rock-climbing. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters, and one loudmouth cat. Although she writes about the past, you can find her in such newfangled places as her website Facebook, and Twitter.

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