To Lure a Proper Lady

To Lure a Proper Lady

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by Ashlyn Macnamara
In this steamy novel from bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara—“a born storyteller” (Jennifer McQuiston) who “brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life” (Tessa Dare)—a dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and


In this steamy novel from bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara—“a born storyteller” (Jennifer McQuiston) who “brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life” (Tessa Dare)—a dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
Praise for the novels of Ashlyn Macnamara
“Ashlyn Macnamara weaves tales rich in angst, humor, and history as she treats readers to the steamier side of Regency. Her inventive prose has secured her a place on my auto-buy list, and her memorable characters have secured a place in my heart. Don’t forget to set your morning alarm, though. You’ll be reading long past your bedtime!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
“A witty, sexy historical romance . . . Pain, scandal, forgiveness, honor, intrigue, passion, clever banter, romance and love all play a part in this delightful tale, which will keep readers turning the pages.”Romance Junkies, on What a Lady Craves
“An intriguing, dramatic, and sexually charged novel that is recommended for most historical romance lovers.”Library Journal, on What a Lady Demands
“A wonderful tale depicting an intelligent heroine who speaks her mind, and a misguided hero who is struggling with his past.”Fresh Fiction, on What a Lady Requires
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Duke-Defying Daughters , #1
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Meet the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the USA Today bestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady, What a Lady Requires, What a Lady Demands, What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage 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.

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To Lure a Proper Lady 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story line.
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KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This is a very intriguing story. It has all the elements that will keep you glued to your seat to get to the outcome. I really enjoyed how detailed the characters were and how the settings were placed throughout. The book maintains the time period references accurately and transports the reader back in time to watch over the shoulders of the fascinating characters as they traverse the through the mystery at the heart of the story. This book introduces us to the Wilde sisters who didn't really have the typical noble upbringing. They all have a mind of their own and aren't afraid to share what is on their minds. At times the story is funny, exciting, mysterious and above all romantic while two very different characters fight an attraction that is too strong to overcome.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Duke-Defying Daughters series. Lady Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Wilde and her sister are once again called to their father's deathbed, but this time they find that he might actually be as sick as he claims. Lizzie believes that someone might be poisoning him and seeks out a Bow Street Runner to investigate. She didn't know she would encounter the likes of Dysart. Dysart distain all things to do with the aristocracy, but when he learns that someone might be poisoning a duke, she accepts the case. Posing as a member of the gentry, Dysart joins the Wilde's house party to narrow down the suspect list. Needing no distractions during the case, Dysart finds himself losing focus whenever Lizzie is near him. Dysart knows that he is all wrong for Lizzie, but they can't seem to help but be drawn together. Can they find the person that is poisoning the duke and find their happily ever after? I loved this story! It is one of my favorite troupes where you have a love story that has a mystery that needed to be solved and in the process the H/H were brought together and fell in love. I really liked Dysart. As a Bow Street Runner, he has a certain persona. But when he needed to be perceived as someone else, he was able to flawlessly make that transition and make it believable. One minute he would sound like he was from White Chapel and the next from the highest rankings of society. Lizzie was one of those rare woman in society that has taken charge of her life and the family around her. Her mother has passed and her father is almost always bedridden, so as the oldest, she has had to step up and run the household. She feels it is her job to protect the family and do what is right for it even though it might not be right for her... I loved the interactions between Lizzie and Dysart! The bantering between the two of them, as well as the chemistry between the two, is what really made the story for me. I can't wait to read about Lizzie's sisters and see what Macnamara has in store for them! Thanks go out to Random House Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series. To Lure A Proper Lady mixes intrigue with a mystery and adds a large splash of spice between Lady Elizabeth and Dysart. Not your typical historical romance this story was interesting from the page one. The reader will especially enjoy the first meeting between Lady Elizabeth and the Bow Street Runner Dysart, which is delivered with perfect antagonistic dialog. This dialog continues through most of the story and adds a special twist to this story. There is a house party going on so there are quite a few characters in this book keeping the reader very busy with who said and did what. Thou not all the characters are developed as strongly as Lady Elizabeth and Dysart they flow well with the story. The other character that stands out is Elizabeth's second cousin, Snowley who is next in line to be duke when Lady Elizabeth's papa dies. Snowley really wants to marry Elizabeth and has his heart set on making sure it happens. I am sorry I just couldn't get my emotions wrapped around him and this made me want to find devious ways for her not to marry him. This book has a great surprise and resolution to the ending that the reader will find deeply satisfying. I give this 4 stars and recommend it to people who want a change from their typical historical romances. An ARC copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Lady Elizabeth is the eldest of three daughters, there father, a Duke is ill and she believes he is being poisoned. She hires a bow street runner to investigate what is happening. The annual house party the Duke hosts is the perfect cover for Dysart being at the Dukes house so he can find out what is going on, the only problem is that he finds Lady Elizabeth very distracting. Enjoyable historical read. Plenty of drama and intrigue with great chemistry between the characters. I liked it.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to start reading something by this author? Once I started reading To Lure a Proper Lady I couldn’t put it down and was finished faster than I could say it’s release day! I love my titled heroes and I tend to stay away from stories where the hero is not a noble man or at least a soldier. But the blurb caught my eye, how will these two work it out when Lady Elizabeth Wilde is the daughter of a Duke and Dysart is only a Bow Street Runner with not much to offer? I loved the interaction between Lizzie and Dysart. There was attraction between them from the start but they knew their places very well so each decided to act accordingly and keep it civil but very business like. However it was how every one around them acted that made their relationship amusing. Dysart more than an alpha hero was extremely smart and cunning, and Lizzie had the heart in the relationship so they sort of balanced each other out. There were plenty of secondary characters, some on point, others funny, others a little too far-fetched but when everything is combined it kept a good flow and pace and the mystery sub-plot kept me guessing until the very end. This will definitely not be my last book by Ashlyn and I will continue reading this series. 4.5 stars. *** I received a copy of this story via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ***
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Lizzie is the oldest and must think of her family. With her father ill and strange incidents with the local villagers, she is expected to hostess a party so that her and her sisters can find husbands to secure their futures. Suspecting something more dire, Lizzie hires a Bow Street Runner. Dysart takes her job, keeping his own secrets, and the two become entangled. Because of differences in social standing, will they be able to give into their love and have a life together? I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Elizabeth is the eldest daughter of Thomas Wilde, the Duke of Sherrington. The Duke has supposedly been ill for many years. However, his three daughters witness an actual attack and are terrified for him. Lady Elizabeth goes to hire a Runner to investigate. Dysart is the Runner she ends up bringing home. Dysart uses many appearances for his job, but are any of them real? He and Elizabeth have chemistry between them, but he's not of her class... Secrets aplenty in this mystery! Humor does, too! Well worth the read! First in a series. Book free thru Netgalley for honest review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review! This is book one in the "Duke-Defying Daughters" series. Ashlyn Macnamara books are really good, passionate must reads. So I was glad to see this book and the new series. Lady Elizabeth Wilde seems to be the more responsible one out of the sisters. Lizzie seems to oversea everything and tries to take charge and find out if someone is actually hurting her father. Their father has a sometimes not been truthful with his illness. But this time Lizzie thinks he is really sick and that someone is making him that way. Their father wants to see them married and would like Lizzie to marry their cousin. Lizzie deiced to try to get help from the bow street runners in seeing if there is someone responsible to hurting her father. There she meets Dysart who is a rough, rake type.. but he does come forward to help. Dysart will play a family friend at the party that Lizzie is throwing to help find the person trying to her the father. I am really glad to have this book and hope that you will too.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
The writing is wonderful! The tension between Dysart and Lizzy is palpable. The jealousy and possessiveness of Snowley is well written, I loathed him for Lizzy! LOL The sisters are also interesting characters and all the players at this house party make a good story. The only thing that was a detracting is the fact that we only get to meet a few of the house guests. Not many are mentioned. Just the main players. Overall I liked the book, a good story, though I've read others with the same idea. I would read this author again. The flow of the book was great. *I received this book from Netgalley*
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lady Elizabeth thinks his father is pretending to be ill to force her and her sisters to get married as soon as possible, but she sees he is not pretending and all the symptoms indicate he is being poisoned. She knows she needs help to discover who is trying to kill her father and decided to employ a Bow Street Runner. His name is Dysart and he despises high society. Soon he finds out that Lady Elizabeth is different from all the women he has known. The book is well written, easy to read, enjoyable, and never boring. A book I would recommend to all those who like a good romantic story with a mystery to be solved.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series by Ashlyn Macnamara. Lady Elizabeth Wilde is the oldest of three daughters of The Duke of Sherrington. As the Duke lay on his deathbed, he explains to his daughter that wants her to be married and he is pushing for a union with her cousin, Snowley. The Duke also wants Elizabeth to go ahead with annual house party they always host, because then maybe one of his daughters will find an eligible suitor. Elizabeth is concerned about her father's health and believes he is being poisoned so she goes to Bow Street hoping to hire a runner to find out the truth. On Bow Street, Elizabeth runs into Dysart. This meeting was wonderful...full of humor and unexpected emotions! Elizabeth decides to hire Dysart and they come up with a plan that he will attend the house party as a guest while trying to dig up facts on if the Duke is being poisoned. The time these two spent together was great! I loved how Elizabeth was such a strong willed female and how Dysart enjoyed being with her. It was such a fun cat and mouse game trying to figure out what was happening to her father. The suspense of this story line made me not want to put this book down. The sexual attraction between these two was just icing on the cake. Dysart's backstory added another twist to this tale. The final explosive ending was great. All in all I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Dysart has been work as a Bow Street runner for a while and has no time for polite society. Then Lady Elizabeth shows up with a problem. He needs to into polite society, but he doesn't want to and hopes that no one will recognize him. Elizabeth isn't sure is someone is trying to kill her father or not, but she has to do something, so she hires a Bow Street runner. He is very rough, but also very attractive. He is also very mysterious as she knows there is more to him that what he presents on the outside. Dysart has lots of secrets and if he isn't careful, Elizabeth will know them all.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a new author for me having read only a novella of hers that was in the anthology "All I Want for Christmas is a Duke". I saw the ARC on netgalley and liked the cover. The clip made me want to read it. (No plot spoilers follow.) Lady Elizabeth Wilde (Lizzie), eldest daughter of the Duke of Sherrington, fears someone may be poisoning her father. As he insists on having a house party, she travels to London to hire a Bow Street Runner to protect her father and find the culprit. Bow Street Runner, Dysart, takes her case but may be more than he seems. He agrees to pose as a Lord for the party so he can mingle with the guests. He is attracted to Lizzie but knows he needs to think of her only as a job. There are several mysteries in this story that kept me glued to the book as I wanted to know the outcome. The other characters include Lizzie's 2 sisters, Caro and Pippa, her odious cousin, Snowley, and the guests at the house party. I hope Caro and Pippa get their own HEAs. I wonder if Caro might tame Lord Pendleton or is he truly bad?
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I felt the beginning stumbled along and didn't flow well at all. When I did start to flow my first thought was Im really going to like these sisters. Lady Elizabeth and her sisters Caro and Pippa had great banter and sarcasm that they reminded me of my own sisters. Dysart is not my favorite hero but he was likable. Lady Elizabeth just had way more personality and whit. I would like to see where the author takes this series so I'm looking forward to the next book.