What a Lady Craves

What a Lady Craves

by Ashlyn Macnamara

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Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.
Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.
For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

Praise for Ashlyn Macnamara and What a Lady Craves
“Ashlyn Macnamara is a born storyteller, weaving 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 far past your bedtime!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare
“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
“I found this read to be fast paced, highly entertaining and engrossing. If you’ve never read this author before, this would be a great one to start you on the journey of discovery of what Ms. Ashlyn Macnamara offers to her fans. It really is a win-win!”—bookworm2bookworm
“If you are looking for a historical romance that covers both the romance and the mystery aspect, you should pick up your copy of What a Lady Craves as soon as possible!”—(un)Conventional Bookviews
“The powerful connection between the lead characters and the deft writing of Ashlyn Macnamara made me glad these characters got a second chance at love.”—The Polished Bookworm
“A historical romance full of passion, depth and darkness . . . Ashlyn Macnamara is a master of intrigue. . . . She makes you crave details and insight, makes you want to discover more. The anticipation of such a journey lured me in, and I couldn’t wait to uncover the true story of what happened between Alexander and Henrietta all those years ago.”—3 Chicks After Dark
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553393750
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: The Eton Boys , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 491,483
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of 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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What a Lady Craves 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Eton Boys Trilogy. Henrietta Upperton is working as a companion to a cantankerous old woman who happens to be the grandaunt of her former betrothed. When he suddenly shows up on her employers doorstep to recover from a shipwreck, she is determined not to fall under his spell again. Alexander Sanford had run off to India to save his family's fortune. Acting on his sense of honor, he ends up marrying someone else. Back in England, he can't help but realize what he gave up. Can Alexander convince Henrietta to give him another chance at love? I really liked this story, even the cantankerous old woman!!  Henrietta was hurt when Alexander broke off their engagement and I don't blame her. It been eight years, but she realizes that she still has feeling for him. You kinda want to hate Alexander for hurting Henrietta, but you can tell that he truly still loves her. He just had to prove that to Henrietta. I liked that added mystery to the story, that is always a good addition to any good romance story. I can't wait for the next story in the series which stars Alexander's sister Cecelia and his friend Viscount Linderhurst. Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Henrietta was jilted by her fiancé and is now the paid companion of the Dowager Countess of Epperley. Alexander the man who jilted Henrietta years ago to run off to India to replenish the family fortune ends up shipped wrecked not far from where Henrietta is living. This is an excellent read, the characters are funny and interesting, the story is fast paced and action packed and the sex between Henrietta and Alexander is hot and steamy. I enjoyed the story and the antics of the entire cast of characters. Excellent Read!
AvidReader1551 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't have asked for more in this third book by Ashlyn Macnamara. Besides writing that is gloriously impeccable, she weaves a rich tale filled with all the tropes I like. I love a little mystery in all my stories, not to mention chemistry that just won't dissipate. Instead, it grows and grows. I like strong women and Henrietta is that. I admit, I wanted to slap Alexander silly a few times, but I think that's what MacNamara cleverly intended. By now, she's garnered a slot on my auto buy list.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I love a finding lost love story and this provided that in spades.  The coming together of Alexander and Henrietta was done extremely well.  There was enough angst to keep everyone happy but when topped with the mystery it made it even better.  There were times that this slowed down and seemed to take a while to get where it was going but in the end it was worth the wait.  The characters were well drawn out, full bodied and in some cases very amusing.  There were some things touched on that I don't want to get into a great amount of detail about but my curiosity about Abermerle is over the top, I do hope that before the trilogy ends we find out a bit more about this because the little tidbits we get are more than enough to capture my attention. The other part of this story that I loved was the backstory of the children.  Again, not going to go into detail because I'm not a spoiler kind of person but the level of understanding and compassion shown the girls by Henrietta really solidified the entire story for me.  I look forward to reading Book 2 and finding out what the heck is going on with the friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has a lot of great elements, and yet *SPOILERS* I could not get over how weak-willed the supposed heroine was! Also, the supposed hero acts in a way that's not very heroic. At a critical point in the backstory, he could have easily avoided or at least tempered something that becomes a main plot point--the reason for the rift between he and the supposed heroine. Yes there is the fact that he *tried* to inform Henrietta himself of his wedding to another. But he simply could have done a much better job of it! That and the fact that he won't tell Henrietta the reasons for his marriage--because he has made a promise to others to keep certain things secret--all the while glossing over that he first made a promise to Henrietta, and so owes her much more than attempted trysts in darkened corridors where he encourages her to "remember what it was like between us." I mean, I guess he is a good example of how men of the time might have been entitled and somewhat unconcerned with a woman's point-of-view, but as a contemporary reader, I don't find his behavior very romantic at all.
smorin More than 1 year ago
Interactions between the two main characters were continually the same, the whole book reads awkwardly. It was hard to enjoy because of these things and it lost my interest quickly.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Henrietta was engaged to Alexander.  He sailed to India on business and she started hearing rumors of his marriage to another.  She never spoke to him again, until now.  Eight years later he's back, a widower with 2 children and no willing explanation as to why he married another.  Along with his two little girls, he's also brought danger trailing behind him. The choices Alexander made were terrible and it's awful how he messed up Henrietta's life.  After all is said and done, his reasons were still not good enough for me.  I felt bad for Henrietta but she did handle all of it quite well.  Henrietta was strong at a time when options for single women were few.   I also loved the fact that she couldn't keep from using language that just wasn't appropriate for women in those times. This story had mystery, intrigue, family issues, strong women, love, and lots of tough choices.  I loved every minute of it!  I can't wait to read the next book, What a Lady Demands. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and feel it’s a very good start to an interesting trilogy. The story revolves around Henrietta, a woman who after being case aside by the man she hoped to marry is now living in seclusion in the countryside employed as a lady’s companion, who also happens to be her former betrothed’s dowager aunt. I really enjoyed the relationship these two women demonstrate. Henrietta is no shrinking wall-flower or a demure maiden facing her first season. She has been heartbroken and the subject of vile gossip and rumor. Anything her employer can dish out, Henrietta can certainly handle. The scenes between the two were a lot of fun to witness. Alexander was a very complex character. His return to England comes as a shock to everyone, especially in the manner he arrives. I definitely wouldn’t have handled it all as calmly as Henrietta, after what he put her through. What made this book really interesting was the intrigue that Alexander brings back with him. He’s widowed with two young daughters and there is danger to all of them as the ones responsible for his wife’s murder are not far behind him. I liked Alexander’s daughters and their interactions with his aunt. She reminded me of Judi Dench, a stern exterior shell but with a sharp wit and humor and a loving heart. My Final Verdict: I really enjoy second-chance romance themes. It gives us all hope that redemption is possible and the opportunity to find love is always around the corner. I have the second book in the series, which features Alexander’s sister as the main character. I am hopeful I will continue to enjoy this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eh, could have been better. The guy in the story has so much "honor" that he is complete prig and a bad father to boot. She has lofty ideals about female independence and then lifts her skirts the moment he crooks his finger. This was a rather uncomfortable read as the characters don't really seem to like each other very much and there are unresolved issues. These will probably be addressed in later books, but I'm not interested enough to continue reading the series.
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*Romance and mystery with excellent characterizations.. .
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I was throughly disappointed in this book, in the heroin, in the writing!!! I order by the reviews and this was a drab of a story, though there is an HEA!!!!!
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Tiresome. Tried skipping to find something to interest me - didn't heip.
ChelleBookReports More than 1 year ago
Alexander and Henrrieta’ s story was great. This book had everything - pain, longing, hope, danger, suspense and intrigue. Some hot passionate love scenes and tenderness. Henrrieta was betrothed to Alexander and he left to travel to India to restore his family’s fortune that his father lost, promising to return an marry her. After a year of being gone the letters stopped and Henrietta hears through gossip that he has married another in India. Henrietta feeling abandoned and embarrassed leaves the city life and takes a job working for Alexander’s great Aunt as a companion. Eight years later his Aunt receives a visitor - Alexander ship was caught in a storm and he is injured at the shore. And so the story begins! This is my first book from this author and she did not disappoint. I love a good historical romance with some steamy sex and mystery to boot! I do with that the epilogue would have been longer. It was disappointing to not have more of what there future held - but maybe she is saving that for the next two books!!! I would highly recommend this book. This is an honest review of an ARC from Netgalley
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy books by Ms. Macnamara and honestly, some of her covers are to DIE for. This wasn't my favorite cover, nor my favorite Macnamara book, but it was still a very enjoyable read. Some of the things I like: Albemarle the gender-confused cat, Lady Epperly (and her convenient forgetting of Henrietta's name), the little girls Alex comes back to India with, and Satya. What I didn't like: the obviousness of the issue with Helena (older daughter) and the (to me) seemingly forced interest of Alexander in Henrietta. I get that these two belonged together, but I just felt like the romance between them (at least initially) was rushed.  Henrietta - Life gave her lemons and she made lemon cider with them. She went from being in Society to a paid companion with seemingly little bitterness, which was quite refreshing for me. Yeah, she was mad at Alexander, but who could blame her under the circumstances? Still, she didn't just moon around the rest of her life, she started doing something, unglorious though being a paid companion could be. She was strong in her own right, not afraid to speak her mind (or at least think incredibly rude things) when it was necessary, and not willing to sit back and allow injustice to continue in front of her (Helena situation referred to here). Alexander - Oh dear lord...c'mon, man. I felt like he took honor to ridiculous extremes. From his perspective, every single thing he did made sense, BUT...that doesn't excuse him for being a dim-wit when it came to handling women and their emotions because of HIS sense of honor. Still, he did what he thought was best at the time to protect those he cared about, so kudos to him. There was a nice subplot that dealt with a beautiful jewel case Alexander brought back from India. I really enjoyed my time with Ms. Macnamara's characters and am so glad I read this book. One additional facet I really admired/enjoyed - while there were nobles running around, they weren't up in your face like so many novels set in this time period. Alexander wasn't a lord (or if he was, it certainly wasn't emphasized), Henrietta wasn't a lady, and there are no apologies for such. 
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
What happens to our hero when he is faced with his jilted betrothed with his 2 daughters in tow? This feisty & pissed off companion gets even, but she get a little help from 1 grumpy Fairy Godmother & her Furry sidekick turn up their pixie dust on full blast! Miss Henrietta Upperton was always been a Wallflower & only 1 man realized what a precious gem she was, her betrothed. Then he went to India to pull his family out of the debt, but she learns by rumors in London that he married another woman in India. Her world came crumbling around her, so she built a fortress around her heart, study Mary Wollstonecraft feminist philosophy & became the rude, mouthy Lady Epperley's companion & entered into Kitty HADES! Mr. Alexander Sanford went to Eton, gain 2 great friend (Lin & Rowe), forged a great friendship, prowled for females & gambled together & even stood as 2nd at shared duels. He met Henrietta, danced once & then asked for her hand, but all that changed as Alex went to India to make his fortune with Lin & Rowe's money backing him. Alex landing in an unknown world, met Harry, who showed him all things to know about surviving India, then Alex saved a rich & powerful Nilmani's dying son, was given riches & a servant named, Satya. Every thing changed when Harry saved his life, was totally wounded, begged him to take care of his betrothed & he did save her, by forsaken his Henrietta & marrying Harry's love. Lady Epperley was driving Henrietta to scream HADES, BLOODY & other naughty words in her head because the old crazy Lady talks like her male kitty (which had a litter every year), the fat royal Albemarle, was her suitor. Just when things couldn't get worse, widowed Alex is washed up on the beach half dead, after a shipwreck & he is the crazy Lady's Great nephew. Alex wakes up in pain, learns he is in his Great Aunt's home, trying to figure out to get to the beach to salvage something from his ship, & Satya is healing him up. She flees the house to walk on the beach & finds a beautiful Indian box & figures it's from Alex's ship, but she can't open it. These 2 meet again face to face when he passed out at the local catch all shop in the village. They begin a shaky truce & share kisses that are earth shattering, until his unexpected daughter, Helena & Francesca, show up on the doorstep after arriving on a different ship & the crazy Lady makes Henrietta their new Governess. How can she be a Governess to the kids of the woman who stole Alex from her? A mysterious so-called accident killed his father-in-law, then his wife's throat cut & he seems to have brought the dangers from India with him. He needs, wants & demands to make things right between them via marriage (his Aunt demands it, plus keeps throwing them together 24/7), but she refused. Not only does she come to love the withdrawal Helena & precocious Francesca, but CRAVES more than just knee melting kisses from man who destroyed her soul. Henrietta fights the good fight, but she finally just seduces him. Will he ever tell her the real reason he married his wife? Can she forgive him for devastating her life? Who is killing people around him? How will the crazy Lady & her sidekick the royal Albemarle use their Pixie Power? My inner Cover HO attack this cover & I had to have it! I could not PUT this book down (only to feed my Furry reading PITA, Simba) & the unknown evil lurking about keep me & Simba on the edge of our reading couch! Ms. McNamara had not only an old & grumpy Lady Epperley as a one-of-a-kind Fairy Godmother, she thru Lord (actually Lady) Albemarle in the mix, too. Henrietta was a Wallflower, but she rebuilt herself into a spunky & sassy companion with a 20 foot high wall, around her heart. Alex believes in HONOR, but he chose the wrong person to HONOR! I thought the sad & lonely Helena & Francesca would stall the romance down, but Ms. Macnamara surprises me with their importance & the speed bumps they brought to the story. Satya was a great friend to Alex also part of his lost soul, I think & FIERCELY protected him, too. I would loved to lock Lady Eppsrley & him in a room & see who walks out alive! The sexual tension between them could be sliced & it was seriously served thought out this tale, in any dark corner Alex & Henrietta could find. I have to give Ms. Macnamara a round of applause for not only this AWESOME tale, but for making me CRAVE & DEMAND Lin & Rowe's stories, too. She earns my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this romance filled with hilariousness & the must needed PIXIE POWER! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.