What a Lady Demands

What a Lady Demands

by Ashlyn Macnamara

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.
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.

Praise for What a Lady Demands
“An intriguing, dramatic, and sexually charged novel that is recommended for most historical romance lovers.”Library Journal
“Loads of scandalous kisses and lusty embraces . . . The sizzling tension adds just the right amount of heat.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
“[An] excellent drama . . . The protagonists find true love despite the physical and emotional scars that constantly drive a wedge between them.”RT Book Reviews (Digital First/Indie Press Historical Romance nominee)
“Suspense, passion, great love scenes . . . This one is a keeper.”—The Reading Wench
“The moments of wicked passion [Ashlyn] Macnamara intersperses balance out the tenderness, creating a truly well-rounded romance.”—Three Chicks After Dark
“If you are looking for a hot and steamy historical romance novel, and you enjoy lots of plot to go with the hotness, you should pick up What a Lady Demands.”—(un)Conventional Book Views
“This wonderful story has plenty of romance, some mystery and lots of deep passion. . . . If you enjoy a story that pulls at the heart strings, with well-developed characters and an engaging storyline, then this is a book you will not want to miss.”—Romantic Historical Reviews
“An emotional ride of a romance that pulls the reader into a plot of mystery, desire and redemption!”—Addicted to Romance
Praise for Ashlyn Macnamara
“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
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553393767
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: The Eton Boys , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 318,901
File size: 877 KB

About the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of 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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What a Lady Demands 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story...well developed plot (yes...there is a plot!), wonderful, explained characters, empathy, and resolution. Very good read...worth the time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do people insist on writing book reports? Dont you realize that you ruin the book for other readers? Idiots!! You want to write so bad go write your on book!!! This was a good historical romance, nice read + good characters. Worth reading
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara The story was good- the characters were engaging. Although slow in some areas the story flowed along well. Would recommend
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second in her Eton Boys Trilogy, Ashlynn Macnamara again brings heart and heat to a story of redemption and reconnection all involving three estranged friends from Eton and their assorted connections of friends and family that bring them together.  Cecilia is the sister of Alexander, from the first book, and is in a bit of her own crisis. She and her brother had a falling out, and she isn’t comfortable staying with him. She also is dealing with a bit of a crisis of her own: a man took her virtue and is now hunting her down fearing she has information that will ruin him. When she takes a position as a governess at Lindenhurst’s estate, she thinks it will keep her safe.  Lindenhurst has returned wounded from the Napoleonic wars:  gruff, brash and wholly ‘upper crust’ his mannerisms and behaviors are cold and calculated, hiding deep wounds and a bitterness that consumes him: the loss of his wife is spurring him to dark and dangerous places.  He also is alternately frustrated and guilty about his son Jeremy’s disabilities: yet another element that brings his ‘stiff upper lip’ into play.   These two have a TON of obstacles to overcome, and Macnamara uses her skill in nuanced characterization to slowly develop a connection between them, allowing them to grow. From their own softening toward one another, first just recognizing the chemistry that pulses between them, to unguarded moments where both Lind and Cecilia find themselves longing for more, the deliberate and quiet forward motion as the two start to deal with their own issues alone and with the support and encouragement of the other is a lovely trajectory for this story.   Macnamara has a wonderful way of pairing the most unlikely and initially unlikable characters together: I had little hope for Lind early on, and Cecilia seemed a bit too laissez faire about the threats. I think there were times I was more worried for her: this is 19th century England where women were little more than chattel and judged entirely on behavior and reputation, and hers was mud.  But her strength became the overriding factor: the unwillingness to cower to threats, admirable if somewhat foolhardy.  Fortunately, Lind’s own honor and sense of right and wrong gave her a champion for that moment, and for evermore.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
What I enjoyed the most about Lind and Cecelia's story is that they are examples of how adversity can effect a person. Both are broken, but Cecelia chose to rise above her past and live while Lind is literally drowning in hate, grief, and need for revenge. There was a point in this story when I lost hope for them as a couple. Not because of their respective pasts but because of Lind's stubbornness. His first wife's affair with his friend resulted in a son whom Lind acknowledged as his heir but wanted nothing to do with. My heart broke at his son's desire for time with Lind, and my irritation rose with each slight Lind directed at him. Lind's life revolved around avoiding his son and destroying his former friend, his son's biological father. I didn't understand Cecelia's persistence or insistence on staying with Lind, before and after the got married. He was infuriating, annoying, and a fool. Thank God he came to his senses before it was too late. Cecelia was Lind's perfect mate in every sense of the word "perfect". She matched his temperament, set him straight when he needed to be, spoke her mind instead of playing the dutiful wife and staying quiet. But because of her own sordid past and the man who still haunted her, she understood the importance of rising above in order to move forward. "...I woke up one day and decided he would no longer hold all that over me. I decided to make somethinig of myself. I decided I have worth as a person. I decided. Me. And no one can take that away from me, unless I allow him to." (ARC, Loc 3229 of 3777) I really loved the laid back feel of this story. It moves along, no lulls or pages to skip, but nothing was rushed. Everything--Lind and Cecelia's relationship, Lind and his son's relationship--happened in its own time, and it was so nice to tag along and watch all of this develop naturally. This is an enjoyable story from beginning to end. It focuses on the characters, their relationships, and finding out what it means to let go of the past and live in the present. ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great. So loved the characters and the story was wonderful. Very well written it was hard to put down. Loved the interactions of the characters and especially with the boy. Great!
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
I didn’t catch reading the other two books of this series, however, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed book two, a standalone, since the absence of book one before this read, had no effect on the pleasure of its experience. The story is well-balanced with its emotional complications and richly conflicted characters. Well-paced with facts of the tale, dropped felicitously on its path, only increased my eagerness to discover more. Passionate scenes between Cecelia and Lind were in good taste and lent balance to the totality of a love story where two wounded souls find each other and are made whole. When Cecelia Sanford, age three and twenty, applied to be governess to Viscount Lindenhurst she hopes her past family relations with him will land her the job. Forget about not knowing anything about schooling children – she couldn’t even seem to school her own mind. She needs the placement sorely, for her own self-esteem and to show her brother, a past friend of Lind’s, she could apply herself and succeed. She’s another secret she must keep to herself, and dares not speak it aloud. Cecelia’s past, she determines, must remain past. She wants a new life. When she receives a note from Adrian Eversham, she’s a bit afraid, annoyed, and with her new determination in life, ignores it. Cecelia, additionally, has this attraction to Lind. She can’t seem to stop her brazen approaches to him, her tart-tongue responses, and her wish Lind would touch her. She’s in a bit of a pickle. She’s a governess, not a mistress! Lind lost his wife some four years past in a terrible water accident and almost lost his son. Unable to save them through his own physical challenges, he blames himself – and can hardly look at his son, for his abnormalities from the accident stare him in the face daily. Lind abhors lying, that is, people lying to him, and runs his household like the military, where there is no place for emotion. Cecelia is thrust into this environment, seeing beyond the obvious. Lind is full of hurt, guilt, and revenge and seeks revenge from one of his oldest friends, Battencliffe. He’s unable to see beyond striking back. Can Cecelia help him out of this quagmire which is only making him more miserable? Blakewell, Lind’s son, is protecting himself from his outside world by creating his own little world of toy soldiers, war maneuvers, etc. All others have left him, his mother, his father in that he’s totally ignored, and all the parade of governesses that come and go. Cecelia is determined to make a difference, for him, for Lind and for herself. Lind wakes up to the virtues and bedevilment of Cecelia’s personality wedged into his life. Forced to protect her from her own rash actions and his, he begins feeling more than the need to protect her reputation. Excerpt: He ought to be relieved, but the trouble was he felt more than relief. At her acceptance, a tingle had taken up residence in the general region of this heart, the sensation very much akin to prickling after one’s leg has fallen asleep. A piece of him he’d buried deep was awakening, stretching, breathing fresh air, and rejoicing in a new day. ******** I appreciate Ms. MacNamara’s talent with words. She told a tale of humor, secrets, fear, change, and above all, passionate love.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
The Eton Boys Trilogy continues with the story of Viscount Lindenhurst and Cecelia Sanford, who we first met in What A Lady Craves. Lind used to be the best friend of Alexander, the male protagonist of the first book and Cecelia is Alexander’s sister. This story stands alone, but I highly recommend you read the first book before this one to better understand the character’s history and events that occurred in the first book to bring you up to speed on this story. I quite enjoyed this story even more than the first. I really connected to Lind and Cecelia and felt the chemistry between them was a perfect blend. They are both hiding deep and painful secrets and both feel unworthy of love. Lind hires Cecelia to be a governess for his young son. I found it interesting and disturbing that he refused to address his son by name. I found myself getting a little outraged on the child’s behalf….hello, his name is Jeremy! As more of Lind’s past is revealed, I felt more empathy for him and happily he redeems himself. I really liked Cecelia’s spirit, determination and tenacity. She has no problem standing up to anyone to defend her beliefs. She is not a shy young girl who keeps her eyes downcast in the presence of the man who stirs her blood and makes her heart race. No, she looks him straight in the eye, boldly, without hesitation. I also enjoyed her connection with Jeremy. She refuses to let his reluctance to accept her in his life and instead views it as a challenge that she is determined to overcome. The characters are well written with many layers that reveal more depth to their personalities. The story kept me engaged and entertained and curious to what was going to happen next. The author does a wonderful job of creating characters and an environment that the reader can easily connect to and feel comfortable in. My Final Verdict: A wonderful sequel to a very good trilogy about second-chances at love, personal redemption, forgiveness and finally laying the demons of the past to rest. I highly recommend this trilogy and look forward to reading the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*The second in a trilogy... wonderful characterizations and an excellent read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these characters! Lind and Cecilia are very complex and I enjoyed their interaction. This story is a love story, mystery and a bit of heat all mixed into one. I will be reading more of this author in the future!
KarenSue More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book, easy read.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Cecelia Sanford is the headstrong sister of Alexander, the hero from What a Lady Craves. In that story, she is memorable for her headstrong and determined nature. At the beginning of What a Lady Demands, she is interviewing as a governess in the home of her teenage crush, Viscount Lindenhurst (Lind), and also to provide an independent living for herself so she will not be a burden to her brother and his new wife.  But she also is running from a very scandalous secret that could ruin her and her family. Lind is an injured war veteran, a widow, and a very angry man, out for revenge against his former childhood friend, Rowan Battencliffe. Battencliffe wronged him in the worst possible way and Lind’s plan is to bankrupt and ruin him.  Lind also has a young son, Jeremy, a quiet and withdrawn child who idolizes Lind but whom he would rather ignore. So Lind employs a series of short-lived governesses who are paid to keep the child out of the way. When Cecelia bustles her way into the job, however, Lind is unprepared for her direct methods and impudence in achieving her goals, but he soon finds he needs her very much. And so does Jeremy. And Cecelia needs him, too. The premise for this story is a good one, however, Cecelia and Lind as a couple leave a lot to be desired. It’s kind of bland and there isn’t enough heat to make it exciting. My favorite character in the novel is Jeremy and his growing trust of not only Cecelia, but also his stern father, as he comes out of his shell of shyness and fear. This is Ashlyn Macnamara’s fourth novel and the third in her Eton Boys Trilogy. Rowan Battencliffe’s story comes out April 1 but I’m not sure if I’ll read it. What a Lady Demands is a well written and well paced book and Macnamara tells an entertaining story, but none of her books have sparkled and shined like her fantastic debut, A Most Scandalous Proposal.
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Not worth the time. Found myself skimming
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Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Eton Boys Trilogy. Fleeing the disappointment of her brother, Cecelia Sanford has applied to Viscount Lindenhurst to allow her to be governess to his son. Since he's had to fire all the other governesses for one reason or another, he decided he might as well try his best friend's sister in the position. Having not been raised in the serving class, Cecelia is not the obedient governess that she ought to be. She starts questioning Lind about why he won't call his son by his given name and other impertinant things that he doesn't want to answer. Having not had a woman since his wife passed away four years ago, Lind finds it hard to resist his attraction for Cecelia. But she is hiding secrets of her own. Can they get over their past to find a new love? I've been looking forward to Cecelia and Lind's story since I read What a Lady Craves. Cecelia and Lind were perfect for each other. I loved seeing Cecelia push Lind from his comfort zone and make him analyze his actions that were dubious. Lind made Cecelia realize that her past wasn't her fault and that she could move forward. The next book in the series is What a Lady Requires, which stars Rowan Battencliffe. Can he redeem himself? We have to wait until February to find out! Thanks go out to Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Sweet and sensual historical romance without a lot of drama. The story flows smoothly and quickly, and the romance between Lind & Cecilia progresses at a pretty quick pace. I really liked Cecilia's character. Although she has no experience as a governess, she is perfect with Jeremy, helping him to break out of his shell. She is definitely not your traditional meek heroine, and she knows how to handle Lind. As for Lind, he redeemed himself at the end. I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to the next book in the series. Complimentary copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
This romance is all about revenge & how it rots your soul as you try to get PAYBACK, but as the wise Indian Satya says, "KARMA IS A BEOTCH!" Richard Blackwell, Viscount Lindenhurst, is a deeply scarred man, inside & out, from the brutal war & from the not so loving hands of his wife, Lydia. When he was wounded & almost lost his leg, it took forever get home, but Lydia believed he was dead & completely betrayed him. After the birth of Jeremy, Lind tried to put it behind him, but always kept his heart sealed in concrete. During a frozen winter day, Lydia & Jeremy were in an accident were only Jeremy survived. Now Lind lives on his estate as a bitter hermit, holding his home as a Lydia's shrine, drowns his pain with alcohol, ignores Jeremy, hires & fires governesses & is craving a path of cold hard REVENGE against the only betrayer still alive, his old Eton pal, Rowe Battencliffe. Cecilia Sanford is the sister of Lind's other Eton pal, Alexander, & she has always had a huge CRUSH on him, plus at 15 she saw him & all his wet, firm & tantalizing NEKKID glory. Now as an adult, she is a "scandal walking" with an evil nemesis wanting REVENGE, a betroth she walk away from, the aunt who allowed her nieces to be kidnapped & fleeing her pissed off brother's home, but where to go except to the governess job at Lind's estate. Cecilia hopes she is hired because she has no where else to hide from her scandal & her stalking nemesis. Cecilia take believe this anger, bitter & cold man is the same yummy Lind, but she listens as he grills her about her life & why she wants to be a governess & lies thru her teeth. Lind is reluctant to hire tempting Cecilia, but he needs help keeping Jeremy away from him & he hires her, but demands 4 things, obedience, loyalty, sparklingly mortals & NEVER going anywhere near the pond. Cecilia doesn't do obedience, lost her mortals long ago & the path to the pond is overgrown, but she can be loyal to her charge Jeremy & try like HADES to stay out of Lind's bed or against his large desk or even a wall. Jeremy is a quiet lonely boy, who never connects to anyone because of his revolving governesses, but Cecilia does notice his love of things military & rolls with it, but during the servants weekly reports, while Lind dines on yummy looking food, & he forbids it! Cecilia begins to learn all about Jeremy's physical limits, uses military teases & soon Jeremy strives to learn & does struggle, but with her loving encouragement he blossoms, as does Lind's relationship with "the child" with Cecilia DEMANDING an adorable pony & soon the boys shared common ground! Lind can't take this sassy seductress delectable bum wiggling this way & that, she pushes his enticing buttons, he gorges himself on her mouth, the wall & large desk are put to pleasurable usage & soon it's open flame MEET a puddle of kerosene, IGNITION! But a dark nemesis is stalking Cecilia, a brother DEMANDS marriage, Lydia's pedestal & shrine are C4ed, an armored heart cracks wide open, REVENGE on 2 fronts backfires, a life threatening kidnapping & soon KARMA COMES KKNOCKING! Will Lind realized that Jeremy is the child of his heart? Can Cecilia except 1/2 of Lind's heart? When will Lind realize all he needs is Cecilia & REVANGE be damned? How will Cecilia show Lind that he deserves her love? Does KARMA BEOCTH SLAP BACK? This is the 2nd book of Ms. Macnamara Eton Boys Trilogy & so far this series is all about mysterious pasts, evil nemesis stalking, REVENGE, unexpected Fairy Godfolks & super pot holed ridden paths of true love, but I have LOVED IT! I love strong heroines & Cecilia is a complete LEAP than LOOK kinda girl, but love rules her many good & bombed ideas & she always EXCEPTS the end result! Lind had scars over scars & allowed REVENGE to eat away his soul, had a level 10 forcefield around his heart & turns his away from any love. I personal don't think he hated his son, but was punishing himself by out embracing Jeremy. Ms. Macnamara added a 3rd scarred character in this tale, Jeremy & it would of been less of a tale without him. Jeremy wormed his way into my heart & I can totally relate to his whole tripping, falling over & having absolutely no balance with my disabling Meniere's Disease. Jeremy may of be challenged, but he was my Fairy Goddude-in-training sprinkling his PIXIE DUST & spinning & spreading love in his wake. Now my peeps let's chat about the sparks, Ms. Macnamara teases, tantalized & built all the tension up & when these 2 did get to making happy vajayjay moves & screaming happy endings, she gave me the full body quivers & the delicious shivers from my head to my curling toes! She also showed that open pleasure can healing when it's enriched with true love! Also just a quick note of the YUMMY HOTNESS of this (my recently named inner Cover HO) LOLA HAPPY DANCE WORTHY cover, completely ensnared my eyes & other girlie parts! There was an evil villain, a reluctant & UNEXPECTED hero, a wound Fairy Goddude, a hero with nothing to live for except REVENGE until in walks a wanton seductress extraordinaire, a woman who was the forgiving glue between a dad & his son & I can't forget the PULL THE FIRE ALARM sexiness! So it gives me my own shivers & quivers pleasure to give Ms. Macnamara my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes once again, but I have to WARN her that you have a lot of work cut out for her to make me LOVE Rowe Battencliffe! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
What a Lady Demands was a lovely historical romance that I enjoyed. It was sweet read and I quite liked it. Cecilia was a good heroine. Strong enough to know her own mind and very determined when she set her mind to something. My only issue with her that, after finding out about her past, I thought it was strange that it didn't have a bigger effect on her. She seemed oddly casual about it. Other than than, though, I thought she was great. Lind was likable as well. He was preoccupied with revenge after what happened with his wife but, beneath that, he was a kinder man than he thought himself to be. I just wish I had gotten more about his relationship to his son, seen him become closer to the little boy. It just would have been nice to see. The romance was sweet. Cecilia was a good influence on Lind, encouraging him to be better and Lind would do anything for Cecilia, even give up on his plans for revenge. And they definitely had chemistry. The plot moved quickly and kept me interested all the way through. I liked the story and the ending was great. What a Lady Demands was an enjoyable historical romance. I thought it was a lovely read. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from Ashlyn. I have found another new author who writes a good story. She put a twist in this story that I haven't seen in a Regency before. Cecelia liked her brother's friend Lind. That was before he returned injured from the war. Lind worshipped his late wife. He married Lydia before he left and blames himself for her dying from falling in icy water to save her 2 year old son, Jeremy. There are quite a few spoilers surrounding Cecelia. You will have to read this story to find them. Cecelia left her brother's house to be Governess to Jeremy. Lind was particular about who was with Jeremy and many had been fired. Again small spoilers here. Read this book. I couldn't put it down. You really feel for her characters. I hope you enjoy it. I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book is hot, hot! A steamy, love story about a man broken in body and soul, and a lady from his past who is running from her own troubles and ruination. Lind is a commanding man who runs his household like he did his troops. Everything in its place and only anyone of the highest morals shall work in his household. Feisty Cecelia turns up on his doorstep intending to be the next governess for his young son. She has her own way of doing things, and they always clash with his strict rules. There are many secrets being kept by everyone, and mysterious characters showing up on the scene that make this an adventurous, sometimes thrilling story. Through it all a slow burn takes over Lind, he tries to fight it, so does Cecelia, at first. There are some wonderful secondary characters in this story, but the depth of the two main characters is like no other I've read before. Lind and Cecelia are each one of a kind and their story is powerful indeed. This is the first book in the series I've read, and I'm glad I read this one first. I didn't know what to expect when I began reading, but what a wonderful surprise. No way will I miss reading What A Lady Craves, bk 1, or What A Lady Requires, bk 3 out early 2015. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a little steam and slow burn in their romance reads. 
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