What a Lady Requires

What a Lady Requires

by Ashlyn Macnamara
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What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara

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.
 
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 long 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: 9780553393774
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: The Eton Boys , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 83,703
File size: 911 KB

About the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of 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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What a Lady Requires 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Eton Boys Trilogy. Miss Emma Jennings always knew that she would be married for her dowry, but she didn't count on her father picking the ne'er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe. Meeting the man for the first time when he is drunk, does not give Emma much hope for her happily ever after. Rowan hadn't planned on getting married anytime soon, but knows that it is the only answer to his money problems. He didn't count on a wife that was set to reform him. As she sets out to teach him about his finances, he hope that she doesn't learn the real reason that he lost most of his money. Can their budding romance survive the truth? After reading What a Lady Craves and What a Lady Demands, I couldn't wait to see what happened to Rowan. Macnamara did not disappoint me with his story! In What a Lady Demands, we see Rowan as the bad guy with glimpses of the man he could be coming through. Knowing that he ruined his best friend's marriage and fathered his child, he has lost himself in drink. After marrying Emma, he takes a hard look at his life and seems to turn it around (although he would have others believe that he hasn't). I loved that Emma was not your typical society miss. She liked things that had to do with the running of a business. Particularly the making and tallying of money. Having been shunned by her aunt for this, she is surprised that her father uses that as a selling point to her prospective groom. Always knowing that she would be told who to marry, Emma didn't have much hope of a love match. After meeting Rowan for the first time, she doesn't even have much hope for having an enjoyable marriage. But when she sees signs of the caring man early in their marriage Emma starts to have hope.  I loved this series and I am sad to see it end. I look forward to seeing what Macnamara has in store for us next! Thanks go to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
As a wrap up to the trilogy this rounds things out very nicely. We find the resolution of all the outstanding issues. I enjoyed this one very much and I'm actually glad that it ended here and no more characters were brought in. I might have liked a little more on a couple of the side characters but overall this is very nicely put together.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This was another busy story line with several stories going different ways. Ashlyn has a good book here. I liked her people. They are tough, try to do what they need to and boy there are a few twists and turns. This gives the reader a feeling about how the TON feel about the Trade people. I don't see how they hate those who give them what they want and need. Crazy! Emma's father was an importer and he wanted better for his girl. They discuss a title and taking care of an Earl's brother with Emma dealing with the money that Rowan can't. Small spoiler. Emma and Rowan aren't sure what to do after they marry. He has a past that still haunts him. Emma has a business to work on making money. Big Spoiler here. It was hard to put this book down. I hope you choose to read this story. Enjoy your reading! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a uniquely interesting story. The two main characters are not titled gentry, Emma is a cit and a very wealthy heiress, and Rowan is broke, however he will inherit a title if his Uncle doesn't marry and have an heir. They each have secrets, something terrible happened in Rowan's past that still haunts him. There is an unlikely matchmaker, an unlikely pair who fall in love, and something very mysterious going on that will, well, you have to read the book to find that out! Needless to say, I found this book to be enjoyable, sensual, and very interesting reading. I recommend buying this book, What a Lady Requires, The Eton Boys Trilogy #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this one too. Wonderful story and the characters were great. Such fun to read.
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This book pulls you in right from the start. It has some humor in it which i always enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I thoroughly enjoyed the last of this series.. wonderful author..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all 3 books in this series and highly recommend reading them. I started reading each of them and could not put the books down.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything from this author but I must say, I couldn't put this book down. This story is about Miss Emma Jennings. Emma's father is not titled, but he is rather wealthy by most standards. All he wants for his only child is to marry her off to someone who will give her a title. One day in walks the Earl of Sparkmore to talk with her father. Emma braces herself to a life with the Earl. While she is waiting, another man arrives who is obviously drunk. It is the handsome Rowan Battencliffe, the Earl's brother. Shortly after, Emma is summoned into her father's study. Imagine her surprise when her father tells her she is going to marry Rowan and it will be soon! After discussing the matter with her father, Emma understands that she will be continuing to maintain the finances because her betrothed has no money. Emma will also receive part of her dowry for herself after she produces an heir. The last bit of information is that the Earl of Sparkmore does not want the title and he is giving it to his brother so Emma will actually have a title now! All of this is being done because Rowan owes Emma's father a large sum of money. The journey these two go on is wonderful. Emma doesn't realize it but Rowan has some skeletons in his closet and a lot of it has to do with the house they are living in. Rowan has to learn how to handle a female that has a brain and is good with business. These two complement each other so well. Where one is weak, the other is strong. I loved how their feelings slowly developed for each other. The little bit of suspense with Mr. Hedricks was fun too....kept me guessing. Overall I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Easy, fun read.
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have a number of her other books. She keeps things moving, is not predictable, and enjoy her characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the character of Emma, a financially savvy young woman. Great tension with her father, who taught her about business, but yielded to then acceptable methods of advancement by marrying her into the aristocracy. The character of Rowan, a second son, becomes more nuanced as his relationship with Emma progresses. The way he makes her laugh in the wine cellar was a high point. This review was provided for an ARC from Netgalley.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of the series, but still an enjoyable read. Rowan and Emma's relationship gets off to a rocky start, for more reasons than just their hastily arranged marriage and its terms. I really liked Rowan pushing Emma to out of her comfort zone by getting her to let go and be herself - especially when he's trying to get her to laugh. Their chemistry is good and there are some steamy moments. Their are some secrets that lead to some tense moments, as well as the truth between the estrangement between Rowan and Lind from book two. While it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the series in order. 3.5 stars ARC via NetGalley
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
I enjoy arranged marriage stories and with this book, the third in Ashlyn Macnamara’s Eton Boys Trilogy, the author more than redeems herself after a few less than thrilling stories. What a Lady Requires is a beautiful love story, almost as good as her debut. Emma Jennings is a business minded cit, the daughter of a very rich and successful wine merchant, whose father wants her to marry for a title in order to lessen the stain of her humble origins. She’s an intelligent and mature bluestocking who wears spectacles and is looked down upon by Polite Society. At twenty-five, Emma has no romantic notions and is willing to cede to her father’s desires. But her father arranges for her to manage the purse strings and teach Rowan Battencliffe, a very handsome but profligate younger brother of an earl, how to manage an estate. Rowan comes with his own problems of vice: a reckless past of drinking, gambling, and in a moment of inebriated weakness, seducing an old friend’s wife. Rowan is ashamed of his lack of knowledge of money, but quickly impressed with his wife’s business acumen and good sense. Luckily, he doesn’t let his ego affect him too much. But he does demand fidelity and his distrust of Emma’s business correspondence with men irks him. Emma is smart, sensible, but also vulnerable. She is attracted to her husband and is happily surprised when she learns he is also attracted to her. He makes her feel feminine and desirable. Indeed, he loves her wit and her mind but he also wants her to let loose a little and smile and laugh more. She’s self conscious about her laugh and it’s a lovely moment when Rowan compliments her on it. Emma is an observer of people; she picks up clues and knowledge and, as a cit, she pretty much fades into the background at ton events. She isn’t into fripperies and most ladylike nonsense, and she never wastes money. She has her eye solidly on finance, chatting with gentlemen about estate matters and even planning their Italian honeymoon with a visit to some vineyards. She even stands up for herself, asking Rowan to trust her to deal with strange men in business matters without him suspecting her of infidelity. Emma feels safe and loved with Rowan. And he endears himself to her as he tries valiantly to learn about estate matters and responsibilities with her assistance. Theirs is a true partnership. His proposal scene—or should I say, declaration of love?—toward the end, is truly heartwarming. They live in Lydia Lindhurst’s old townhouse, which Emma’s father bought. It’s also where Rowan holds bad memories of his one night with Lydia which haunt him; but he cannot recall the exact details all of which are eventually revealed. The love scenes and sexual tension between Emma and Rowan scorch the pages but they also move their love story forward. They reveal their insecurities and fears through their lovemaking and their rich conversations…and they fall in love. The side story of Emma’s business arrangement gone awry melds well with Rowan’s own personal vendetta to go after the man who fleeced him. Macnamara paces the action perfectly with a lovely romance that is central to the story and there are no loose ends and even a few surprises. Emma befriends the heroines from the first two books in the series, Cecelia and Henrietta, and their husbands also make an appearance. The estrangement of the former Eton schoolmates is finally resolved as well. The best book in the series.