Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: 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.

My Thoughts:
Finally, Rowan's story. You'll be fine if you haven't read the previous books, but having read them I wondered about him and I really enjoyed this. Emma's father arranges their marriage, as she had known he would. Rowan is not exactly what she was expecting, though. I just loved both of them. She has a head for numbers and investing and wants to teach Rowan to better manage his money. He just wants to find the man who ran off with what he had left. They have a wonderful attraction but there are some obstacles to their happiness. Filled with suspense, steam, and wonderful characters, I enjoyed this book and recommend for all lovers of historical romance.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!

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