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What a Lady Demands Thank you to LOVESWEPT and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2.5 starsWhat a Lady Demands is the story of Cecelia and Lind who are both desperate to escape their pasts Their worlds collide when Cecilia arrives on Lind s doorstep seeking the position of his son s governess After reading and enjoying the first book in this series, What a Lady Craves, I was excited to read this installment of The Eton Boys Trilogy Unfortunately, I didn t find the same m Thank you to LOVESWEPT and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2.5 starsWhat a Lady Demands is the story of Cecelia and Lind who are both desperate to escape their pasts Their worlds collide when Cecilia arrives on Lind s doorstep seeking the position of his son s governess After reading and enjoying the first book in this series, What a Lady Craves, I was excited to read this installment of The Eton Boys Trilogy Unfortunately, I didn t find the same magic with this story that I did with the previous Look, I enjoy a good governess story as much as the next historical romance fan I love the idea of a simple Miss capturing the heart of a Lord and him bucking common tradition to win her hand, but I just wasn t sold on the capturing part in this one.Separately, I liked these characters Cecelia, once upon a time taken advantage of because of her naivet , learned from her mistakes Unfortunately, her past was catching up with her, and she did the only thing she could do to get away from it she ran It may sound cowardly, but in this time period, her options were limited and her reputation depended upon discretion But that doesn t mean she was willing to let anyone walk all over her, and she proved this with Viscount Lindenhurst She was the only one in his household who stood up to him and advocated for his son Lind was a complex character It was often hard to tell where he was coming from He was a conflicted man suffering from misplaced guilt and anger, and on top of all that, he was awkward He didn t seem to know his place in society after returning from war, and he was having a hard time accepting the limitations from his injuries.These characters and their histories are a fantastic foundation for a love story, but something about it just didn t work for me The pacing was a bit slow, and I couldn t feel the chemistry between Lind and Cecelia It was disappointing, because I really felt like the story ended without establishing a connection outside of governess employer sexual partners There was a lot of bitterness on Lind s part, and it was so deep I m not convinced he was able to move on by the end of the book.I also felt like Lind s relationship with his son ended with nothing resolved He had never been a huge part of Jeremy s life he just seemed to go through the motions because he was prompted by Cecelia to do so Again, I felt no emotional connection established or repaired here, and it would have been nice to readabout this.I am undecided on whether or not I ll be reading the last book in the trilogy The hero appeared in this one, and it was not set up to make you like his character However, I do love a good redemption story, and I did enjoy the first one in this series, so who knows I may give it a go.This story overall didn t impress me, but I am giving it two and a half stars for the heroine and Lind s son I liked how headstrong Cecelia was and the butting of heads between her and the hero, and I loved Cecelia s relationship and tenacity with Jeremy I just wish there had beendepth to the story This review was originally posted at Badass Book Reviews. 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 It s always a refreshing surprise to stumble across an historical romance heroine who knows her own mind and is sexually empowered Add a wounded hero and it s double bonus points for me This story is book two in the Eton Boys Trilogy, but I didn t read book one and I thought this held up just fine as a standalone.Cecelia is trying to build a new life for herself, free of her brother s censure and away from the looming scandal that could drop on her head at any moment So she seeks refuge with It s always a refreshing surprise to stumble across an historical romance heroine who knows her own mind and is sexually empowered Add a wounded hero and it s double bonus points for me This story is book two in the Eton Boys Trilogy, but I didn t read book one and I thought this held up just fine as a standalone.Cecelia is trying to build a new life for herself, free of her brother s censure and away from the looming scandal that could drop on her head at any moment So she seeks refuge with a position as governess to the son of her brother s childhood best friend She knows Lindhurst is a widower and badly damaged by the war, and she figures she can trade on his history with her family to get her foot in the door It has absolutely nothing to do with the girlhood crush on him she nursed for years No, really.She finds out quickly that Lindhurst carriesthan just physical scars He was irrevocably damaged by the death of his wife He s demanding and abrupt And he doesn t seem to care even remotely for his young son Cecelia, however, takes to the boy right away, determined to help him overcome his disabilities She challenges Lind like no one else does But can the promise of her affection help him put away his quest for vengeance against the man he blames for ruining his life It s a pretty good tale as the secrets of both Cecelia and Lind are slowly uncovered I like that there wasto each of them than what we saw at face value Cecelia s backstory surprised methan Lind s I won t spoil the details, but I really appreciated how she rose above it and set a path for herself to retake control of her life I also really liked her as a character how she spoke her mind and refused to be cowed how she was willing to put herself out there and own her own desires.Lind, I had a little bit tougher of a time with It s hard to get 100% on board with a hero who was so unwilling to let go of his late wife s ghost I sort of understand why, but when you add that to how he treated little Jeremy for much of the book, well, I didn t love him Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching him get together with Cecelia, but there were times I felt like he didn t deserve her It kept me from totally connecting with the romance.Overall, though, I thought it was well done I am interested to see how the author will redeem Battencliffe in book 3, because I really didn t like him here.Rating BARC Provided by publisher for review I thoroughly enjoyed this moving story of triumph over adversity I always enjoy a story with a tortured hero and a misunderstood heroine Both Cecelia and Lind had dark secrets in the past Cecelia lost her innocence as a young girl of sixteen to a scoundrel who continued to plague her for years Lind returned after almost losing his life at the Battle of Quatre Bras, a broken and wounded man, betrayed by the only woman he had ever loved This wonderful story has plenty of romance, some mystery I thoroughly enjoyed this moving story of triumph over adversity I always enjoy a story with a tortured hero and a misunderstood heroine Both Cecelia and Lind had dark secrets in the past Cecelia lost her innocence as a young girl of sixteen to a scoundrel who continued to plague her for years Lind returned after almost losing his life at the Battle of Quatre Bras, a broken and wounded man, betrayed by the only woman he had ever loved This wonderful story has plenty of romance, some mystery and lots of deep passion As the story unfolds, several moments brought tears to my eyes, especially the tender way Cecelia works with Lind s troubled and confused child My heart ached for Cecelia s lost innocence at such a young age and in such a cruel way Even though Lind has a disability, he does not let it pull him down He soldiers on, dealing with his pain, refusing to allow others to do for him what most men would accept in his situation Ms MacNamara knows how to wring emotions out of the reader She has a smooth and flowing writing style that helped keep the pacing steady and even, keeping the reader engaged from the first page to the last Overall, an enjoyable read and I will be looking forbooks by this talented author If you enjoy a story that pulls at the heart strings, with well developed character and an engaging storyline, then this is a book you will not want to miss My Rating 3.5 5What 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 preoccupie My Rating 3.5 5What 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 gottenabout 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 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 he 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 ard 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 I have a weakness for a wounded, broody, military ex military man and it doesn t matter if he s a Regency era lord who is now determined toward revenge, but gets sidetracked by the entrancing sister of his former friend come to be his son s governess I found this story engaging from cover to cover The author knows how to delight with humor, heartache and passion during the course of the story.This is the second book in a trio of stories about three men who were once close friends after having I have a weakness for a wounded, broody, military ex military man and it doesn t matter if he s a Regency era lord who is now determined toward revenge, but gets sidetracked by the entrancing sister of his former friend come to be his son s governess I found this story engaging from cover to cover The author knows how to delight with humor, heartache and passion during the course of the story.This is the second book in a trio of stories about three men who were once close friends after having met at school The tie between each book is loose enough to read them out of order with the earlier couple and the next hero appearing in a few scenes though there will be a few moments when things are a bit confusing because they reference back to something from before.The story opens with Cecilia Sanford appearing on Viscount Lindenhurst s doorstep asking to be considered for the position of his son s governess Lind is a hardened bitter man with a thing for regiment and order in his home that has made him a bit demanding on his staff making it so that he has gone through a long string of governesses He s got a revenge plot in the works against the man, his former friend no less, whom he found with his wife when he returned from war Lydia died and Lind bares the guilt of that so he won t hold her accountable for the betrayal, but the man she was with is fair game He wonders if Cecilia is there to spy out details on that or if her secrets are something else Either way, he knows that something about her story of why she isn t married yet or still living under the protection of her brother is a lie Against his better judgment, he gives her a chance assuming she ll fail with the boy like all the others He has no idea how she will sort things and turn his world upside down.Cecilia has her reasons for desperately needing to find employment under Lind s roof He is so austere now that she doesn t dare tell him the truth that she allowed herself to be seduced by a wicked man or that when in charge of her brother s daughters that they were kidnapped by foreigners though that worked out fine She must also never let this new and colder, Lind suspect that she s had a crush on him, her older brother s friend, since she was a girl She must be all business and prove to him and her brother that she can do just fine An introduction to her new charge shows her that she may have adifficult time than she thought Jeremy survived the accident that killed his mother and left him permanently injured, but he also is slow to learn in ways He is a lonely child who yearns for his father s attention and Lind hides him away like he hates the very sight of him Well she would just see about that Jeremy needed his father and Cecilia wouldn t succeed with Jeremy with all those rigid rules set up Lind would just have to heed her demands.This story had one of my favorite plots I love those ones where the father is a bit of a martinet and the child children are in need of help so in swoops a strong, crusading woman to the rescue of both Now naturally, this story has its own quirks so I wasn t reading a rehash Cecilia is far from the usual retiring, virginal governess type as one can get She got into trouble because she s a lusty girl with strong appetites She takes all the responsibility for that and sets out on her own so that her brother isn t stuck with her because no man will take a woman like her for a wife when the truth comes out And Lind s issues that keep him from engaging in life are a bit convoluted to explain, but they are very real He went through the trauma of war both on his mind and his body, he returns to difficulties with his marriage and then he loses his wife in an accident leaving him an injured son knowing he failed all around He s got a bit of the Edmund Dantes thing going with his living for revenge attitude He was ripe for a rescue by a very special sort of lady just as he finds that he can be her gallant knight too.These two are pretty passionate types even though they both try to keep things strictly to the physical Neither are shy and I found that an interesting thing since its a bit different for the Lord of the manor and the governess trope Normally, I struggle to get into HR stories where the connection is forged through the physical relationship first, but this one was different I think it was necessary in this case Lind had to be jolted back to life and Cecilia had to see that her past hadn t destroyed her for being with another man Those who like things on the scorchy side will be well pleased with these two.In the end, it was an enjoyable story I want to go back for Cecilia s brother s story, but I m curious to see if the author can make me see the final Eton friend as a hero type He was a bit of a ne er do well in this one even if he wasn t quite as bad as Lind thought him My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara This is the second book in the Eton boys trilogy I recently read What a Lady Craves, so it was easy to pick up with the characters and the story line, although this book can be read as a standalone The story centres on Cecelia and Linenhurst, linked by Cecelia s brother Alexander Lindenhurst, Sandford and Battencliffe were best friends years ago at school, only to have the friendships strained and broken years later.Cecelia arrives at Lindenhurst s esta What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara This is the second book in the Eton boys trilogy I recently read What a Lady Craves, so it was easy to pick up with the characters and the story line, although this book can be read as a standalone The story centres on Cecelia and Linenhurst, linked by Cecelia s brother Alexander Lindenhurst, Sandford and Battencliffe were best friends years ago at school, only to have the friendships strained and broken years later.Cecelia arrives at Lindenhurst s estate to take on the position of governess to his young son Jeremy At first I really disliked Lindenhurst He seemed like the typical, arrogant British Lord He doesn t treat his staff very well, is demanding and curt He lacks common courtesy It made me wonder how on earth the author was going to transform him into a believable love interest.We learn that he is a bitter man, living in regret for the loss of his wife, the war, his wounded leg and the disabilities of his son But somehow, even after learning all of this, I still didn t forgive him for his highhanded behaviour and self righteousness I only began to soften to him when he showed signs of changing When he began to listen to Cecelia and take an interest in his son Cecelia has taken the position and clings to it for a variety of reasons She is not interested in staying with her brother and his family nearby, as he is newly married and she had a falling out with him detailed in the previous book She is also hiding from a villainous man who robbed her of her youth and abused her sexually Eversham is tracking her, believing that she has an article of stolen jewellery he took from another man to hide his true sexual nature It s all very sordid and the fact that Lindenhurst involves himself as her protector made me start to admire him.Cecelia and Lindenhurst are both broken people They have deep wounds that start to heal when they develop a relationship outside of employer and employee They have great sexual chemistry Things are very graphic and since Cecelia is an experienced woman, there are no maidenly senses to soothe Their sexual relationship helps them to begin one of the heart Cecelia s trust and calming presence gives Lindenhurst the strength to let go of the past and truly begin a future.The story is complex as each character has a tragedy or past that they must overcome From little Jeremy, who suffered brain damage, to the Eton men who can t let go of past behaviour to Cecelia who has a victim s mentality about the role she played in evil Eversham s games.I enjoyed this book I was really worried at first that I wouldn t be able to get past stuffy, rigid and mean Lindenhurst But once he lets his guard down and embraces Cecelia, the pages got smoking hot This is a story of new beginnings, but it takes the length of the novel for this to come to fruition.The next story will be about Battencliffe He has disgraced himself, is near bankrupt and his morals are hanging by a thread I really look forward to seeing how he redeems himself and the lady that will steal his heart and his bed.Reviewed for www.kiltsandswords.com I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 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 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 I enjoyed very much Cecelia and Lind s bickering Cecelia was a very endearing character and never a bit afraid of Lind, who did his best to ground her but to little avail


About the Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged 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.Visit forinformation.


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