Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What a Lady Demands Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @readloveswept @ashlyn_mac

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Welcome to my post for the What A Lady Demands book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a Loveswept mug and tote. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Eton Boys Trilogy #2

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.



My Rating: 3.5 Roses

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
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Excerpt:

He refused to give in to the temptation to dismount. To approach her. She was a governess, for God’s sake, and the younger sister of a man he’d once deemed a friend.

Reason enough to stay away, no matter how deucedly attractive he found her. “That is the accepted method for gaining entrance to a proper school when the time comes.”

“And what will you do when he shows no desire to deal with the vagaries of the first declension, let alone the third?”

He arched a brow at her, an expression usually guaranteed to cow the most recalcitrant servant. “And what do you know of such things?”

A smile flitted across her lips, evaporating so quickly, he wondered if he’d really seen it. “Perhaps I listened in when Alexander had lessons. But no matter. You are skirting the issue.”

“And what is the issue?” Besides the fact that he was the employer and thus set the rules.

“I’ve no idea if Latin is among his aptitudes or even his interests, but he has shown me one area that fascinates him.”

Good Lord, he knew what was coming. One of the other governesses had tried to discuss the boy with him. And what was her name? He’d been through so many he couldn’t recall, even if the conversation hadn’t taken place all that long ago. “I do not wish to discuss the boy’s obsession with those soldiers of his.”

“How can you not?” She stepped toward him, one hand outstretched, approaching his thigh. Near. Too near. “This might be the key to convincing him reading and writing are worth learning.”

God help her if she so much as grazed her fingertips against his leg. He wasn’t at all sure he could take responsibility for the outcome, not the way his body yearned toward hers. Not the way his cock came fully erect at the thought of her touch. He suppressed an urge to rein Judas away.

How long since he’d let a woman touch him? Not since Lydia. And even that had been ages before he’d lost her.

With his wife, he’d felt like a whole being. Complete. That was, until he’d discovered the truth.

And now, what kind of man would give in to his appetites like some mindless animal, no matter how long he’d done without female companionship? He ought to have learned to control himself long since.

“The last thing he needs is to be encouraged toward the military.” He forced the statement through his teeth as precisely as if he were giving orders. “Do you think the army would take him in his state?”

Her fingers wavered, and she curled them into a fist. Thank God. He well remembered her as a girl, those hands always in motion, fluttering like birds, brushing against various and sundry. She’d damned well better keep them away from him.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card and a Loveswept mug and tote.
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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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