Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ARC Review: What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys #3) by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys #3)
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

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.
What a Lady Requires got off to a bit of a slow start.  It seemed to encompass a lot of the "standards" I seem to see in a historical romance.  We have an arranged marriage between strangers, a poor first impression, and a young lady that is a bit too into business for most of the ton.  Throw in some overbearing relatives and some nasty ladies and it didn't seem like it was too unique.

It too a change about half way through.  Rowan was determined to break Emma's seriousness and proceeds to tell her a series of "jokes" that were just up my alley.  This scene in itself really opened up both characters to let us get to know them a bit better - and I finally started to really like them.  I wish the author had thrown something like this in sooner.

There's a bit of mystery thrown in that keeps some excitement pushing through the story.  But the biggest conflict was Rowan himself.  He was incredibly untrustworthy and his reasons weren't very sound in my opinion. We actually find out just how poor a reason he has at the end and at least he admits his huge mistake.

This was an OK book.  The second half was definitely more entertaining than the first and I'm glad I stuck with it until I got there.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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