Sunday, November 2, 2014

What a Lady Demands

What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

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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.

What a Lady DemandsWhat a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was interesting but it wasn't fantastic. I really thought Cecelia was a strong character. Maybe too strong for her time. Lind was ok, but for me, I just really couldn't see the attraction. He was gruff, rude, and not very attractive. Sure there was passion between them, but it didn't feel right. I think that Cecelia's "drama" was sort of bleh. To me it just really felt forced, and didn't flow natural. The end was highly predictible.

The whole first half of the book was great. I loved seeing her fall for her former crush. But then the second half was where I felt that the author tried to dramatize things but it didn't work out. Sure, there's a twist and it's interesting, but I loved the book without it. It just didn't feel right to me. I really liked Jeremy and Mrs. Carstairs. They were great side characters. I think that with less drama, this would have been a sexier sweeter historical. As is, it's just not for me. But, I do really like this author and will still most likely read the next one too!

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