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What a Lady Craves

(The Eton Boys Trilogy #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.
Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later,
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Loveswept
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

This story was such a disappointment for me. It’s made all the worse since I know that this author has it in her to take uncomfortable character traits or story elements and turn them to her favor. For whatever reason this time around the magic wasn’t there.

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SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I actually came across this book randomly, yet I'm glad I did. Its very rare for me to come across historical romances, but when I do, I usually like them very much. On to the story...
Henrietta Upperton was promised to marry Alexander Sanford, he hightailed it to India and married another woman. Years later he returns to England, with two daughters in tow mind you, and he wants to court Henrietta again and recapture her heart.

I ha
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of What a Lady Craves from Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

What a Lady Craves is sweet, and the longing is ever present.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
H:Alexander Sanford
h:Henrietta Upperton

I really enjoyed this book! I love second chance romances. I loved Alex and Henrietta. Henrietta a little more I love that she was her own person. Sh made Alex work to get back on her good side. Now Alex ugh I was so sad what he did to Henrietta but in the end he made it right.

This book was great it had lots of Sexual tension. I love that in a book. It make me stay up way to late "to see what happens next"

Great book , Great Story Line and Great Romance!
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an honest review of an ARC from Netgalley:

“What a Lady Craves” is Ashlyn Macnamara’s third book, and first in her Eton Boys trilogy. This book managed to hit all my favorite romance tropes: mystery, governesses, lovers reunited, and gender confused cats. Ok, so the cat isn’t really gender confused, the cat’s owner is the one confused about its gender.

Henrietta Upperton, sister of George Upperton (hero of Macnamara’s last book) is a paid companion to the Dowager Countess of Epperley. Hen
Angie Elle
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

It's not often that I think an author's style is reminiscent of Julia Quinn's, but I do think Ashlyn MacNamara's is. The humor in this book is perfectly timed, and the heroine is incredibly likable and strong—two things I love in a historical romance!

It's been years since Alexander called off his engagement to Henrietta, but the desire he felt for her still plagues him. While Henrietta may still desire Alexander, she is n
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara
Book Summary
Published by - Loveswept a Random House Imprint
Publish Date - 12th August 2014
My Rating - 2 Stars

Where to start? I was kind of excited about the idea of reading this book, the blurb sounds great, the cover looks amazing and I'd only heard good things about Ashlyn Macnamara's other work. Sweet. Lets get stuck into it....
Yeah, no. I don't know what happened, but from the moment I started reading I was annoyed. Annoyed at Alexander, annoyed at Henrietta and annoyed at the style o
The first in a new historical romance trilogy is off to a wonderful start .Ms. McNamara kicks it off with a second chance at romance story fraught with sexual tension, hidden resentment , secrets and danger, simply put an engrossing read!

Henreitta's Upperton is a paid companion to he Countess of Epperley! The grand aunt of Alexander Sanford , her former fiancé , Henrietta and Alex had grand romance eight years ago, Alex so enamored and desirous of Henrietta sought her hand in marriage and durin
Janice Liedl
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you pick up What a Lady Craves, be sure that you're in some place comfy and with everything you need for the next few hours because you're not going to want to put it down. Ashlyn Macnamara's first book in her new series is a wonderful Regency that brings two long-lost lovers back together in anything but an easy, conventional romance.

Henrietta Upperton is working as a companion to a snarky old matron in the country who cares more for her cat, Albermarle, than for her companion who she's al
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lovely story and a second chance at love, What a Lady Craves was a wonderful historical romance. This book was great and I really liked it. It was definitely an enjoyable read.

Henrietta was a wonderful heroine. She was strong in a way that was earned through heartache and determined not to go through it again. After her broken engagement turned her life upside down, she was determined to pull herself together and find a way to be independent. I really liked her. She was tough and not about to
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I saw this touted as perfect for Julia Quinn fans I had to check it out. Sadly it in no way measured up. Despite knowing there had to be some reason why Alexander jilted Henrietta his behavior throughout the story did nothing to make him more likeable. He came across as whiny and self-pitying to me throughout most of the story. Then he's constantly trying to seduce Henrietta and even at one point being upset that she refused him and thought badly of him despite him giving half-assed explana ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
What A Lady Craves is book one in The Eton Boys Trilogy by Ashlyn Macnamara and is a great start to this series. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to start this entertaining new series from the beginning. The bonus to having read this one early is that we only have to wait until November to get book 2, What A Lady Demands. What A Lady Craves is the story of the difficult road to love between Henrietta and Alexander. Henrietta survives the humiliation of being jilted by her fiance' and havi ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alexander and Henrrieta' s story was remarkable. This book had everything to make it a success. Pain, longing, hope, danger, suspense and intrigue. Sizzling passionate love scenes as well. Tenderness too. It was magnificent.

Alexander was betrothed to Henrrieta and he left England to be able to restore his family's fortune that his father hand lost. Alexander never returned until now. Henrietta had been hurt with Alexander never returning. She had to deal with all of the embarrassment and gossip
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
What happens to our hero when he is faced with his jilted betrothed with his 2 daughters in tow? This feisty & pissed off companion gets even, but she get a little help from 1 grumpy Fairy Godmother & her Furry sidekick turn up their pixie dust on full blast!

Miss Henrietta Upperton was always been a Wallflower & only 1 man realized what a precious gem she was, her betrothed. Then he went to India to pull his family out of the debt, but she learns by rumors in London that he married a
Fiona Marsden
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wish Goodreads and Amazon would get their act together about the rating system because I find myself consistently giving different ratings on reviews on each site. This is a three here but a four on Amazon.

This is the sort of book you should read and enjoy without thinking too much about it. It is at first glance an enjoyable romp with humour, a touch of boys own adventure stories and a romance with some sizzle.

The reunion of Henrietta and Alexander was bound to be fraught. He left Engl
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford, when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.

For Alexander, ho
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The first in a new trilogy from Ashlyn Macnamara, What a Lady Craves manages to hit all of my current obsessions in one quick reading, highly enjoyable historic romance. In addition, Macnamara manages to incorporate humor and some tried and true tropes into the story: a mystery, lovers reunited, a bad boy reformed and the ever-present interfering dowager.
It’s the second of her titles that I have read, and I am finding that I enjoyed this as much as the first.

We start with Henrietta, sister of
Captain Romance Pants
This review originally appeared on my blog: So You Want to Read a Romance Novel.

The Captain’s Review
This story has a lot of great elements, and yet I could not get over how weak-willed Henrietta, the *supposed* heroine, was! Also, the *supposed* hero, Alexander, acts in a way that’s not very heroic. At a critical point in the backstory, he could have easily avoided or at least tempered something that becomes a main plot point—the reason for the rift between he and the supposed heroine. Yes there
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Not what I would call a page turner

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency , I'm guessing. And far from the balls and Almak's and all of that buzz.

Length: Almost 300 pages of slow going

Series: 1st in the series and if the rest are anything like this...

Sexy times: couple of times. Nothing off the charts and certainly nothing that matches the cover. False advertising, in my most humble of opinions.

Plan on reading more by the author / series?: Not unless it's a freebie or someone else scores the book off
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!!!

Ah, Henrietta...she's mad! And she should be. She was betrothed and then he went off to India to make his fortune...and...he married someone else. Didn't even break it off with her. She just heard gossip about it, then the truth was there. Oh, yes...she's mad. So when he shows up, injured after barely surviving a shipwreck on his aunt's doorstep, she really wants to smack him. Then to find out he has children, insult added to injury. She really doesn't want to feel badly for
An enjoyable book, well written, scattered with subtle witticisms and lyrical descriptions. The hero, Alexander, left his fiancée behind, Henrietta, for distant Indian shores to recover his family fortune. Months later, she found out through rumours that he had married. Consequently, she was made a laughingstock and subjected to unsolicited improper offers, and thus she retired from society. Eight years later, Alexander arrived back in England in dramatic fashion, two young daughters and an Indi ...more
Amy Alvis
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 in the Eton Boys Trilogy.

Henrietta Upperton is working as a companion to a cantankerous old woman who happens to be the grandaunt of her former betrothed. When he suddenly shows up on her employers doorstep to recover from a shipwreck, she is determined not to fall under his spell again.

Alexander Sanford had run off to India to save his family's fortune. Acting on his sense of honor, he ends up marrying someone else. Back in England, he can't help but realize what he gave up.

Can A
Cheryl Sanders
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Henrietta was engaged to Alexander. He sailed to India on business and she started hearing rumors of his marriage to another. She never spoke to him again, until now. Eight years later he's back, a widower with 2 children and no willing explanation as to why he married another. Along with his two little girls, he's also brought danger trailing behind him.

The choices Alexander made were terrible and it's awful how he messed up Henrietta's life. After all is said and done, his reasons were still n
Just A. Bean
Well that was stupid.

I liked the heroine, and most of the secondary characters, but the hero had basically no redeeming qualities past those on the cover. I was actively rooting for them NOT to get together by about half way through, and by the end I was thinking, "Take the money and run, sweetheart. You can do better."

He was really, really dumb, and a terrible father, and kept insisting that he was acting because of honour, while everyone else kept, rightly, insisting that he was an idiot. He d
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, I thought the cover was enticing and definitely draws those readers that determine if they’ll read the book or not by the cover. I may or may not be one of those. The cover was a plus.

I am a great fan of this era and thought the book was well written and had a great storyline. I was not disappointed with any part of the book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the adventure.

I also found no errors in the book, which really pleased me. If there is one error, I am the one who cat
Gaylin Walli
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and a twisty little approach to a debt of honor, but I can't shake this feeling that I've read this before. Very likely it was some first look at a chapter in part of another book (especially since I'm not blessed to be Ms. Macnamara's critique partner, and oh wouldn't that be fun!). I'm always a sucker for historicals that incorporate bits from the British Raj, even only slightly, and this one fit the bill. Nice characters (I wanted to slap the hero a few times), but surprisingly litt ...more
Kathleen Roth
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't have asked for more in this third book by Ashlyn Macnamara. Besides her writing that is gloriously impeccable, she weaves a rich tale filled with all the tropes I like. I love a little mystery in all my stories, not to mention chemistry that just won't dissipate. Instead, it grows and grows. I like strong women and Henrietta is that. I admit, I wanted to slap Alexander silly a few times, but I think that's what MacNamara cleverly intended. By now, this author has garnered a slot on my a ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Henrietta was jilted by her fiancé and is now the paid companion of the Dowager Countess of Epperley. Alexander the man who jilted Henrietta years ago to run off to India to replenish the family fortune ends up shipped wrecked not far from where Henrietta is living. This is an excellent read, the characters are funny and interesting, the story is fast paced and action packed and the sex between Henrietta and Alexander is hot and steamy. I enjoyed the story and the antics of the entire cast of ch ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really really wanted to love this but I just could not. This is one of the few books where I did not want the two main characters together. The "hero" never fully redeemed himself in my eyes. If I was Henrietta I would not have accepted him back into my life. This is a historical fiction novel where the hero pretty much deserts the heroine for no good reason that I could see. Other than that the story was okay I would be inte ...more
Valerie Bowman
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Love, love, love Lady Epperley and Albemarle!
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The Eton Boys Trilogy (3 books)
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