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What a Lady Demands

(The Eton Boys Trilogy #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  76 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 Na
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Published November 4th 2014 by Loveswept
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I couldn't resist another governess story once I was hooked on the first one. I really think it's a bit more refreshing change in this genre from the usual, since I have not ready many books with this theme nor have I come across them.

The characters themselves were refreshing. Viscount Lindenhurst is looking for a governess for his son and has a hard time finding one that will meet his unusually impossible demands.

Cecelia Sanford is the younger sister of Lindenhurst's once best friend. When she
Angie Elle
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, series-to-finish
Thank you to LOVESWEPT and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

What 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
Jen Davis
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Vikki Vaught
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5/5

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 preoccupie
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
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, bu
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
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 estat
Lesia Chambliss
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 ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 !
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Review for What a Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy #2) by Ashlyn Macnamara:

I'll start off by saying that I have never read this author before which, of course, means I have not read the first book in the series either. That being said I thoroughly enjoyed this endearing little historical romance.

On a bizarre and unusual note for me, I enjoyed the first half of the story more than the second half. I fully enjoyed the actual romance and family building while the confrontation with the antagoni
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 we ...more
Janice Liedl
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Cecelia Sanford has a mission. Actually, many missions - from helping to educate a young boy, to surviving more than a few days or hours in a post that ought to come with revolving doors, to resisting the temptation embodied in the boy's father, Lind, her brother's longtime friend and those are only the opening issues.

I adored Cecelia's can-do attitude to nearly everything: a gentlewoman by birth but impoverished due to her family's reverses (see book #1 of the Eton trilogy, although you don't h
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off this book was very entertaining and beautifully written. I have read this author's previous books because she is wonderful storyteller. I think the "hero" so to speak has a bit of high handiness in his demeanor. That's not saying that I didn't like him, but sometimes men can be so stubborn in their attitudes. You have a wounded man from the Napoleonic wars by the name of Lindenhurst. He is a viscount, a widower who likes being demanding. There is so much anguish that has happened to Li ...more
Amy Alvis
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Eton Boys Trilogy.

Fleeing the disappointment of her brother, Cecelia Sanford has applied to Viscount Lindenhurst to allow her to be governess to his son. Since he's had to fire all the other governesses for one reason or another, he decided he might as well try his best friend's sister in the position.

Having not been raised in the serving class, Cecelia is not the obedient governess that she ought to be. She starts questioning Lind about why he won't call his son by his giv
Heather andrews
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yeah so Lind he can be a boob at times and it seems he's always spurting out the wrong things:
"No," he protested. "It's not as though I planned...That...That just happened. If anything, it was the port spurring me on." A bloody wretched excuse if there ever was one.
She raised her chin. "I see."
God, could he possibly make it any worse? "I don't mean to imply you're not desirable. That gown certainly isn't helping matters."
Cecelia that girl doesn't sugar coat and personally I think it stuns Li
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were very interesting and the storyline was very well thought out and entertaining.
The Viscount Lindenhurst has had trouble finding and keeping a governess for his 5yr old son. He's not an easy person to please, and has very strict standard he wants met for his son. A war veteran, he had returned home after being injured to his wife, but things had changed for them. Unfortunately before they could reconcile, an accident involving his son resulted in
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Cecelia Sanford is the headstrong sister of Alexander, the hero from What a Lady Craves. In that story, she is memorable for her headstrong and determined nature. At the beginning of What a Lady Demands, she is interviewing as a governess in the home of her teenage crush, Viscount Lindenhurst (Lind), and also to provide an independent living for herself so she will not be a burden to her brother and his new wife. But she also is running from a very scandalous secret that could ruin her and her f ...more
Susie Fitzwater
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. Once I started to read it I had a hard time to put it down. Cecelia Sanford is looking for employment to prove something to her brother and to hide from her past. Like everyone knows that eventually your past can catch up to you. Anyways she is employed to Viscount Lindenhurst as a governess. Soon she is wanting to change certain things when it comes to a kid. Well her past catches up and then the Viscount finds out. I thought the plot was wonderful. I really enjoyed the c ...more
Yvonne Daniels
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All fans of historical
I enjoyed this book it was so great that I read it straight though could not put it down. This the most entertaining story, the characters are just what mays this book so excellent. I can honestly say I have not read a historical romance like this one. I recommend this to fans that love historical romance because you will certainly get all you could want from this book. The sex scenes were great this book hooked you from the beginning to the end. I give this a five star it is certainly entertain ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in The Eton Boys Trilogy and is as wonderful as the first one. I love a tortured hero and a fiesty herioine who knows what she wants. Ashlyn's writing is charming, witty and a fun read. I really enjoyed the plot in this book, it moved at a great pace and had all the elements of a great historical romance. Suspense, passion, great love scenes and you get to catch up with the characters from the first book in the series. This one is a keeper, don't miss it.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really loved it. The story was awesome. I loved the character development. I also liked how it was steamy but did not take away from the storyline. I would definitely recommend this I did not read book 1 but I do not think you really need it to follow the story. Enjoy!
Cecelia Sanford has always had a crush on Richard Blakewell, Viscount Lindenhurst.

Lind need a governess for his son, Jeremy.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
Karen Darling
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: imperfect-hero
Not bad. I liked that the heroin was bold.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, regency, female-lead
I got the book for a honest review and here I am.

First of all, it is my first Ashlyn Macnamera book so I was very open minded to her writing.
About the cover of the book. I wasn’t really thrilled. I mean why do you show a male back with drawers on when the male main character is handicapped because of war wounds? It doesn’t fit together.
The book is the story of a very lovely young Lady; Cecelia Sanford, who comes from a good family and one day stands in front of Viscount Lindenhurst door to be
Eileen Dandashi
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn’t catch reading the other two books of this series, however, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed book two, a standalone, since the absence of book one before this read, had no effect on the pleasure of its experience.

The story is well-balanced with its emotional complications and richly conflicted characters. Well-paced with facts of the tale, dropped felicitously on its path, only increased my eagerness to discover more. Passionate scenes between Cecelia and Lind were in good taste and lent balance
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Ramblings from this Chick

What a Lady Demands is the second book in the Eton Boys trilogy. Old friends Sandford, Lindenhurst and Battencliff have had a severe rift in their friendships. This story centers on Lindenhurst and Sandford’s younger sister, Cecilia.

In What a Lady Demands we find two considerably damaged characters. The way they have dealt with their disastrous pasts are on two completely different ends of the spectrum. Ashyln Macnamara has presented quite a few un
Five historically bright stars for " What a Lady Demands" , this is the second book in The Eton boys Trilogy.
I thought the first book , "What a Lady Craves" was wonderful but this book was even better. Why , because of the heroine of this story.

Cecelia Sanford, on the shelf, under her brother Alexander's protection she has left his home after an incident and found herself at Viscount Lindhust estate seeking a position as a governess to his son and assuming getting the postion would be easy sinc
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, reviewed
The second in her Eton Boys Trilogy, Ashlynn Macnamara again brings heart and heat to a story of redemption and reconnection all involving three estranged friends from Eton and their assorted connections of friends and family that bring them together.

Cecilia is the sister of Alexander, from the first book, and is in a bit of her own crisis. She and her brother had a falling out, and she isn’t comfortable staying with him. She also is dealing with a bit of a crisis of her own: a man took her vir
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Other books in the series

The Eton Boys Trilogy (3 books)
  • What a Lady Craves (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #1)
  • What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #3)