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What a Lady Requires

(The Eton Boys Trilogy #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries, Ashlyn Macnamara’s blazing hot novel tells the story of mismatched newlyweds who discover a simmering connection.

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,
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Published March 31st 2015 by Loveswept
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Emma is a take charge kind of gal and thanks to the way her father raised her, she has the know how to back up her attitude. Rowan is the ne'er do well second son who thanks to a recent swindling has the empty pockets to help solidify his reputation. Emma and Rowan have never met but when Emma's father sees an opportunity for his daughter to m
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a well written romance but I wasn't really drawn to the MC.

Emma was an intelligent and new her numbers. She took care of the books for her fathers business. Thy had money but no status. Her father wanted her to marry someone with a title.

Rowan was second in line in his family, his brother held the title. He was not a very serious minded gentleman. He had no idea how to handle money and was in fact broke. He was dealing with guilt on a past mistake and was just going through the motions
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is out today! Loved this last book in the trilogy and I have to say my favorite of the three. Rowan Battencliffe is a swoon-worthy hero and after the first two books depicting him as "troubled", he seemed pretty well-adjusted here. The angst between he and Emma is thick and worth reading more for - highly recommend!
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

In Book Three of her Eton Boys Series, Ashlyn MacNamara brings it home!

Ms. MacNamara tells the story of Rowan Battencliffe the third Eton boy, friends from childhood with Alexander Sanford (What a Lady Craves) and Viscount Lindenhurst (What a Lady Demands). A friendship that has floundered, with Alexander by distance and time and with Lindenhurst, by betrayal.. A betrayal that had defined Rowan for years..

While What a Lady Craves
Vikki Vaught
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Vikki’s Musings

I received What a Lady Requires from the publisher via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review. I had read What a Lady Demands and enjoyed it immensely. The deliciously enticing book cover and book description pulled me in, and looked forward to reading this addition to the trilogy with great anticipation.

Miss Emma Jennings is far different from other young women of her day. She loves working with numbers and making investments turn a profit. Since her fathe
Janice Liedl
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Ashlyn Macnamara wraps up the Eton Boys trilogy here with a flourish. Emma Jennings is a cit's daughter with a head for business but few options in the world of high society as evinced by her unmarried state. Rowan is the deeply-indebted younger brother to an earl. He can't get his head around figures (a problem which has probably only complicated his life as suggested in the first two books). And now his brother and Emma's father surprise the couple with a solution to both of their problems: sp ...more
Andrea Murray
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

When I was given this novel, I didn’t realize it was the third novel in a series, but it didn’t matter. I had no difficulty following the plot. It wasn’t until late in the novel that it even occurred to me this might be part of a series. It’s enjoyable on its own.
I loved this novel. It was really unique among its genre. The time period of the work is one I read often, and the author does a tremendous job showcasing the problems of
Heather andrews
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rowan that boy needs to learn that when his girl asks how many before her you try to dodge the question, "fewer than you might suspect. Enough that I know what I'm about. One of us ought to know what he's doing." Rowan is a seductive man, "do you want me to touch you in scandalous places?" he muttered against her skin." He's always willing to let his girl know when he likes something, "I quite like you this way, you know, all soft against me. You fit so well in my arms." I liked this book Rowan ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally, Rowan's story. You'll be fine if you haven't read the previous books, but having read them I wondered about him and I really enjoyed this. Emma's father arranges their marriage, as she had known he would. Rowan is not exactly what she was expecting, though. I just loved both of them. She has a head for numbers and investing and wants to teach Rowan to better manage his money. He just wants to find the man who ran off with what he had left. They have a wonderful attraction but there are ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in a trilogy by Ashlyn Macnamara. I have been fortunate to have read all the books in this series, so it was great to see the return of other couples. Once again, Ashlyn Macnamara has created a swoon worthy story that weaves together unconventional characters and a plot that has you guessing as to what will happen.
The story starts with the engagement of Emma and Rowan. It’s a practical, money based arrangement – absolutely no love or lust involved. In fact the two have nev
Marsha Spohn
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

#1 reason to love this novel – that cover. Mmm mmm mmm. Okay, I’m good now. :)

What A Lady Requires is the final novel in The Eton Boys series. Now we have Rowan’s story. Rowan has not had an easy spot among these friends, at times he has been his own worst enemy. At this point, Rowan’s very best friend is his wine bottle – an expensive friendship indeed. Which brings about his need to marry.

Emma has always known that she would be married off. It was, after all,
Amy Alvis
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in the Eton Boys Trilogy.

Miss Emma Jennings always knew that she would be married for her dowry, but she didn't count on her father picking the ne'er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe. Meeting the man for the first time when he is drunk, does not give Emma much hope for her happily ever after.

Rowan hadn't planned on getting married anytime soon, but knows that it is the only answer to his money problems. He didn't count on a wife that was set to reform him. As she sets out to teach him a
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed What a Lady Requires. It was a lovely romance that featured the redemption of a character who was at his all time low at the start of the book and I liked it.

Emma was definitely a very intelligent heroine. That was a good thing for the most part but I didn't appreciate how she almost berated Rowan for not grasping how to do the accounts. It made her seem like a mean intellectual snob. But, that was only a minor part of her character. For the most part, she was clever, resilient, and ul
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As always I want to first thank Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we can bring you this review.

As many of you know I have read the first two books in this series in the past and couldn’t wait to see what was up with Rowan Battencliffe. See in the first two books we are introduced to him and know there is more to him then we are being told. So I couldn’t wait until I could dive into his story. And I wasn’t at all disappointed. I w
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Rowan and Emma have an arranged marriage. He, while titled, is poor and is in need of money. Emma, while wealthy, is in need of a title. Marriage between the two is the perfect solution to their problems.

This story is a bit different than what I'm used to in this genre. Typically, the heroine is gorgeous and a socialite. The hero is usually successful beyond belief, smart and serious. Here we have Emma, who is more bookish, wears spectacles, and acts as her father's accountant. Rowan, on the ot
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviews
A delightful historical romance.
Second sons don't qualify for a family title. Rowan Battencliffe is no exception. He is a known to be irresponsible, squandering his money on gambling and liquor. In reality, he's sensitive, observant, and lonely. His friends have deserted him due to a scandal, that occurred years ago. His happy face is only a mask. He needs companionship and to be challenged. His height and bearing, good looks, presence and charm guarantee his success at parties and the women.
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
Rita Hernandez
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Neither Emma or Rowan are your typical heroine/hero! They both break that stero-type quite beautifully I must admit. Emma is very much the "man" at times in the relationship in that she is very modern for the time period. She understands finance and business which is not something that a proper society woman should. While Rowan is social and finance eludes him. They are forced into an arranged marriage and I really love their internal thoughts at their first meeting. Emma is worried about this b ...more
Kathleen Roth
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the last of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I read the first two books, and I have to say, this story is my favorite. I really liked that Emma Jennings had a head for figures and could manage finances better than most men and that the hero, although handsome and street-smart, couldn’t rub two coins together without losing one. I did feel sorry for him, though, because I kept thinking that his difficult time with math meant he was likely dyslexic or had some oth ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a different romance which I enjoyed immensely.
Emma Jennings is a young woman who has the ability to see a good investment and giving good advice on the subject, in a world dominated by men. Her father craves a better social standing for the family, so he negotiates a marriage for her to a Mr Rowan Battencliffe, a very handsome man with wicked blue eyes, a man who she just happened to take a dislike to on sight.
Rowan has terrible financial problems, and Emma's father is one of his credi
What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara was an historical romance that I enjoyed reading. The main characters were backward. It was Emma who was all business and money and numbers and it was Rowan who had a problem with numbers but socially always knew the score. Emma knew she would be married for the social connection. Rowan knew he was marrying her for the money. Both started out viewing the marriage as an arrangement, and wanted it to be amiable. Little did either of them know about how they ...more
L.A. Miller
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The final book in “The Eton Boys trilogy”, this book deals with the darkest and the most troubled of the three Eton Boys, Rowan Battencliffe. Having lost everything, Rowan must marry to try to salvage his debts. Emma Jennings has always known her marriage would be one of convenience, the highest title her inheritance could buy. But what Emma and Rowan do not count on is the chemistry that ignites between them. Both must deal with the past and learn to trust if they are ever to have a future. The ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
there are things I liked and things I just rolled my eyes at. words I get annoyed at the use of the word expertly. he expertly danced he expertly whatever . it is a pet peeve of mine and for me pulled me out of the story.
things I liked . Emma. an unusual lady who likes bookkeeping and that her hubs likes that about her . reading this right after that kerfuffle on some feminist web site made me want to say "see? " romance is not all heaving busoms and such. here we have a romance female lead who
Isha Coleman
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I am quickly learning that Ms. Macnamara is an extraordinary storyteller. Ashlyn Macnamara's stories are quickly becoming must haves for me. The way she draws the reader into her stories and leaves them craving more at the book's end is my favorite thing about her writing. I was given an ARC of What A Lady Requires for my honest viewpoint and I loved it. Two tempermental individuals are forced into a marrige of convenience due to circumstances. What neither expects is that despite all of their d ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Third book in the series, I wasn't sure abount actually wanting to read the book. I loved the first one and couldn't warm up to the second one. The discription of the hero in this book didn't attract me, but I wanted to give the author a second chance based on my enjoyment of the first book. What can I say, the third book is as good as the first, maybe even better! I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the writing!
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, several-pov
Their happiness was not set in stone, in fact, it was not even a week before they got married. An arranged marriage between two completely different people. He needed money, badly, she was in a market for a husband and he was the perfect solution. Both parties had low expectations but both were hoping for happiness. The story was lovely, even with her awkward twists and angles. Their relationship seemed to be falling apart and without any solution in sight. So, how did the story end? Well, I wou ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This is 3/2 stars for me. Not as good as the previous two books. I reviewed them both. Emma always knew her place in society. She was a very wealthy merchant's daughter. Rowan was A second son and really just going with his brother's wishes. Little did he know, but he was about to become a student to better himself.

The sex was good in the book, but the story really did not pull me in this time. I loved that Emma always had her feet well planted on the ground. Her ability to comprehend and forgiv
I seem to be in the minority on this but I found the heroine TATL, (To annoying to live.) She seemed to think she was the know all and end all of money management and treated the hero like he was a dimwitted child.

The hero seemed to be a likable scnook with slight case of math dyslexia and a penchant for bad investments. His punishment for this was he would up married to this unattractive shrew. The only way I would buy another book in this series would be if I found out he pushed her off a cli
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emma and Rowan, what a cute couple. He's a notorious spendthrift who has spent his last pound on some foolish notion. He's broke and needs money. She's the mousy daughter of a man who has encouraged his daughter to be intelligent about money, and she enjoy it. The two of them are married and it's her job to rebuild his wealth, with her dowry.

I liked the plot of this book, I thought it was cute that she was so uptight and worried about being wanted just for her mad bookkeeping skills. He fell ha
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Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged 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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The Eton Boys Trilogy (3 books)
  • What a Lady Craves (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #1)
  • What a Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #2)
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