Saturday, August 16, 2014

What A Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara - Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Written by Ashlyn Macnamara
Published by Loveswept
August 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39253-1


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, 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, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

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Review / Personal Opinion

Alexander and Henrietta have a second chance at love when he returns to England and finds himself injured from a shipwreck.  Coincidence would have Henrietta working as a paid companion to his aunt, who happens to live in the same town where he has washed ashore.  Accompanying him is his manservant and later his two daughters.  While circumstances, which are explained fully later on in the story, prevented the Alexander and Henrietta from marrying eight years earlier, neither can deny the attraction between them.  She has convinced herself that she no longer loves Alexander, but one look at him and those feelings come rushing back.  Things are complicated by having to act as governess to his daughters while he recovers.  As for Alexander, he has never forgotten Henrietta or his feelings for her.  Of course, he complicates matters further by keeping the true reason why he broke their engagement and married another.  Add to this the mystery of the danger that has followed him from India, and you have a wonderful regency romance with some action. 

I really liked they way Henrietta surprised Alexander by being bolder and more outspoken than he expected or remembered her to be.  I wanted to strangle Alexander for being so evasive as to why he broke the engagement and making Henrietta assume the worst.  Eventually, he admits the truth the Henrietta, but risks losing her again.  Luckily they both come to their senses and get their HEA.

About Ashlyn Macnamara
Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage 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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