To Lure a Proper Lady
Pub Date 29 Mar 2016
by Ashlyn Macnamara
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Random House LLC
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In this steamy novel from bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara—“a born storyteller” (Jennifer McQuiston) who “brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life” (Tessa Dare)—a dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
Praise for the novels of Ashlyn Macnamara
“Ashlyn Macnamara weaves tales rich in angst, humor, and history as she treats readers to the steamier side of Regency. Her inventive prose has secured her a place on my auto-buy list, and her memorable characters have secured a place in my heart. Don’t forget to set your morning alarm, though. You’ll be reading long past your bedtime!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
“A witty, sexy historical romance . . . Pain, scandal, forgiveness, honor, intrigue, passion, clever banter, romance and love all play a part in this delightful tale, which will keep readers turning the pages.”—Romance Junkies, on What a Lady Craves
“An intriguing, dramatic, and sexually charged novel that is recommended for most historical romance lovers.”—Library Journal, on What a Lady Demands
“A wonderful tale depicting an intelligent heroine who speaks her mind, and a misguided hero who is struggling with his past.”—Fresh Fiction, on What a Lady Requires
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Ashlyn Macnamara has created a very engaging story. Her characters are believable and the storyline keeps you interested.
Lizzy can not accept that her father is so ill. She grows suspicious. So before this house party is to begin, she decides to run to Bow street and find someone to investigate matters. There she meets a runner named Dysart. He seems pretty rough, but he can adapt, so he says, to fit in as whomever is needed to investigate her father’s illness.
Who is Dysart, really? He seems to be able to play the part of a gentlemen very easily, almost too easily. This is just one of the mysteries in this story.
This is book one of Ashlyn Macnamara’s new series and in this readers opinion is not to be missed.
I reviewed this book originally on April 1st, 2016 on Amazon, Goodreads and Netgalley.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Each book is priced at $1.99 as part of the Amazon Summer Reading Deals promotion through August 31st.That’s a 50% savings! Highlander Redeemed was a double Award of Merit Finalist in the HOLT Medallion contest this year!
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