Ashlyn Macnamara gave us her thoughts on the cover of WHAT A LADY DEMANDS, the second in the Eton Boys Trilogy. WHAT A LADY CRAVES, the first title in the trilogy is on-sale tomorrow! Find out more here.
“We all bear our scars. Some are more visible than others.”
Cecelia Sanford, the titular demanding lady of my November release What a Lady Demands, says these words to Viscount Lindenhurst in the course of the narrative. For my hero, they are very apt. Cecelia has known this man since his youth, when he was friends with her older brother. Since his youth when his body was still perfect. Since her youth when she may have nurtured a tendre for him.
But that was before life—and the Napoleonic Wars—intervened. Lind returns from the final confrontation with the French half alive and bearing hellacious scars that are mere shadows of the scars that lie on his heart.
As for Cecelia, she knows the truth of her words from personal experience…
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 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 welcome one.
Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.