To Lure a Proper Lady
Book 1, Duke-Defying Daughters
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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
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I felt the beginning stumbled along and didn't flow well at all. When I did start to flow my first thought was Im really going to like these sisters. Lady Elizabeth and her sisters Caro and Pippa had great banter and sarcasm that they reminded me of my own sisters. Dysart is not my favorite hero but he was likable. Lady Elizabeth just had way more personality and whit.
I would like to see where the author takes this series so I'm looking forward to the next book.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down.
This is the first book in a new series by Ashlyn Macnamara. Lady Elizabeth Wilde is the oldest of three daughters of The Duke of Sherrington. As the Duke lay on his deathbed, he explains to his daughter that wants her to be married and he is pushing for a union with her cousin, Snowley. The Duke also wants Elizabeth to go ahead with annual house party they always host, because then maybe one of his daughters will find an eligible suitor. Elizabeth is concerned about her father's health and believes he is being poisoned so she goes to Bow Street hoping to hire a runner to find out the truth.
On Bow Street, Elizabeth runs into Dysart. This meeting was wonderful...full of humor and unexpected emotions! Elizabeth decides to hire Dysart and they come up with a plan that he will attend the house party as a guest while trying to dig up facts on if the Duke is being poisoned.
The time these two spent together was great! I loved how Elizabeth was such a strong willed female and how Dysart enjoyed being with her. It was such a fun cat and mouse game trying to figure out what was happening to her father. The suspense of this story line made me not want to put this book down. The sexual attraction between these two was just icing on the cake.
Dysart's backstory added another twist to this tale. The final explosive ending was great. All in all I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down.
Love recognizes no lines.
Lizzie is the oldest and must think of her family. With her father ill and strange incidents with the local villagers, she is expected to hostess a party so that her and her sisters can find husbands to secure their futures. Suspecting something more dire, Lizzie hires a Bow Street Runner. Dysart takes her job, keeping his own secrets, and the two become entangled. Because of differences in social standing, will they be able to give into their love and have a life together? I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Historical
- Published: Mar 29, 2016
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 257 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Duke-Defying Daughters