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 about his finances, he hope that she doesn't learn the real reason that he lost most of his money. Can their budding romance survive the truth?
In What a Lady Demands, we see Rowan as the bad guy with glimpses of the man he could be coming through. Knowing that he ruined his best friend's marriage and fathered his child, he has lost himself in drink. After marrying Emma, he takes a hard look at his life and seems to turn it around (although he would have others believe that he hasn't).
I loved that Emma was not your typical society miss. She liked things that had to do with the running of a business. Particularly the making and tallying of money. Having been shunned by her aunt for this, she is surprised that her father uses that as a selling point to her prospective groom. Always knowing that she would be told who to marry, Emma didn't have much hope of a love match. After meeting Rowan for the first time, she doesn't even have much hope for having an enjoyable marriage. But when she sees signs of the caring man early in their marriage Emma starts to have hope.
I loved this series and I am sad to see it end. I look forward to seeing what Macnamara has in store for us next!