What a Lady Requires got off to a bit of a slow start. It seemed to encompass a lot of the "standards" I seem to see in a historical romance. We have an arranged marriage between strangers, a poor first impression, and a young lady that is a bit too into business for most of the ton. Throw in some overbearing relatives and some nasty ladies and it didn't seem like it was too unique.
It too a change about half way through. Rowan was determined to break Emma's seriousness and proceeds to tell her a series of "jokes" that were just up my alley. This scene in itself really opened up both characters to let us get to know them a bit better - and I finally started to really like them. I wish the author had thrown something like this in sooner.
There's a bit of mystery thrown in that keeps some excitement pushing through the story. But the biggest conflict was Rowan himself. He was incredibly untrustworthy and his reasons weren't very sound in my opinion. We actually find out just how poor a reason he has at the end and at least he admits his huge mistake.
This was an OK book. The second half was definitely more entertaining than the first and I'm glad I stuck with it until I got there.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*