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Preview — The Lady Most Willing... by Julia Quinn
The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Lady Most #2)
During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas...more
Taran Ferguson tired of waiting for his two nephews to marry and secure the family line, takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps four young women. He and his band of merry clansmen barge into the ballroom of Bellemere Castle, grab the ladies and hightail it out of there in the Duke of Bretton's carriage. With the snoozing Duke inside.
Arriving at Finovair Castle just ahead of a huge snowstorm that blocks the pass, thus preventing a quick rescue, Taran presents the ladies to his nephews, who...more
What kind of trouble can ten young ladies and gentlemen snowed in at a Scottish castle get into? Well, when the party includes a duke, an earl, a French comte, and a highland laird, the answer is: quite a lot.
Four young ladies, one by accident, and a duke, by coincidence, are kidnapped from a winter ball by Taran Ferguson, laird of Finovair castle, in hopes of matching three of said young ladies with his two nephews. Trapped at the castle for at least three da...more
I was absolutely thrilled when The Lady Most Willing’s ARC showed up on edelweiss, because I have a massive soft spot for it’s predecessor, The Lady Most Likely. Likely was the first real “romance novel” I read, and that coupled with its unique anthology style stuck with me, so I was highly anticipating a return to the three authors.
Not a traditional sequel, Willing features an all new cast of characters in an entirely different country...more
THE LADY MOST WILLING is certainly the most unique way of telling a story. With three authors with distinct writing styles, I thought reading this book would be a bit of a challenge. Initially, I had believed that there would be separate parts to this book, each showcasing a happily-ever-after. However, this story reads just like a regular novel, just with three pairings and a quicker pace.
Each happily-ever-after is fulfilling and satisfying, though I do wish readers could get a chance...more
1) As other reviewers have noted, this is a three-part novel written by three different authors. I found the transition from one author to the next smoother than I'd feared it would be and even thought it was somewhat interesting to compare the slightly different writing styles, but if that kind of thing is jarr...more
Catriona and the Duke of Betton
It has what you can always expect from Ms. Quinn: amusing situations, great humor and believable characters.
Eloisa James: 4.5*
Fiona Crisholm and the Earl of Oakley
I would have guessed EJ's part with only reading the 1st chapter! I love her unique take on the situation and her sometimes outlandish ideas!
Connie Brockway: 3*
Lady Cecily and the Comte de Rochefort
I hate to say this, but Ms Brockway's part seemed rushed. The others could stand easily on t...more
THE LADY MOST WILLING is a Shakespeare comedy in the making. Take one determined laird; add two marriage weary nephews; mix in four ladies; stir in one unexpected duke; and sprinkle with snow, thus trapping the group in a drafty Scottish castle. Turn up the heat as passion flairs between unexpected couples. Serve as a humorous romp from three rockstars in historical romances. Fans of Quinn, James, and Brockway will enjoy this collaborative e...more
Three of the greatest authors in historical romance team up to write this absolutely fantastic book. The Lady Most Willing was adorable, a brilliant novel of three stories.
I don't want to give away the couples, that's for you to find out :)
So, I'll have to keep this vague to retain the mystery ;)
All the characters were wonderful. The ladies were all lovely heroines that are thoroughly likable. They were strong, kind,...more
Originally posted on Confessions of An Opinionated Book Geek
The plot of “The Lady Most Willing,” is what makes historical romance such an entertaining genre. The notion that an aging Scotsman would kidnap Scottish ladies in a hope that his half-Scottish nephews will marry a Scot so that their children can be mostly Scottish is outlandish and hilarious. Add in the names Connie Brockway, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn, have them work together on a collaboration and you have gold in the form of a be...more
It turned out to be a brilliant book, but I was expecting that after reading The Lady Most Likely previously. I love the idea of a three part novel and it worked wonderfully with these authors. It flowed smoothly between stories, and it was almost like there had just been the one author.
My favourite story was probably the one with...more
Taran Ferguson is determined to see his family line secured. Since he has no children of his own, he has decided that one or both of his nephews, Byron Wotton, Earl of Oakley, and Robert “Robin” Parles, Comte de Rocheforte, must marry an heiress. As one nephew recently broke off an engagement and the other shows no signs of wedding soon, Taran does what he feels is necessary: he kidnaps brides for his nephews....more
What I liked the most is the pure fun factor from these books. Yes, they're silly and I tend to find inst...more
Each couple in this story has to overcome some kind of socia...more
The Comte De Rocheforte and his cousin the Earl of Oakley have com...more
The Lady Most Willing, a book written by a trio of well known romance authors, was a charming experience for the holidays. It had the perfect amount of hilarious scenes, passionate confessions, witty debates and that special something that wove them all together. I must say that I enjoyed it very much, it was one of my most expected books this season and it didn’t fail me.
What intrigued me so much was the absurd but comical notion of an ancient Scottish Laird,...more
What a cute, light-hearted, charming little story. Told in three parts. I loved the characters, Taran Ferguson, The Duke of Bretton, Earl of Oakley, Comte de Rocheforte, Miss Fiona Chisholm, Miss Marilla Chisholm, C...more
These are three of my favorite authors so I was really looking forward to it. The entire premise was a little ridiculous, and it was hard to believe in the true love that developed over 3 days for each of the couples. I would have found it more satisfying if at least one of the couples had had a prior history, but instead they were all strangers who basically fell in love at first sight. Regardless of the absurdity, it was quite entertaining. Julia Quinn's section, in particular, had me...more
A very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow.
The novel opens with tongue firmly in cheek. To start the saga is Ju...more
Bret and Catriona's story was sweet and interesting and cau...more
Taran Ferguson, the owner of said drafty castle, has decided that his nephews, the Earl of Oakley and the Comte de Rocheforte, need to marry to carry on the family history, Both the Earl and the Comte have no idea that their annual holiday visit to their uncle will lead to kidnapping or romance. Taran kidnaps some eligible young ladies and orders his nephe...more
Taran is the crazy uncle who does the kidnapping. While he is a side character look for the unexpected from him. Catriona Burns and John, Lord Bretton have the first part of the story. I don’t remember when I have laughed as hard as I did watching their...more
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“A deterrent?” she choked out.
“A human shield, if you will.”
“I cannot be left alone with that woman,” he said, and he felt no remorse at the low desperation in his voice. “Please, if you have any care for your fellow man.”
Her lips clamped together in a suspicious line. “I’m not certain what I get out of the equation.”
“You mean besides the joy of my delightful company?”
“Yes,” she said, with an impressive lack of inflection, “besides that.”