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The Lady Most Willing... (Lady Most... #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  4,868 Ratings  ·  509 Reviews
Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway . . .

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 Christm
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Avon Books
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Oct 20, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

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
Dec 11, 2012 Letitia rated it it was amazing
Rating: A- ... Heat: Sweet to Warm

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

Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
5 stars for the fabulous characters !!

Catriona and the Duke of Betton- 5 stars !!
Pretty sure this was JQ's couple ! They were adorable and hilarious !!

Fiona Crisholm and the Earl of Oakley -4 stars :)
Ms.James story was a bit more angst than the first one but lesser than the second.Great chemistry between the two couple.

Lady Cecily and the Comte de Rochefort-3 stars.
By Connie Brockway.
A bit more drama and angst compared to the other two.

An extra star for the hilarious epilogue !!
Nov 13, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Read This Review & More Like It At Ageless Pages Reviews

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
Dec 24, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: group-reads
This was silly HR fluff....but I have to admit that I enjoyed it. I've never read a novel that was written in three parts by three different authors, but I think it mostly worked here and is an interesting concept. I'd read works by all three of these authors before, and I felt each of the sections stayed true to what I'd expected from each of them. The premise of this is pretty ridiculous- a batty older/middle-aged Scottish laird kidnaps women from a neighboring house party right before a nasty ...more
Mar 17, 2014 MRB rated it liked it
If you can get The Lady Most Willing at as relatively low a price as I did, it might be worth clicking Amazon's tempting orange 'buy' button...but only if you meet the following criteria!

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
Paige  Bookdragon


What's more wonderful than a man in kilt during Christmas?



When Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway do a collab, trust me. You'll fight tooth and nail for a copy of that book. A duke, an earl, a French comte, a highland laird and ten young ladies stuck in a castle in the middle of a blizzard?

Christmas is going to be one crazy holiday.
Huma Rashid
Sep 26, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this story, which is an anthology of three novellas (three and a half novellas?) that all flow together so seamlessly that it feels like one cohesive narrative. And what a narrative, too! All three (technically four) couples are intricate and intriguing, and I found this story lively, engaging, and wonderfully fun from the first page to the last. And when it comes to anthologies, that kind of reaction is rather rare. I might like a few anthologies, but it is rare that I love ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Julia Quinn: 4*
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

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
Dec 12, 2012 Terree rated it really liked it
Taran Ferguson is a man who can wait no longer! His two nephews Robin and Byron, are his only heirs. Not only unwed, they aren’t even looking for love. Taran knew he could remedy the situation! He needed his heir to marry into money to repair his beloved Finovair Castle. So, he promptly kidnaps 4 lovely lasses from a ball to give the boys a choice. The only fly in the ointment was that they were loaded into the Duke of Bretton’s carriage instead of his own! Mother Nature, however, was on Taran’s ...more
What do you get when you have a blustering laird with no heirs who has two unmarried nephews? A crazy plot gets hatched to bring some brides to them to choose from! Going to a party and throwing three ladies over their shoulders, the lairds men bring them to his castle only to find another female stowaway plus one unexpected duke as well. So we now have three titled, unmarried gentleman sequestered away in a snow buried castle with four unmarried ladies. What happens is the magic of love for the ...more
Nov 10, 2016 Cerian rated it really liked it
I've been looking forward to reading The Lady Most Willing by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway for quite some time, and I was very excited when it arrived.
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
SOS Aloha
Dec 25, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it really liked it
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. – Shakespeare

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
*ARC provided by Avon via Edelweiss

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,
Oct 28, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

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.

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
Dec 26, 2016 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first one but still quite amusing.
Dec 26, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
The Lady Most Willing was a unique anthology style historical romance where there are three romances entwined in one tale and composed by three different authors. Set in 1819, Scotland at Finovair Castle; complete with men in kilts, this romantic tale was delightful, with just enough heat to keep you warm. This is the second book in the Lady Most series, but each can be read as a standalone and offer the same unique writing style.

The Comte De Rocheforte and his cousin the Earl of Oakley have com
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Oct 17, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
The threesome of Ms. Quinn, Ms. James and Ms. Brockway is a romantic's delight! This is a must read book for some heart warming love conquers all theme. The humour in this book is fabulous. The three authors set up their heroes and heroines for perfect matches. It is pretty obvious who will fall in love with whom. This is not the point of the story. Instead, it's the journey to the declaration of love which makes this anthology so good.

Each couple in this story has to overcome some kind of socia
Mar 01, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, own-it
Since I adore anything Julia Quinn writes, I had to write this book. It's sort of a "follow-up" to The Lady Most Likely...: A Novel in Three Parts, which I also enjoyed. There are none of the same characters from the first book, but it follows the same set-up. Three men meet three women in the space of a short time and find love. There's silliness and quips and awkwardness aplenty throughout.

What I liked the most is the pure fun factor from these books. Yes, they're silly and I tend to find inst
Dec 27, 2012 Madu rated it really liked it
This book is, like the title says, a novel in three parts, which was written by three famous romance authors. The story begins with Laird Taran Ferguson, who wanted to secure his nephews' future,by marrying them with heiresses. So, his plan involves kidnapping three ladies (Lady Cecily, and the sisters Miss Fiona and Marilla Chrisholm) and compromise two of them, so that they have to marry Lord Byron Oakley or the Comte de Rochefort, Robin. The twist comes when he also "abducts", by mistake, the ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Farrah rated it it was amazing
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

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,
The Window Seat
Dec 12, 2012 The Window Seat rated it liked it
Taran Ferguson is a man who can wait no longer! His two nephews Robin and Byron, are his only heirs. Not only unwed, they aren’t even looking for love. Taran knew he could remedy the situation! He needed his heir to marry into money to repair his beloved Finovair Castle. So, he promptly kidnaps 4 lovely lasses from a ball to give the boys a choice. The only fly in the ointment was that they were loaded into the Duke of Bretton’s carriage instead of his own! Mother Nature, however, was on Taran’s ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
The Lady Most Willing crams three love stories into one full length novel, with mixed results. The characters are all stock characters with little to make them memorable(stone-cold earl, haughty duke, down-to-earth villager, rich-but-ruined heiress, etc.) Each romance reads like a novella, and while I want to love novellas, there is just not enough time for any plot except Love at First Sight. Once they admit this to themselves (or each other) there's no time to explore it, instead jumping strai ...more
Taran Ferguson has decided to find his nephews brides, whether they want them or not. So he concocts a plan and kidnaps four potential brides. And a duke. Accidently, of course. The duke, that is. Then they are snowed in at the decrepit Finovair Castle for days and temptations abound.

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
3.75 stars

It seems that I like the concept of a full novel written by several (talented) authors.

I found the premise of the story and the characters involved funny. Like in the previous book the characters fall in love quite rapidly but it didn't disturb me in this context. My favourite love story was Julia Quinn's one, I found it sweet and I had a big smile on my face throughout her part. I really liked Eloisa's James's part too and I ached for the heroine who was misjudged by society for some
Nov 10, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-or-cheap
3.5 stars
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
Jun 12, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
"The stuffy earl was obviously having some sort of stuffy person's crisis , "pg 14 of Ch 12
Lines like this one is what makes these three separate romances within the novel really great. A quick a fun read, my favorite was the first (Catriona and the duke), but Fiona and the earl's story was pretty good too. Cecily and Robin's was just too short and quick to be as good. I love when my favorite romance authors write together! Thank you ladies!
Jess the Romanceaholic
Three very sweet romances (with a bit of a fourth) all tied up into one complete narrative. Perfect for fans of Love At First Sight, it was a wonderfully light read with just enough steam to keep things from getting boring.

A very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow.
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“All I really need,” he continued, “is for you to act as a deterrent.”
“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.”
“Oakley won't," the duke said.

She turned and blinked. "I beg your pardon."

"Lord Oakley. He won't forget to find us rooms. I've known him for years. The only thing that is making this bearable is that he must be dying inside over all this."

"You don't like him?"

"On the contrary. I've long considered him a friend. It's why I enjoy his misery so much.”
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