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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Lady Most #2)

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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 Christmas
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Avon
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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
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

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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
Huma Rashid
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
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
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
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
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
SOS Aloha
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
The Window Seat
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
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
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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,
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

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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
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
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.
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
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
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Oct 17, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐ rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
*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,
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
3.5 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
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.
Stricktly a fun light-hearted read where love blooms in 4 days for 4 couples.
The Lady Most Willing was a pretty okay book. I tried not to pay too much attention to which author wrote which section because I didn't want that to influence my opinion of the book, like "this is clearly a better section because it was written by so-and-so." However, I couldn't help but notice that the person that wrote my favorite section - the first - was Julia Quinn and that's not surprising. Of the three authors she's my favorite.

Bret and Catriona's story was sweet and interesting and cau
The Lady Most Willing is another joint effort of three of my favorite historical writers (Quinn, James, and Brockway) to create one full-length novel with three different romances. Their previous collaboration was enjoyable so I had some decent expectations for this book. And, thankfully, these ladies accomplished what I wanted them to by, once again, combining their very distinct writing styles into a story that flowed pretty well...though I could easily identify who wrote which section.

This b
The Lady Most Willing… is a delightful holiday, historical romance that features three romantic couples stranded at a drafty Scottish castle.

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
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I loved this book. Instead of three separate stories this book by three authors blends each story together into one novel. I liked that better than three separate novellas. It bound the story and the characters together into a very pleasing whole.

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
Byron Wotton, the earl of Oakley, and his cousin Robin the comte of Rocheforte are at Finovair Castle in Scotland when their uncle, Taran Ferguson, comes home with four women he kidnapped from a party, and brought home for the cousins to choose from to marry. Byron had broken his engagement after he caught his fiancé with her dancing master, and Robin had never married, and was known as a rake.
Catriona Burns, Fiona Chisholm and her sister Marilla, and Lady Cecily Tarleton were at a party at Cec
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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.”
“Robin had never been in love before, which is precisely how he recognized the sensation with such absolute certainty.” 2 likes
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