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A Novel in Three Parts

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 En
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Avon Books
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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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,

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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
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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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
"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!
Bu sene de başladığım serileri bitireyim dedim de bu kitap beni sarmadı. Öyküler de sarmadı. Sadece uçakta okuyacak başka şey bulamamak bu kitabı bitirmemi sağladı.

Konusu Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) filmine benziyordu, evlenmek için kız kaçırma (!!!) kar sebebi ile kapanan yollar, ve tabi ki kaçırılan kızların 1-2 günde aşkı bulması. O kadar sıkıcıydı ki ağlayacaktım.

Ayrıca kazara regency era 'ya düşsem (ki bendeki bu şansla ben veba dönemine falan düşerim) spinster olacağımın kesin
Trish R.
Loved this book! The only problem I had with it was the description of Byron, "white-blond hair and black eyebrows." I like to imagine my heroes but I just couldn't see that.

However, I loved all the characters: Taran, too, too funny. Marilla, flighty, goofy, silly and a kinda crazy. Cecily, sweet and determined. She knew who she wanted and went after him. Byron, the very staid earl who had Fiona to open his eyes to his true self. Fiona, awesome and bespeckled. Bret, the Duke, enough said. Catrio
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.
That was so much fun!!! As always I loved the writing, was not a fan of insta-lust confused with love, and apart from that, I laughed and ingulfed it in one breath! Very entertaining :)
Tracy T
This was a funny fun read/listen. I really liked all the characters. The story was very funny at times. The storyline flowed nicely. There wasn't any sex to speak of, maybe one small mild scene. There was plenty of attraction. Lots and lots of dialogue throughout the entire book which made it even better.

As for the narration... I was great! I really do like Susan Duerden's narrations of Historical Romance Novels. She really does a fantastic job! She uses all the inflections the story calls for,
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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.” 3 likes
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