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The Lady Most Willing...

(Lady Most... #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,894 ratings  ·  589 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
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Avon Books
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of several unlikely couples who come together over strange (well meaning kidnapping) circumstances, as told by three different authors. The first couple is written by Julia Quinn and that portion of the story deserved five stars easily. I literally laughed out loud several times and absolutely loved it. The second couple was by Eloisa James, and I would say it was good, maybe 3.5 stars. The last one by Connie Brockway was my least favorite, and was unfortunately for her the fir ...more
Sep 21, 2012 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
Sep 19, 2012 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 (On Hiatus)
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 !!
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even after countless re-reads, I still love this book. It's not perfect, and maybe more of a 4 star read, but since I end up going back to this whenever I need a really good laugh and a short, heartwarming story, I'm sticking to my original 5 stars. Granted, all three stories suffer from love at first sight (which most of the time I don't buy, but here it works for me), but still. I love this. And I dare anyone not to laugh at the caber tossing incident in Julia Quinn's awesome story :)

Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Mar 15, 2014 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
Dec 24, 2016 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
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book with a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers type of theme. Taran Ferguson, older, stubborn, and rather unique laird of his clan is determined that his two nephews marry soon to secure the family legacy. They aren't cooperative, so one night he raids a neighboring estate, kidnapping four young women from a ball. And, unintentionally includes one highly irritated duke. The two nephews are horrified by their uncle's actions and try to make the best of things. Thanks to the weather, they are cu ...more
Leonor Lopes
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia quinn habituou-me a melhor ... a sinopse prometia mais .
De todo o modo gostei. É uma leitura fácil e com algum humor . Achei o conceito do envolvimento de 3 autoras a relatarem os três romances, muito interessante.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Right, so, even if you don't know for certain which relationship is which author, the first third is funny and charming, so it's Julia Quinn, the second third has horses, so it's Eloisa James, which means that Connie Brockway wrote the last third, in which something already turning bad gets much much worse. Luckily, the theme of getting worse happens steadily from about 33% onwards, so you can stop any time you like and be safe in the knowledge you're not missing out.

Julia Quinn's section is rea
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.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Huma Rashid
Sep 26, 2012 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
Avid Booker
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Like Insta-Love in a Short Story
I feel its only fair to rate these stories separately. I enjoyed these, but I didn't love them. They were entirely too fast paced, even for me, who is always screaming at books for them to "hurry up and kiss!" Sooo here goes the reviews.

Julia Quinn's book: 3.5 stars. Catriona and The Duke of Bretton. They were very cute. I felt those two deserved to have a book of their own, so we could slow them tf down. I mean it felt like they were kissing by the 10th page. I know these are meant to be short
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
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice little set of three stories all linked over a few days, where several women, kidnapped by a crazy Scot as potential wives for his nephews, are stuck in a draughty castle waiting for the snow to melt. There were some very funny moments, mostly because the Scot and one of the characters, Marilla, were really nuts.
Each story was engaging and sweet, and the characters very nicely drawn. I particularly liked how clearly different each H and each h were. They had plenty of character and were all
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
Carla *Jen7waters*
**some spoilers**

Ah man, I wish Julia had written this whole book, and to be honest the 4 stars rating is for her part of the story only, because the other two were rather disappointing.

One of the things that worried me the most about the idea of a novel in 3 parts, written by 3 authors, were the differences in the voices that, no doubt, the same characters were going to have when written by different people. Turns out this only bothered me in one part of the story, one part of the story written
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
So (I think I've got the authors / characters matched up correctly! Do let me know if I am mistaken):

1) Julia Quinn's portion of this beast (Bret / Catriona) WAS DELIGHTFUL. The banter! She talks about Taran's scrawny arse! She's a good Scotswoman and he's a befuddled Duke! DELIGHTFUL. But far, far too short.
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Jul 09, 2012 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
Mar 02, 2013 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 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
Debby "Piene Raven"
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-q-r
The last book in this series was a nice listen for me. The three-part stories of the characters were enjoyable for the most part. Julie Quin, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway did a nice job with the reads. Although the first two were nicely written and flowed well. I thought the last story was a bit rushed but as always for me, and Susan Duerden as the narrator was excellent.

*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,
Alors ça se lit plutôt bien, vu que je l'ai dévoré en 1 jour (et une nuit vive les vacances XD ).
ici on a 3 histoires qui se suivent, chacune écrite par une auteure différente, et je dois avouer avoir préféré la première sans doute écrite par Julia Quinn, qui est la plus drôle à lire.
Qui dit 3 histoires dans un roman dit aussi un certaine frustration quand on avance et qu'on change de couple puisque le début de relation est en quelque sorte résumé (mais hyper légère la frustration parce que c'es
Um livro agradável de ler mas sem grande desenvolvimento.
Tinha receio que pelo facto de ser escrito por três autoras diferentes significasse algumas incongruências ou diferentes "vozes" na mesma personagem, mas tal não aconteceu porque cada autora se dedicou a escrever sobre um casal, o que não interferiu com a história uma das outras.
No entanto gostaria que tivesse sido a Julia Quinn a escrever o livro todo, pois a história dela é sem dúvida a melhor.
It was fun learning the kind of games (parlor games?) they used to play back then. Made me want to try a few the next time I have a gathering at my house.

There was one unlikable female character that just tried too hard to get a husband, but that was life back then for most women, so I'll let it pass.

It never bothered me before when I read novellas/short stories how quickly the H/h fall in love, but for some reason, it was really noticeable how fast each couple fell in love in this one, that I
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book that can make you smile because it’s too sweet
The only thing that irks me is the instant thing as usual, but alas, a good read indeed
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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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