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Compromising Willa

(Accidental Peers #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  53 reviews
England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in tra
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Published December 9th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this review for the Compromising Willa Blog Tour.

I chose to read this book because it's set in England back in 1805 and, during my experiment with romance novels, I've found that sci-fi stories and historical fiction stories that include a romance are much more enjoyable to me than just a plain old romance.

I actually really liked this book, a lot more than I had originally expected to like it. I liked that Grey Preston (Duke of Hartwell) really wanted to be marry Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope
Anastasia Riebs
I have to admit, I wasn't particularly a fan of Compromising Willa by author Diana Quincy.

Set in the Romantic Era of 1800's Europe, I was anticipating the historical details that would have brought a level of depth to this title's story line. Sadly, this was not the case. Elements of art, music and literature embodying the sensuous period were entirely bereft. No depictions of sumptuous silk brocade gowns swirling on the dance floor; no vivid detailing of rambling estates. The book was entirely
Sarah Ballance
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Willa. Hart. You guys rock so hard. Seriously. Now, before this gets awkward (too late?) let me just say COMPROMISING WILLA was one of those books that grabbed me from page one. And before I caught my breath, Ms. Quincy threw in a slight twist that told me I was in for one heck of a ride.

She didn’t disappoint.

COMPROMISING WILLA is not just beautifully written, but smart and dimensional. Willa is splendidly quick with her tongue, leading to positively delicious banter between her and the yumm
Aly is so frigging bored
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I really love this author. She has some glitches, but she gets better with every book.

Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was different than any other Regency book I've read and that alone gave it an extra star!

The gist: Willa is the eldest daughter of a marquess. She grew up with Augustus, the eldest son of an earl. Her first Season ended in scandal after one fateful night with Augustus (the details of which I won't reveal, as it will reveal too much). Four years later, the elder earl has died and Augustus, being
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book Three in the Accidental Peer series centers on the budding romance between Lad Wilhelmina "Willa" Stanhope and Grey Preston, Duke of Hartwell. Willa's reputation has been ruined, leaving her no choice but to wait for a suitor who's likely never to come and resign herself to her looming spinsterhood. To distract herself from her less-than-perfect future, Willa blends tea that she supplies to a coffee house which employs less fortunate women, but even this past time must remain secret, as eng ...more
Cocktails and Books
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willa is a 23 year-old young lady in a time where she should already be married with children. However, four years earlier, her childhood friend and love, Augustus, humiliated her and destroyed her reputation completely obliterating any chance for possible suitors.

Augustus, or Gus, devised a plan that would compromise Willa’s “innocence” in order to force his father into allowing them to marry; a plan which both succeeded and failed. Willa’s virtue was compromised but Gus’s father still didn’t a
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had a few reasons that I really wanted to read Compromising Willa. The first reason is that I have read another book in the Accidental Peers by Diana Quincy and I really enjoyed it. It was a great story. So when I had a chance to read this book I jumped at the chance. The second reason I really wanted to read this book is more personal. I loved that Willa's name was Wilhelmina, my Grandmother's name was Wilhelmina so I felt a personal connection to Willa right away.

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope ha
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5/5

A lovely historical romance, Compromising Willa was another wonderful book in the fantastic Accidental Peers series. I absolutely loved this book!

Willa was a great heroine. She was strong and wanted nothing more than to be independent. Even with her psycho ex-fiance's manipulations, she refused to back down. I thought she was a wonderful character.

Hart was also wonderful. He was a sweetheart. He couldn't care less what happened in Willa's past. He just wanted her. And, he always
My Book Addiction and More MBA
COMPROMISING WILLA by Diana Quincy is an interesting Regency Historical romance set in 1805 England. #3 in the "Accidental Peers" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced and filled with suspense, and passion. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has been ruin and is caught between two powerful men, the Earl of Bellingham and Duke of Hartwell (Hart). Filled with passion, deceit, and powerful men, you can not help but feel for poor Willa, who is determined not to marry, but is attracted to Hart. ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fast-Paced, Fun

Fast-Paced, Fun

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope was ruined by the Earl of Bellingham four years ago. Willa has endured the censure of the ton and the betrayal of her intended, the Earl of Bellingham, for those four long years. No suitors have wanted her, except for fortune hunters. There was no offer of marriage from Bellingham then, but now he wants marriage? The Duke of Hartwell has been in India for several years, so does not know that Willa has been compromised. He just knows that she
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Both Willa & Hart are engaging characters & in their 1st meetings, sparks literally fly between them. Their interaction is snappy & lively & the chemistry palpable. Having been in India looking after his business interests, Hart is unaware of the scandal behind Willa & appreciates her for everything she is: an intelligent & beautiful woman. The villain of the piece is the man who ruined Willa those years ago & who is determined to have her now that what had forced the ...more
Rosemary K
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is determined not to marry. She wants to be independent not under the thumb of a man who will break her spirit. With her reputation in tatters it seems that the lady will get her wish. Now her former suitor, Augustus Manning, wants her as does the Duke of Hartwell. Willa is attracted to Hartwell. He is an intelligent man with enlightened views on woman and society. Will these two find a HEA or will Augustus destroy Willa? Diana Quincy has written a story filled with a wi ...more
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
h: Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope
H: Duke of Hartwell

So let me start by say the Duke of Hartwell was just dreamy *sigh* I loved how he went for what he wanted and didn't care who was in his way. If I was Lady Wilhelmina I wouldn't have waited so long to say yes to him. But she had issues so i not to upset. At first i felt a little sorry for the Earl of Bellingham wanting her all that time but not allowed to marry her because of his father. Whoa did my opinion change and fast what a toad I hated him. I
Michele Mannon
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"How many ways can I ruin myself today?"

Wow, I loved this story! Ms. Quincy is such a talented writer. Her dialogue is sharp and spicy, her characters just come alive on the pages, and her sharp wit makes me smile.

Willa, I think, is my favorite of her heroines. She is so sharp, resigned to her fate never to wed yet okay with that.

Grey is arrogant but likable. He is immediately drawn to Willa, and sparks do indeed fly.

Ms. Quincy has a social consciousness I love too. The period is historical, he
Romantic Reads and Such
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Compromising Willa is a wonderful treat for those who like historical romances – the dashing, gorgeous hero has to win the heart of his clever, sexy heroine and defeat the plans of the dastardly villain.  It’s deliciously fun, with a clever narrative and engaging characters, and I’m definitely looking forward to more. - Full review available at http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress...
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wicked read....Compromising Willa is the 3rd book in Diana Quincy's Accidental Peers series...seriously, where have you been Ms. Quincy? I just adore the way she writes her characters and stories, might I add that this one's pretty "brave"

Am definitely looking forward to reading the entire series....and will definitely look out for Diana Quincy's upcoming books...
Joanna Shupe
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun, sexy historical read! I really enjoyed this story of Hart, the sugar-trading Duke, and Willa, the tea-concocting heroine. The dialogue was snappy and there were some smokin' sex scenes. Another great story by Ms. Quincy!
Elizabeth H.
An excellent read! I am not a fan of historical romances but I LOVED this book!

Full review posted on Cocktails and Books blog!
Negar Arvanaghi
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best. Act. of. Revenge. Ever.

This was so emotional. I was fighting back tears in order to read on. A sign of a great book.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
lovely review to post soon.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Was just as great and captivating as the previous stories in the series, LOVED it!!

Detailed review to be posted soon
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Tea. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hart
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
So predictable

I thought this book started out well -- the crisp writing overcame a predictable setup: girl, who doesn't know how ravishing and sexy she is, is quick witted and cool in control. Of course she meets her match with her mirror image, a quick witted and cooly controlled handsome, honorable hero. As this plot plays out, there is very little surprise or suspense. The typical misunderstandings are quickly settled. I also thought the writing began to suffer as the book continued on, like
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ruined by rumors

Rumored to be ruined four years ago by a foolish infatuation, Willa finds herself drawn to a man who doesn't know of her background.. On the shelf and rumors have shattered her dreams of a loving husband and family, but a man falling in love will do anything to protect her.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed the heroine and hero in Compromising Willa, although I never read anything by Diana Quincy, I was pleasantly surprised. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has survived a tarnished reputation. She was caught in an inn with August Manning, the Earl of Bellingham. Willa was young and believed to be in love. August set Willa up so no one would ever ask for her hand in marriage. Four years later Willa is slowly coming back into society, although she has no hope of getting married.

Some of the c
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
'Clearly, rumours of her ruination still circulated.'_____3 1/2 stars

Secrets and ruin. How do you face down society and retain your dignity when your reputation is, if not in shreds, decidedly singed around the edges?
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is re-entering society after her disastrous first season.
Damning rumours are circulating in the various clubs about her, and even years later she is shunned and barely noticed.
Pursued by the new the Earl of Bellingham, a childhood friend, and author of her p
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When I started Compromising Willa I was a bit confused. A lot the confusion stem from me reading the first book, Seducing Charlotte. All right here's a spoiler if you haven't read Seducing Charlotte, Camryn ends up married to Charlotte in the end. So, I was going into the story thinking Camryn is married and come to find out he's not married yet. Which really bothered me, so I had to go back to the first book to see if Hartwell is married in that story. I come to find o
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Compromising Willa actually takes place before the previous two books, although it doesn't really matter which order you read them. However, Willa and Hartwell are introduced in Seducing Charlotte where we get a glimpse at their happily ever after. Willa is a twenty-three year old perpetual wallflower who has decided to never marry after her reputation was ruined by (now) Earl of Bellingham. Well, he's back in her life and is desperate to wed her. Of course, W
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Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.

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Accidental Peers (4 books)
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