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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (edition 2012)

by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway

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Title:The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts
Authors:Julia Quinn
Other authors:Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
Info:Avon (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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I love house party romances, and this one is lots of fun. The, um, eccentric uncle of three unmarried young men kidnaps four single ladies from a nearby house, brings them to his castle, and waits for romance to bloom. Not surprisingly, it does! Each story is written by a different author -- Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockaway -- but they all fit together quite nicely. This is a fun Christmas read.

Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC of this book.
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  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
Enjoyable romp. ( )
  Jillian_Leigh | Jun 4, 2013 |
Reviewed by: Robin
Book provided by: Edelweiss
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

A wonderful novel in three parts…each story separate yet very complimentary of the next. Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway found a very unique and refreshing way to tell a story.

What would you do if you had to in order to ensure that your family name is carried on? Would you go as far as hatching a rather risky plan to kidnap some heiresses to marry off to your nephews? I know, it seems a little farfetched but after all this is a time when things were done a little differently. Now you would probably go onto Match.com or some other such website and search. But, Lord Taran Ferguson didn’t have a computer so after downing a bottle of scotch he and his band of men hatched the plan to kidnap four young women from Bellmore Castle hoping to find two that his nephews would find suitable.

As most plans that are decided from a bottle of scotch this was no different and things took a different turn for poor Taran. I guess we shouldn’t say poor Taran because sometimes no matter how farfetched our efforts are they tend to have a way of working out. As Taran and his band left Bellmore Castle they got into the wrong coach only to pick up another unfortunate person in their scheme in the form of the Duke of Bretton who happened to be napping at the time. You think this would foul up Taran’s plans even more but no…I guess it is okay to say that the Scottish have their own share of luck. Having arrived at Finovair Castle just ahead of a huge snowstorm (of course), blocking all ways to the castle which helps Taran with his plan. That Scottish luck again. With the impeding storm they have nothing else to do but sit it out. This is where the fun so to speak takes place.

The first part of the story is written by Julia Quinn. She brings to of the innocent bystanders to life in her tale. Catriona Burns was at the ball but she wasn’t one that Taran had intended to kidnap. She may be a gently bred young woman she has one thing against her she is from a poor family. This surprised Taran as he wanted only wealthy women for his nephews. That being said it kind of works in her favor as she teams up with the Duke of Bretton, who is there by mistake, as they decide to amuse each other as they watch what unfolds before them. Only fate decides to throw them together as we are along to watch the flirty and fun way that they fall for one other. I enjoyed this most I think. Well…

As the second part unfolds we find the writing of Eloisa James as she takes on Fiona Chisholm. Fiona may be an heiress but she has shall we say a less than stellar reputation due to a previous fiancé who is no longer with us. With her red hair and glasses she thinks of herself as a wallflower especially when put next to her half-sister Marilla; who in her own right has decided to go through all the men to find the one who has the most money. Shall we say that Fiona isn’t the wallflower she thought herself to be as she catches the attention of Byron Wolton, one of the nephews that Taron wants to marry off. Byron being a little on the stodgy side is intrigued by the rather bookish, redhead who has a fiery spirit and ends up setting him on end. The beginning of a relationship filled with fierce love and lust running the gamut of emotions.

The last part of the story is written by Connie Brockway and deals with love at first sight. Taren’s last nephew is Robin Parles who happens to be the heir to Finovair Castle. Robin has the reputation of being a lady’s man so to speak. Some of it may not be warranted but once labeled said label tends to stick with you. Robin is pitted up against Cecily. She is one determined young lady who tends to be on the quiet side. We soon find that her determined side decides that if she is to find a husband she will do the choosing, she will not be chosen. She sets her sights on Robin, who because of his roguish ways thinks that he isn’t good enough for her. Cecily disagrees realizing she has her work cut out for her if she is to change his way of thinking.

As the snowstorm ceases the fathers of the girls storming the castle ready for war only to find that their daughters are extremely happy and as we have a… wouldn’t want to spoil the end. So I will let you read this story full of love for yourself.

So there you have what is to be a story that has something for the romantic in everyone. To me I found this to be Regency Romance at its best. I got so caught up in the lives of these wonderful characters that there were times I felt that it was written by one person instead of three separate authors. I think I will head out to read the first in the series entitled ‘The Lady Most Likely’ while I await the next book… ( )
  RtB | May 25, 2013 |
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 come to their Uncle’s cold and drafty castle in Scotland to celebrate the holiday. Their Uncle Taran Ferguson is worried there will be no one to carry on his family’s line, if his two nephews do not marry and begin producing heirs post haste. On the eve of a horrific snow storm, he is drunk and comes up with an idea. A very clever idea and so he and his merry men crash a ball at the Bellemere Castle and snag four; single, rich, Scotswomen for his nephews to choose from as their brides! They unknowingly throw them into the carriage of the Duke of Bretton, who is sleeping one off inside. They travel quickly back to the castle, barely making it as the snowstorm closes the pass to his castle. The tale that unfolds was hilarious, sweet and filled with fascinating characters as they find themselves trapped for days as a winter storm rages outside.

The cast was delightful and the authors did an excellent job of fleshing them out. Each had a unique personality, a little back history and I easily formed opinions about them all. Each of the romances while taking place over a five to seven day window still managed to feel genuine. Maybe there was something in the air or water near this drafty old Scotland castle?

What a fun plot and I loved how the three romances smoothly transitioned within the tale. The authors did a wonderful job of collaborating. I loved the setting; I mean who does not want to spend time in a drafty, cold castle during a snowstorm with smexy men in Scotland? The different personalities made for some interesting scenes, and I adored some characters, and wanted to clock others. I enjoy it when the author(s) makes the characters real for me and that is exactly what happened in The Lady Most Willing.
I want to thank HarperCollins for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 30, 2013 |
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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. What ties it back to the original is the structure. Again, each author will write a third of the novel, detailing a romantic connection between two characters as a group of Scottish and English gentry are stuck together during a snowstorm. Quinn starts us off with Catriona and John, the Duke of Bretton; James takes Fiona and Byron, the Earl of Oakley; and Brockway winds us up with Lady Cecily and Robin, Comte de Rocheforte. The fact that they were brought together by a kidnapping by Byron and Robin’s uncle, well that’s what brings a freshness to Willing.

Taran Ferguson has a dilemma. The Scottish Laird is a widower with no heir and his sisters had the nerve to marry an Englishman and a Frenchman, each giving him a half-Scot nephew. Taran does not feel these nephews are up to snuff, as neither of them are showing the proper Scottish attitude to inherit Finovair Castle, particularly in the matrimony department. Having drunk a bit too much, Taran hatches an ingenious scheme. He’ll raid a ball at a nearby castle and kidnap several eligible young ladies, forcing his nephews to choose one.

Unfortunately, as most schemes hatched at the bottom of a scotch bottle, Taran doesn’t quite end up with what he bargained for. He does kidnap three heiresses, (although one of them is ruined and not marriage material,) but he also ends up with Miss Catriona Burns, lovely but poor and untitled, and the Duke of Bretton. One was scooped up in all the excitement, the other was sleeping in his carriage. I’ll leave you to imagine which is which. The octet is quickly trapped in the castle by a massive snowstorm, forcing everyone together into a great big orgasmic lovefest.

As with Likely, Quinn is hamstrung by going first and again her couple falls in love and agrees to wed in about the span of an afternoon. I really must pick up some of her longer books to see if she’s able to build tension when given more than 24 hours. This time there is external conflict carried through the entire novel, which greatly elevates everyone’s plotting, but the major conflict remains societal expectations and class. This section is no exception, dealing mostly with the heroine's feelings of unworth when compared to her intended. I thought her hero did the best at reassuring the H and I felt their connection most strongly.

James continues to be my least favorite of the trio with a can’t miss plot involving feuding sisters, Jane Austen, and a man who fell to his death trying to commit rape. And what does the plot resort to? Jealous alpha males compromising women and magical virginity detecting penises. I will say Fiona was my favorite of the three heroines and I really liked her chapter by herself in the barn. Shame about her hero. I enjoyed the novella more than James’ previous.

Brockway closes with a flatly ridiculous confection that is nonetheless humorous and charming, Her characters can lack depth, but they’re endearing and work well together. I don’t feel like we learn enough about Cecily to root for her specifically, as her characterization is the only one that feels like it was written by a different author. Her hero blends seamlessly with the rest of the book, making me think it’s not a mark against Brockway so much as an oversight when working with multiple personalities.

The end is typical full-blown fantasy, with a massive, multi-person wedding ending just as the pass opens and everyone’s father comes streaming in, out for blood. Of course, one look at how happy their daughters are, all is forgiven and no one’s reputation suffers. 9 months later, there are a gaggle of babies for everyone to coo over and silly things, like the fact that someone’s inheritance just got totally knackered, are forgotten. The end.

An easy, enjoyable read, the book mostly focuses on romantic love and less on the erotic. There is one steamy love scene, personally marred for me by the aforementioned virginity detecting peen, and a few fade to black moments. For the most part, everyone is satisfied with kisses and vows of undying love. There is no resolution to the conflict: once the person is beaten, they magically turn nice and get a happy ending too. The Lady Most Willing is sugar and spice and everything nice, a bubbly Christmas Regency without the overt holly and ivy. Bright and fun, but probably not destined to stick with me forever. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  golden_lily | Mar 29, 2013 |
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At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .

Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.

Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).

Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.

Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.

Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.

Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.

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"Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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