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The Lady Most Likely...: A Novel in Three Parts [Kindle Edition]

Julia Quinn , Eloisa James , Connie Brockway
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Lady Most Likely is a historical romance anthology with a delightful difference. For the first time ever, New York Times bestselling romantic fiction superstars Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway join forces to produce a novel in three parts. Readers are cordially invited to a party at a grand English country manor at the height of the Regency Era, where the bachelor Earl of Briarly hopes to find a suitable wife—The Lady Most Likely—from among the unspoken-for female guests.

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A near-fatal accident with one of his beloved horses prompts Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, to realize it is time to get married. The only problem is that while Hugh might know horses, he knows nothing about women, which is why he turns to his sister Carolyn, the Marchioness of Finchley. Not only does Carolyn compile a select listing of the season’s most sought-after ladies, including the delightfully blunt Katherine Peyton and reigning beauty Gwendolyn Passmore. She invites them, as well as war-hero Captain Neill Oakes and newly titled Alec Darlington, to a country-house party. Now all Hugh has to do is select his bride, but he had better hurry, because it turns out he has some serious competition for the ladies. Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway, three RITA Award winners, team up to create a novel in three parts, and the resulting book is a truly original, delightfully amusing treat. The Lady Most Likely . . . sparkles with wit, sizzles with sensuality, and, most important, is superbly satisfying. --John Charles


“Flirty, joyful, and just plain fun.”

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  • File Size: 1857 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 074995776X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (December 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 authors, 3 romances, and 1 seamless novel. December 29, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
(Correction: Make that 4 romances because the married couple who host the house party, setting for the novel, also have a lovely and romantic relationship.)

I don't often enjoy book compilations by various authors because the books are usually made up of individual and separate stories. This one, besides being written by 2 of my favorite HR authors and 1 that used to be a fave, is actually one novel with 3 romances woven into it pretty seamlessly. Everything takes place at a country house party given by Lady Carolyn Finchley to find a wife for her brother Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly. Many eligible young ladies are invited and also worthy gentlemen to round out the numbers. The book is great fun, light-hearted and romantic with very likeable characters. The plot is not at all unusual. It's the formulaic house party romance, but it is developed deftly and humorously and is well written because all the contributors are skilled and experienced writers of HRs.

Those readers who are familiar with the writing styles of these 3 authors will be able to tell where one author's contribution merges into the next one's (especially the transition from Quinn to Brockway) but it is not too obvious or awkward, but rather a smooth transition that maintains the characters' personalities and way of behaving throughout the novel.

This is a book to read when you're in the mood for a feel-good, warm, romantic story. No angst, no Big Understandings, no Dark Secrets, no villains or abductions. Nothing but character-driven love stories. Keep in mind that because there are three romances in one novel, they are not in the depth that you might like. I enjoyed the book for the novelty of it and the skill of the authors.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable with a few caveats December 28, 2010
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More 3.25 stars than 3 stars, the story as a whole is enjoyable. It's light and fluffy fun, which is the most I ask for for a novel like this. Because it's 3 romances told in one book, there isn't much focus on any one character. That's a drawback when you quite like a character as I did Gwendolyn. She was completely refreshing and not at all a typical heroine. The rest of the heroines were less interesting to me. The romances were fast, but two of the three couples had history. I'm not totally sure I buy Alec and Gwen's HEA but I'll buy their infatuation. I think their story would have been better told in a full length novel devoted to them.

There's a small error that took me right out of the book. For a small portion of the book Carolyn becomes Caroline. Small annoyance but if it's only in the Kindle version perhaps it can be corrected? She's a major character, so it's a bit distracting and took me right out of the fantasy of the book itself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frothy and Rather Forgettable January 9, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many prior reviewers, I found this to be a fun read. No big dramas or dastardly villians. No huge, tragic misunderstandings. Just a cute, 19th Century romcom that will probably end up as a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

I like Quinn and Brockaway and enjoyed their sections. Wasn't that impressed by James's portion of the story, mostly because the sweet, befuddled earl from the prior sections of the book suddenly turned into an overbearing, sex-starved doofus.

All in all, I didn't dislike the book. It was like a meringue cookie -- it's good while you are eating it, but 10 minutes later you've forgotten all about it.

<<<<Added December 2012>>>>

So here's something funny -- this book showed up in my "Recommended for You" list on December 15, 2012. I love Julia Quinn, so I decided to check the reviews...and what do I see by MY OWN REVIEW from January 2011 describing it as "forgettable." Apparently I was right, since I completely forgot that I'd already read this book, which by the way, is NOT new.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Interesting concept but the three sections are definitely uneven. Wondering who wrote each section? The answer can be found at the top of the left-hand pages. The first and last chapters are not attributed, but Chapter 1 reads like Julia Quinn. Quinn's section (the story of Gwendolyn and Alec) shines with her signature whimsy and deft characterization. Connie Brockway's story (Katherine and Neill) is less engaging but still merits a "4". The final section by Eloise James (Georgina and Hugh)is particularly disappointing because the two lovers no longer seem to be the same intriguing indiviuals introduced at the novel's beginning. At best, it's a 2. I sure would love to see how Quinn would have handled the Georgina/Hugh romance. On balance, I rate THE LADY MOST LIKELY a 3. But be prepared for an uneven read.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Essential December 30, 2010
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I like all of the authors involved in this project, in fact I can't stop raving about Storming the Castle: An Original Short Story with Bonus Content, but this novel in three parts left me with mixed feelings. The Lady Most Likely is at least as good as a selection of unconnected novellas. Compared to an older Signet Regency collection it holds up fine. As a full length novel it's connected well and the 'voice' of the book works well as a group. The problem is that as enjoyable as some paces are, others feel rushed. Each section needs more - instead of three novellas making the novel, it reads like three novels cut to novella size. I would still recommend it, I really did enjoy it, but it's not greater than the sum of it's parts. (Dropping another star was a tired cliche used for one of the characters past love interests. It is so far past the time to retire that one, I can't tell you. But it's a personal peeve and may not affect other's enjoyment.) 3 1/2 stars really, not quite a 4.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like the series
Published 5 days ago by Patricia Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Despite the multiple authors the story flows very well. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it to every one.
Published 29 days ago by Melodie Norman Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful departure from the norm
It was so fun to read a single novel written by three marvelous writers. The integration of the stories was flawless. Read more
Published 2 months ago by avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Well..Considering...
Considering I’m not a fan of any of the authors of this book, I was surprisingly delighted with it. I went through the whole book with no complaints. Very good stories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ASpoon
2.0 out of 5 stars It was a slow but enjoyable book
Typical romance story it wasn't bad but it wasn't a page Turner either. I wouldn't read it again. Cute story but nothing special.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I Really Enjoyed This One
This is a great innovation on the short story collections. Yes, like most anthologies, the stories are too short and not as complex as a full length novel would be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Melo
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're new to these authors, expect a bodice ripper
Apparently, I didn't read enough reviews to learn that this is a bodice ripper. Each of the three stories is that, or in the case of the last one, worse. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather a let down ...
I have mixed feelings about this one. Of course, Julia Quinn can write and write well, but I was so looking forward to the premise of all these people gathering so the hero could... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Good2Go
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Authors?
I really liked this book because I couldnt actually tell the difference between the 3 authors that had put their heads together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CookieMonster
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Most Likely
Thoroughly charming, witty, and fun, this collaboration by three of the most popular historical romance authors around is a winner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Almaguer-Marino
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