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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Avon Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Quinn , Eloisa James , Connie Brockway
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Book Description

After the success of The Lady Most Likely, New York Times bestselling authors Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway have joined together once again, but this time to ask the question, who is The Lady Most Willing?

When Laird Taran Ferguson’s nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides—a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord? Add a very angry duke, a decrepit castle, and a fierce Highland storm that is holding all of Taran’s “guests” captive to the mix, and readers will find themselves transported to a world of temptation, passion, and new and unexpected love. This historical romance novel in three parts—a single story with three compelling voices—is one that will not soon be forgotten.

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*Starred Review* Concerned about the fate of his clan, Taran Ferguson, the laird of Finovair, decides to help secure his legacy by locating suitable brides for his two nephews Byron Wotton, Earl of Oakley, and Robert “Robin” Parles, Comte de Rocheforte. Of course, Ferguson being Ferguson (as well as a wee bit drunk) can’t do the expected thing and simply host a ball for the local lasses. Instead, he decides to “kidnap” a few ladies from the Icicle Ball being held at nearby Bellemere Castle, which is how Fiona and Marilla Chisholm, Cecily Tarleton, and Catriona Burns all find themselves at Castle Finovair. Unfortunately, along with the ladies, Ferguson also manages to abduct a very cranky Duke of Bretton, who happened to be asleep in his own carriage when the matrimonial raid took place. When an unexpected snowstorm strands the group at Finovair, it will either provide the perfect opportunity for some matchmaking or a recipe for romantic disaster. The terrific trio of RITA Award–winning authors responsible for The Lady Most Likely . . . (2011) teams up again and crafts another deliciously entertaining romance centering on several couples. Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless. --John Charles


“A great read for anyone who loves a good romance, a must-read for historical-romance fans.” (Kirkus)

“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.” (Booklist)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1866 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CGYR3A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 beautifully written and well constructed story.

Better than an Anthology "The Lady Most Willing" is a story told in three parts about a group of titled gentleman and well to do ladies who are thrown together in a frozen castle. Because its the highlands during a snow storm no one is able to leave the castle and no one is able to come to their rescue. They are stuck together and must make due.

Julia Quinn brings charm, hilarious dialogue and her beautiful writing to the story of Catriona Burns and the Duke of Bretton. Kidnapped by accident, Catriona because she was wearing a similar shade of blue to one of the other ladies and Bretton due to the fact he was asleep in his carriage when it was stolen by Taran's men, Catrina and the duke are forgotten and left to their own devices. They bond over a warm fire and the bond of friendship soon turns into something more heated. It becomes a question of whether two people can fall in love, not at first sight, but at first serious conversation.

The ever controlled lord Byron and the spectacle wearing Fiona with the tarnished reputation are brought to life by the romantic descriptions of Eloisa James. Having escaped to Scotland after his engagement was ended amidst scandal, Lord Byron is shocked when his uncle kidnaps a gaggle of women for he and his cousin to choose their wives.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just... magical. And refreshing. December 26, 2012
By Letitia
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: A- ... Heat: Sweet/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 days, many many hijinks ensue.

We first meet Catriona Burns, a gently bred young lady who, unfortunately, comes from a poor family. Which is why kidnapper extraordinaire, Taran, is surprised to see her get out of the getaway carriage. He wanted heiresses for his two nephews, which immediately disqualifies Catriona. Also there by coincidence is the Duke of Bretton, John Shevington, who was asleep in his carriage when it was `borrowed' for the kidnapping. Finding themselves not part of the planned match making, Catriona and John find amusement with each other.

Part one was full of wit and humor--really, it's Julia Quinn doing what she does best. Cute and sweet with a dash of fun. I loved every single second of Catriona and John's flirty and fun banter. It put a constant smile on my face, which is why I wasn't ready for it to end! Oh, sure, it's wrapped up nicely, but... I wanted more of Catriona and John! Much more.

Next we meet Fiona Chrisholm--a bespectacled heiress with a less than stellar reputation. And, when compared to her half sister, Marilla, Fiona doesn't expect to be noticed. But Byron Wotton, an Earl and the nephew of Taran Ferguson, can't help but see the bookish and fiery redhead. Byron is... a bit tetchy. Grouchy and stuffy for someone his age.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read, but nothing more February 20, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A few days ago, I lamented in a review I wrote about Silk is for Seduction (a recent Loretta Chase offering which is excellent) that it seems many of the historical romance novels I read these days are absolute tripe. However, I would not say The Lady Most Willing is tripe, but rather T-R-I-T-E and "tedious." It is a completely unremarkable story that I will probably forget all about within two hours of when I finish it. That is why when I closed the backcover of this book, I immediately grabbed my laptop to write a review. I think it is an absolute waste of anyone's money to own a copy of this book with the expectation of adding it to your "keeper" shelf. On the other hand, if you are looking for a good book to read at the beach, one that you don't care if you smear a little sunscreen on or get wet or a little bent, this is a fine book to bring a long, then leave behind for the next person.

Having said all this, The Lady Most Willing is not rubbish either; it will hold your attention at the beach. (Don't know why I am fixating on the beach at the moment, given how cold it is outside.) The writers are good and are known for their cleverness and wit. Unfortunately, I feel the writers "try too hard" in this book to make their story be clever, cute, and precious, and instead the story starts to feel flat, repetitive and boring. I've felt the same way about many of the newer Eloisa James books and also by several of Julia Quinn's more recent endeavors. I am not sure how else to describe it other than to say that while reading this book I found myself bored at times, and found the witty repartee downright tedious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I am used to books written by multiple Authors, where they each contribute a distinctive separate story linked by characters and or a theme. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spot The Borg Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Great first half..
Really liked the first part of the book but the rest of it was just blah. Too bad because I love all the authors.
Published 2 months ago by SojudeSt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bkldy
Absolutely delightful. The authors seam together as one. The laughs were great, do it again girls! This and the Lady Most Likely rank right up in my favs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute Fun Read/Listen
This was a funny fun read/listen. I really liked all the characters. The story was very funny at times. The storyline flowed nicely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy T
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful..
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trish R.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Quinn had me enthralled. The writing was excellent. It had the reminiscence of 'midsummer s dream, seven brides for seven brothers, and Quinn's own lady most likely. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Conchetta San filippo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
The characters were hilarious and their love stories were delightful and fun! I loved this book and will definitely be 're-reading it for years to come!
Published 3 months ago by IUdell
5.0 out of 5 stars they did not disappoint. This book is a lovely and lively read
Honestly, if you've read Regencies for any length of time, each of these three authors must be familiar. As always, they did not disappoint. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Therese Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Most Willing
Laughter and merriment abound in this tale of love. The characters are well developed. The story line in humorous and full of fun.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than Lady Most Likely, but not by much
Better than the Lady Most Likely, which isn't saying much. Poorly written, weak characters, disappointing in all.
Published 5 months ago by Lauren Sheldon
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