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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062223054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062223050
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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“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)

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Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.
fictiongal
The premise had potential, but because there are three love stories in this book, everything was rushed and there was little character development.
Bubbles
Delightful characters,fun storyline and intertwined love stories of four separate couples.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By BookGeek on December 26, 2012
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 By Letitia on December 26, 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VLH on 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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