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Scottish laird Taran Ferguson has no children to carry on his family line and his two nephews are not cooperating by finding good Scottish lassies to marry, so when they are visiting at his castle, he decides to supply the lassies for them. He sends his men to a ball to abduct 3 lovely heiresses and bring them for his 2 nephews to choose from. I guess 3 seemed like a good selection to him but it turns out his bumbling men bring 4 lassies and a duke, the extra young woman not even from a rich family. The accidental abduction of the duke was because the bumblers used his coach to abduct the women and did not know he was asleep inside.
Now we have 4 young women and 3 young men at the castle and 50-something-year-old Taran, who must be counted for romantic reasons you will discover as you read. Each author pairs off 1 man and 1 woman in her section of the book and this time, as opposed to what happened in THE LADY MOST LIKELY, the characters stay pretty much true to form throughout the book. Since they're so shallowly developed, that wasn't too hard to do.
But what I thought would be a rather more volatile, exciting story, what with the abductions and all, turned out to be just another boring house party. And because there were so many romances, they were rushed, with all the pairs falling into unconvincing insta-love. The whole thing was a very superficial, shallow and predictable read with cookie-cutter characters.
I suppose one could blame the set-up of the book for the lack of depth, with each author writing only a short novella (or perhaps long short story) within its framework. But authors such as Courtney Milan can get a lot of depth into a very few pages. These 3 authors are talented and should be capable of the same, but they didn't even try.
In addition, there were some silly mistakes, probably typos and not the authors' fault. One was a reference to "dangling" a child on someone's knees. That sounds pretty uncomfortable. I imagine that child would much prefer a "dandling". Then there was the reference to fashion and bosom exposure during the reign of George VII. Considering that the last English king George was George VI and he was present Queen Elizabeth II's father, I'm thinking that should be a reference to George III in the book.
All in all, I found myself to be the wrong reader for this book: I'm too old, too easily bored, and have read way too many HRs to find anything original in this one. I preferred the authors' first collaboration to this one and now am not sure I'll read the third one to come, unless I find it at the library.
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.
Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly needs a wife, so his sister hands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them - and a few other gentlemen - to her country house for what is sure to be the event of the season. Hugh will have time to woo whichever lady he most desires... Unless someone else snatches her first.
I initially bought this book because Julia Quinn's name was on it but Connie Brockway is also a favorite of mine and was an added bonus. I've only read one other story by Eloisa James and was willing to give her another try. Overall I thought it was a good collaboration and while its termed a "novel" its still basically three novellas. All the people and events are connected though which was enjoyable, and each author is given a section dedicated to one of three couples.
Ms. Quinn's story is first... The heroine is the "belle" of the season and extremely shy which for me equated to rather boring. The hero is a young earl and was likable enough. However, there wasn't time to develop their relationship and hence they meet and fall in love in less than one day. Just too rushed and not believable to me as a romance. It was was my least favorite of the trio. Rating: 3 STARS***
Ms. Brockway's story is next and was the best in my opinion. I loved both the hero and heroine and thought theirs would have been a beautiful full-length novel. Having grown up together they fell in love young and were separated for four long years. This story was the most romantic and had the most depth. As great as can be expected for its short length and very touching too. Rating: 5 STARS*****
Ms. James has the final story which was very good. I didn't care for the hero so much in the beginning as he seemed rather dull, his only love being horses. He surprised me though and I ended up really liking him. Not so much the heroine, although she was okay. They both grew up together and are finally seeing each other in a new light. It was well written and the most passionate. Rating: 4 STARS****