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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****
1) As other reviewers have noted, this is a three-part novel written by three different authors. I found the transition from one author to the next smoother than I'd feared it would be and even thought it was somewhat interesting to compare the slightly different writing styles, but if that kind of thing is jarring for you, I'd give this one a pass.
2) In order to derive much enjoyment from this collection, you should be a romance reader who buys into "instant love" without much (okay, any!) difficulty. Even as someone who can often merrily go along for the ride much when two strangers allegedly fall in love within a VERY, very short period of time, the stories here involve three couples who move with such supersonic speed from "who the hell are you?" to "Please marry me, my one true love!", and with so little transpiring other than a very quick conversation or two, that it was really, REALLY difficult to suspend my disbelief. On a related note, the character depth is minimal to nonexistent. Skillfully written short stories and novellas can create distinct, vibrant characters in impressively few pages; in these stories, only one of the heroes and one of the heroines truly came to life for me.
3) You should be craving a light, frothy, if-it-were-any-less-substantive-it-would-float-away read! I'm an ardent fan of witty, lighthearted romances that are low on angst and high on blissfully escapist fun, but even for me this one felt fairly hollow, shallow and so-what?!-ish.
On a brighter note, I really do like all of these authors' writing styles and found it a mildly to moderately engaging read---albeit a forgettable one. I hope this was helpful, and happy reading!
Julia Quinn - 4 stars. The Duke Of Bretton made a brief appearance in the last "Lady Most" trio of stories, He gets his own here. I liked this story a lot. It's light hearted & fun. The Duke is a nice guy with no deep dark secrets or problems. Catriona is a spunky girl with a brain in her head. Laird Ferguson is described as an old man with a scrawny ass & a bushy beard.
Eloisa James - 4 stars. This is my favorite out of the group. None of these couples has actually met before, so love comes rather quickly. Probably too quickly for some people, but I'm willing to overlook that for a good story. Byron is an Earl with an unhappy past. He's been raised to rigid propriety by his father & was a lonely boy. Fiona is the eldest daughter of a man who loves his youngest daughter more. Her fiance, a brute of a man dies when he tries to climb to her bedroom window & falls. She's blamed & her reputation is ruined forever (obviously not!). This story has sex in it (pretty hot sex ;) Laird Ferguson is revealed to be 52 years old. Not exactly in the grave yet.
Connie Brockway - 2 stars. Very dull. This is the "love at first sight" story. Robin is a rake, Cecily a straightlaced virgin. She knows her heart though & she knows she loves Robin. So, the whole story is "I love you... no you don't". "I want you... no you don't". "I'm willing to risk my reputation for you... no you can't" It's enough to make you scream & it's very boring. I couldn't wait for the end. It's actually no spoiler to mention that old Laird Ferguson actually ends up with a bride as well.