- Series: Avon Historical Romance
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; a edition (December 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062107380
- ISBN-13: 978-0062107381
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 307 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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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 Reviews)
“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.” (Booklist)
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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****
Upon first reading the premise of the book, I thought someone must have liked watching 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', the 1954 musical, as much as I did when I was a kid!
Taran Ferguson is laird of Finovair Castle in Scotland. Although still sprite,he feels he is getting on in years and not having any children of his own, wants to secure the family line through his two nephews, Robin, the Comte de Rocheforte and Byron,the Earl of Oakley.
One winter's night, he and his men decide to raid a house party nearby and kidnap three beautiful,dowered, young women, Cecily Maycott and the sisters Fiona and Marilla Chisolm. The thing is that they have forgotten to bring along a carriage,fortunately there is one awaiting them on their way out. Unfortunately, its owner the Duke of Bretton is still inside fast asleep and in the ruckus of the kidnapping, a fourth young lady, Miss Catriona Burns has been thrown into the mix too. Although she is equal in beauty to the rest, she is useless to Taran since she has no dowry. So now Taran and his men are in possession of four young ladies and one sleeping duke and they are off to Finovair castle.
Being that we're in Scotland, in the winter and a snow storm is brewing, it isn't long before the pass is closed, thus cutting off the castle and its inhabitants for several days. Just enough time for our very charming and very lively cast of characters to get to know each other better.
I spent most of the time reading this book with a grin on my face. The characters were all jolly fun and fun to read about. The dialogue was quite good too. Although there were still three different story-lines, it was nice that they all took place in the same setting with the same cast of characters.