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Y wrote the last third in which something already turning bad gets much much worse Luckily the theme of getting worse happens steadily from about 33% onwards so you can stop any time you like and be safe in the nowledge you re not missing outJulia uinn s section is really very good Catriona and Bretton fall in love over the course of one day which doesn t really make sense but it s witty and simple with well fleshed out characters and frankly my na ve self believes it I d recommend ditching after this bit to be honestEloisa James s story is a mess It s basically built on literary references mainly Austen s Persuasion a Burns poem but also a heavy handed Lord Byron theme which doesn t really work because it has no relevance to anything except the name of the hero Byron The plot is also ridiculously wild but insists on taking itself seriously To summarise they have a dramatic conversation in the library and he s apparently a stickler for propriety because of some vague childhood happenings but her hair is just so magic and red and her eyes so enchanting that he abandons all inhibitions Then her bitch of a sister says something at dinner she runs out into the stables we get the Eloisa James trademark scene with horses she gets drunk he chases after her we get a drunken sex scene she randomly says something with a Scottish accent And then all is well Which leaves the Connie Brockway in which nothing makes any sense They re both in love with each other because they shared a glance and it s basically all roses except Robin is a Rake and completely broke which means he won t let himself give in to the love he feels for Cecily Cecily loves him too so she decides to seduce him because talking is unpleasant The sad thing is is that that would have been a sarcastic sentence had the dialogue in this not been so utterly frumpy and faux contemporary Also they are apparently uniue in being the only two people in the world who are decent which leads to the whole falling in love shebang which doesn t really work in a novel with four other perfectly likeable characters Literally Cecily loves Robin because he s not judgemental I think And Robin loves Cecily because she s flirty unlike boring ton girls As a bonus she appreciates his laughter and wit Their ending is fine but only because it means we re finished with themThe book doesn t end there though It gets worse We re thrown into a uadruple wedding which is completely unforgivable since this is not a Shakespeare play which in itself is enough to drive this down from its current meagre two stars But the crowning jewel in this shitshow is the Robert Burns verse which appears at the very end under some weird notion that all the new husbands uote love poetry and promise their wives they ll love them in a Scottish accent too At which point I slammed my Kindle on the table and felt the intense regret of ever picking this upI m being uite dramatic One star is not really fair because the first third is in four star territory but I couldn t tolerate the other two thirds and a uadruple wedding is just ridiculous Even after countless re reads I still love this book It s not perfect and maybe of a 4 star read but since I end up going back to this whenever I need a really good laugh and a short heartwarming story I m sticking to my original 5 stars Granted all three stories suffer from love at first sight which most of the time I don t buy but here it works for me but still I love this And I dare anyone not to laugh at the caber tossing incident in Julia uinn s awesome story Taran Ferguson tired of waiting for his two nephews to marry and secure the family line takes matters into his own hands and idnaps four young women He and his band of merry clansmen barge into the ballroom of Bellemere Castle grab the ladies and hightail it out of there in the Duke of Bretton s carriage With the snoozing Duke insideArriving at Finovair Castle just ahead of a huge snowstorm that blocks the pass thus preventing a uick rescue Taran presents the ladies to his nephews who are unimpressed with his high handed tactics Unable to return the ladies the nephews the duke and the candidates settle down to wait out the storm Penned by three romance writers Julia uinn Eloisa James and Connie Brockway The Lady Most Willing is not an anthology as such with three separate stories Written instead as one full length novel by the three authors it features three almost four Written instead as one full length novel by the three authors it features three almost four Male Cast Includes John cast includes John Duke of BrettonByron Wotton Earl of OakleyRobert Robin Parles Comte de RocheforteAnd the ladies Lady Cecily TarletonCatriona BurnsFiona ChisholmMarilla ChisholmI won t spoil it and say who ends up with whom But will tell you what made this novel really amusing was the machinations of the spoilt young and opportunistic Marilla who s out to make the most of the situation and snare herself the most high ranking gentleman As each gentleman is paired up with each of the women Marilla moves down the line to the next available manSurprisingly cohesive I simply couldn t tell which author wrote what Had I not nown I would have thought a single author had written the whole story With three stories the pace of the romances moves pretty briskly with everyone falling in love uicklyThis is a great story with plenty of humour and as you d expect from these three talented authors it s very well writtenSteam 3 ARC courtesy of Avon via Edelweis. Irs to choose from as well as one very angry duke Lord BrettonAs snow isolates the castle and as hours grow into days the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.
Julia Quinn ☆ 3 readY Most Willing at as relatively low a price as I did it might be worth clicking s tempting orange buy buttonbut only if you meet the following criteria1 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 Eduquer son chien pour les Nuls poche kind of thing is jarring for you I d give this one a pass2 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 uick 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 me3 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 ishOn 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 Rating A Heat Sweet to WarmWhatind 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 uite a lot Four young ladies one by accident and a duke by coincidence are L Idalma Overo Chi 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 whyidnapper extraordinaire Taran is surprised to see her get out of the getaway carriage He wanted heiresses for his two nephews which immediately disualifies Catriona Also there by coincidence is the Duke of Bretton John Shevington who was asleep in his carriage when it was borrowed for the idnapping 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 uinn doing what she does best Cute and sweet with a dash of fun I Loved Every Single Second loved every single second 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 of Catriona and John Much 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 And Fiona can rile him up like no other Part two took me by surprise Eloisa James always manages to pack such a punch in her novellas I really shouldn t have been surprised that I invested so much in both Byron and Fiona But who can blame me Byron was such a fuddy duddy that you can t help but smile every time he says or does something particularly fuddy duddy ish And Fiona s heartbreaking and unfortunately sort of hilarious fall from grace years earlier only endeared me to her Lastly comes Cecily a uiet but determined young lady
Unlike Our Previous Couplesour previous couples is not willing to let the man choose her She is going to choose the man And she has set her hat upon Robin Parles Comte and Taran s nephew and heir With a bad reputation as a rake somewhat deserved but mostly not Robin doesn t feel he deserves Cecily So it s up to her to convince him otherwise I love the role
reversals of part three It was great to see the lady be the pursuer even if poor Robin wasof part three It was great to see the lady be the pursuer even if poor Robin was than thrilled I haven t previously read anything by Connie Brockway but I enjoyed her writing immensely There was an understated uiet humor to both Cecily and Robin I particularly enjoyed the image of poor Cecily stuffing bed drapes down the front of her borrowed dresses to maintain her modesty the busts were much too spacious If you are a fan of love at first sight romances A Lady Most Willing is definitely for you I love the idea of a novel in three parts not uite an anthology not really a novel but something entirely uniue And so so fun to read Truly I loved reading three different author s voices tell us three different tales set in the same time and place Just magical And refreshing A Romantic Book Affairs ReviewFind us on Twitter and Facebook too Right so even if you don t now for certain which relationship is which author the first third is funny and charming so it s Julia uinn the second third has horses so it s Eloisa James which means that Connie Brockwa. S decrepit castle the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin Earl of Oakley are presented with uniue gifts their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and Le rite opratif de Salomon : Compagnon, du spculatif l'opratif kidnapped four lovely would be brides for his he. Good book with a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers type of theme Taran Ferguson older stubborn and rather uniue laird of his clan is determined that his two nephews marry soon to secure the family legacy They aren t cooperative so one night he raids a neighboring estateidnapping four young women from a ball And unintentionally includes one highly irritated duke The two nephews are horrified by their uncle s actions and try to make the best of things Thanks to the weather they are cut off with no way to return the ladies to their homesThe four women deal with the issue as befits their personalities The first Read This Review More Like It At Ageless Pages ReviewsI was absolutely thrilled when The Lady Most Willing s ARC showed up on edelweiss because I have a massive soft spot for it s predecessor The Lady Most Likely Likely was the first real romance novel I read and that coupled with its uniue anthology style stuck with me so I was highly anticipating a return to the three authorsNot a traditional seuel Willing features an all new cast of characters in an entirely different country What ties it back to the original is the structure Again each author will write a third of the novel detailing a romantic connection between two characters as a group of Scottish and English gentry are stuck together during a snowstorm view spoileruinn starts us off with Catriona and John the Duke of Bretton James takes Fiona and Byron the Earl of Oakley and Brockway winds us up with Lady Cecily and Robin Comte de Rocheforte hide spoiler 5 stars for the fabulous characters Catriona and the Duke of Betton 5 stars Pretty sure this was J s couple They were adorable and hilarious Fiona Crisholm and the Earl of Oakley 4 stars MsJames story was a bit angst than the first one but lesser than the secondGreat chemistry between the two couple Lady Cecily and the Comte de Rochefort 3 stars By Connie BrockwayA bit drama and angst compared to the other twoAn extra star for the hilarious epilogue This is the story of several unlikely couples who come together over strange well meaning Alan Partridge Every Ruddy Word kidnapping circumstances as told by three different authors The first couple is written by Julia uinn and that portion of the story deserved five stars easily I literally laughed out loud several times and absolutely loved it The second couple was by Eloisa James and I would say it was good maybe 35 stars The last one by Connie Brockway was my least favorite and was unfortunately for her the first time I had read anything by her which didn t make meeen to seek out So really based on averages this should be a three star read but seriously the Julia uinn part is so great I couldn t give this anything less than four This was silly HR fluffbut I have to admit that I enjoyed it I ve never read a novel that was written in three parts by three different authors but I think it mostly worked here and is an interesting concept I d read works by all three of these authors before and I felt each of the sections stayed true to what I d expected from each of them The premise of this is pretty ridiculous a batty oldermiddle aged Scottish laird idnaps women from a neighboring house party right before a nasty snowstorm so that they d be stuck in the castle with his nephews who he was hoping to marry off I mean you can t get a whole lot sillier than that but I chose to just go with it One must also GROSSLY overlook the love at first sight trope rampant in each of these stories However it ended up being pretty entertainingThe first story by Julia uinn is the most lighthearted and funniest of the three At first I had a little bit of trouble following all of the characters and backstories and of course J s lack of skill in the dialogue department but it overcame that to be good cotton candy fun Catriona the only daughter of a wealthy Scottish family is matched with a duke who is there by accident That in and of itself is very far fetched but this section was full of double entendre and goofy jokes and puns that had me snorting Pure maple syrupy HR and honestly one of the better things I ve read from J It also worked pretty well with the shorter story format I would rate this story
alone at a 4 The second story was the weakest imo It was the most emotional and serious of the threeat a 4 The second story was the weakest imo It was the most emotional and serious of the three and it suffered from the shorter story format It seemed ludicrous to me to have the MC s doing so much deep conversing about their relationship and their pasts and motivations when they d only just met I found it ind of hard to follow at first but it did get better I of hard to follow at first but it did
get better I to say that I loved the h in this one honestly I loved all of the hbetter I to say that I loved the h in this one honestly I loved all of the h in all three stories but the story probably needed to be full length or changed up to be less passionate in such a short amount of time I d rate this one a 3The third story was also a bit serious but not uite so much as the second Here Cecily and Robin both are rocked by a rather extreme case of love at first sight but Robin thinks that Cecily is above him so he tries his hardest to avoid her Cecily is fun as she transforms from a seemingly cold proper lady into a strong independent woman who doesn t care what anyone thinks and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants I d rate this one a 4Overall this is fun holiday HR that I would recommend It s not perfect but it s cute and has that guilty pleasure reading feel that makes you all warm and gushy inside If you can get The Lad. Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia uinn Eloisa James and Connie Brockway During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in hi.