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The Lady Most Willing...A Novel in Three Parts

por Julia Quinn (Contribuidor)

Outros autores: Connie Brockway (Contribuidor), Eloisa James (Contribuidor)

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Fiction. Romance. Short Stories. Historical Fiction. HTML:

From Julia Quinn, the author of Bridgerton??along with close friends and bestselling authors Eloisa James and Connie Brockway??comes a thrilling tale of a snow-bound party in a Scottish castle.

And You're Invited!

When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to find brides, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and bringing some lovely young ladies to his castle. Which author do you think escorted which heroine to the castle?

  • Miss Fiona Chisholm, a beauty with a scandalous past
  • Lady Cecily Tarleton, a lovely heiress??but she's English
  • Miss Catriona Burns, a lady with no name or fortune, so clearly someone made a mistake!
  • When it comes to gentlemen, did Eloisa invite an earl so stern that he broke his engagement after a mere whiff of scandal? Did Connie suggest that the Duke of Bretton fall asleep in the carriage used in a kidnapping? Did Julia bring a rogue whose reputation proceeds him?

    A novel in three parts, as fresh and charming as the Highland air, written by three of the very best writers of historical roma… (mais)

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    Felt very ‘meh’ about this book. I didn’t find any of the male characters to be that compelling. The plot was a little weak for me as well. I think books written by three separate authors can have this issue. ( )
      thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
    This was a very enjoyable collection despite the farfetched premise. I could tell from the character introductions who would end up paired, but the fun is in watching it unfold. The stories went well together and none were total duds.

    Julia Quinn's was delightful, I chuckled and grinned to myself repeatedly throughout. 5 stars.
    Eloisa James's part was well written and worth reading, but I think our preferences for what is romantic just differ a bit. A man's possessiveness of a woman, for instance, does wonders for some people, and to others it feels slightly icky. This guy wasn't terrible or anything, I just didn't find him as likable or the couple as engaging as the other two. 3 stars.
    Connie Brockway's was nice, and had good romantic tension between the couple. 4 stars. ( )
      JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
    I liked Quinn's part the best, but unfortunately I liked the other two less as the book went along. I actually haven't read anything else by James, but I can see how I would like her full novels. As for Brockway, I liked her part the least and found her characterization pretty weak. ( )
      littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
    These 3 authors wove great stories with fun characters. I find it hard to pick my favourite.. I did find Marilla a bit much but I think her part in the story worked well. Looking forward to the next one when it comes out. ( )
      MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
    Good book with a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers type of theme. Taran Ferguson, older, stubborn, and rather unique 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 estate, kidnapping 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 homes.

    The four women deal with the issue as befits their personalities. The first part of the book concentrates mainly on Catriona. Catriona is a local woman without much in the way of name or fortune, and according to Taran was taken by mistake. She is practical, familiar with Taran and his antics, and takes things as they come. John, Duke of Bretton, who was also an unintended captive, goes from irritated to amused pretty quickly, helped along by his growing interest in Catriona. I enjoyed their interactions, which were fun with a definite undercurrent of attraction. Catriona doesn't expect anything to come of it, as he is a duke and she is a nobody. John is smitten immediately and acts accordingly. The catalyst to his big moment was pretty funny, but the moment itself was sweet and romantic.

    The story then moves on to Lord Oakley, one of Taran's nephews. Taran immediately starts in on Byron, haranguing him for not making any obvious attempts at winning one of the heiresses. Having been burned recently by discovering his fiancée in the arms of another man, Byron is in no hurry to try again. He is also accused of being too stuffy to appeal to a woman, and compared unfavorably to the other men. He isn't too happy to find himself the target of the determined Marilla, and at one point hides in the library to escape her. This brings him into contact with Marilla's sister, Fiona, a much quieter woman. Fiona has her own history to deal with. Her fiancé fell to his death while trying to climb to her window. She has been blamed for it and her reputation ruined. She has given up fighting to get anyone to believe the truth and resigned herself to spinsterhood. Enter Byron, disturbing her refuge in the library. I loved their encounter, as Fiona has an enjoyable time poking holes in his stuffiness. Byron begins to understand why he is the way he is and becomes determined to change, spurred on by his attraction to Fiona. She has realized that she is attracted to him also, but that her reputation makes anything between them impossible. A cruel comment from Marilla puts a hitch in Byron's plans and hurts Fiona. I liked that Byron recovered quickly from his shock and his attitude and actions proved to be worthy of Fiona. Things got a little heated in the cold stable when he finally shared his feelings.

    The story is rounded out by Robin, Taran's other nephew. He is known throughout London as the Prince of Rakes. He is half-French, with an inherited title of Comte and little else. He hides behind his reputation so that he doesn't have to deal with the rejection of those who look down on him. He is struck dumb at the sight of Cecily, feeling that bolt of lightning that tells him that this is the woman for him. Except, she isn't. Cecily is the daughter of a wealthy earl, with a great fortune coming to her. She is young, beautiful, and seems to be the shy and retiring type that all the mothers want for their sons. The difficulty is that Cecily doesn't want one of those staid and boring men. She wants someone she can love and luckily has parents who have given her the freedom to choose. She also has much more confidence in herself than anyone realizes. She doesn't panic during the kidnapping, looking on it as something of an adventure. An adventure that becomes so much more when one look at Robin convinces her that he is the man she is meant to marry. But it isn't going to be easy because Robin is determined to do the honorable thing and stay away from her, while Cecily is equally determined to win her prize. It was great fun to see Robin fall more and more under her spell. I ached for him because he was so certain he was unworthy of her. Their scenes together were wonderful as they got to know each other, with the snowball scene being one of my favorites. I loved how Cecily really understood Robin and finally took matters into her own hands.

    I really liked all the characters except for Marilla. I found her incredibly annoying. She treated her sister horribly and completely ignored Fiona's attempts to guide her into proper behavior. She was selfish and spoiled. She set her sights on a man and behaved very inappropriately in an attempt to win him. When she would lose out to another woman, she would simply move on to the next one in line. She was totally oblivious to the way the men did their best to avoid her. I kept waiting for her to realize that none of them wanted anything to do with her.

    The epilogue was great, rounding out the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers theme with the arrival of the outraged fathers once the pass was clear. The confrontation in the chapel was terrific, especially when the pairings were revealed with one slightly surprising twist. ( )
      scoutmomskf | Oct 23, 2017 |
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    Brockway, ConnieContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
    James, EloisaContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
    Duerden, SusanNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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    For our husbands . . . .

    Paul. He might not throw cabers,
    but give him a pair of scissors,
    and he can slice a wasp in half in mid-air.
    As far as I'm concerned, that the modern-dy equivalnt of slaing dragons
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    and although it didn't take place in a Scottish castle,
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    Fiction. Romance. Short Stories. Historical Fiction. HTML:

    From Julia Quinn, the author of Bridgerton??along with close friends and bestselling authors Eloisa James and Connie Brockway??comes a thrilling tale of a snow-bound party in a Scottish castle.

    And You're Invited!

    When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to find brides, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and bringing some lovely young ladies to his castle. Which author do you think escorted which heroine to the castle?

    Miss Fiona Chisholm, a beauty with a scandalous past Lady Cecily Tarleton, a lovely heiress??but she's English Miss Catriona Burns, a lady with no name or fortune, so clearly someone made a mistake!

    When it comes to gentlemen, did Eloisa invite an earl so stern that he broke his engagement after a mere whiff of scandal? Did Connie suggest that the Duke of Bretton fall asleep in the carriage used in a kidnapping? Did Julia bring a rogue whose reputation proceeds him?

    A novel in three parts, as fresh and charming as the Highland air, written by three of the very best writers of historical roma

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