Sh 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 xtra star for the hilarious Snowflakes on the Sea epilogue This is the story of several unlikely couples who come together over strange well meaning kidnapping circumstances as told by three different authors The first couple is written by Julia uinn and that portion of the story deserved five starsasily 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 anythin Right so Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy even if you don t know 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 Brockway 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 knowledge 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 anythingxcept 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 yes so nchanting 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 ach other because they shared a glance and it s basically all roses xcept 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 nding is fine but only because it means she appreciates his laughter and wit Their nding is fine but only because it means re finished with themThe book doesn t Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, 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 isnough 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 The Fix 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 ofver 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 nd 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
Kidnaps Four Young Women He four young women He 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 romancesThe male cast includes John Shevington 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 nds 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 ach gentleman is paired up with ach 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 known I would have thought a single author had written the whole story With three stories the pace of the romances moves pretty briskly with Desire in Seven Voices everyone falling in love uicklyThis is a great story with plenty of humour and as you dxpect from these three talented authors it s very well writtenSteam 3 ARC courtesy of Avon via Edelweiss. 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. ,
This was silly HR fluffbut I have to admit that I njoyed 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 ach of the sections stayed true to what I d The Casa Mono Cookbook expected fromach of them The premise of this is pretty ridiculous a batty oldermiddle aged Scottish laird kidnaps 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 ach of these stories However it nded up being pretty ntertainingThe 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 ntendre 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 motional and serious of the three stories 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 kind of hard to follow at first but it did get better I have to say that I loved the h in this one honestly I loved all of the h s 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 xtreme 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 Lady 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 Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) 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 pass2 In order to derive muchnjoyment 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 scapist fun but ven 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 ngaging read albeit a forgettable one I hope this was helpful and happy reading Rating A Heat Sweet to WarmWhat kind of trouble can ten young ladies and gentlemen snowed in at a Scottish castle get into Well when the party includes a duke an arl 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 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 nsue We first meet Catriona Burns a gently bred young lady who unfortunately comes from a poor family Which is why kidnapper xtraordinaire 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 kidnapping Finding themselves not part of the planned match making Catriona and John find amusement with ach 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 Lovedof fun I loved single second of 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 nd 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 Comparedwith a less than stellar reputation And when compared her half sister Marilla Fiona doesn t xpect 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 very time he says or does something particularly fuddy duddy ish And Fiona s heartbreaking and unfortunately sort of hilarious fall from grace years The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant earlier onlyndeared me to her Lastly comes Cecily a uiet but determined young lady Unlike our previous couples Cecily is not willing to let the man choose her She is going to choose the man And she has set her hat upon Robi. 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. N 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 Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) even if poor Robin was less than thrilled I haven t previously read anything by Connie Brockway but Injoyed her writing immensely There was an understated uiet humor to both Cecily and Robin I particularly njoyed 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 ntirely 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 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 Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design 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 homesThe 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 uickly helped along by his growing interest in Catriona Injoyed their interactions which were fun with a definite undercurrent of attraction Catriona doesn t The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths 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 romanticThe 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 fianc 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 Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems escape her This brings him into contact with Marilla s sister Fiona a much uieter woman Fiona has her own history to deal with Her fianc 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 theirncounter as Fiona has an njoyable 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 uickly from his shock and his
and actions proved to be of Fiona Things got a little heated in the cold stable when he finally shared hisATTITUDE AND ACTIONS PROVED TO BE
FeelingsThe Story Is Rounded Out By Robin Taran S Otherstory is rounded out by Robin Taran s other He is known throughout London as the Prince of Rakes He is half French with an inherited title of Comte and little lse He hides behind his reputation so that he doesn T Have To Deal With have to deal with 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 The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth 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 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 when one look at Robin convinces her that he is the man she is meant to marry But it isn t going to beasy because Robin is determined to do the honorable thing and stay away from her while Cecily is ually determined to win her prize It was great fun to see Robin fall and 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 ach other with the snowball scene being one of my favorites I loved how Cecily really understood Robin and finally took matters into her own handsI really liked all the characters In Deeper 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 herThepilogue 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 Personlighetspsykiatri especially when the pairings were revealed with one slightly surprising twist Read This Review More Like It At Ageless Pages ReviewsI was absolutely thrilled when The Lady Most Willing s ARC showed up ondelweiss 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 Audiology entirely different country What ties it back to the original is the structure Againach author will write a third of the novel detailing a romantic connection between two characters as a group of Scottish and Engli. 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 kidnapped four lovely would be brides for his he.