The Lady Most Willing
By: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway
Synopsis from Goodreads
During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from ...as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.My Thoughts
A total fan girl for Julia Quinn and Eloisa James, I have been waiting for this book since I first saw the cover. So stinkin’ excited, you have absolutely no idea. While the story was a little bit different than what I thought it was going to be, I thoroughly enjoyed The Lady Most Willing.
The tale opens as a Scottish Laird bemoans his two nephews and their never finding proper wives. What should he do but kidnap some suitable young ladies and deliver them to the said nephews? Naturally hijinks ensue and instead of kidnapping two ladies, four young ladies are kidnapped and a sleeping duke!
The Duke and Catriona may have been my favorite couple, but not by much. I loved most of the characters truly but I did laugh out loud at one point. I’ll have you know, I may or may not sleep with a dog at the end of my bed, so it kind of hit home a bit. :)
He did not so much roll his eyes as flick them upward in impatience. “No, I meant here. At Finovair. I was shivering all night.”
"Didn’t you have a fire in your room?”
“Yes, but I fear it was a mirage. And it was dead by morning.”
Catriona gave him a sympathetic nod. “My father says it’s why Scots marry young.”
At this, the duke paused. “I beg your pardon?”
“For warmth,” she clarified. “It’s tremendously difficult to heat these old castles. I usually sleep with my dog.”
Bretton nearly spit out his tea.
"Laugh all you want,” Catriona said with an arch little smile, “but Limmerick weighs seven stones. He’s like a furry hot water bottle that never goes cold.”
She turned back ot her food. “My Grandfather was Irish.”Within the story there are really two strong romances, a third so-so romance, and a fourth if you stretch it a bit. The stories fit seamlessly together and I honestly have no idea which author wrote which portions. I do know though that I enjoyed the entire story arc immensely and instead of seeing three different stories, I see one story with six main characters. The only real bad thing I can say is the nature of the beast, the length of the stories left a little bit to be desired in character development. Not much in the naughty department but a solid romance by some of America’s most beloved authors that I would definitely recommend.
I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Date of Publication: December 26, 2012
# of Pages: 384
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