The Lady Most Willing…by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway
Source: Requested for review
Publication date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: Avon Books
Summary from Goodreads.com: Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway…
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.
Julia Quinn’s books are always a must read for me because I love her books so much. She always writes with such wit and humor that I find myself laughing as I read her stories. Her first collaboration with Eloisa James and Connie Brockway was sweet so I was eager to get my hands on this one.
The story is broken down into 3 love stories and while I don’t know for sure I have a feeling Julia Quinn wrote the first story about Bretton and Catriona. It had her trademark humor and I loved their story. Catriona’s spunk and handling of the entire ridiculous situation was endearing. Especially if you consider she wasn’t meant to be kidnapped in the first place.
The other two stories were quite enjoyable as well though the love at first sight aspect of Cecily and Rocheforte’s romance bothered me. I am not a huge fan of insta-love plots but it worked out ok.
The only true downside for me was the role of Marilla who was obviously set up to be the obnoxious, title hunting lady that inadvertently pushes the other couples into their respective partners paths. While I understood her role she was so over the top it was almost like nails on chalkboard after a while.
Still I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished. Julia Quinn fans definitely won’t want to miss it.