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The Lady Most Likely by Eloisa James, Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway

March 9th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Bought my own copy

Publication date: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Avon

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife—so his sister hands him a list of the very best young ladies on the market. And then, because he refuses to tear himself away from the stables where he trains Arabian racehorses, she invites all those ladies to a house party, along with some other bachelors, of course. So who will Hugh choose? The Botticelli-esque, enchanting Gwendolyn? The outspoken, delightful Katherine? If he doesn’t work fast, he’ll lose those ladies to his closest friends, and then where will he look for a wife? Perhaps, just perhaps, toward a lady who’s not on a market at all, and would require a great deal of persuading…

This is my first time reading a book written as a collaboration by three authors.  I imagine writing a book with one co-author is hard enough but it must be hard to pull off a book with three writers without jarring transitions.  I absolutely love Julia Quinn so I had to pick this one up.  It’s my first read from Eloisa James and Connie Brockway although I do have a few Eloisa James books on my shelves.    While this wasn’t a blow me away book it was a sweet read.

My favorite romance was that of Gwendolyn and Alec and it didn’t surprise me when I found out that this story was Quinn’s contribution to the book.  I loved Alec’s sweetness in trying to help his sister out when she feels out-shined by Gwendolyn’s beauty.  I really felt badly for Gwendolyn since despite how beautiful she is and how many suitors she has she is still extremely shy.  I was also sad for her when she is snubbed by the other girls because of their jealously and because they mistook her shyness for snobbiness.  The only character that I really disliked was Octavia, Alec’s sister.  I know she was upset over Gwendolyn getting so much male attention but she came across as a real b*tch which I can’t imagine helped her chances with the gentlemen.

Katherine and Neill also had a very cute story line but I really didn’t care for Hugh and Georgina’s story line.  I just did not click with Hugh and I can’t imagine why Georgina would be so in love with him.  Horses are obviously his passion so I would have expected him to end up with a woman who was also horse mad.  I also found Georgina’s character a little confusing.  At first she comes across as this sweet, kind hearted female but she admits at one point the most memorable part of her marriage to her first husband was how they would make fun of the people around them.  I might have missed it since I was not really into their story but it would have been nice to see how or why she realized this was catty and not the type of person she wanted to be.  Still I felt the other two romances made this book a nice to read but more likely to be a borrow from the library rather than buy.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Romance

One Response

  1. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    Even though I’ve read and enjoyed 2 of the 3 authors, I wasn’t sure that a book written by a group would really work. It sounds like it actually worked out OK, if not great.

    Thanks for your review!

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