Compromising Willa

Compromising Willa

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by Diana Quincy

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Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy

England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs

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Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy

England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Will and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

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Compromising Willa 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author! Love this series!
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I had a few reasons that I really wanted to read Compromising Willa. The first reason is that I have read another book in the Accidental Peers by Diana Quincy and I really enjoyed it. It was a great story. So when I had a chance to read this book I jumped at the chance. The second reason I really wanted to read this book is more personal. I loved that Willa's name was Wilhelmina, my Grandmother's name was Wilhelmina so I felt a personal connection to Willa right away.  Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has had a rough few years. She has come to the conclusion she really would just rather not marry. Her life is going on fine on her own and she thinks she wants to keep it that way. That is until the man that jilted her and ruined her reputation arrives back in town. Earl of Bellingham is determined to have Willa for his own and he doesn't care what means he has to go to in order to accomplish this.  However Duke of Hartwell is just back in town as well and he has an instant attraction for Willa. Willa is a little offish at first because she wants to stay single. These two have some tension between them that adds to the sparks they create when they are together. I really enjoyed watching these two get to know each other.  I don't want to tell you two much but a lot of drama happens and situations are changed. Many things occur and a lot of secrets are revealed. This book is a page turner. I could not wait to see what could possibly happen next. There were so many things happening. As I said I had an instant connection to Willa so I found myself cheering her on along the way.  I really enjoyed this story. I have just recently discovered my love of historical romance and Diana Quincy is another one of my new favorite authors. She writes a wonderful historical romance that certainly has a way of keeping my attention.  This is part of the Accidental Peers series but you will have no problem reading it as a stand alone, if you haven't read the other two books in the series. However they are great as well so you might think about picking them up too.  I can't wait to see what she may have in store for us lucky readers next. I know that I will certainly be looking forward to whatever she has out next.  If you enjoy a historical romance with some drama, I think you will really enjoy this book. If you are already a fan of Diana Quincy then hurry grab up your copy so you may start reading right away.  I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Compromising Willa.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
When I started Compromising Willa I was a bit confused. A lot the confusion stem from me reading the first book,  Seducing Charlotte. All right here's a spoiler if you haven't read Seducing Charlotte, Camryn ends up married to Charlotte in the end. So, I was going into the story thinking Camryn is married and come to find out he's not married yet. Which really bothered me, so I had to go back to the first book to see if Hartwell is married in that story. I come to find out he is. You have to look at this story as a prequel to the first book in a way if you had read Seducing Charlotte. If you haven't read seducing Seducing Charlotte yet, you might consider reading Compromising Willa first, so you don't get all confused like I was.   Other than that I did enjoyed the story. I liked Willa and her passion to want to be more than what society dictates a woman should be. I also liked Hartwell even though he kind of listened to the gossip behind Willa. Yes, he tried to move pass his issues, but it kind of spilled over into their relationship. However, I did like how Hartwell realize he couldn't keep Willa in a gilded cage and was willing to give her freedom.  Now Bellingham was the a blackguard. He didn't some pretty horrible things and they could have been played a little more. However, his character did contribute the trouble Willa and Hartwell faced. I did like how they handle him in the end even though it felt a bit rush.  Overall, not a bad read once I got past my confusion at the beginning. I guess this was a way to see how Hartwell became the Duke and ended up with Willa. I did like how Willa challenge Hartwell and I like how Hartwell was willing to let Willa be herself. So, this story can be read as a stand-alone, because of where it takes place in the story. Basically, if you haven't read any of the previous Accidental Peers you might considering this Compromising Willa first and you might enjoy Camryn fall more.  Copy provided by publisher
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
ARC received for an honest opinion I really enjoyed the heroine and hero in Compromising Willa, although I never read anything by Diana Quincy, I was pleasantly surprised. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has survived a tarnished reputation. She was caught in an inn with August Manning, the Earl of Bellingham. Willa was young and believed to be in love. August set Willa up so no one would ever ask for her hand in marriage. Four years later Willa is slowly coming back into society, although she has no hope of getting married. Some of the characteristics that I loved about Willa were her pride and her confidence. She was definitely a strong heroine. Although most heroines, at least in the books I read, keep saying that they don’t want to be married, they generally do. Willa was an exception. After she and her family suffered from the scandal created by August all she wanted was freedom. She wanted to be her own person and not someone’s wife or a prisoner to society. Another aspect of Willa that I loved was she was not easily swayed but neither August Manning, nor our hero, the Duke of Hartwell. She is suspicious of their motives and realizes that they both see her as a prize; dating from a rivalry that started when they were in school. Willa, despite trying to be trapped into marriage by both suitors, refuses to be tied down. Hartwell was a great hero. His temper tantrums were sometimes too much but he had many redeeming qualities. First, because he was a second son he was very industrious and traveled to India. He made his own wealth and therefore didn’t suffer from the stuffiness of the upper-class. I loved how strongly he felt for Willa but his jealousy was sometimes misplaced. He tried to make Willa happy any way he could and he was a genuinely good guy. Together, Willa and Hart were great. They had great chemistry and were both worthy opponents. My only complaints were the pacing of the story. It seemed that nothing really happened during the first half of the story and then everything happened towards the end. The “big secret” that Hart discovers came as complete surprise. The author led us to believe one thing all throughout until the end. I loved that even though they were married they still had to work through their insecurities and trust issues. Hartwell was full of surprises and he swept Willa off her feet, which she rightly deserved. It was also gratifying to see that August Manning got what he deserved. This was a great read full of interesting characters.
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Sarah_Ballance More than 1 year ago
Oh, Willa. Hart. You guys rock so hard. Seriously. Now, before this gets awkward (too late?) let me just say COMPROMISING WILLA was one of those books that grabbed me from page one. And before I caught my breath, Ms. Quincy threw in a slight twist that told me I was in for one heck of a ride. She didn’t disappoint. COMPROMISING WILLA is not just beautifully written, but smart and dimensional. Willa is splendidly quick with her tongue, leading to positively delicious banter between her and the yummy Duke of Hartwell, whose absence has kept him free of the gossip that has irreparably damaged Willa’s, erm, marketability. Ruined woman? Pshaw! Okay, so maybe by society’s standards, but fortunately Hart doesn’t quite see it that way. The tension between Willa and Hart is smokin’ hot, and the author is a master of infusing that smexiness into every exchange. Somehow these two buck tradition while remaining true to the period, leading to a delightfully fresh story that positively immerses the reader in 1805 England. There’s very little about the plot that could be marked as predictable, and as intricate as some of the pieces, they all came together perfectly at the end. (I’m looking at you, Augustus. Dude was PWNED!) If you love historical romance, grab this one. If you don’t, grab this one anyway. You will fall in love! *Review copy provided by author*
Bookworm_Blurbs More than 1 year ago
Book Three in the Accidental Peer series centers on the budding romance between Lad Wilhelmina "Willa" Stanhope and Grey Preston, Duke of Hartwell. Willa's reputation has been ruined, leaving her no choice but to wait for a suitor who's likely never to come and resign herself to her looming spinsterhood. To distract herself from her less-than-perfect future, Willa blends tea that she supplies to a coffee house which employs less fortunate women, but even this past time must remain secret, as engaging in trade is not considered to be proper. Somehow, amidst all the scandal, Willa attracts the affections of the new Duke of Hartwell. However, despite the growing attraction between the two, their romance is hampered by the evil Earl of Bellingham, who refuses to allow Willa to be claimed by anyone but himself.      This romance was definitely a page turner! There was never any question that Willa would end up with the duke, who is usually referred to simply as Hart, but Quincy still managed to keep me wondering about how everything could possibly fall into place.    Willa was the perfect historical romance heroine. She's smart and longs for independence. She doesn't recognize her own beauty. She's been ruined by means of a misunderstanding and although her situation demands that she be rescued, she refuses to take the easy way out. She reminds me of several other romantic heroines that I've read about, but I like her so much that I didn't mind.    Fittingly, Hart is the perfect love interest for Willa. He's gallant yet imperfect but at the end of the day, he's exactly what Willa needs and her interests are at the center of his heart. He makes mistakes but always earns Willa's forgiveness, and his obvious love for Willa endeared him to me.    And Bellingham, the evil earl, is a villain that I loved to hate. He was SO bad!! I loved the way that Quincy introduced him to us - at the start of the book, he appears to be the love interest, but soon we learn of the absolute dread that Willa feels whenever she sees him. And when we learn why she hates him so much, we come to hate him, too. Without giving away any details, I'm happy to assure you that he meets a most satisfying end.    The plot centered entirely around the romance between Hart and Willa. Personally, I prefer romances with a bit more depth to their conflict, but Entangled Publishing requires authors in their Scandalous imprint to focus on the process of falling in love, so Quincy really can't be faulted for following their instructions. Because it was required of her, I didn't decrease my rating of the book because of the lack of a greater conflict, but I think it's worth noting that I personally would prefer some focus other than the relationship between Willa and Hart. That being said, there were definitely a lot of complications in Willa and Hart's relationship and this added to the plot development. Quincy revealed their secrets to the reader without info dumping, which is ALWAYS very much appreciated!    As the imprint category suggests, this book was full of scandal. Willa herself suffers from the impact of the scandal in her life and this has a huge impact on the plot of the book. But additionally, some of the scenes between Willa and Hart get quite steamy! If you're interested in that, you'll probably enjoy this book.    Overall, this book was enjoyable to read and it was a great way to unwind from finals week. I would definitely recommend it to any historical romance fans. Although this is the third book in the Accidental Peers series, you do not need to read the preceding books in order to follow the story line - I didn't read them and I understood the story just fine. However, after reading this, I do intend to go back and read the first two as well as the fourth once it's published. I'll definitely be looking for more from Diana Quincy in the future! :)    Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of this book from Entangled Publishing, but in no way did this influence my review.
littlelorimarie More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Quincy's books. She has quickly become one of my must read authors. Why? Her brilliant dialogue which was there in Compromising Willa. Conversations between Willa and Hartwell had me smiling which is important to me when reading a regency. Her dimension in characters made me feel for Hartwell while he was messing things up. Willa's tea skills and strong personality make her an enjoyable character. I think she is my favorite heroine of Ms. Quincy's.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Lady Willa has been thoroughly compromised -  more than she even realizes.  When she returns to the ton and a new season she puts on an icy facade and tries to enjoy the company of her friends.  The Duke of Hartwell has been in India, and is unaway of Willa's compromised status.  He is instantly fascinated by her intelligence and beauty and set to win her heart. Compromising Willa had a fantastic storyline, and Willa was an amazingly dynamic character - able to roll with the punches and keep her wits about her.  The beginning of the story was a little slow though.  There was a lot of throwing the word "blackguard" around - I know this was a major part of the times, but it was just overdone.  About half way through the story, things become a little more clear and the pace really picks up.  It has a lot of very nice twists and side stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest, and I couldn't stop reading until I finished the book.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Compromising Willa is a wonderful treat for those who like historical romances – the dashing, gorgeous hero has to win the heart of his clever, sexy heroine and defeat the plans of the dastardly villain.  It’s deliciously fun, with a clever narrative and engaging characters, and I’m definitely looking forward to more. - Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress or BookTrib's website. 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is determined not to marry. She wants to be independent not under the thumb of a man who will break her spirit. With her reputation in tatters it seems that the lady will get her wish. Now her former suitor, Augustus Manning, wants her as does the Duke of Hartwell. Willa is attracted to Hartwell. He is an intelligent man with enlightened views on woman and society. Will these two find a HEA or will Augustus destroy Willa? Diana Quincy has written a story filled with a wildly passionate romance. Willa is a strong and intelligent woman who wants to help woman who are alone and abandoned. I enjoyed her spirit and desire to contribute to society. Her interaction with the Duke of Hartwell took my breath away. Hart is a magnificent hero. He supports the woman he loves without a second thought. I love this couple. I musts say that it gave me great pleasure to see Augustus bested. He was evil personified. I really enjoyed Compromising Willa. It's a definite keeper.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A lovely historical romance, Compromising Willa was another wonderful book in the fantastic Accidental Peers series. I absolutely loved this book! Willa was a great heroine. She was strong and wanted nothing more than to be independent. Even with her psycho ex-fiance's manipulations, she refused to back down. I thought she was a wonderful character. Hart was also wonderful. He was a sweetheart. He couldn't care less what happened in Willa's past. He just wanted her. And, he always wanted what was best for her, even if it was away from him. He was perfect and I adored him. The romance was lovely. Willa and Hart were sweet together, especially with the way Hart was entirely devoted to Willa's happiness. The chemistry between them was steamy and there were certainly some hot moments. My one complaint about the romance, though, was that they really needed to learn how to communicate correctly. There were a lot of miscommunications that led to some issues, which could have been resolved had they been straight with each other in the first place. But, it was a fairly minor problem, and I still thought these two were a perfect couple. Augustus, the Earl, was Willa's ex-fiance. He was a...hmmm...interesting character. And by that I mean I hated his guts, but in a good way. He was perfectly hateful, especially when we find out the extent of his past, and he added an interesting dimension to the book. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely. The Accidental Peers series is absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to read more from it. Compromising Willa was a wonderful historical romance. I absolutely loved this book! Lovers of romance, you have to read this book. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Charming and Interesting novel! 4.5 stars I just finished reading Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy of her Accidental Peers series. It's the first book that I read written by her and I found it a delightful romance! Here is the story Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope and the Duke of Hartwell, two independent and headstrong characters, who learn the art of compromise. Her heroine Willa an intelligent woman who clearly knows what she wants until she meets Hart. As soon as he meets her, it is fatal attraction; he really needs her as a wife. What does Willa want? Let's just say, their relationship is complicated. Will trust and love be part of their lives? Will this independent woman and demanding man, get a chance at love? It's well written, fast paced and an interesting historical fiction filled with scandal, treason and schemes. If you love a story set in the Regency era, then I recommend it, Compromising Willa will be perfect for you!