The Lady Most Likely...

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Three of the brightest stars ofhistorical romance invite you to a party at the countryhome of the Honorable Marquess of Finchley

Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sisterhands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them—and a few other gentlemen—to her country house for whatis sure to be the event of the ...

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Overview

Three of the brightest stars ofhistorical romance invite you to a party at the countryhome of the Honorable Marquess of Finchley

Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sisterhands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them—and a few other gentlemen—to her country house for whatis sure to be the event of the season.

Hugh will have time to woo whichever lady he most desires . . .Unless someone else snatches her first.

The invitation list includes:

  • The horse-mad but irresistibly handsome Earl of Briarly
  • The always outspoken Miss Katherine Peyton
  • The dashing war hero Captain Neill Oakes
  • The impossibly beautiful (and painfully shy) Miss Gwendolyn Passmore
  • The terribly eligible new Earl of Charters
  • The widowed Lady Georgina Sorrell (who has no plans to marry, ever)

And your hostess, Lady Carolyn Finchley, an irrepressiblematchmaker who plans to find the lady most likely . . .to capture her brother’s untamed heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A truly original, delightfully amusing treat....Sparkles with wit, sizzles with sensuality, and, most important, is superbly satisfying.”
Publishers Weekly
This charming, lighthearted Regency, written in three parts by bestsellers Quinn (Ten Things I Love About You), James (A Kiss at Midnight), and Brockway (The Golden Season), delivers wit and heart with every page. Lady Carolyn Finchley hosts a house party to find a match for her horse-mad brother, Hugh Dunne, earl of Briarly. Hugh (who compares the season's top debutante to the "one foal that everyone thinks will breed a winner") and two other exceedingly eligible gents mingle with Miss Gwendolyn Passmore, who conceals awkwardness with arrogance; the straight-speaking Miss Katherine Peyton; and Hugh's recently widowed childhood friend Lady Georgina Sorrell. The romance's cheerful tone and key plot points carry through seamlessly as each author takes the reins, making three matches for the price of one. (Jan.)
Library Journal
There's nothing like being thrown from a horse and ending up in a temporary coma to start a bachelor nobleman thinking of the title's succession, so when avid horse trainer Hugh Dunne, Earl of Briarly, gets tossed, he asks his happily married sister for help. The resulting house party, overflowing with marriageable misses and aristocratic swains, provides the ideal opportunity for Hugh to find the perfect wife. Yet imagine his surprise when he also discovers the love of his life. Three couples are highlighted in this engaging romance in which a trio of best-selling authors—Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway—join their talents to produce separate but integrated parts of the same story, picking up where another leaves off in a compelling narrative that flows seamlessly from beginning to end. VERDICT Flirty, joyful, and just plain fun, this is a thoroughly delightful historical, as well as the successful result of a novel approach. From the pens of writers like these, what else would one expect?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062017994
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 556,499
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.

A New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Italy.

Connie Brockway, the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, is an eight-time finalist and two-time winner of the RITA® Award. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two spoiled mutts.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Great concept with with consistent twists to keep the reader interested.

    In this corner we have Hugh Theodore Dunne, earl of Briarly who is in need of a wife to produce an heir. In the other corner you have Hugh's sisters ready to make this happen and devising a list of prospective candidates. Which leave two other corners of potential women of merit who can become his wife with each of them having their own story to tell.

    Lady Georgina Sorrell is a widow who plans to stay that way until she meets the match of love she has searched for. Gwendolyn Passmore who is the stunningly beautiful belle of the Ton and the envy of every eligible female. Lastly there is Miss Katherine Petyon who tries to hard to be everything everyone wants and displays her displeasure with a flair for the dramatic this side of diva.

    Hugh was to pick a wife based on their qualities that most match his beloved horses in that they are strong, reliable and willing to be tamed. He has friends who provide other advise and in fact move in on his potential candidates while Hugh is concerning himself with which horse is the best match for a race instead of wooing his potential brides.

    A house party was never this much fun before and trying to see at the end of each story who will be left standing is fascinating.

    This book is fun and the stories so entertaining and well written you find it hard to believe this was not written by one author instead of three. The chapters continue with a consistent theme and ensure the reader can keep the ebb and flow of the stories. While some parts may seem a little too well revealed this book regardless is so charming and the characters endearing you will soon forget any small flaws.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!

    It was a good book but man was it inapropriet they should realy put ages on these books.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this book! I'm a big fan of Julia Quinn books, and the other authors meshed wonderfully.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Apologies for mistaken review.

    Due to a glitch I posted my review for another book (The Hazzards of Huntington a Duke) below. I will give this book the average rating and will attempt to fix the error.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Very good

    I really enjoyed the three shorter, intertwined romances. This left me with a nice "feel good" and a great way to unwind at bedtime. Only the third story got a little silly because of the heroine in the third story, but overall I liked that story too. As a whole I would give the 1st story 4.5 stars, the second 5 stars, and the final story 4 stars.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Great read..

    Great read from great authors. Read it for the Stable scene alone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Great story

    Great single story told by these 3 authors.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    It was OK.......................................................

    It was OK............................................................................................................
    The Kate and Neil part of the book brought it down a star.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    a cute fast paced story line

    a cute fast paced story line

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Quick read -not the best from these authors. Story 3 had alittle more sex than the other 2, still timid though. A light hearted read for an afternoon.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Good, but not Quinn's best

    I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it's not my favorite.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Boring!

    How could people like this book?! I get that its a novella but it was too fast paced and too staged. The love relationships in this book was a waste of time. Someone told me not to buy it and I didn't listen. I wasted 8 dollars unfortunately.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    you must have it

    this book is one of the best

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Recommended

    Entertaining and fun!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Three fun and sweet romances!

    Lady Finchley, the sister to Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, decides to throw a party at her country house inviting the most eligible young ladies. Hugh has decided that it is high time to get married after recently being close to death. He has asked Carolyn to help him find a suitable wife. Carolyn not only plans to match make for her brother but for her best friend Georgina too, who was widowed young. Not two, but three couples find love at this country party.

    I don't usually read anthologies but this one caught my eye with the great list of authors participating. I really liked that all three stories were related by taking place at the country party and involved all the same characters. There are three distinct couples who find love at this party. I am not going to go into specifics because part of the fun of reading the book is discovering who ends up with who.

    I felt that the stories flowed seamlessly together to where I would not have been able to identify the different authors if not for the labeling at the top of the page. I did however feel that the character Hugh's personality went from mildly appealing to greatly appealing by the end of the story. I like the direction the author's took his character and I enjoyed his romance the best. I thought all three stories were fun to read, but not overtly exceptional. This anthology is just a nice way to pass the time and I enjoyed the three sweet stories.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    the story line was well thought out, and the first part of the book kept me reading; but the rest of the book took ever ounce left in me to finish.

    i really loved the story itself, but the writing was deplorable. i couldnt keep along with the second part of the book, and the last of the book i had to push myself to finish.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    THE LADY MOST LIKELY. is a delicious and decadent read that pleasures all the senses.

    Set in Regency England THE LADY MOST LIKELY. is about an irresistible handsome horse-mad earl, Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Brairly. He's decided it's time to take a wife and beget an heir after being kicked in the head by one of his beloved horses. He is sore to see the Earldom slip into the hands of his slimy slinky cousin. There is one small hiccup. He hasn't a clue how to go about obtaining a wife. Buying, housing, feeding and training Arabians are his cup of tea. So who do you turn to when searching for a bride? Help comes in the way of his loving and devoted sister, Lady Caroline, who only want to see her happy. Lady Fincley has a plan. Take one house party and a list of the most available, interesting and beautiful bells will do. Guest list includes: the reigning beauty the season, Miss Gwendolyn Passmore along with always out spoken Miss Kate Peyton and the one woman whom has vowed to never marry again. To make things and give her brother a run for his money arriving on the scene war hero Captain Neill Oakes and the notorious and terribly eligible and Lord Braily's closest friend, new Earl of Charters Throw in house party games, dances, 'do you love your neighbor' dinner game, add in a birthday surprise and this is one house party you don't want to miss. Avon Books has taken three of today's leading ladies of historical romance and created a phenomenal three part novel, "THE LADY MOST LIKELY." New York Times bestsellers Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway had this reader up until the break of dawn. Readers this is a can-not-put-down-burn-your-fingers have to read book.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    what I expected.

    it was good for what it was. flowed seemlessly, I just wished for more from certain characters.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    A DELIGHTFUL,ENTERTAINING HISTORICAL ROMANCE WRITTEN BY THREE AUTHORS!

    THE LADY MOST LIKELY by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway is a historical romance set in 1817 London. It is a novel in three parts written by three different authors, who continue the stories. It is well written by all three authors. This is an entertaining story of love, and romance where the writing of three authors continues to flow between all three authors. It has wit,romance, sweet sensuality,matchmaking,a house party of potential brides,and finding true love. Hugh, handsome, a Duke, a horse trainer,loves stables, would rather be knee deep in horse manure than at a house party.He has decided he needs a wife after nearly dieing due to a kick from a horse he was training and realizes life is short and without a wife and heir, his estate would go to a third cousin.So he encourages his sister to have a house party, and make a list of potential brides. So she does, including her best friend, Georgina, who is widowed and been around Hugh all of life, but does not want to remarry. What begins as a simple plan turns into three stories of love, romance, determination,wit,humor and three marriage matches. This is a delightful story, sure to entertain the most avid historical romance reader by these three authors. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy historical romance at its best.Matchmakers watch out, things does not always turn out as you plan. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher and My Book Addiction and More.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 11, 2011

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