The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts [NOOK Book]

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At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four...

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Overview

At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .

Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.

Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).

Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.

Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.

Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.

Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three popular grand dames of historical romance team up again (after The Lady Most Likely...) to create a charming three-part farce set in 1819 Scotland. Laird Taran Ferguson goes to great drunken lengths to kidnap four young women—and John Shevington, duke of Bretton, by accident—in hope of finding brides for his nephews, Byron (an English earl) and Robin (improbably, a French count). No one takes Taran seriously or feels at all endangered or coerced, but while they’re all stuck in his castle waiting out a storm, romance blossoms of its own accord. Penniless, untitled Catriona Burns doubts John’s interest in her, so he proves his ardor. Ruined heiress Fiona Chisholm is happily looking forward to spinsterhood until Byron awakens her desire. Lady Cecily Tarleton falls for Robin at first sight and decides to seduce him. And Marilla Chisholm, Fiona’s younger sister, improbably sets her cap for hoary, hilarious Taran. Witty dialogue and good-natured, down-to-earth characters make this a nice quick historical romance fix. (Jan.)
Booklist
“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.”
Library Journal
When an eccentric laird decides his reluctant nephews need to marry to secure the succession, he does the unthinkable and raids a ball, kidnaps four young women, and removes them to remote Finovair Castle. Unfortunately, he also makes off with a duke's coach—with the duke inside! A snowstorm adds the expected complications, but by the time the angry fathers come to the rescue, their daughters are happily wed—although not necessarily as one might think. VERDICT Clever, engaging, funny, and guaranteed to keep the pages turning, this well-written Regency "novel in three parts" by popular authors Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway is a pure delight, remarkably well put together, and a perfect follow up to last year's The Lady Most Likely…. Quinn, James, and Brockway live in the Seattle area, the New York area, and Minnesota, respectively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062107404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 21,019
  • File size: 3 MB

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 December 27, 2012

    The talents of three funny and romantic authors combine to make

    The talents of three funny and romantic authors combine to make this romp in a Scottish castle a delightful and heartwarming book. 

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    The Lady Most Willing, the second ¿novel in three parts¿ on whic

    The Lady Most Willing, the second “novel in three parts” on which Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway have collaborated,
    is part legend, part farce, and wholly delightful. It reminded me of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a classic MGM musical from 1954,
    directed by Stanley Donen.

    The prologue sets the tone and places the stories that are about to unroll in the realm of myth and magic. These are tales for a winter’s
    night, guaranteed to evoke smiles and sighs.The suggestion that these stories are touched with magic is a thread that runs through the
     book. It is repeated in the middle story when Fiona says to Oakley that their time together is “some strange fairy-tale moment” that will
    end when the storm passes and reality intrudes. Finally, the epilogue gives the Scots credit for knowing that “magic has its place.”
    Readers will experience the magic of a feel-good read that evokes a smile, a giggle, or a resounding laugh on nearly every page.
    For those who like their humor broad, there is the kidnapping and the over-the-top behavior of the laird and a single-minded beauty
    with more hair than wit. For those who like their humor more subtle, there are witty exchanges and clever quips aplenty.

    The actors and other professionals associated with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers spoke afterwards about how much fun making the
     movie was. The novel suggests that same sense of creative joy. I could almost see the authors’ smiles as I read the book. And from
    beginning to end, this reader was smiling back at them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I loved the way this book wove the story lines together. I coul

    I loved the way this book wove the story lines together. I could not put it down once I got going.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    Very cute and a pleasant read

    This was cute. The stories were good, but because of the length were all very "love at first sight" types, which is not really my cup of tea. However, I attempted to lay that prejudice aside and just enjoy the ride, and it was a cute little farce.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Another great 3 author novel!

    I enjoyed this 3 author romance novel better than their first! This story flowed from one author to the next. I wish that these three get together to write them more often. I was already familiar with Eloisa James & now I want to read the other 2 authors. Happy Reading :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    WHEN YOU PUT THE SCOTS AND THE ENGLISH TOGETHER.... IT'S MAYHEM


    WHEN YOU PUT THE SCOTS AND THE ENGLISH TOGETHER.... IT'S MAYHEM!!

    The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Mass Market Paperback)
    This is the second novel in the series from our renowned trio romance writers. I also like the first book ("The Lady Most Likely..."), but I like this one even better. This 2nd novel in three parts was set in Scotland. And when you put the wild, unruly, (almost barbarian) Scots, as the English thought of them (worse as some thought, when they're half Scot-half French!!) with the stiff-neck, uptight, straitlaced, arrogant English, as the Scots thought of them... they hardly ever have anything nice to say to each other, you know, long story, or rather long histories (but that's another story altogether). As if it isn't bad enough as it is, but when you put them together in a crumbling down, freezing cold and drafty Scottish castle with abduction of the lasses to boot for the purpose of getting a bride or two. Only one thing could happen... Mayhem! This is a fun book to read. I enjoyed it tremendously. So, don't miss this book whether you're rooting for the English or the Scots.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    Equally rollicking as its predecessor, The Lady Most Likely, is The Lady Most Willing.

    This time a kidnapping shapes the plot. The scheme is engineered by the volatile Taran Ferguson of Finovair Castle whose two unwed heirs are half Scottish: nephew Robin Parles, Comte de Rocheforte is half-French and the other nephew is the half-English Earl of Oakley, Byron Wotton. The laird reasons that if the nephews marry Scotwomen, their sons will be pure Scots. Rallying his clansman around his cry of let’s get us some brides, they swoop down on neighboring Bellmere Castle where a ball is taking place. Captured are two sisters, long-in-the-tooth Lady Fiona and assertive beauty Lady Marilla Chisholm; wide-eyed Lady Cecily Maycott – and, by mistake Catriona Burns a highland lass and an English duke who had fallen asleep in the stolen carriage, the very furious John Shevington, Duke of Bretton. The blizzard of 1819 makes their return impossible. The ladies are not unwilling to wed, and Lady Marilla instigates games geared to pairing off (note that the numbers are uneven, 3 lords, 3 ladies and 1 Highland lass. Hmmmm.). The lord-hungry Marilla is the catalyst that sends the men into other arms. Read (and laugh) on to see who winds up with whom. The skillful trio – Quinn, James and Brockway - score again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Another great scottish love story

    I love historical stories and this does not disappoint. A must read for anyone who likes historical romances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Entertaining Scottish fun

    I have been waiting for something new from my most favorite Author Julia Quinn and wasnt disapointed. This book was really fun and well coordinated by all Authors. Couldnt put it down and now Im sad there wasnt three more couples to read about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Tyler

    Bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Jordan

    Waits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    THREE GREAT WRITER ONE STORY NOTHING FOR ME TO SAY

    But WONDERFUL DELIGHTFUL AND DAM GREAT STORY THEY WEAVED AND NOT TO BE FORGOTTON NOT EVEN IN YEARS TO COME BARVO LADIES. Ms. D from Bronx NY (244) pgs. I read in one day and you will to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Very Entertaining

    Essentially 3 novellas in one book. Liked all the main characters, sweet stories, not much in the way of intrigue or complexity because each story is short, but very entertaining. I'll get the next one too!

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

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    A delightful romp through Finovair Castle. The audio book is al

    A delightful romp through Finovair Castle. The audio book is also quite well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    highly recommend

    very good book and very enjoyable reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    This book was along the same lines of that movie, which happens to be my favorite of all time. A nice, happy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    The book is cute, a couple of grammatical errors, and somewhat p

    The book is cute, a couple of grammatical errors, and somewhat predictable. I must confess, despite its flaws, I found the book full of humor, and the characters are easy to relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Good romance

    I wasn't sure about this at first, because I often feel there is something missing in short stories. However, this book flowed well and kept me wanting more. I really enjoyed the way one writer picked up the story where the other left off. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Interesting way to put together an anthology- wish was longer

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Fun!

    I enjoyed it - a different premise and just fun all around

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