Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, has decided that his heirs are taking too long in getting themselves brides so Taran decides to take things into his own (slightly ancient and inept) hands by raiding a ball at a nearby castle, making off with four brides and one unintended duke. The Lady Most Willing by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway, four ladies and one duke find themselves kidnapped and snowed in at Taran’s decrepit castle.
Miss Catriona Burns was captured by mistake, having no fortune she knows she is not in the same league as the other ladies captured but as she knows Taran, she is able to reassure the other ladies that while they may have been kidnapped they will be safe while staying at the castle.The other three ladies finding themselves captured are Lady Cecily Tarleton, an English heiress known for her mild manner, Miss Marilla Chisholm known for her beauty, her fortune and her brash behavior, and Miss Fiona Chisholm known for her fortune and for the stain upon her reputation. Mix in Taran’s two nephews and you have a house party ripe for shenanigans and love.
The Lady Most Willing is exactly what you would expect from the writing powerhouses that are Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway; entertaining, funny and a quick read. I expected The Lady Most Willing to be what most anthologies are, a collection of three stories but instead, and fabulously so I might add, is one story told by three different authors. It is pretty obvious where one story leaves and the next one starts up but there are no clear title changes, no mentions of which author is which (which might be because I read an eArc but might be they way they intended it) and each part of the story happened chronologically, so just like reading a regular full length novel. The opening scene with Taran and his aging retainers is wonderfully told, especially when they open the carriage up and find Catriona, not one of the misses they meant to grab. The Lady Most Willing is definitely worth a read.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: The Lady Most Willing
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: December 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.