The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway

scotland castle in snowTaran 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.

the lady most willingRating: Star 4copy

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Title: The Lady Most Willing

Author: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062107381

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: December 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**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. Kyle Turris Womens Jersey

Wednesday Words: Gail Carriger

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“Many a gentleman had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice–that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”

Soulless by Gail Carriger

“The color scheme and general appearance reminded Lady Maccon of nothing so much as a damp, malcontented squirrel.”

Changeless by Gail Carriger

soulless“the clockmaker also wore a golden-brown beard of such epic proportions as might dwarf a mulberry bush. It was as though his mustache had become overly enthusiastic and, seized with the spirit of adventure, set out to conquer the southern reaches of his face in a take-no-prisoners kind of way.”

Blameless by Gail Carriger

“The door was locked and Alexia, resourceful as she was, had not yet learned to pick locks. Though she mentally added it to her list of useful skills she needed to acquire along with hand-to-hand combat and the recipe for pesto. If her life were to continue on its present track which after 26 years of obscurity, now seemed to mainly involve people trying to kill her, it would appear that acquiring a less savory skill set might be necessary. Although she supposed pesto making ought to be termed ‘more savory’.”

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Happy 200th Anniversary Pride and Prejudice

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Originally published in England in January 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one the most beloved and endearing classic novels of all time. Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United States in August 1832 as Elizabeth Bennet or, Pride and Prejudice. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide and been made into numerous film and radio adaptations. Besides these adaptions, there have also been numerous other books written in the Pride and Prejudice world, everything from the story as seen from Mr. Darcy’s point of view to novels that continue the story after Pride and Prejudice ends, murder mysteries, graphic novels, children board books, and, one of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

pride_and_prejudice12The anniversary made me start thinking about how many copies of Pride and Prejudice that I own, I am almost embarrassed to say I have three film versions (the BBC 6-hour mini-series starring Colin Firth on Blue-Ray that I just got for Christmas and let me say it is totally worth getting the digitally remastered Blue-Ray, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightly and Mathew Macfadyen, and the 2003 version set in modern-day Utah) and four print copies including a leather bound complete Jane Austen collection and an ebook copy.

Obviously I have a great love of this novel,  I think Austen was spot on with her understanding of people and their relationships with one another. We have all known (or acted like) Lydia Bennet with a selfish disregard of others and the consequences of pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies2our actions. We have all been embarrassed by a sibling or parent like when Mr. Bennet stops Mary from singing at the party, or Mrs. Bennet with her fixation on superficial things and only caring about marrying off her daughters. Or been in a situation where we believe one side of a story (Mr. Wickham) only to find out what really happened was something completely different or found ourselves judging someone in a social gathering only to find out they are very different in a private setting (Mr. Darcy).

Times change, technology moves forward but at our hearts we are still individuals searching for our place in the world, wanting someone to love us for us, which Jane Austen portrays so well in Pride and Prejudice. Well done Jane, well done, and here’s to another 200 years of your stories being loved.

If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet I highly recommend that you do so. All of Jane Austen’s works are in the public domain, meaning they belong to the public at large so you can get free legal copies of both the audio book and the ebook at the following sites (so no excuses for not having read them):

Free copy of the audio book at LibriVox 

Free copy of the ebook at Project Gutenburg 

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Soulless by Gail Carriger Review

steampunk gogglesAlexia Tarabotti is a statuesque spinster firmly on the shelf. Besides being half-Italian (something no proper English miss is according to society) she is also soulless, although this fact is less well known. Soulless by Gail Carriger is set in Steampunk Victorian London so a time of great technological advances including dirigibles, clockwork auto-mans, and steam-powered vehicles but, it also has the BUR (the Bureau of  Unnatural registry) where all supernatural creatures must register, including werewolves, vampires and the soulless. Being soulless doesn’t bother Alexia, she still thinks of herself as having an identity but it does bother all the other supernatural creatures because while she is physically touching them they will be mortal. So when a strange vampire attacks her, she tries to explain to him what she is (although his vampire queen should have taught him all about her), when he doesn’t listen and continues to attack her despite his fangs disappearing again and again, Alexia accidentally kills him. Which bring in BUR to investigate.

Lord Maccon, Alpha Werewolf and head of BUR has found Miss Tarabotti attractive, “Of course, she always went and spoiled the appeal by opening her mouth. In his humble experience, the world had yet to produce a more vexingly verbose female.” But when vampires start disappearing and newly made ones appear (apparently without a vampire queen), Lord Maccon will have to rely on Alexia’s help to figure out what is going before all the supernaturals disappear and before he does something rash, like propose to the attractive nuisance that is Alexia.

I gigglingly devoured Soulless (as in staying up way past my bedtime finishing it and then started Changeless before finally shutting off my light). Carriger has a way with words that just delights. Alexia is brash, forceful and with her full bustle and modified parasol, not someone that most individuals would want to mess with. Lard Maccon is disheveled, perplexed by Alexia while enchanted with her, and loves to just stand back and watch her work. Like I said, I giggled through the whole series  because of sentences like, “Lord Maccon had the good grace to look sheepish–if a werewolf can be said to look sheepish.”

While I gave Soulless  a content rating of four, the series does get more graphic as it goes along and be aware there are some same sex relationships in the series which culminates with the reader getting a close look at one such relationship (nothing sexually descriptive but it is there).  That being said, I loved the series and will be reviewing Etiquette & Espionage a YA novel set in the world Carriger has created soon.  

You can read an excerpt here.

And there is a fabulous dress the Victorian Doll here (I won’t say how much time I spent playing with the outfits but lets just say too long.)

 The Parasol Protectorate Series:

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soullessRating: Star 5copy

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Title: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN:  978-0316056632

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: October 2009

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

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