03 January 2013

The Lady Most Willing

Summary from Goodreads:

Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway...

During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from ...as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.

I liked it better than the previous "Lady Most" group novel/three part novel. Much more cohesive insofar as the three couples interacting with one another (in the last one we didn't see much of the couples outside of their specific novella).

The set up is actually pretty funny, particularly when its established that not only is Taran Ferguson fairly harmless, although bound to get into trouble, but Catriona isn't in the least bit afraid of him.

I liked Byron (not that Byron, he's not even remotely a relation) and Fiona's story the best. Good dialogue, nice bits about literature, and an interlude in the stable involving some Italian wine that tastes like pepper (?) and pre-marital hanky-panky. I'm pretty that part is Eloisa James's section of the novel due to the bits about Persuasion.

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