I have listened to this multiple times to recaputure the wit, laughter, and emotion of the piece. It is not a heavy philosophical treatise; it's FUN reading.
The combination of writers (Quinn, James, and Brockway) provides a "story within a story" which allows the reader to shift gears and focus on different charaters while staying true to the overall theme of the book. The psyches of the heroes and heroines are explored and all their characters are dynamic. The surprise ending was absolutely delightful.
I was particularly drawn to the plights of Fiona and Oakley. Their wounded spirits were cauterized and expanded. Love those HEAs.
The surprise at the end of the book sealed this as a favorite and repeat listen.
There are times that a bit of psychic relief can be a balm. I truly ascribe to Keane's "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
I don't normally "rank" a romance novel because there are so many of them that are similar to each other. But if I'm ranking it by a romance comedy I would say #1. These 3 authors never disappoint.
What do you get when a duke, an earl, and a French comte walk into a castle? A funny, sweet and well written story! It was everything I expected from these 3 talented authors.
No, I've never listened to her before but she did quite well. I enjoyed her narration.
My favorite match was Catriona and the Duke of Bretton, John. Both kidnapped by “mistake” yet found love with each other.
I loved to hate the young and spoiled Marilla.
I believe I would have enjoyed the book a whole lot more, if not for the narration. I don't feel it is fair to say it was a poor book, just a poor narrator.
If you think this is an anthology, since there are 3 authors, you would be wrong. If you think this reminds you of an anthology since there are 3 authors, you would be right. I applaud the unique way this book, (and its predecessor: The Lady Most Likely), is able to combine the 3 voices of 3 talented authors. No surprises, if you've read them before, they are true to form. Solid writing, a bit whimsical, light and entertaining.I recommend this book if you enjoy short stories, for while the novel is seamless, there isn't the depth or character development of a regular novel, so at the end you feel like when you've just eaten one half of the candy bar. It was sweet, it was enough, but you end up wanting more.I recommend this for any short story, anthology aficionados, but if you are looking for a long romance with all the twist, turns and plotting devices we have come to enjoy, you might be disappointed. But give it a try, it's a nice way to get your fix from Quinn, Brockway and James, while we wait for them to release a full length novel with all the gripping parts that keeps us hooked!
Something about yourself.
This book has such a great storyline. Not to spoil this for ya but the story begins with heiresses being kidnapped by this crazy Scottish Laird so one of his male relatives will marry and save his castle. I really enjoyed all three stories. I was a light read with fine character development and wonderful writing My only complaint is that the scottish lairds voice is either edited poorly or just narrated with too much harsh garbling for my taste. The other characters are well done. I listed to Lady Most Likely and liked that as well. Susan Duerden usually does a better than average job. Her narration of the Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James is a much better display of this talented narrator.
I love Susan Duerden! She did well with all the different characters. Her Scottish accent wasn't perfect but it wasn't so terrible either.
This book was really funny. At times it was a little predictable but it was mostly a light and fast paced listen, which was nice!
I would read another Julia Quinn in a heartbeat, but it was easy to determine which characters were hers and which were not. Julia is witty, funny and her characters are real and likeable. I was hoping the other two authors would be the same (I need some new reads!) But the other two spent more time ruminating inside their own thoughts than having the characters interact and I personally don't want so much inner dialogue.
The plot was fun -4 ladies kidnapped by a Highland Laird anxious to see his nephews married and he accidentally kidnapped a Duke in the process. The Duke and Catriona were my favorite couple -fun, witty banter and the kind of match you want to see!
I thought she did an excellent job with the number of voices she had to keep up with -4 ladies, a Scottish laird and 3 English Gentleman. I never had to guess who was talking and her voice was easy to listen to.
Re-Read/ Listen to some of my old Julia Quinn favorites -"What Happens in London," "The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever," "Ten Things I Love About You," and "It's in His Kiss."