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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts | [Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway]

The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides - a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord?
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Publisher's Summary

After the success of The Lady Most Likely, New York Times best-selling authors Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway have joined together once again, but this time to ask the question, 'Who is The Lady Most Willing?'

When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides - a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord?

Add a very angry duke, a decrepit castle, and a fierce Highland storm that is holding all of Taran's "guests" captive to the mix, and listeners will find themselves transported to a world of temptation, passion, and new and unexpected love. This historical romance novel in three parts - a single story with three compelling voices - is one that will not soon be forgotten.

©2012 Connie Brockway, Julia Quinn, and Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    SandyH El Paso, TX, United States 01-11-13
    SandyH El Paso, TX, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny, Funny, Funny!"

    Did I mention this was funny!? In short, a scottish uncle, who has no children to leave his "castle" to only two nephews, decides to take matters into his own hands and kidnap suitable scottish heiress for his nephews to marry. One nephew is "tainted" with English blood and the other "French" blood, but they are his only heirs. You can just guess how well the kidnapping scheme went over, but no one could do anything about it because they where stuck there in a storm. Yes, yes, it is a predicable story and outcome, but it is written so well that you don't mind.

    The narrator, Susan Duerden, was EXCELLENT....a 5+ star performance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-17-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2010

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    "HISTORICAL HILARIOUS HIGHLAND MAHEM"

    A flawless compilation by three brilliant authors who together have written a continuous funny story that has 4 eligible Ladies kidnapped for marriage by an overbearing Scottish Laird for his bachelor kinsmen.

    The fiasco takes place in his snowbound Castle where slowly each bachelor is helplessly drawn to one of the Ladies, succumbs to love and eventually proposals start flying around. It was light, thoroughly entertaining, funny and so seemlessly written that you would think it was done by just one author.

    Worth a credit? Well what's not to like......... so it's a YES from me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Schmidt Florida 03-13-14
    S. Schmidt Florida 03-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I love Julia Quinn, but forced myself to finish"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Susan Duerden?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did The Lady Most Willing... inspire you to do anything?

    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."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-13
    Susan atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cute, predictable, zero heat"

    I'm a huge fan of Connie Brockway's so I chose this book expecting something a bit, well, steamier. This trilogy of connected stories is nicely done, and there some funny moments, but the love stories have little time to develop. There is one recurring character, a ridiculously flirtatious and spoiled younger sister, who is written as so unlikeable that I found myself actually resenting her HEA. Favorite character: the barbaric but mostly harmless laird who sets the stories in motion by kidnapping prospective brides for his embarrassed nephews. I enjoyed Susan Duerdon's narration, for the most part, but her female characters were almost impossible to distinguish from one another when sharing a conversation.

    I hesitate to call this boring, because all three authors and the narrator do a competent job. However, when forgot to put this audiobook on pause while on the phone, then went back to it realizing I had missed several minutes of the second story, I didn't bother to go back and see what I had missed. That's pretty unusual for me.

    A pretty piece of fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene A. James Williamsburg, Va. 11-14-13
    Marlene A. James Williamsburg, Va. 11-14-13

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    "A Delightful Romp!"
    Where does The Lady Most Willing... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a favorite that I will be listening to again and again. Beautifully written and very funny.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have to say that I picked this book primarily because of the narrator and secondly from the rave reviews. I loved the voice of Juliet in "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" so I was thrilled to discover other books narrated by Susan Duerden. She lived up to my expectation and her lovely accent and inflection made this book a delight.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I sure did but had real life interruptions like work and sleep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Culver, OR, United States 06-11-13
    Sandra Culver, OR, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Total entertainment. FUN! Great dialogue!"

    More Please. Julia Quinn has long been my favorite author -- wit, humor, delightful dialogue -- My idea of great entertainment. Add Eloisa James and Connie Brockway and great gets even better! Thoroughly enjoyed both books done by this team! More PLEASE.

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    Melody Haslet, TX, United States 05-05-13
    Melody Haslet, TX, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hillarious"
    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great accents


    Any additional comments?

    The book is hillarious, the kidnapping is amazing and the character development is fun

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 04-16-13
    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 04-16-13 Member Since 2007

    Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?

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    "Cute and sweet"

    I'm not a big fan of books written by several authors, but I am a huge fan of all three of these ladies so I took a chance. The story is cute and predictable but sweet. It seems to read fast as each author is given a small time to tell a whole story. I prefer a more detailed story so I didn't really enjoy its much as I could have if it were just one story.

    Susan Duerden did an incredible job with the narration and kept me listening even when I wanted to give up. All in all its a heart warming story that's just sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 03-29-13
    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 03-29-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Surprisingly delightful"
    Would you listen to The Lady Most Willing... again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    I was particularly drawn to the plights of Fiona and Oakley. Their wounded spirits were cauterized and expanded. Love those HEAs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The surprise at the end of the book sealed this as a favorite and repeat listen.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 03-13-13
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "3 talented authors = 1 great book"
    Where does The Lady Most Willing... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've never listened to her before but she did quite well. I enjoyed her narration.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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