Review: The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts
The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The threesome of Ms. Quinn, Ms. James and Ms. Brockway is a romantic's delight! This is a must read book for some heart warming love conquers all theme. The humour in this book is fabulous. The three authors set up their heroes and heroines for perfect matches. It is pretty obvious who will fall in love with whom. This is not the point of the story. Instead, it's the journey to the declaration of love which makes this anthology so good.
Each couple in this story has to overcome some kind of social obstacle. It's fun to see how each author tackles the issue. Sometimes it's the social position which causes the issues. Sometimes it's the person's past and their upbringing which causes the possible deterrent for marital bliss. The third popular trope is a "bad" reputation. The authors smartly used different permutations of these tropes. While this could still be predictable and boring, the tales of these three couples are not because it's the situation and world crafting which brings in the mayhem and humour.
Taran is a Scottish lard who fully believes a Scottish man must TAKE what he wants. This includes a woman to be his wife. Trying to be as helpful as possible, he kidnaps women with money for his nephews to pick. Simple plan, right? Too bad Taran and his men are drunk and they grab a couple of wrong women as well as an unsuspecting Duke. When a castle is burdened with too many guests, too little room and a winter snow storm preventing any rescue, what could possibly go wrong?
What I liked most about these characters is how well they were created. No one was perfect yet no one was off their rocker annoying. Well, there is an exception with one female who was beyond annoying and needed a good spanking so she couldn't sit for a week. This is not one of those domestic discipline books. The characters each found humour in their situation and ended up learning about each other. This starting point down a path of love will give romance lovers a lovely warm fuzzy. This happily ever after romance novel is recommended for readers who enjoy feisty women and a well intentioned but crazy uncle.
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