Loved it! Lighthearted, fast read. A happy, romantic romp that will leave you chuckling, smiling, & laughing. Do read it; it will make you feel good!
What more can I say except that I loved this book. As much as I wanted to slap her, it was great fun reading about Marilla's antics. She brought back to mind the '80s song 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates. That said, she did get her man in the end...good for her! At least I hope it'll be good for her!
I enjoyed reading the interaction of all the characters. Though each story is short, each one shines with the talent of the individual authors. I hope there are plans for a 3rd novel in three parts!
I highly recommend this book for fans of Brockway, James and Quinn and fans of historical romance. If you've never read works from one or more of these ladies, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
As others mention, this is a light romp through a very cold and draughty castle in the Scottish Highland, but without the thick Scottish burr the old retainers should have had. The stories are pretty much sequential, which puts a new spin to "short romance" - except for one, rowdy courtship that spans the book. So I enjoyed the book, but not enough to make this a keeper.
This was a fun filled book from the very first page. I enjoyed the three different styles that each author brought to the book. Each gave the main character that they were writing about a special voice. The story was fun and lighthearted with bits of excitement and tension all through it. A very fun read.
Laird Taran Ferguson laments that his nephews have not married and secured their Scottish birthright. On a doubtful night, he and a group of his men abduct 4 ladies from nearby Bellemere Castle, at the Icicle Ball, being held by the Duke of Bretton. The laird steals a carriage (which happens to have said duke asleep in his carriage, outside the castle), to transport Fiona and Marilla Chisholm, Cecily Tarleton, and Catriona Burns to Castle Finovair. By the time they all reach Castle Finovair, a snowstorm strands the women and Duke with the Scottish men.
The laird is concerned that his two nephews Byron Wotton, Earl of Oakley, and Robert âRobinâ Parles, Comte de Rochefort, are dallying too long about marrying. Quite drunk, the laird steals women from a nearby party, rather than holding a party himself. The laird's two nephews, Robin and Byron are aghast but powerless to do anything because of the severe storm outside.
The idea is for the nephews to entice one of the three ladies (of fortune; a penniless one was accidentally swooped up during the massive abductions) to agree to marriage during this snowstorm. But before either nephew gets busy, the Duke of Bretton lays claim to the penniless one, Catriona Burns. In order to buy into this insipid 3-part romance (3 novellas interlaced together by 3 authors), one has to accept the idea that folks make life-long decisions based on a glance (or some short period of time).
Most of the characters were two-dimensional, at best. The verbal exchanges between the main characters lacked depth; some of it was downright corny. The stories moved from "hello" to "will you marry me?" with shocking speed. I thought the engagement between Byron and Fiona Chisholm to be particularly terse and boring. The story of the rake Robin and Cecily Tarleton was even worse than the second story. I didn't think that could be possible. Another absurd part of the story was the "fact" that the Duke of Bretton was asleep in one of his own carriages, in front of his own castle -- instead of in his bed.
I doubt I will still remember these characters and the intertwining story long enough to write a decent, informative review. I've read books by each of these three authors and have found them to be enjoyable authors. But this effort is abysmal.
From what I've read, the first book in this two-part LADY MOST series, THE LADY MOST LIKELY, was wildly popular and the publishers rushed to continue the series. I don't plan to read the first book, no matter how glowing the comments.
Lady Most (with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James)
1. The Lady Most Likely... (2010)
**2. The Lady Most Willing... (2012)