- Title: The Lady Most Willing…: A Novel in Three Parts
- Authors: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
- Series: Lady Most, Book 2
- Genre(s): Historical
- Publisher: Avon, December 2012
- Source: Edelweiss ($5.69 ebook)
- Length: 385 pages
- Trope(s): Insta-Love, Amusing Abuction, Impoverished Rake, Stuffy Duke/Earl (one of each), Red-Headed Smart-Mouthed Scottish Lasses, Surprise Virgin, Loud Laird
- Quick blurb: Drunken laird and his kilted kin kidnap fair maidens as potential brides for his nephews, and accidentally abduct a duke at the same time.
- Quick review: Banal and predictable.
- Grade: D+
Hell was obviously freezing, decrepit and located in the Scottish Highlands.
I loved 2010’s The Lady Most Likely — the balance of stories was great, with one insta-love, one childhood-friends-to-lovers, and one sibling’s-best-friend-from-afar. And more importantly, each couple and their courtship was unique and memorable.
The Lady Most Willing, however…. Blech. Blah. Boring. Four — count ’em FOUR (4) — insta-love quickies with only the barest hint of characterization. The only exception was foul temptress Marilla the Maneater and her Cleavage of Doom, who was so ridiculously vamped up it was almost embarrassing to read.
I considered going with a C- grade, but these are authors who have given us much, much better in the past.