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The Lady Most Likely... by Quinn, James, Brockway


Cover art: The Lady Most Likely... Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: The Lady Most Likely...
Author: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-124782-8
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1817 England
Overall Rating: See below
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle (Sensual one part)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Authors Website/Blog: www.juliaquinn.com, eloisajames.com, www.conniebrockway.com

A house party is sure to offer her brother, Lord Hugh Briarly, plenty to choose from by way of wife material. He did request Carolyn’s help in securing a wife after all. Now to invite the cream of the crop, and of course, balance out the party with some unattached men. If only Carolyn can be assured that Hugh will attend the ladies more than his beloved Arabian horse, all should be a success.

Touted as an incomparable (only to Venus), Gwen Passmore is beyond relieved that the Season is over. She wants nothing more than to return to the country. Too bad that’s not to be. Her mother accepted an invitation to Lady Finchley’s house party. Sigh. Her intense shyness and dislike of crowds has made her come across as standoffish, to say the least, to the other debutantes.

Alec, Earl of Charters, is determined to wed his sister Octavia off. She’s driving him to Bedlam! No offers came during the season. Perhaps Lady Finchley’s house party will see his luck turned around and just maybe she’ll stop her nattering on about Gwendolyn Passmore, the bane of her existence. Yet his encounters with Gwen just about bowls this unmarriage-minded bachelor over, both in heart and mind.

Is it possible for two people’s heart to beat as one mere hours upon meeting?

Since the day she stole, requested, obtained a kiss from neighbor and friend, Neill Oakes, four years ago, Katherine Peyton hasn’t changed overmuch. She’s still headstrong, stubborn, and she sees to it that she gets her own way. Oh, and she’s still in love with Neill. But that ship has sailed and she is determined to make a match for herself at Lady Finchley’s house party. Too bad for her, Neill seems unwavering in his desire to interfere with her self-matchmaking machinations; but that could play right into her hands…

Time and war has changed Neill in many ways. One being that he is no longer the rake that he was once known as. Time has not changed his affection for Kate, however. Extenuating circumstances kept him for courting her four years ago, but now, well, should he pursue her or graciously step aside?

Men can be such dunces. Can Neill not see past her fire and ice to know who her heart desires?

Their families were friends, they spent summers together. Even though they’ve known each other since they were children, Hugh and Georgina Sorrell feel a shift in their relationship.

Hugh spends much too much time in the stables training his Arabians. Georgie has vowed that she will never remarry, for several reasons, and a couple she has yet to discover. Can this change in their relationship take them out of their self-contained lives?

Cupid has visited Lady Finchley’s house party in spades, but not exactly as she had hoped…

The Lady Most Likely…, "a novel in three parts" gave this reader a new reading experience. Three stories woven into one premise and one setting; the authors should be congratulated on their efforts. Making the transition from one couple’s story to the next as seamless as possible could not have been done as if by magic, but much work, which should be recognized.

As would be expected with this format, there were some characters I was drawn towards and related with more than others; there were some scenes that were more enthralling than others; one couple sparked a bit more than others (and not necessarily in a good way). Thus my waffling on the rating. I couldn’t come to a definitive number on the scale with which to rate this book.

A bold and challenging move for these three ladies. One which they’ve met with success as they’ve presented the historical romance reader a play staged with romance, drama, and wide-ranging emotions.

Happy reading,

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