THE LADY MOST LIKELY
JULIA QUINN, ELOISA JAMES, CONNIE BROCKWAY
ISBN #: 978-0-06-124782-8
Mass Market Paperback
Historical Romance Anthology
Rating: 4 Cups
Miss Gwendolyn Passmore might have been the Beauty of the Season, but she is incredibly shy. This has given her an ice princess reputation that is largely undeserved.
Alex, Earl of Charters is one of the most eligible bachelors in England, but the light hearted charmer is not interested in marriage yet.
Miss Katherine Peyton looks fairylike with her blonde hair and tiny figure, but she is a woman of strong opinions and beliefs. Living in a house full of men has taught her to be almost frighteningly direct.
Captain Neill Oakes practically grew up in Katherine’s home but never felt like a brother. In his youth he was a carefree rogue with a wild reputation, but war has changed him and he is very much a man.
Lady Georgina Sorrell is a widow of two years. Her marriage was not as perfect as everyone thought but she did love her husband and is reluctant to put her feelings at risk again.
Hugh, Earl of Briarly is the reason for the house party. A recent brush with death has made him realize that it is time for him to marry and start a family. His one passion is training his horses and he is not as suave and polished as some of the other nobility, but when he loves he does it with everything he has.
Lady Carolyn, the Marchioness of Finchley is determined to see her brother married. She makes a list of the most eligible and marriageable misses and invites them to her home for a house party. She is also trying to marry off her best friend Georgiana, who wants no part of her plans. Carolyn will be wildly successful but not the way she plans.
This is an interesting concept; three authors writing their own parts to a single story. Ms. Quinn’s portion is that of Gwen and Alec’s romance and the extremely shy beauty and the outgoing charmer are an unlikely but perfect pairing. Their romance is marred a bit by Alec’s jealous and not very nice sister, but love and bunnies with big teeth win out. Ms. Brockway tells the story of Neill and Kate, the reunited lovers. The two were in love as teens but Neill’s wild reputation and his father’s dishonorable acts made things so difficult that Neill joined the army. In the interim both have grown up but their feelings never changed and the author brings them back together in a truly engrossing way. The last story is by Ms. James and is that of Hugh and Georgina. They are as opposite as can be. Hugh is rough and very physical, brash and almost brutish, but very loving to his family. Georgina is a veritable fashion plate, coolly beautiful and never rumpled. She is very refined and proper. This unlikely couple was my favorite of the group and their story is impossible to put down. This novel flows smoothly despite having three different authors and is tied together nicely with a prologue and an epilogue.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More