Reviewed by: Book Addict

The Lady Most Likely
by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway

Published December 28, 2010 by Avon

Three of the brightest stars of historical romance invite you to a party at the country home of the Honorable Marquess of Finchley

Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sister hands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them— and a few other gentlemen—to her country house for what is sure to be the event of the season.

Hugh will have time to woo whichever lady he most desires . . . Unless someone else snatches her first.

The invitation list includes:
  • The horse-mad but irresistibly handsome Earl of Briarly
  • The always outspoken Miss Katherine Peyton
  • The dashing war hero Captain Neill Oakes
  • The impossibly beautiful (and painfully shy) Miss Gwendolyn Passmore
  • The terribly eligible new Earl of Charters
  • The widowed Lady Georgina Sorrell (who has no plans to marry, ever)
And your hostess, Lady Carolyn Finchley, an irrepressible matchmaker who plans to find the lady most likely . . .  to capture her brother’s untamed heart.

For a complete review which may contain SPOILERS, please read 'Read More' below:
Most anthologies are a series of short stories completely independent of one another except for a common 'theme'. In The Lady Most Likely, we have the privilege of reading three stories by some of historical romance's best authors, that are all set at the same house party with the same characters. The transitions between story arcs are seamless, making you forget you are not reading a full-length novel by a sole author.

Normally, I would be giving you the rundown on each couple and their journey to happily-ever-after. However, in the case of this book, I think that would ruin the surprise. Part of the charm of this book is waiting to see who will wind up together. I will tell you that I found the horse-loving Earl of Briarly adorable, war hero Captain Neill Oakes fierce and capable, the new Earl of Charters utterly romantic, Miss Katherine Peyton determined, Lady Georgina Sewell kind and loving, and Miss Gwendolyn Passmore a rare intellectual beauty. The way these characters interact at the country house party amidst Lady Carolyn Finchley's matchmaking is nothing short of memorable.

These ladies know how to write wonderful historical romance and this book is no exception. Marriage hunting has never been this much fun!
1/7/2016 15:23:00

A teaser of sorts. I am fond of Danielle Steele novels and while those focus on glamorizing erotica for romance, this focuses on the drama of romance. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly is mine. Right now writing has such a wealth of material and this book shows that while romance can be glamorized, it can also be done without erotica. Well done.

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