Expected Release Date: December 26, 2012
Author’s Website: JuliaQuinn.com, EloisaJames.com, and ConnieBrockway.com, respectively.
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, “Lady Most” Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Warm
Favorite Tropes: Starcrossed Lovers, Fallen Woman
Pet Peeves: Love At First Sight
Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway…
During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord’s Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from …as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.
What Worked For Me:
- As with The Lady Most Likely, I loved that this is three complete love stories all in one complete novel. It takes extraordinary talent to pull something like this off, and there’s never been a doubt that these three powerhouse authors of Regency romance are just the ones to be able to do it.
- I really enjoyed the variety of heroes and heroines. We have our disillusioned rake, our prim and proper duke, and our romantic-at-heart-but-determined-to-be-UNromantic Earl. Then we have the wealthy eldest daughter of an Earl, a beautiful but scandalously ambitious heiress, a wealthy lady with a ruined reputation, and an ordinary miss from the country. Don’t strain yourself on that math — I promise it all works out in the end. In the end, there was truly something for pretty much every taste, which I really appreciated.
- Of the individual heroes, I have to admit, I loved the Duke of Bretton the most. He was just… wonderful.
- I had a hard time picking a favorite heroine, and the rebellious part of me really wants to name the one heroine who technically didn’t get her own individual tale. However, I think I’m going to have to go with Fiona for my absolute favorite, because there was just so much about her that I loved.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- This is going to sound strange, but I was a bit disappointed that one of the romances had explicit lovemaking. While I appreciated the heat on its own merits, it just didn’t fit in with the overall lighthearted and almost jaunty vibe of the rest of the book.
As with the previous novel, The Lady Most Likely, it’s important to note right off the bat that this is not an anthology of self-contained stories. Instead, it’s a single novel, with more than one distinct romance, all seamlessly (and masterfully) blended into a single tale.
With a little bit of something for most fans of Regency romance, there’s a delightful blend of unrequited love, love at first sight, star-crossed lovers, bad reputations, even worse behavior, and above all, romance. I loved the light-hearted nature of all of the stories, and each individual romance felt surprisingly well plotted out.
It takes a very talented set of authors to pull off a feat such as this, but undoubtedly, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway are absolute masters of their craft.
A very solid 4.5 Stars