Monday, December 5, 2011

The Lady Most Likely By Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway

Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts: the romance is divided in three parts and it shows different couples, but mostly, the story is about a list of selected lady who would be presented to the handsome Earl of Briarly, Hugh Dunne, even though he is horse-mad about horses, and not women.
The first part is about the shy Miss Gwendolyn and the Earl of Charters, who fells for her as soon as he sees her at the ball arranged by the hostess. I didn’t like this part very much: I thought it too vague. Despite the fact that I LOVE Julia Quinn’s works, I think she could have worked more in the romance, attraction and chemistry between the characters. The love happened too fast and without any explanation.
The second part is about Miss Katherine Peyton and the Captain Neill Oakes, who reencounter each other after years. I liked this one more especially because of the past they share and the strength and deepness of their love. So romantic and cute at the same time, not to say funny too.
The last part was, by far, my favorite, because it wasn’t expected. It’s about – finally – the hot, gorgeous Hugh Dunne and the widowed Lady Georgina Sorell. It was not their past that surprised me, but the time that took for them to get together and how beautiful Hugh’s love for Georgina is.
Anyway, I laughed at the turns of most of the romances, but It would have been perfect if Quinn had explored her part a little more.

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