At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.
Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .
Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.
Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).
Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she’s an English beauty, but very, very rich.
Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.
Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.
Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.
This was a quick read for me. I was looking forward to reading it because Julia Quinn is one of my favorite historical authors. She writes the kind of historical romances that keep me smiling like a crazy person and laughing like a loon.
And it wasn’t any different with this book.
I really liked the way that this book was set up. How it was three different stories wrapped up in one bigger story. Each author took a couple and wrote their story and overall, I thought the book was cute. It’s set around a crazy Scottish Laird trying to snatch up (literally) some brides for his nephews. He snatches them from a ball and they’re stuck at his castle because of a terrible snowstorm that has them all snowed in. It’ll be a few days before they can all return safely home so they each have to make the best of the situation.
Julia Quinn’s part of the story features the Duke of Bretton and a Scottish lass by the name of Catriona Burns. Catriona isn’t rich but the more the Duke of Bretton gets to know her, the more that he wants her. She’s a breath of fresh air and he’s completely smitten with her. Their story was too cute for words and oh so funny. I laughed out loud more than once while reading their short story and it was most definitely my favorite story of the bunch.
Next up is Eloisa James part of the story and her story featured the Earl of Oakley, who’s uncle is the crazy man that kidnapped all of the ladies AND the Duke. Luckily for Taran, the Duke of Bretton is a friend of Byron’s and is probably not going to kill him for stealing his coach with him in it. This story was probably my least favorite of the three stories but it wasn’t a bad one. the Earl of Oakley knows he has to marry but wasn’t planning on finding his bride so soon but the normally stiff Earl is trying to loosen up and finds himself getting to know the bookish, on the shelf because of a scandal young woman named Fiona. Fiona’s sister Marilla is the pretty one, the one that gets all of the looks but after one encounter with Fiona, Byron is curious about her and finds himself drawn to her. A love blossoms between them and I thought it was cute.
The last story is by Connie Brockway and features the poor Lord Rocheforte, who is a French Comte. He’s the nephew that is going to inherit Taran’s castle and titles and lands and it was for Robin that Taran went to such lengths to procure some brides for their choosing. There’s only one person that Robin wants but because of his reputation (being poor and a womanizer) he doesn’t think he should ruin her chances of finding a suitable husband so he stays away from her…out of love. Love at first sight, that’s what it was for both Robin and Lady Cecily and as corny as it sounds, I thought their story was such a delight. So cute!
I really liked getting to know each character and I would have liked a little more from each story but overall, the reading experience left me with a smile so I liked it and would definitely recommend them.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5