Review: The Lady Most Likely To by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway.

Posted January 7, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of The Lady Most Likely… by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway.

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.

This was a delightful historical read that was super easy to fall into. I was expecting great big fireworks and while I didn’t get them, I was still satisfied with my reading experience. Getting three fantabulous historical authors to get together and write a book is always filled with awesome and this book wasn’t an exception.

This book follows the adventures at a country house party where the hostess is hopeful that she’ll find a wife for her horse loving brother…and how she keeps striking out until her brother takes things into his own hands and finds himself the girl he’s always wanted.

Hugh Dunne, Earl of Briarly is ready to take a wife and being the sensible man that he is, he finds that he needs help trying to find a wife so he goes to his sister for help. What kind of help does he want? He wants her to make a list of suitable young ladies that he might woo into becoming the next lady of his house. After she finishes laughing her tush off, she decides to throw a party after the Season has ended to bring some eligible misses to Hugh’s attention.

It’s at this party where all the magic happens…and there’s a lot of magic. Six people are thrown together at this party and they couple up and find their happy endings and each couple gets their story told by each of the authors that penned this book.

Julia Quinn’s addition to this book was told first and was told in true Quinn fashion. It was filled with laugh out loud scenes and characters that I totally connected with. Not that I connected with Alec’s sister, Octavia. I wanted to choke her the hell out but Alec and Gwendolyn made up for Octavia’s selfish and totally immature self. Alec was one of those heroes that keeps you giggling like a school girl and Gwendolyn was one of those heroines that you wanted to be your friend. Their story was extremely short but still enjoyable.

Connie Brockway’s story came next and Neill Oakes and Katherine Peyton’s story was my favorite story of the bunch. I loved their whole childhood crushes turned into true adult love. Their whole journey started long before the party started but the way that these two came together made for such a romantic story that I totally ate up. I loved me some Neill, wanted him for myself and Katherine was a great heroine, perfect for Neill and all that jazz. I loved watching these two find each other again after all this time and I loved how crazy in love Neill was with Katherine…when we find out what really happens all those years ago, my heart totally sighed that they came full circle and made things right. Loved it!

Lastly, Eloisa James brings Hugh his happy ending. The way that she just rounds this up made me one happy camper because I was hoping that he’d end up with the woman that he did end up with. I was a fan of them both and I laughed when Hugh was seen with dirt smudged on his face and I loved that Georgie loved him horns and all. Hugh was not your normal Earl, he loved working with horses and he did. He had plenty of people to do the work for him but he loved being out there, getting dirty and taming those wild horses and training them up. He was good at it too and it would have been a shame if he got stuck with a woman who couldn’t accept his wild nature. I loved the way that Hugh and Georgie came together, I enjoyed their story and it rounded this book out and made it all work.

Overall, this book was great. It had a lot of good stuff in it and my only complaint was that each story was so short that it left me wanting more but I can’t complain too much because I did enjoy getting to know all of the characters and I did enjoy their stories, I just wish there was more of it. I’m a greedy wench, I know this. =)

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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4 responses to “Review: The Lady Most Likely To by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway.

  1. emdee

    I enjoyed this book, as Quinn and James are two of my favorite authors. I liked Brockway’s part the least, probably because I do not read her books. I could tell when the story shifted from one author to another, so it could have been a bit more seamless,but all in all it was an enjoyable read.

  2. Rowena


    I love Quinn as well so I was surprised that I enjoyed Brockway’s addition more than Quinn’s. But Quinn and James additions were fun to read as well. Overall, an enjoyable read.


    Yes, I did…you should read it!

  3. Dev

    I really enjoyed this – I love all 3 of these authors, so I knew I would 🙂 Did anyone else notice the small editing hiccup at the end of EJ’s story? They had Caro saying something that should have been Georgie (pg 361, mmpb). I didn’t let it stop my from loving the story though!

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