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Peek Inside Compromising Willa

England, 1805 The Duke of Hartwell wants wallflower Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope, but his pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her. Willa, however, plans to remain firmly on the shelf

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England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

Each book in the Accidental Peers series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book one: Seducing Charlotte
Book two: Tempting Bella
Book three: Compromising Willa
Book four: Engaging the Earl


"...sensual and entertaining..."  --Night Owl Reviews

"...suspenseful and romantic with delicious banter..."  --Caffeinated Book Reviewer

"It's deliciously fun, with a clever narrative and engaging characters." --Book Trib

"This romance was definitely a page turner!" --Bookworm Blurbs

"Fast paced and filled with suspense, and passion...A must read!" --My Book Addiction

"Witty Character interactions, intrigue, action and scandal abound..."  --Talking Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664146
Series: Accidental Peers, Book 3
Release Date: Dec 9, 2013
Page Count: 268
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: marriage of convenience, unrequited love

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By megHan February 25, 2014

I read this review for the Compromising Willa Blog Tour.

I chose to read this book because it's set in England back in 1805 and, during my experiment with romance novels, I've found that sci-fi stories and historical fiction stories that include a romance are much more enjoyable to me than just a pla ...more

By Sarah January 28, 2014

Oh, Willa. Hart. You guys rock so hard. Seriously. Now, before this gets awkward (too late?) let me just say COMPROMISING WILLA was one of those books that grabbed me from page one. And before I caught my breath, Ms. Quincy threw in a slight twist that told me I was in for one heck of a ride.

She did ...more

By Aly is so frigging bored December 11, 2014

I really love this author. She has some glitches, but she gets better with every book.


By Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" October 07, 2019

Diana Quicy and her editing team has written another Lovely Historical Roamance. With a lovable H/H couple Grey Preston Duke of Hartwell and Lady Wilhelmina/Willa Stanhope.

Willa was compromised by the disgusting Augustus Manning now the new Earl of Bellingham. Willa and Manning had come up with a s ...more

By Brooke December 09, 2013

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was different than any other Regency book I've read and that alone gave it an extra star!

The gist: Willa is the eldest daughter of a marquess. She grew up with Augustus, the eldest son of an earl. ...more

By Kara May 19, 2014

Book Three in the Accidental Peer series centers on the budding romance between Lad Wilhelmina "Willa" Stanhope and Grey Preston, Duke of Hartwell. Willa's reputation has been ruined, leaving her no choice but to wait for a suitor who's likely never to come and resign herself to her looming spinster ...more

By Cocktails and Books January 18, 2014

Willa is a 23 year-old young lady in a time where she should already be married with children. However, four years earlier, her childhood friend and love, Augustus, humiliated her and destroyed her reputation completely obliterating any chance for possible suitors.

Augustus, or Gus, devised a plan th ...more

By Crystal April 11, 2014

I had a few reasons that I really wanted to read Compromising Willa. The first reason is that I have read another book in the Accidental Peers by Diana Quincy and I really enjoyed it. It was a great story. So when I had a chance to read this book I jumped at the chance. The second reason I really wa ...more

By Farrah December 04, 2013

My Rating: 4.5/5

A lovely historical romance, Compromising Willa was another wonderful book in the fantastic Accidental Peers series. I absolutely loved this book!

Willa was a great heroine. She was strong and wanted nothing more than to be independent. Even with her psycho ex-fiance's manipulations, ...more

By My Book Addiction and More December 13, 2013

COMPROMISING WILLA by Diana Quincy is an interesting Regency Historical romance set in 1805 England. #3 in the "Accidental Peers" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced and filled with suspense, and passion. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has been ruin and is caught between two powerful men, ...more

By BookMaven May 19, 2014

Fast-Paced, Fun

Fast-Paced, Fun

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope was ruined by the Earl of Bellingham four years ago. Willa has endured the censure of the ton and the betrayal of her intended, the Earl of Bellingham, for those four long years. No suitors have wanted her, except for fortune hunters. There was ...more

By Rosemary December 12, 2013

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is determined not to marry. She wants to be independent not under the thumb of a man who will break her spirit. With her reputation in tatters it seems that the lady will get her wish. Now her former suitor, Augustus Manning, wants her as does the Duke of Hartwell. Willa is ...more

By Linda December 01, 2013

Both Willa & Hart are engaging characters & in their 1st meetings, sparks literally fly between them. Their interaction is snappy & lively & the chemistry palpable. Having been in India looking after his business interests, Hart is unaware of the scandal behind Willa & appreciates her for everything ...more

By Shannon September 23, 2014

h: Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope
H: Duke of Hartwell

So let me start by say the Duke of Hartwell was just dreamy *sigh* I loved how he went for what he wanted and didn't care who was in his way. If I was Lady Wilhelmina I wouldn't have waited so long to say yes to him. But she had issues so i not to upset. ...more

By Michele December 27, 2013

"How many ways can I ruin myself today?"

Wow, I loved this story! Ms. Quincy is such a talented writer. Her dialogue is sharp and spicy, her characters just come alive on the pages, and her sharp wit makes me smile.

Willa, I think, is my favorite of her heroines. She is so sharp, resigned to her fate ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such December 12, 2013

Compromising Willa is a wonderful treat for those who like historical romances – the dashing, gorgeous hero has to win the heart of his clever, sexy heroine and defeat the plans of the dastardly villain.  It’s deliciously fun, with a clever narrative and engaging characters, and I’m definitely looki ...more

By jenniangel June 18, 2015

A wicked read....Compromising Willa is the 3rd book in Diana Quincy's Accidental Peers series...seriously, where have you been Ms. Quincy? I just adore the way she writes her characters and stories, might I add that this one's pretty "brave"

Am definitely looking forward to reading the entire series ...more

By Joanna December 16, 2013

A fun, sexy historical read! I really enjoyed this story of Hart, the sugar-trading Duke, and Willa, the tea-concocting heroine. The dialogue was snappy and there were some smokin' sex scenes. Another great story by Ms. Quincy! ...more

By Elizabeth H. February 19, 2014

An excellent read! I am not a fan of historical romances but I LOVED this book!

Full review posted on Cocktails and Books blog! ...more

By Negar November 29, 2013

Best. Act. of. Revenge. Ever.

This was so emotional. I was fighting back tears in order to read on. A sign of a great book.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more

By Stella January 07, 2014

Was just as great and captivating as the previous stories in the series, LOVED it!!

Detailed review to be posted soon ...more

By ☕️Kimberly December 12, 2013

lovely review to post soon. ...more

By Anna December 19, 2014

3.5 stars ...more

By Margaret January 24, 2018

Ruined by rumors

Rumored to be ruined four years ago by a foolish infatuation, Willa finds herself drawn to a man who doesn't know of her background.. On the shelf and rumors have shattered her dreams of a loving husband and family, but a man falling in love will do anything to protect her. ...more

By Cordelia Linder July 08, 2020

Worth Buying, and most of all, Worth Reading

What a wonderful story and quite sexy too. I love the determination and difference both men had to win Willa. The back story was rather boring and only one other person's story was intriguing. I was unable to rate the first book I read by this author, the ...more

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Diana Quincy

About the author

Diana Quincy

Diana Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who decided she would rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana visited many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers, so don't be shy!

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