Review: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries

by Keira G on May 17, 2011 · 4 comments

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Series Background: The grandmother wants to see her grandkids wed before the year is out. If one fails to do so their inheritances go up in smoke.

Series Plot Arc: The Sharpe children have been branded by scandal. It is widely believed that their mother shot their father and then herself in a tragic episode the whole ton delights in gossiping about… but this is not the case. Each book reveals more about the murder mystery plot.

Summary: Minerva plans to outwit her grandmother by placing an ad in a magazine for a husband and picking the worst of the lot in hopes of getting her grandmother to rescind the ultimatum. When family friend and rogue, Giles Masters applies for her hand, she believes he’s the one to fix her dilemma. Just because he’s a friend of the family, doesn’t mean Gran or her brothers want her to be married to him.

Review: When I was reading A Hellion in Her Bed I knew I wanted to read the romance of the independent lady novelist Minerva Sharpe. I loved the idea of a novelist writing a villain spy into her books based on the hero, who is in fact a spy, but not at all evil. What a delicious romp! And it really was. :D

I liked the relationship between Giles and the brothers, especially once they learn of his interest in their Minerva. How hypocritical they were!

One thing I didn’t really get was all Giles’ “angst” over the mishap between his brother and his brother’s second wife. It seemed so unnecessary and convoluted to his whole “love is for fools and suckers” mentality.

Favorite Scene: The first time they had sex was good and pretty funny too because Minerva asks “is that all?” when talking about breaking her hymen. I also liked when they swam together at the pond, and the hanky panky at the first hotel.

Hellions of Halstead Hall:

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

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1 Jane May 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I just read this last week. I’m really enjoying the series. I can’t wait to see more of Pinter and Celia.

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2 Keira May 18, 2011 at 8:38 AM

What’s your favorite book in the series so far?

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3 Jane May 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I like the first one with Oliver and Maria and I really like Minerva and Giles book.

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4 Keira May 18, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I haven’t read the first one, just 2 and 3. I should get my hands on it… and somehow squeeze it in my TBR pile… lol :)

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