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How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (The Hellions of Halstead Hall) Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, January 18, 2011
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Historical Romance - Jan. 18th, 2011
Sabrina Jeffries has outdone herself! How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is a charming, funny and highly entertaining Regency romance that is not to be missed. In this 3rd installment, the author continues her Hellions of Halstead Hall series with the romance between the gothic author Lady Minerva Sharpe and the gambling rogue barrister Giles Master.
The Hellions of Halstead Hall have tried the patience of their devious grandmother and she has threatened them disinheritance if all of them do not marry. So far 2 of them have been 'hitched.' But their grandmother despairs of her young granddaughter, the stubborn writer, Lady Minerva Sharpe. Minerva does not want any man to cut short her freedom and independence, for she knows he will stop her from her beloved writing. So she pulls an outrageous ploy to try to out-maneuver her manipulative grandmother but instead gets a surprise when the man who broke her young heart proposes to her! But Minerva is wiser and wants nothing to do the arrogant and reckless gambler Giles Masters. (The man she has based on her dark and dastardly villain in her gothic novels.)
It has always bothered Giles that Minerva has used him as the basis for her infamous villain in her stories. But she is the only woman that he has ever thought he could marry. When he discovers that Minerva is interviewing for prospective husbands to shock her grandmother, he runs over to be interviewed and is stunned when she laughs at his proposal. That is until Minerva realizes that her grandmother disapproves of Giles. And she realizes that pretending to be his fiancée is a perfect opportunity to force her grandmother to recant her ruling for Minerva to marry!Read more ›
Minerva has always been an independent woman, writing her popular Gothic novels much to the horror of her grandmother. But in this book you learn more about why she became an author in the first place and how she incorporated parts of her life into her novels. Readers get to see who the character Lord Rockton is based on and why Minerva turned him into such a villain.
Giles, the man behind Lord Rockton, has been leading a secret life from the beginning. The roguish life he's led was not for him anymore, it was just a cover for his other activities. And so to keep Minerva from revealing one of his secrets, he does the only thing he can think of and answers her ad for potential suitors.
I felt that Minerva behaved exactly what one would expect of a Sharpe sibling. With the first two books about her brothers, this one definitely gave readers an insight into Minerva's character, especially the pain and heart break she went through and the reason why she had put off marriage for so long.
In this particular book, what I found most intriguing, and what the first two books had started looking into, was the mystery surrounding her parents' death. "How to Woo a reluctant Lady" went deeper into that mystery as Minerva and Giles look into that night that changed the Sharpe family's lives for all time.
And of course, I loved seeing the tidbits of Minerva's latest novel.Read more ›
This little epic of a story starts off when they were younger and it sets up what is to come with heartfelt detail. The stars are Minerva and Giles. She is a young woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and Giles is a young man who makes a choice that has repercussions beyond his imagination. One night their paths cross in such a way that a reader knows that fate and Ms. Jeffries has a master plan to take this couple, have life mature them and then throw them at each other again to see what happens.
I liked Minerva. Being a romance reader, I have visited many author loops and one of the things that have been said for a writer to do when a nasty and mean person crosses their path is to write them in as a villain and have them get their just desserts. I was completely entertained and was tickled pink that Minerva did exactly that but not because someone was getting away with something dastardly. Oh no, it's much more delicious than that. Minerva wrote a series of books or chapters that have a decided similarity to a certain person and event; it was noticed and became the catalyst for all the fun that followed.
One of my favorite things about Minerva was her dedication to her family, despite her annoyance with her grandmother. I liked her clever wit, her willingness to try risqué and naughty things and her steel spine. She's not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for those she is loyal to and I enjoyed the merry chase she led Giles on. He won't ever be bored with her.
Giles is quite the complicated and endearing character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sabrina Jeffries can't write enough books for me. Everything of hers I've read so far was great.Published 1 month ago by Denise palestini
I've read the whole 'Hellions' series by Jeffries. I liked them all, but my favorites were books 3 and 5.Published 4 months ago by Avid reader
This is another good story. Even though they,re all the same they're each different and intriguing.Published 8 months ago by EAV
This book went by way too fast.....I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was over too soon! Sabrina Jeffries captures my attention from beginning to end so thoroughly that I truly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fluffy
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Minerva a lot in the previous books and her character in this book followed right along. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RedCheckLady