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A Hellion in Her Bed (The Hellions of Halstead Hall) Mass Market Paperback – September 21, 2010
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*Starred Review* As a successful gambler, Lord Jarret Sharpe knows a thing or two about risk, but his latest deal with his grandmother just might be his biggest bet yet. If Jarret can manage the family brewery for one year, his grandmother will not only excuse him from her mandate that all of her grandchildren marry within a year or be disinherited, Jarret will also gain permanent control of the brewery. Annabel Lake knows a thing or two about brewing beer. She runs her family brewery, and hopes that her plan to export her October ale to India will result in a tremendous financial windfall. But Annabel needs Jarret’s help, and Jarret seems oddly disinterested, until Annabel comes up with a wager he simply cannot refuse. A perfectly matched pair of protagonists who engage in a spirited battle of wits and wiles, and a lively plot blending equal measures of steamy passion and sharp wit come together brilliantly in the second addition to Jeffries’ tempting new Hellions of Halstead Hall series. --John Charles
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Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of several Regency-set historical romance series, including the Royal Brotherhood, the School for Heiresses, the Hellions of Halstead Hall, the Duke’s Men, and the Sinful Suitors. When she’s not writing in a coffee-fueled haze, she’s traveling with her husband, caring for her adult autistic son, or indulging in one of her passions: jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, music, and costume parties. With more than nine million books in print in twenty languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. She always dreams big.
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Mired in scandal after his parents' mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can't resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family's foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart. Great historical romance with frequent sex and romance.
Annabel has left her small town of Burton to approach a woman-ownd brewery, thinking she would be more open-minded to Annabel as a woman in a man's world. However, when she arrives in London, she finds Jarrett, her grandson, temporarily taking his grandmother's place, and he is not open to any risky schemes that would involve his family's income.
To be fair, this book is entirely about two themes that bore me no end: gambling and illegitimacy. Gambling scenes to me are slow and tedious and the issue of bastardy just turns me off. Neither plot device gives me the satisfaction of a swiftly moving, interesting storyline. Ordinarily, I would not have picked this book up, but it is part of a series that I have already started, and it is by Sabrina Jefferies. The book does move the series questions along, but does not answer them.
Ms. Jefferies tells this story with her trademark humor and deft hand with romance. The dialogue is well-done, as is usual for this author. The story is well-written, just slow. However, if you like stories with gambling and illegitimacy issues, you might find this book more interesting than I did.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narration is excellent.
I must confess that this entry in the series did not grab me as much as the first although I found it an interesting page turner. For some reason Lord Jarret does not seem as roguish as I thought he should, Annabel acted in ways that a regency lady would not and the dialog of the boy, George, did not sound like a twelve year old. Even though there were lackings, Jeffries can write beautifully and keep the story going. This may not be the best in the series but it is worth the read.
It is great fun to read. The story flows smoothly & quickly.
You won't be able to put it down. The guy is delicious & the girl is clever, kind and very appealing. The interactions are witty, funny and tender throughout the story. All the family members are wonderful and make the story a real treat to read.
The SEX is HOT and well paced.
There is a good balance of tension and passion. The characters have depth and valid reasons for how they behave. One looks forward to being with them and seeing the story unfold.
So far the series is crisp and worth looking forward to the future stories.
A must read!!!