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Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, needs a fiancée fast or his autocratic grandmother is not only going to disinherit Oliver but his four siblings, too. Oliver’s plan to hire a “fiancée” at one of London’s brothels quickly changes when he runs into Maria Butterfield. Not only is Maria an annoyingly outspoken commoner; she is American, which is enough to have Oliver’s grandmother quickly rescinding her decree. All Oliver has to do to secure Maria’s assistance is to help her find her own fiancé, Nathan Hyatt, who vanished after arriving in London several weeks ago. There is just one small problem: once Oliver locates Maria’s fiancé, he may find it difficult to let the lady go. The first in a captivating new Regency-set series by the always entertaining Jeffries, this tale has all of the author’s signature elements: delectably witty dialogue, subtly nuanced characters, and scorching sexual chemistry between two perfectly matched protagonists. --John Charles

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"A sparkling series with winning potential . . . Lively repartee, fast action, luscious sensuality, and an abundance of humor make [this] essential for libraries." -- starred, "Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Hellions of Halstead Hall (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439167516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439167519
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall) by Sabrina Jeffries
Regency Romance - Jan. 19, 2010
4 ½ stars

The Truth About Lord Stoneville is a winning tale that is sure to please Regency fans. Sabrina Jeffries's sure touch carries this story as I quickly found myself attracted to the characters in her newest series.

In this series, the members of the Sharpe clan are all summoned by their canny and rich grandmother to their old home Halstead Hall. The Sharpe brothers and sister are known for their reckless and independent ways. But when one has an unfortunate accident the grandmother finally commands them all to marry within the year or all of them will loose their inheritance. Outraged they try to reason with her but without avail.

But Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville has a cunning plan of his own. He means to find the most wretched and unappealing fiancée. One that his grandmother will never approve of and therefore call off the ridiculous plan to force him to marry.

Maria Butterfield is a dreadful American who is stubborn, independent and dreadfully `inexperienced.' But Oliver soon finds Maria is more attractive than he knows what to do with and her American charm has a way of getting under his skin. A woman that is the complete opposite of what he usually prefers may just be what he needed all these years. But can he convince her of his true affections after blackmailing her to pretend to be his fiancée?

This was a fun romance. I was charmed with Oliver's brothers and sisters as they tried to match make Maria and Oliver. Even they knew before Maria and Oliver that they were destined for each other!
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I'm sorry to have to say it and apparently most readers don't agree with me, but I was very disappointed by this book. I rushed out to get it before work this morning and was anticipating getting home this evening, snuggling up, and enjoying a great new read. I *never* start a book without finishing - I'm just unable to do it - but here I skimmed through about the second half of the book and will be posting it on Paperback Swap after I finish writing this review.

I'm not even going to split my comments into "Pros" and "Cons," because frankly I don't know what I would put under the first section. I loved Lord Stoneville in "The School for Heiresses" series and was one of the many who thought - and hoped - that he was the mysterious benefactor "Cousin Michael" that would be revealed in Wed Him Before You Bed Him, the final book of that series. I was very happy with who it ended up being and how that book turned out, and all the more excited by the idea that Stoneville's story still lay ahead!

What didn't I like exactly?

1) THE CHARACTERS --- They were not at all three-dimensional and if you're a longtime historical romance reader, many of them feel very, very familiar. You have Freddy, the clumsy can't-hold-his-tongue completely clueless side character; Maria, the innocent, pure, spitfire of a heroine who somehow instantly sees through the hero's devil-may-care facade to the lost-boy who feels guilty and only wants love; and the tortured hero who has been sleeping his way through society until he meets the woman who immediately changes his views on everything and makes him realize the burden he carries is not his fault.
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READ THIS BOOK! I loved it! Pay no attention to the reviewers that nit-picked it. I have read many romance novels, and some were so bad that I stopped reading them for a few years. I started to read again with this book. It is absolutely wonderful and entertaining! (Unlike various other authors whose books fizzled at the end.) This book sizzles! And who says you can't fall in love in 2 weeks? I did.
Thank you, Sabrina Jeffries. Keep 'em coming!
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I'm not your typical historical romance reader. I don't read many at all, and when I do, they tend not to be English historicals. I've also never read a book by this author before. I purchased this one based on an excellent review by someone I trust, and promptly fell in love with it.

Since others have summarized the story, I won't. What sold me on this first and foremost were the characters. I can't think of anyone in the story I didn't like. Maria is strong and no-nonsense, while Oliver is charming with just the right amount of personal turmoil. The humor both approach life with made me laugh out loud more than once (as did Freddy, who I absolutely adored). Minerva and Celia have stronger characterizations than Jarret and Gabe, but I think that was likely deliberate to keep the focus on Oliver. However, all siblings were entertaining, and I particularly loved how they ganged up to push Oliver and Maria together.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I'm not sure what the expectations were for Jeffries' fans or readers who saw Oliver in other books, but for this person coming in cold, this was a fantastic read.
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