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The Truth About Lord Stoneville (The Hellions of Halstead Hall) Mass Market Paperback – January 19, 2010
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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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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Thank you, Sabrina Jeffries. Keep 'em coming!
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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Just the concept of a family of rebels was appealing enough for me to pick up this series. I also was intrigued to learn more about Stoneville. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Barb
The book was a little too "sweet" for my taste. The Hero was supposed to be a real ass to deal with, yet I didn't get that impression from the onset of the book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kelly
Excellent book. Liked both hero and heroine. Plot was fast-moving, the primary characters were interesting and well-rounded; secondary characters also enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bvpreadsalot
I loved the whole storyline.... It made me miss those times when you first fall in love and you're trying to figure out if the person you love loves you back!Published 1 month ago by KeKe6353
I should preface my reviews of this series of book by saying that I read Ms Jefferies' various works out of chronological order so it was very exciting to discover some 'old... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roberta Williams
I've read the whole 'Hellions' series by Jeffries. I liked them all, but my favorites were books 3 and 5.Published 8 months ago by Avid reader
Her books are very readable. I enjoy them all. Thank you, PriscillaPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer