How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall Series #3)

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall Series #3)

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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1806 nine year old Minerva Sharpe fell in love with Giles Masters when he held her hand as she struggled with the funerals of her parents; the papers insisted her father murdered her mother before he killed himself. Ten years later, Minerva still loves Giles, but he rejects her overture. She vows to never marry. In 1825, on the shelf, Lady Minerva refuses to wed anyone because she knows no respectable husband will accept her profession as a gothic novelist. However, the writer has a major problem. Her grandmother demands her Hellions of Halstead Hall grandchildren marry or face disinheritance. Barrister Giles Masters has loved Miranda forever though he knows he fumbled badly when she came to him almost a decade ago. He proposes, but instead of saying yes or no, Miranda concocts a scheme for them to pose as an engaged couple to trick her grandmother. Giles agrees as he sees an opportunity to court and win the heart of his beloved. However, although Minerva falls in love with her fake fiancé, his secret life and her obsessive need for honesty smash their relationship to bits in Calais; even as they become entangled in a dangerous seditious plot due to his clandestine activities. The third Hellions of Halstead Hall Regency romance (see The Truth About Lord Stoneville and A Hellion In Her Bed) is a wonderful pairing of a couple who has a two decade history. Fast-paced with a strong support cast, fans will enjoy the female Hellion finding, losing and re-finding love. Harriet Klausner
streetmouse More than 1 year ago
One of Jeffries' best yet! Everything about Minerva and Giles rang so true. The plot was, of course, compelling as always, but I think here the best part was watching them learn to trust each other. Excellent story-telling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. Minerva's husband is the most interesting character ever!
BEAD More than 1 year ago
I love all of Sabrina Jeffries books and this one was just as good as ever! I enjoyed this romance; it was touching, well developed, and believable. The series is a good one and I have enjoyed each of the Sharpes thus far. I was so happy to finally see Giles Masters (who has popped up in previous series) settled with some one. Well worth the investment!
Steffany Peterson More than 1 year ago
these books are great a must read
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Minerva Sharpe is a Gothic novel writer. Anyone who is respectable doesn't read her series published in "The Ladies' Magazine," at least that's what they say. Yet Giles Master has been following each addition as it seems he's the rapscallion star of her stories, under a pseudonym that is. When Minerva is in danger of losing her inheritance, she posts an ad for an eligible gentleman to marry. Giles realizes he must appear for an interview as a prospective bridegroom because her stories are getting far too close to the truth about his secret activities that could destroy some very high-positioned people in the British government. What follows is a funny, passionate, and intriguing journey in which Minerva's grandmother agrees to Giles's engagement to Minerva. A whole new world opens to the couple as Minerva sees her fiance in action at a murder trial and he begins to investigate the mysterious death of her parents. Even better, their occasional romantic kisses fuel the passion both feel but refuse to acknowledge. Giles, however, is a very smart pursuer as well as a more than capable barrister. How he wins Minerva's heart over her previous antagonism is a glorious romp full of mystery and romance that will delight every reader. Yes, even villains can make their victims scream... Terrific story, Sabrina Jeffries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
truly brain candy for a cold blustery winter afternoon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there's a next book in this series. I've really enjoyed them so far.
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Minerva is smart, sassy and fabulous! Loved the banter between her and Giles. My favorite of the series.
Kayla9660 More than 1 year ago
Number #3 in the series and worth every penny. Great read.
SGB1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this series. How to Woo was probably my second favorite in the series. Giles and Minarva made a good story line. I would recommend reading all 5 books, and I am hopeful Ms Jeffries will continue the series - she could do a lot more with these 2 characters!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I so adore a feisty and smart heroine pitted against a secret agent rogue for a hero and Ms. Jeffries has delivered another sure winner for historical romance readers to enjoy. 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. What fun! 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. He plays a deep game and unbeknownst to him, he's mired in quicksand and sinking fast. As to what kind, well that doesn't get revealed until later, when he's finally ready to listen to sense and reason. First he has to win a very reluctant and scheming Minerva and outwit her clever plot without letting her get wind of it. He doesn't get away with it for long and the scene was an amusing free for all especially when her brothers and their wives join the fray. Poor Giles. I have to say, the interaction between Giles and Minerva's brothers was very well written and I could visual the conversation vividly. In fact, there were quite a few scenes sprinkled throughout the book that were of the same caliber. At times it seemed the characters should have been able to jump out and start acting on the silver screen, there was so much going on and it was so rich and full. Suffice to say, Giles is a man who actually has a rift in his heart that he's never really stopped long enough or felt brave enough to examine. It took Minerva's faith and trust in him to give him the means and the reason to want to do it. As hard as it had to have been for him to do, the emotional rewards made for some excellent storytelling. There is a clever red herring thrown into the tale that although it didn't turn out to be quite what everyone thought, there is enough to whet a reader's appetite to wonder what is really going on. I suspect there is a subplot going on that might have been introduced in the books where Minerva's brothers met their wives. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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Love it. Just love it. A great Sabrina Jeffries example. Witty, romantic, a little naughty. Cant recommend her enough. Definintly read them all in order so you have the major mystery to solve with the family. The hellions books are def my fav of her books and this one is the best of the hellions series....well the other sisters' is just as wonderful. The sisters have better stories (i think).
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Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
How to Woo a reluctant Lady, book #3 of The Hellions of Halstead Hall series. I love Ms. Jeffries's characters Minerva Sharpe and Giles Masters It’s the story of a grandmother who wishes that her grandchildren would settle down and marry so she can enjoy great-grandchildren’s. It’s also the mystery surrounding the deaths of both parents of Minerva . Minerva must marry by year's end or be disinherited. Minerva is a beautiful woman and a gothic author; Giles Masters is an attractive gambling rogue. Both meet and team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents’s deaths, and this lead to hot desire and love. Funny story of how Minerva’s brothers and sisters try to match them together. Lots of humour, mystery, romance and love. I love her descriptive style of writing. If you are a fan of Sabrina Jeffries, then you must read this book, it's well written. She is a great writer! I will definitely read book #4 To wed a wild Lord.
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