Review: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted February 19, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: The third novel in Sabrina Jeffries’s “Hellions of Hallstead Hall” series, featuring the independent and talented Lady Minerva Sharpe.

When a charming rogue proposes she marry him to meet her grandmother’s ultimatum, the Sharpe clan’s strong-willed sister makes a tempting counter-offer that preserves her inheritance and ignites his imagination.

Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him. Little does she know, he really is a covert government operative. When they team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents’ deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire. Then Minerva discovers Giles’s secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back into her heart

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What I Loved:  Minerva has to be one of the best leading ladies I have read.  She is smart, cunning, and hard headed.  She is also the perfect mate for Giles.  Giles is a really great leading guy!  He is smart, conflicted, hiding something, and totally in love with Minerva but refuses to admit it.  All the traits that make you swoon when reading their love story.  They are both so hard-headed and stubborn that you just know their path is going to be bumpy but fun.  It doesn’t help that he is a bit of a spy but she thinks he is just a rake and rogue.  There are some very fun moments between those two. The story held a bunch of great moments from the brothers, grandmother, to the assumptions (wrong of course) about the characters; the entire thing will keep you wanting to read more and more about these wonderful people!

What I Liked:  The humor was such a great addition to this book.  I giggled a few times at the hijinks that the characters got into.  I also like the blending of the family into the story!  I had no idea this was a series so I will be picking up the other ones to learn more about these delicious characters.  That being said I like that you don’t necessarily have to read these in order.

Complaints: None

Why I gave it 4:  Characters, Story, and Humor!  It was a great mix of all 3!

Who I would recommend this too: Historical Romance Readers!  This should be on your shelf 🙂

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Other books in this series:
The Truth about Lord Stoneville
A Hellion in Her Bed
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
To Wed a Wild Lord (Dec 2011)


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