How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries

July 18th, 2013 Kimberly Review 38 Comments

18th Jul
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demand that she marry by year’s end: 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 with Minerva, though she has no intention of falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him! Little does she know, Giles really is a covert government operative. When the two 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 to her heart.

If you have followed my blog for the past year then you are well aware of my love for Sabrina Jeffries and her Hellions of Hellstead Hall series with its strong characters and their mischievous, meddling Grandmother. How to Woo A Reluctant Lady offers us Lady Minerva Sharpe’s tale, one of two sisters in the Hellions family and oh lord is she snarky, quick-witted and in over her head. While each can be read as a standalone, there is an overall mystery ARC that is threaded throughout and one I quite enjoy. Three world review: funny, smexy and suspenseful.

The hellions have all been given an ultimatum. Their beloved grandmother has had enough of this strong-willed bunch and their shenanigans. They must each marry by year’s end or forfeit their inheritance. Two are now happily wed much to their surprise, and Lady Minerva has devised a plan thwart her grandmother’s plans. She advertises for a husband in the chronicle hoping she will cry off.  What she doesn’t anticipate is Giles Master applying for the position. He is the man who in one moment gave her the best kiss of her life and in the next broke her heart. He is also the inspiration behind her fictional character in the highly popular Gothic novels she writes. The tale that unfolds was absolutely delightful and had me completely captivated.

I adore the characters Jeffries has created with this unique family and was anxious to get Lady Minerva’s story. She is witty and doesn’t take any grieve from her overbearing and protective brothers. She writes Gothic novels and is quite good at them. This makes her passionate and headstrong qualities I love in a heroine. Her weakness is Giles Masters and she deals with him like I imagine a lot of writer’s do, by weaving him into her stories. Giles’ is smexy, dangerous and not at all like the image portrayed by his peers. His reaction to Minerva and his convoluted ideas about love, marriage, and trust made this tale and their interactions delicious, suspenseful and at times annoying. He is smart and logical and skilled at his chosen career but has a few loose nuts when it comes to relationships thanks to his past. The Hellion brothers and grandmother were ever present and added to the tales humor, suspense, and mildly addictive angst.

Jeffries’ tale is well paced, filled with twist and turns that kept me flipping the pages. I read this in two non-stop sittings and found myself laughing, intrigued and swooning as the heat between them was turned up. We see some advancement in the overall series ARC and I cannot wait to learn more. We glimpse the other siblings, and at times they created angst which was delightful. The Grandmother is so clever and she really allows the siblings to fall into their own webs and I adore her. The banter, heat, and unfolding of Giles and Minerva’s romance was perhaps my favorite thus far. The chemistry, history and their personalities meshed making it feel genuine and believable. We get hints about the unwed sibling’s stories that are yet to be told and as I closed the book with a smile I found myself looking forward to the next book.

Fans of romance, suspense and particularly Regency romances dealing with families will adore How to Woo a Reluctant Lady and the Hellions of Halstead series. The next books in the series are To Wed A Wild Lord and A Lady Never Surrenders, followed by a Christmas tale; ‘Twas the Night After Christmas. My plan is to finish up this series by November and read the Christmas tale in December. Look for my reviews here.


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38 Responses to “How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries”

  1. Lauren

    I’m really glad to hear you say these can be read as standalones, because I love your enthusiasm for these books but the prospect of catching up is pretty daunting. It’s nice to know I can jump in and enjoy each individual book. Awesome review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      these are my guilty pleasure reads and I so enjoy the escape:)

  2. Danielle Chapman

    Well it looks like you really enjoyed reading this book! 🙂 Great review!

  3. Lark

    Great review, Kimba. I’m going to have to try this series. I enjoy the covert-agent trope!

  4. Barbara Walker

    I have – the first book wasn’t as good as the Hellions, but I’m really looking forward to book #2. 🙂

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    Regency romances aren’t heavy on historical deets and tend to be similar to contemporaries but in a historical setting with balls instead of bars! I hope you try might be surprised!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    I did Nick, and I almost know when I open her books that I am in for a delightful escape. Have a great weekend my friend!

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    You have to try her, they are perfectly paced, funny, smexy and …ok I won’t go all fangirl on ya but read one! Have a nice weekend Andrea!

  8. kimbacaffeinate

    Have you started the new series? I am so enjoying it and cannot wait for the next book! I am looking forward to the Hellions Christmas<3

  9. Melissa (Books and Things)

    This is the only book out of this series that I’ve read. I really enjoyed it and so need to pick up the rest. I so agree with you… had fun with this one as well!

  10. Jenea Whittington

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this. Jefferies sounds like a wonderful writer, lovely review.

  11. candacerobinson

    You’ve been getting me in the mood for some historical romance! I don’t have any in my review pile though, and I really need to be working on that, so it’ll probably be a bit until I can read one. But hopefully soon’ish!

  12. Pnrurbfantasyreviews

    I’m so glad this story “wooed” you 😀

  13. Barbara Walker

    I love this series! Sabrina Jeffries is just amazing, she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance authors. The hellions Christmas book was one of my favorites last year, I think you’ll absolutely love it. Wonderful review, I want to go do a re-read of the whole series now. 🙂

  14. Debbie Haupt

    Ah thanks Kim, Sabrina Jeffries is one of my go to for historical romance. Great review and I love the word smexy 🙂

  15. Aurian

    I so love this series! I am still waiting for a cheaper copy of the sixth book.

  16. Andrea

    I’ve heard so many good things about Jeffries, but have never read any of her books. I’ll keep this in mind when I’m looking for a historical romance,
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Nick

    I’m glad that this lived up to your expectations of the author, Kim! It sounds like you had a blast reading this! Lovely review, Kim! 🙂

  18. Tanja

    You really seem to enjoy these historical romances. I usually tend to run away from them but that just another genre that I’m yet to enjoy. Still great review 🙂

  19. Farrah

    Your 3 word review is spot on! This book definitely was funny, smexy, and suspenseful 🙂 This was actually the first book I read by Sabrina Jeffries and it, along with the other book in the Hellions series, are what got me to become a fan of the author. And How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is still one of my all time favorite romances.