How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
by Sabrina Jeffries
Book #3 in Hellions of Hallstead Hall series
Paperback, 345 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Pocket Star
Barnes & Noble
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.
This series is so much fun!
Lady Minerva is not interested in marriage, unfortunately, her grandmother is forcing her (along with the rest of her siblings) to marry on pain of disinheritance.
She is completely caught off guard when Giles Masters, a long time friend of the family, proposes marriage.
Giles has been attracted to Minerva for awhile (and she has been head over heels for him too), but he, until now, he had no place in his life for a woman. Being a spy had left him little time for a personal life. After learning that Minerva must marry, he wants to be the man she weds.
This book is a ride - from romance, intrigue, mystery, drama, and a little treasure hunt.
I did have a little issue with this book. Minerva's character was wonderfully fresh (and I love the fact that she is a Gothic author in Regency era), she seemed to make a "big deal" of something that really was not serious and continues to harp on it throughout the majority of the book...that was vague, but I don't want to post any spoilers.
I love this series! If you enjoy historical romance, The Hellions of Halstead Hall, is worth reading. I just picked up the next two books at Barnes & Noble and, if I can find time between: school, homework, work, and writing, I will start them ASAP :)