The Hellions of Halstead Hall are a wonderfully original family whose activities are far from ordinary early Victorian fare. It’s more than the original plotline that captures readers; it’s Jeffries’ sense of humor, her engaging characters and delightfully delicious sensuality that spice things up!

Most of his life Lord Jarret Sharpe has been a gambling man hiding from the scandal surrounding the death of his parents. But he has a dream: to control the family brewery his grandmother manages. Just as the opportunity arises to realize his wish, Annabel Lake steps in. Confirmed spinster Annabel runs Lake Brewery and if she is to keep the business afloat she needs Jarret’s help. Jarret warily accepts Annabel’s wager and with a turn of a card he’s bound — not for her bed as he’d hoped, but to help her out in business. Annabel’s superior product enchants his taste buds, but she fascinates Jarret, who learns that passions run deep and they must both risk more than a wager to win at business and love. (POCKET STAR, Oct., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin