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by Sabrina Jeffries

Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Regency England

2011 Historical Love & Laughter Nominee

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Jeffries’ third captivating Hellions of Halstead Hall book has the fast-paced sensuality, delicious humor and marvelous storytelling that are the author’s trademarks. It is a delight to find strong-willed Lady Minerva tangled in love’s knots with a man who is simply perfect. It’s a tale to thoroughly relish.

Gothic novel authoress Lady Minerva Sharpe does not want to marry — ever. She has to find a way out of her grandmother’s decree that she wed or risk being disinherited. Barrister Giles Masters has long loved Minerva and so he proposes, which gives Minerva the idea that they pose as an affianced couple to foil her grandmother. She might feel secure in her scheme, but this is the opportunity Giles needs to woo and win her heart. There’s more to their relationship then courting, though: Giles’ secrets and Minerva’s need for honesty collide as they are caught up in a traitor’s scheme. Anything can happen, even falling in love. (POCKET STAR, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: POCKET STAR

Published: February 2011

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How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 20, 2011 - 6:25pm.

When her grandmother demands that she and her siblings marry before the year is out or lose their inheritance, Lady Minerva Sharpe comes up with a plan to thwart her.  Minerva will advertise for a husband and pick the one that her grandmother will surely forbid.  She doesn't expect Giles Masters to show up on her doorstep.  He was the man she had loved for years, until he hurt her.

Giles asks Minerva to stop using him as the basis of her villain in the gothic novels she writes.  They come to an agreement.  She will stop writing about him if he will agree to a fake engagement.  Surely her grandmother will forbid her marriage to a rogue like him.

This was a fun book and another good installment in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series.  I thought Giles and Minerva were a wonderful couple, and I enjoyed the story arc about her parents' deaths.  My rating:  4.5 Stars.