Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: A Hellion in Her Bed - 2nd in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1806 & 1825 England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sabrina's Website/Blog: www.sabrinajeffries.com
Lord Jarrett Sharpe has led the life of a wastrel, but his grandmother has threatened to disinherit Jarrett and his siblings, if they don't marry and settle down. When his grandmother wants him to take over Plumtree Brewery for her, Jarrett negotiates, so that he no longer must wed to obtain his inheritance. Jarrett hopes to return to gambling and wenching, when his time at the brewery is up.
Anabel Lake is desperate to save her family's brewery, so she journeys to London to offer a partnership with Plumtree Brewery. Since Jarrett is, now, in charge of the brewery, Anabel discusses her proposal with him, but leaves out the fact, that her brother, the owner, is a drunkard. When Anabel follows Jarrett, he and his friends end up at a tavern and begin gambling, and Anabel makes a private bet with Jarrett. If Jarrett wins, he will get her mother's ring and a night in her bed, and if Anabel wins, she will get his help with the brewery.
A Hellion in Her Bed is an enjoyable historical romance with multi-faceted characters and an authentic historical atmosphere. Although at first, I thought Jarrett might not be my idea of hero material, Ms. Jeffries does a great job of showing his growth as a character and redeeming him in this reader's eyes. Anabel is intelligent, independent woman, who has to be strong for her family. I really liked Anabel for her strength and willingness to sacrifice for her family. These two have to overcome past tragedies and secrets, in order to be together. Ms.Jeffries, also, intertwines a strong sense of family throughout this book, and I greatly enjoyed the interactions between the families and friends. I am very involved with the Sharpe family and look forward to Minerva's book.
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