Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady - 3rd in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1806 & 1825 England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Sabrina's Website/Blog: www.sabrinajeffries.com
Lady Minerva Sharpe, one of the infamous Hellions of Halstead Hall, writes Gothic novels and never intends to marry. When Minerva's grandmother threatens to disinherit her if she doesn't marry, she advertises in the paper for a husband in hopes that she can get her grandmother to let up. When Giles Masters, who unknowingly broke her heart when she was younger shows up, Minerva decides to pretend an engagement with him to foil her grandmother's plans. Giles, who has been working undercover for the government, has decided to quit his undercover work, which required him to play the part of a gambler and womanizer, and settle down. Giles, who is up for a promotion to King's Counsel, decides to focus on his career and hopes to turn his pretend engagement into reality. Unfortunately, Giles' past may come back to haunt him.
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is a very entertaining historical romance with a cerebral, yet heroic, hero and an intelligent, independent heroine. Let me just say upfront that I love Giles. Giles isn't the average aristocratic hero because he has a profession and does very well at it. Giles also has a great drive to see justice done and hopes to work to change some of the injustices of the British system of the time. Giles, however, isn't perfect because he has secrets and family issues, which cause him great difficulties. I love the fact that Giles is so bright and able to solve mysteries with an almost Sherlockian ability. Minerva is a great match for Giles in intelligence and abilities. It is great that Minerva marches to her own beat and Giles supports her. One of Ms. Jeffries' greatest skills is to effortlessly illustrate family relationships, and she does a remarkable job in this book. The interactions between the family members are very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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