Title: How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
Written by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Hellions of Halstead Hall #3
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: January 18th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery, Regency Romance
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The third novel in Sabrina Jeffries's “Hellions of Halstead 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.
Giles and Minerva are the perfect pair! The third book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series is one if my favorites.
Miranda starts falling in love with Giles as a young child during her parent’s death, however, falls out of love when Giles gave her the set down in her teens. Because of this, Minerva started writing serials with Giles as the villain. Giles had to put a stop to it as she was starting to allude to Giles’ undercover duties to the Crown. Although Minerva denies her feelings for Giles, she hasn’t stopped loving him
I loved the spark between the two protagonists. Their conversations/spats drew me in and made me love them more. Plus the sparks between the two was palpable. When they had their HEA, I gave a sigh of happiness and I honestly did not want the story to end.
This book is a must read. Although this is a stand-alone book, it is best read in order (The Truth about Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed) to understand the mystery of the Sharpe’s parents death.