Monday, January 23, 2012

How to Woo A Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries

Goodreads Description:

The third novel in Sabrina Jeffries's “Hellions of Hallstead 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.

My Rating:

My Review:

Great third book of the Hellions of Halstead Hall.  Minerva's story didn't disappoint and I loved how she made Giles work for her affection and her agreement to marry him.  I enjoyed Minerva's spirit and personality in the other books and was happy to read more about her and the depth of her feelings.  I also enjoyed the advances the family has made to find out what happened with their parents and I love the ending with their cousin!  Giles had a rough life as well and has a strong sense of justice, to the point of being an informant for Home Office.  He decides to stop when his life as a barrista get's noticed and he has a chance to been a Kings Council, much like a prosecutor in the US. Minerva challenges all he believes is true about love and how one lives ones life.  Their romance is trying at times and so fulfilling in the end!  Glad I read this and I can not wait to get the fourth!

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